Word on the Street

Friday, November 27, 2009

Transcript

Forty years ago, authors like Iceberg Slim and Donald Goines turned their lives as pimps, hustlers and drug addicts into novels and pioneered a new genre of African-American literature. Now known as “urban fiction,” the works, often violent and profane, have exploded in popularity with scores of new authors. But with renewed popularity comes renewed criticism. OTM producer Mike Vuolo has the story.

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Comments [2]

The Author Trete Lo from Houston, Tx

I think that there are two great points being made here. I'm an urban fiction author also and I agree with K'wan. "Imagine if this was your life," we write what we know. However we didn't set out to do crime to later become writers. I wouldn't want to send a message to a young writer that he needs to go out and do crime either in order to write.

If a young writer thinks he needs to commit crime to write about the streets then maybe he shouldn't be a writer at all because his thinking is warped. I'm not racist but some whites are angry when blacks take something and make it our own. It's never accepted to them unless they can do it too. Take hip-hop for instance, if we allow whites to use the N-word they would take over Hip- Hop. LOL

Attention: Here's a place where we are also looking to interview Authors. www.undergroundsouthconnection.com

Dec. 30 2009 03:23 AM
Nzinga from Rhode Island

Sapphire is like K'Wan as Jane Austen is like Danielle Steele. PUSH is a work of art, not simple entertainment.

You have a wrong impression of PUSH to your thousands (?) of listeners, some of whom may now not buy it and read it.

This points out the need to hire folks to cover black folks who know us - AND read Black books.

Nov. 30 2009 05:17 PM

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