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Amanda's Ray is a must-have novel for teens and lovers of hip hop. Here is a novel that brings back hope by delivering a strong message.
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Chapter 1 - Where I live ain't always sunshine, it ain't always grey skies either. Sometimes shots ring off rooftops while I'm sleeping at night. Other times children fly free like birds up and down Brooklyn concrete streets with smiles on their faces. I knew I could write when Ms. Johnson stampeded to the back of the classroom with her mega ten size feet. "Amanda Raye, you have a gift," she uttered as she slipped an A paper in my palms. My lips curved, cracked a half of smile and shoved the poem to the bottom of my book bag -- hearing it crumble as if it was being crushed by buildings. Yeah I can write, but what's the use? Writers don't make loot and that's what I needed to get us out the ghetto. Then I found Kendra Star. She battled Lady Luck on Fight Klub. The way she spit was killa. Kendra Star's vicious on da mic. I loved the way Kendra spit them bars -- "beamers - move so fast, can't imitate my swag..." Fell in love with Kendra on the spot. She was the hottest female rapper out and I wanted to be just like her, so I started freestylin' -- got nice from practicing everyday. Googled everything Kendra Star and studied her rhymes. Dissected them line by line 'cause I wanted to know what made Kendra tick. There was something about Kendra Star -- the way she moved, the clothes, her raspy voice. I hung onto every sound that flowed from her tongue. Every time Kendra was on 106 and Park, my eyes melted the TV screen. As soon as she came out with a new song I downloaded it to my IPod and memorized it instantaneously. It wasn't just the clothes she flossed, but there was struggle in her rhymes - deep-edged pain. It was mine. She was my mirror, and I was reflectin'. Kendra had a crack addicted mother - Mine died at eight. We lived in parallel worlds. I ain't obsessed or nothing -- ain't no lesbian. I just think Kendra Star is fly and that's why I had to see her in person.
The Youth Letter
The Youth Letter
Tachelle Shamash Wilkes has been in the entertainment industry for over ten years. She first appeared in Above the Rim with Tupac Shakur as a teenager and was hooked. She then went and pursued a career as a journalist. She has written for the Source, Vibe and One World Magazine and later founded Femmixx.com, the Home Of Female Music Producers, DJs & Emcees, a movement dedicated to empowering women in the music industry. She is a New York City high school teacher who rallies around hip hop and healing infused education. Through Femmixx.com she co-founded one of the first all female turntablist competitions, She’s My Dj and later executive produced and directed the documentary Lady Beat Makers: Vol 1, which won her an Impact of Women in Hip Hop Award from the Hip Hop Culture Center located in Harlem.
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