Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem: A Memoir

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Random House #ad - And rakim, diddy, naomi campbell, jam master jay, big daddy Kane, Salt-N-Pepa, Mike Tyson, Alpo Martinez, LL Cool J, and Jay-Z. In this remarkable memoir, he tells his full story for the first time. He witnessed, profited from, and despised the rise of two drug epidemics. He invented stunningly bold credit card frauds that took him around the world.

His story isn’t just about fashion. He is pure American style. André leon talley,  Vogue contributing editor and author. He is couture himself. Marcus samuelsson, chef“what james baldwin is to American literature,  New York Times bestselling author of Yes, Dapper Dan is to American fashion. And when he turned his attention to fashion, finally, he did so with the energy and curiosity with which he approaches all things: learning how to treat fur himself when no one would sell finished fur coats to a Black man; finding the best dressed hustler in the neighborhood and converting him into  a customer; staying open twenty-four hours a day for nine years straight to meet demand; and, emerging as a world-famous designer whose looks went on to define an era, dressing cultural icons including Eric B.

Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem: A Memoir #ad - By turns playful, dapper dan: made in harlem is a high-stakes coming-of-age story spanning more than seventy years and set against the backdrop of an America where, poignant, and inspiring, as in the life of its narrator, thrilling, the only constant is change. Praise for dapper dan: made in harlem“dapper Dan is a true one of a kind, self-made, self-liberated, and the sharpest man you will ever see.

New york times bestseller • “dapper dan is a legend, an icon, a beacon of inspiration to many in the Black community. But before he reinvented haute couture, a teen who daringly gambled drug dealers out of their money, he was a hungry boy with holes in his shoes, and a young man in a prison cell who found nourishment in books.

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JAY-Z: Made in America

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St. Martin's Press #ad - Using extensive passages from jay-z’s lyrics, an aesthete, man, 'Made in America' examines the rapper’s role as a poet, an advocate for racial justice and a business, but devotes much of its energy to Hova the Hustler. Allison stewart, the washington post"dyson's incisive analysis of JAY-Z's brilliance not only offers a brief history of hip-hop's critical place in American culture, but also hints at how we can best move forward.

Questlovejay-z: made in america is the fruit of michael eric Dyson’s decade of teaching the work of one of the greatest poets this nation has produced, as gifted a wordsmith as Walt Whitman, Robert Frost and Rita Dove. But as a rapper, he’s sometimes not given the credit he deserves for just how great an artist he’s been for so long.

JAY-Z: Made in America #ad - Jay-z has given this country a language to think with and words to live by. Featuring a Foreword by Pharrell. As he enters his fifties, and to mark his thirty years as a recording artist, this is the perfect time to take a look at JAY-Z’s career and his role in making this nation what it is today. Now a new york times, usa today, and publisher's weekly bestseller"dyson writes with the affection of a fan but the rigor of an academic.

This book wrestles with the biggest themes of jay-z's career, including hustling, making important statements about race, criminal justice, and it recognizes the way that he’s always weaved politics into his music, black wealth and social injustice.

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Hurricanes: A Memoir

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Hanover Square Press #ad - Still, ross flourished, in the midst of the chaos and danger that surrounded him, first as a standout high school football player and then as a dope boy in Carol City’s notorious Matchbox housing projects. New york times bestseller*“a gripping journey. Peoplethe highly anticipated memoir from hip-hop icon Rick Ross chronicles his coming of age amid Miami’s crack epidemic, his star-studded controversies and his unstoppable rise to fame.

Rick ross is an indomitable presence in the music industry, but few people know his full story. All the while he honed his musical talent, overcoming setback after setback until a song called “Hustlin’” changed his life forever. From the making of “hustlin’” to his first major label deal with def jam, to the controversy surrounding his past as a correctional officer and the numerous health scares, Hurricanes is a revealing portrait of one of the biggest stars in the rap game, arrests and feuds he had to transcend along the way, and an intimate look at the birth of an artist.

Hurricanes: A Memoir #ad - Now, for the first time, dramatic and unexpectedly candid account of his early childhood, Ross offers a vivid, his tumultuous adolescence and his dramatic ascendancy in the world of hip-hop. Born william leonard roberts ii, ross grew up “across the bridge, ” in a Miami at odds with the glitzy beaches, nightclubs and yachts of South Beach.

. In the aftermath of the 1980 race riots and the Mariel boatlift, Ross came of age at the height of the city’s crack epidemic, when home invasions and execution-style killings were commonplace.

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Sweat the Technique: Revelations on Creativity from the Lyrical Genius

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Amistad #ad - Rakim celebrates the influences that shaped his development, including the jazz music of John Coltrane and the spirituality of the streets, and shares anecdotes spotlighting personalities such as L. Dre, among others. Filled with valuable lessons for every writer, and always, Sweat the Technique reveals the heart and mind of an artist and his love for great storytelling, the words.

Rakim can tell a story about a down-on-his-luck man looking for a job and turn it into an epic tale and an unforgettable rhyme. Calm on the mic, his words combine in a frenzy of sound, using complicated patterns based on multisyllabic rhymes and internal rhythms. He is not just a great songwriter—he’s a great modern writer.

It is also a rare glimpse into rakim’s private life, full of entertaining personal stories from his youth on Long Island growing up in a home and community filled with musiciansto the clubs of New York and the studios of Los Angeles during his rise to the top of popular music. And Dr. L. On the heels of kendrick lamar’s pulitzer prize, as the world begins to recognize the creative side of Hip-Hop,  comes a writing guide from a musician and "The greatest MC of all time, " Rakim.

Sweat the Technique: Revelations on Creativity from the Lyrical Genius #ad - The musician and hip hop legend—hailed as “the greatest MC of all time” and compared to Thelonious Monk—reimagines the writing handbook in this memoir and guide that incorporates the soulful genius, confidence, and creativity of a master artist. When he exploded on the music scene, musical genius Rakim was hailed for his brilliant artistic style, complexity, depth, adding layers, musicality, and soul to rap.

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The Art & Science of Respect: A Memoir by James Prince

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N-The-Water Publishing #ad - By staying true to his three principles of heart, and commitment, and an unwavering faith in God, loyalty, he has defeated many adversaries. In recounting his compelling life story, Prince analyzes the art and science of earning respect - and giving respect - and how to apply these principles to your own life.

Whether battling the systemic cycle of poverty, record label executives, boxing promoters, or corrupt DEA agents, Prince has always emerged victorious. For decades, serial entrepreneur James Prince presided over Rap-A-Lot Records, one of the first and most successful independent rap labels. In his memoir, he explains how he earned his reputation as one of the most respected men in Hip Hop.

The Art & Science of Respect: A Memoir by James Prince #ad - Respect isn't given, it's earned.

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Let Love Have the Last Word: A Memoir

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Atria Books #ad - Courageous, brave, and characteristically authentic, insightful, Let Love Have the Last Word shares Common’s own unique and personal stories of the people and experiences that have led to a greater understanding of love and all it has to offer. Common—the grammy award, academy award, and golden globe–winning musician, actor, and activist—follows up his New York Times bestselling memoir One Day It’ll All Make Sense with this inspiring exploration of how love and mindfulness can build communities and allow you to take better control of your life through actions and words.

Common believes that the phrase “let love have the last word” is not just a declaration; it is a statement of purpose, a daily promise. He moves from the personal—writing about his daughter, to whom he wants to be a better father—to the universal, where he observes that our society has become fractured under issues of race and politics.

Let Love Have the Last Word: A Memoir #ad - Touching on god, and community, family, common explores the core tenets of love to help others understand what it means to receive and, children, self-love, most important, partners, to give love. It is a powerful call to action for a new generation of open hearts and minds, one that is sure to resonate for years to come.

Age range: Adult. Love is the most powerful force on the planet and ultimately, the way you love determines who you are and how you experience life. He knows there's no quick remedy for all of the hurt in the world, but love—for yourself and for others—is where the healing begins.

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The Autobiography of Gucci Mane

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Simon & Schuster #ad - He was sober, focused, smiling, and positive—a far cry from the Gucci Mane of years past. A critically acclaimed classic, the autobiography of Gucci Mane “provides incredible insight into one of the most influential rappers of the last decade, detailing a volatile and fascinating life. By the end, every reader will have a greater understanding of Gucci Mane, the man and the musician” Pitchfork.

For the first time Gucci Mane tells his extraordinary story in his own words. The platinum-selling recording artist began writing his remarkable autobiography in a federal maximum security prison. Released in 2016, he emerged radically transformed. The new york times bestselling memoir from the legendary Gucci Mane spares no detail in this “cautionary tale that ends in triumph” GQ.

The Autobiography of Gucci Mane #ad - It is “as wild, unpredictable, and fascinating as the man himself” Complex.

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Supreme Models: Iconic Black Women Who Revolutionized Fashion

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Harry N. Abrams #ad - Supreme models is a celebration of their monumental impact.    . The first-ever book celebrating black models, and stunning photographs  To date, filled with revealing essays, interviews, there has never been a book devoted exclusively to black models. The book is filled with gorgeous photographs of the women, runway shows, campaigns, and details their most memorable covers, and editorials.

Black models have been influencing fashion and pop culture for decades, reshaping the standards and boundaries of beauty. Supreme models fills that void, and donyale luna, like iman, paying tribute to black models past and present: from the first to be featured in catalogs and on magazine covers, Beverly Johnson, to the supermodels who reigned in the nineties—Tyra Banks and Naomi Campbell.

Supreme Models: Iconic Black Women Who Revolutionized Fashion #ad - The book also observes the newest generation of models—Adwoa Aboah, Jourdan Dunn, and Joan Smalls—who are shaking up the fashion industry by speaking out about racial prejudice and becoming social media sensations. Written by celebrity stylist and journalist Marcellas Reynolds, Supreme Models features more than 70 women from the last 60 years.

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This Is Not a T-Shirt: A Brand, a Culture, a Community--a Life in Streetwear

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MCD #ad - Bobby hundreds, has emerged as a prominent face and voice in streetwear. The story of the hundreds and the precepts that made it an iconic streetwear brand by Bobby Hundreds himselfStreetwear occupies that rarefied space where genuine "cool" coexists with big business; where a star designer might work concurrently with Nike, Louis Vuitton, a tattoo artist, and a skateboard company.

They are the OGs, the “heritage brands. The hundreds is one of those persevering companies, and Bobby Hundreds is at the center of it all. The creative force behind the brand, Bobby Kim, a. K. A. Both an inspiring memoir and an expert assessment of the history and future of streetwear, this is the tale of Bobby’s commitment to his creative vision and to building a real community.

This Is Not a T-Shirt: A Brand, a Culture, a Community--a Life in Streetwear #ad - In telling the story of his formative years, he reminds us that The Hundreds was started by outsiders; and this is truly the story of streetwear culture. In this is not a t-shirt, bobby hundreds cements his spot as a champion of an industry he helped create and tells the story of The Hundreds―with anecdotes ranging from his Southern California, punk-DIY-tinged youth to the brand’s explosive success.

In the beginning, a few brands defined this style; fewer still survived as streetwear went mainstream. It’s the ubiquitous style of dress comprising hoodies, sneakers, and T-shirts.

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The Autobiography of Gucci Mane

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Simon & Schuster #ad - Released in 2016, he emerged radically transformed. New york times bestseller “as wild, unpredictable, and fascinating as the man himself. But gucci mane has changed, and he’s decided to tell his story. It is one of the greatest comeback stories in the history of music. He was sober, smiling, focused, and positive—a far cry from the Gucci Mane of years past.

The autobiography of Gucci Mane is a blunt and candid account—an instant classic. His influential mixtapes and street anthems pioneered the sound of trap music. It is the captivating life of an artist who forged an unlikely path to stardom and personal rebirth. He reflects on his inimitable career and in the process confronts his dark past—years behind bars, the murder charge, drug addiction, career highs and lows—the making of a trap god.

The Autobiography of Gucci Mane #ad - Incarceration, violence, rap beefs, drug addiction. Born in rural bessemer, radric delantic Davis became Gucci Mane in East Atlanta, Alabama, where the rap scene is as vibrant as the dope game. Yet every success was followed by setback. In his extraordinary autobiography, the trap house, the legend takes us to his roots in Alabama, the streets of East Atlanta, and the studio where he found his voice as a peerless rapper.

Complex “a cautionary tale that ends in triumph. Gq “a revelation and a welcome addition to hip-hop’s literary legacy.

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Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks on Me

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Atria Books #ad - However, even after achieving national prominence as a radio personality, Charlamagne still found himself paralyzed by anxiety and distrust. Shook one chronicles his journey to beat those fears and shows a path that you too can take to overcome the anxieties that may be holding you back. Now, friends, he is working through these problems—many of which he traces back to cultural PTSD—with help from mentors, in Shook One, and therapy.

I’m still going to worry about my kids. In the past, my focus was always on the things that cause stress. Charlamagne tha god, new york Times bestselling author of Black Privilege and always provocative cohost of Power 105. 1’s the breakfast club, reveals his blueprint for breaking free from your fears and anxieties.

Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks on Me #ad - Fear is holding you back. It’s time to turn the tables and channel your fears to actually fuel your success. Moving forward, its’ going to be on the things that bless. ”. While it may seem like he's ahead of the game, the fear of being a bad dad, such as the fear of losing his roots, he is actually plagued by anxieties, and the fear of being a terrible husband.

Therapy and showing weakness are not always easy subjects, but if you go to the gym three or four times a week, why can’t you put that same effort and energy into getting mentally strong? “I know bad things are still going to happen to me. Cops are still going to pull me over for no reason.

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