They Work Hard for Their Money | African American Fiction (and More)


As authors put their characters through their paces, readers learn what these protagonists do for money. The list of jobs from this month’s selections includes credit card scam artists, a biochemist, a Navy SEAL, a construction contractor, a lawyer, and finally an owner of a strip club. Such varied résumés!

When Dreams Turn Into Obsessions | African American Fiction (And More!)


Sure, dreams can come true but chasing them can be obsessive. In this month’s selections characters are hell-bent on gaining revenge, marriage, wealth, love. and lust by any means necessary. You know the old saying. Be careful for what you wish for, it may come true.

Tough Women, Tough Times | The Word on Street Lit


I’m often asked to name today’s top street lit authors. Look no further than Sister Souljah, Nisa Santiago, and Kiki Swinson, three writers who are surfing the wave of today’s urban fiction. Their intricate stories feature complex protagonists whose stone-cold faces belie the emotional tragedy they are enduring. Tough women, tough times, exciting reads. Pick […]

The Word on Street Lit: Family Ties


From sisters who are sworn enemies in Nisa Santiago’s Checkmate to twin brothers connected by a strong bond despite different interests in Tysha’s Young-Minded Hustler, family is a big theme in this month’s selections.