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The Water Dancer (Oprah's Book Club) - Ta-Nehisi Coates Cover Art

The Water Dancer (Oprah's Book Club)

The Water Dancer (Oprah's Book Club) A Novel by Ta-Nehisi Coates

For every Oprah’s Book Club pick sold, Apple will make a contribution to the American Library Association to support local libraries. OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK •  From the National Book Award–winning author of Between the World and Me, a boldly conjured debut novel about a magical gift, a devastating loss, and an underground war for freedom. “This potent book about America’s most disgraceful sin establishes [Ta-Nehisi Coates] as a first-rate novelist.”— San Francisco Chronicle “Nearly every paragraph is laced through with dense, gorgeously evocative descriptions of a vanished world and steeped in its own vivid vocabulary.”— Entertainment Weekly Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage. When his mother was sold away, Hiram was robbed of all memory of her—but was gifted with a mysterious power. Years later, when Hiram almost drowns in a river, that same power saves his life. This brush with death births an urgency in Hiram and a daring scheme: to escape from the only home he’s ever known. So begins an unexpected journey that takes Hiram from the corrupt grandeur of Virginia’s proud plantations to desperate guerrilla cells in the wilderness, from the coffin of the Deep South to dangerously idealistic movements in the North. Even as he’s enlisted in the underground war between slavers and the enslaved, Hiram’s resolve to rescue the family he left behind endures. This is the dramatic story of an atrocity inflicted on generations of women, men, and children—the violent and capricious separation of families—and the war they waged to simply make lives with the people they loved. Written by one of today’s most exciting thinkers and writers, The Water Dancer is a propulsive, transcendent work that restores the humanity of those from whom everything was stolen. Advance praise for  The Water Dancer “In prose that sings and imagination that soars, Coates further cements himself as one of this generation’s most important writers, tackling one of America’s oldest and darkest periods with grace and inventiveness. This is bold, dazzling, and not to be missed.” — Publishers Weekly  (starred review) “Coates brings his considerable talent for racial and social analysis to his debut novel, which captures the brutality of slavery and explores the underlying truth that slaveholders could not dehumanize the enslaved without also dehumanizing themselves. Beautifully written, this is a deeply and soulfully imagined look at slavery and human aspirations.” —Booklist  (starred review)

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Heaven, My Home - Attica Locke Cover Art

Heaven, My Home

Heaven, My Home by Attica Locke

Featured on NPR/Fresh Air In this "captivating" crime novel (People) by the award-winning author of Bluebird, Bluebird, Texas Ranger Darren Mathews is on the hunt for a missing boy -- but it's the boy's family of white supremacists who are his real target 9-year-old Levi King knew he should have left for home sooner; now he's alone in the darkness of vast Caddo Lake, in a boat whose motor just died. A sudden noise distracts him - and all goes dark. Darren Mathews is trying to emerge from another kind of darkness; after the events of his previous investigation, his marriage is in a precarious state of re-building, and his career and reputation lie in the hands of his mother, who's never exactly had his best interests at heart. Now she holds the key to his freedom, and she's not above a little maternal blackmail to press her advantage. An unlikely possibility of rescue arrives in the form of a case down Highway 59, in a small lakeside town where the local economy thrives on nostalgia for ante-bellum Texas - and some of the era's racial attitudes still thrive as well. Levi's disappearance has links to Darren's last case, and to a wealthy businesswoman, the boy's grandmother, who seems more concerned about the fate of her business than that of her grandson. Darren has to battle centuries-old suspicions and prejudices, as well as threats that have been reignited in the current political climate, as he races to find the boy, and to save himself. Attica Locke proves that the acclaim and awards for Bluebird, Bluebird were justly deserved, in this thrilling new novel about crimes old and new.

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Bluebird, Bluebird - Attica Locke Cover Art

Bluebird, Bluebird

Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke

Winner of the 2018 Edgar Award for Best Novel A "heartbreakingly resonant" ( USA Today ) thriller about the explosive intersection of love, race, and justice from the author of Heaven, My Home When it comes to law and order, East Texas plays by its own rules--a fact that Darren Mathews, a black Texas Ranger, knows all too well. Deeply ambivalent about growing up black in the lone star state, he was the first in his family to get as far away from Texas as he could. Until duty called him home. When his allegiance to his roots puts his job in jeopardy, he travels up Highway 59 to the small town of Lark, where two murders--a black lawyer from Chicago and a local white woman--have stirred up a hornet's nest of resentment. Darren must solve the crimes--and save himself in the process--before Lark's long-simmering racial fault lines erupt. From a writer and producer of the Emmy winning Fox TV show Empire, Bluebird, Bluebird is a rural noir suffused with the unique music, color, and nuance of East Texas. "In Bluebird, Bluebird Attica Locke has both mastered the thriller and exceeded it." --Ann Patchett

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Washington Black - Esi Edugyan Cover Art

Washington Black

Washington Black A novel by Esi Edugyan

One of the TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR  New York Times Book Review One of the Best Books of the Year The Boston Globe   ●   The Washington Post ● Time ● Entertainment Weekly ● San Francisco Chronicle ● Financial Times ● Minneapolis Star Tribune ● NPR ● The Economist ● Bustle ● The Dallas Morning News ● Slate ● Kirkus Reviews One of Barack Obama’s Favorite Books of the Year Eleven-year-old George Washington Black—or Wash—a field slave on a Barbados sugar plantation, is initially terrified when he is chosen as the manservant of his master’s brother. To his surprise, however, the eccentric Christopher Wilde turns out to be a naturalist, explorer, inventor, and abolitionist. Soon Wash is initiated into a world where a flying machine can carry a man across the sky, where even a boy born in chains may embrace a life of dignity and meaning, and where two people, separated by an impossible divide, can begin to see each other as human.   But when a man is killed and a bounty is placed on Wash’s head, they must abandon everything and flee together. Over the course of their travels, what brings Wash and Christopher together will tear them apart, propelling Wash ever farther across the globe in search of his true self. Spanning the Caribbean to the frozen Far North, London to Morocco, Washington Black is a story of self-invention and betrayal, of love and redemption, and of a world destroyed and made whole again.

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Midnight and the Meaning of Love - Sister Souljah Cover Art

Midnight and the Meaning of Love

Midnight and the Meaning of Love by Sister Souljah

Sister Souljah, the New York Times bestselling author of The Coldest Winter Ever and Midnight, delivers her most compelling and enlightening story yet. With Midnight and The Meaning of Love, Souljah brings to her millions of fans an adventure about young, deep love, the ways in which people across the world express their love, and the lengths that they will go to have it. Powerful and sensual, Midnight is an intelligent, fierce fighter and Ninjutsu-trained ninja warrior. He attracts attention wherever he goes but remains unmoved by it and focuses on protecting his mother and sister and regaining his family’s fortunes. When Midnight, a devout Muslim, takes sixteen-year-old Akemi from Japan as his wife, they look forward to building a life together, but their tumultuous teenage marriage is interrupted when Akemi is kidnapped and taken back to Japan by her own father, even though the marriage was consummated and well underway. “There’s not one drop of inferiority in my blood,” Midnight says as he first secures his mother, Umma, and sister, Naja, before setting off on a global journey to reclaim his wife. Midnight must travel across three countries and numerous cultures in his attempt to defeat his opponent. Along this magnificent journey he meets people who change him forever, even as he changes them. He encounters temptations he never would have imagined and takes risks that many a lesser man would say no to, all for the women he loves and is sworn to protect.

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His Dirty Secret 4 - Mia Black Cover Art

His Dirty Secret 4

His Dirty Secret 4 by Mia Black

When Jayla discovers that Darius isn’t the only one stepping outside of his marriage, she wrestles with whether or not to divulge that information or keep it in her back pocket for the time being. After all, it’s not like Darius is an innocent man. She’s more concerned with who Shenice is spending her time with. Familiar with Jamar, Shenice’s other man, Jayla knows all too well how this will turn out if Darius finds out. Can she control her anxiety and make sense of it all before tragedy strikes?

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A Mighty Love - Anita Doreen Diggs Cover Art

A Mighty Love

A Mighty Love by Anita Doreen Diggs

"A fast-paced, compelling story about love and its power to both heal and redeem."  —Kim McLarin, author of Meeting the Waters Mel and Adrienne Jordan have the kind of marriage most couples only dream about. Mel feels lucky to have the smartest, sexiest wife a man could want, while caring for their infant daughter and tending to their lovely home in New York City keeps Adrienne busy and content. Landing a recording contract had once been her greatest ambition—but not anymore. Life is that good. Until the day a tragedy changes everything. Convinced that he is to blame, Mel returns to the mean streets of his youth—and indulges in the drugs, drink, and women he finds there. Adrienne works long hours at a tedious job, desperate to get ahead—even though she's not really sure where she's going. As they drift further into their grief—and away from each other—Mel and Adrienne start to wonder if they can ever reclaim what they had. And they soon realize that their greatest challenge will be trying to save the one thing they had always taken for granted: their love. "A heart-stopping story about the power of love. . .The characters are richly drawn and complex. The use of language is stunning. . .A dynamic new writer is on the scene—readers, make room on your bookshelf and in your hearts for A Mighty Love!"  —Yolanda Joe, author of This Just In and Hit Time

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A Moment of Silence - Sister Souljah Cover Art

A Moment of Silence

A Moment of Silence Midnight III by Sister Souljah

In this electrifying novel, New York Times bestselling author and “an important voice in American literature” (Jada Pinkett Smith) Sister Souljah returns to the story of her beloved character, Midnight. Handsome, young, Muslim, and married to two women living in one house along with his mother, Umma, and sister, Naja: can Midnight manage all that he has on his plate? He is surrounded by Americans who don’t share or understand his faith or culture, and adults who are offended by his maturity, intelligence, and his natural ability to make his hard work turn into real money. He is calm, confident, and cool, Ninja-trained and powerful, but one moment of rage throws this Brooklyn youth into a dark world of dirty police, gangs, guns, drugs, prisons, and dangerous inmates. Everything he ever believed, every dollar he ever earned, and all of the women he ever loved—including his mother—are at risk. Will his manhood be taken, broken, or altered? Can he maintain his faith? Outnumbered, overruled, and deeply envied—how can he possibly survive? Will the streets convert him? What can he keep? What must he lose?

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The Emancipation of Evan Walls - Jeffrey Blount Cover Art

The Emancipation of Evan Walls

The Emancipation of Evan Walls by Jeffrey Blount

“If you aren’t already ‘woke,’ you will be after reading this book.”—Mary Batten, author of Aliens from Earth   EVAN WALLS IS TERRIFIED by the birth of his first child because he doesn’t want her to suffer the isolation he had as a child. Seeing his torment, his wife, Izzy, prods him to explain. He tells of being a black child growing up in the racially charged 1960s. Inspired to overcome the racism and class status imposed on blacks, he dreams of a life bigger than that lived by most everyone he knows in the small Virginia town of Canaan. He is resented by friends and family for desiring a life better than theirs. Among the smartest in his class, Evan becomes a target of white kids threatened by the forced integration of their schools. Caught in a crossfire of hate from whites and his own people, who question whether he is black enough, Evan is often alone and bewildered. Only the love of his great grandmother, Mama Jennie, and his mentor, Bojack, keeps him on track. Together, they help Evan find perspective and peace.

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Plum Bun: A Novel Without a Moral - Jessie Redmon Fauset Cover Art

Plum Bun: A Novel Without a Moral

Plum Bun: A Novel Without a Moral A Library of America eBook Classic by Jessie Redmon Fauset

Library of America presents a classic novel of the Harlem Renaissance: Jesse Redmon Fauset's moving, delicately observed portrait of life along the color line. Jessie Redmon Fauset’s Plum Bun (1928) brilliantly exemplifies the cultural, social, and creative ferment of the Harlem Renaissance. Its heroine, the young, talented, light-skinned Angela Murray, hopes for more from life than her black Philadelphia neighborhood and her middle-class upbringing seem to offer. Seeking romantic and creative fulfilment, and refusing to accept racist and sexist obstacles to her ambition, she makes a radical choice: to pass as white, and study art in New York City. Against the vivid, cosmopolitan backdrop of Harlem and Greenwich Village in the Roaring Twenties, her subsequent journey through seduction, betrayal, protest, and solidarity is ultimately a journey toward self-understanding. Along the way, Fauset includes fictionalized portraits of leading Harlem Renaissance figures such as W.E.B. Du Bois (for whom she edited The Crisis ) and the sculptor Augusta Savage, recently denied a chance to study in Paris because of her skin color. Revising conventional narratives of the “tragic mulatta” and skillfully blending realism and romance, her novel raises questions about art, race, gender, inspiration, and authenticity that will continue to resonate for readers today.

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A Hustler's Dream 2 - Ernest Morris Cover Art

A Hustler's Dream 2

A Hustler's Dream 2 by Ernest Morris

In the streets, deals are made all the time. Some to keep the peace... others aim to disturb it. The alliance between Worlds and Fredd however, was formed to do one thing... DOMINATE! The two hard-hitting gangsters have a literal choke-hold on the East Coast. Weight don't move and bodies don't drop unless they call the shot first. But if that's true, then why did someone just launch a brazen bullet-riddled attack against them? Worlds and Fredd survive the attempt and decide to go on offense to flush out the guilty party. Allowing such an infraction to go unanswered is NOT an option when playing on the level they are. The man behind the attack is a high ranking narco trafficker named Riggs. Worlds and Fredd Inc. have something very valuable to him and he won't rest until he's re-acquired it. Riggs employs a deadly duo of his own to complete the task, but their loyalties secretly lie elsewhere. A turn of events that could prove to be fatal for all involved and everything and everyone, they love.

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The Confession - Pat Simmons Cover Art

The Confession

The Confession by Pat Simmons

2016 EMMA Award Winner: Best Inspirational Romance of the Year Fashion consultant Sandra Nicholson catches the eye of pretty boy Raimond Mayfield whose priorities have evolved over the years to include God first, followed by his business and restoring broken relationships. As the pair get to know each other, they learn they have a lot in common—if only their adult children don’t stand in the way of their happiness and their past secrets don’t come back to haunt them. This story brings back several beloved characters, including Grandma BB, who is up to usual her shenanigans.

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Embezzled Trust - Jai Ellis Cover Art

Embezzled Trust

Embezzled Trust by Jai Ellis

When both of her parents are killed in a home invasion, Lynnae goes from rich and spoiled to broke and broken. Coming from a sheltered life of wealth, Lynnae doesn't have what it takes to make it a world that her father fought so hard to keep her away from. While living with strangers and learning about family secrets that were supposed to have been dead and buried, Lynnae meets Trent.   While he is the definition of the kind of man that her parents never wanted her to be with, Trent is everything thatLynnae wants. He came into her life when she needed someone and he quickly became her knight in shining armor. Trent reintroduces Lynnae to the life that she was once accustomed to and she easily falls in love with him. Becoming a hustler's wifey was never the life Lynnae envisioned for herself and she soon learns that it's not always easy.   Dealing with Trent's drug dealing and alleged side chicks is one thing, but staying by his side when he reveals a secret that he'd been keeping from her from day one, might prove to be too much for Lynnae.     Falling in love with Trent was easy. Remaining in love with him after finding out who he really is, now that's another story.

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Loving The Wrong Man 4 - Mia Black Cover Art

Loving The Wrong Man 4

Loving The Wrong Man 4 by Mia Black

After all they been through, Jazmine and Evan are now faced with a life altering event, that could end their budding romance forever. Find out what happens in the final installment of Loving The Wrong Man!

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True to the Game Part I - Teri Woods Cover Art

True to the Game Part I

True to the Game Part I by Teri Woods

The number one, best-selling street novel of all time is undoubtedly True to the Game . Dubbed a ‘ street classic’ , True to the Game takes you on a ride like no other book of its time.  Pictured in the late 1980’s Gena, a young girl from Philadelphia’s notorious, Richard Allen Projects, meets Quadir, a millionaire drug dealer and falls madly in love. Quadir throughout the story line builds a massive empire, while fighting his rivals and enemies all alongside you, the reader. Gena faces multiple challenges of survival as both Gena and Quadir find themselves caught in a vicious yet seductive world, and learn that success in this game is no easy win. Gena and Quadir also learn that once you’re in, there’s no way out and they discover whether all the players of this game can stay forever…TRUE. 

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Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi Cover Art

Homegoing

Homegoing A novel by Yaa Gyasi

Winner of the NBCC's John Leonard First Book Prize A New York Times 2016 Notable Book One of Oprah’s 10 Favorite Books of 2016 NPR's Debut Novel of the Year One of Buzzfeed's Best Fiction Books Of 2016 One of Time 's Top 10 Novels of 2016 “ Homegoing  is an inspiration.” —Ta-Nehisi Coates  The unforgettable New York Times best seller begins with the story of two half-sisters, separated by forces beyond their control: one sold into slavery, the other married to a British slaver. Written with tremendous sweep and power, Homegoing traces the generations of family who follow, as their destinies lead them through two continents and three hundred years of history, each life indeliably drawn, as the legacy of slavery is fully revealed in light of the present day.             Effia and Esi are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and lives in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle. Unbeknownst to Effia, her sister, Esi, is imprisoned beneath her in the castle’s dungeons, sold with thousands of others into the Gold Coast’s booming slave trade, and shipped off to America, where her children and grandchildren will be raised in slavery. One thread of  Homegoing  follows Effia’s descendants through centuries of warfare in Ghana, as the Fante and Asante nations wrestle with the slave trade and British colonization. The other thread follows Esi and her children into America. From the plantations of the South to the Civil War and the Great Migration, from the coal mines of Pratt City, Alabama, to the jazz clubs and dope houses of twentieth-century Harlem, right up through the present day,  Homegoing  makes history visceral, and captures, with singular and stunning immediacy, how the memory of captivity came to be inscribed in the soul of a nation.

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Tears of a Hustler PT 2 - Silk White Cover Art

Tears of a Hustler PT 2

Tears of a Hustler PT 2 Tears of a Hustler, no. 2 by Silk White

Tears of a hustler 2 will pick up where Tears of a hustler left off. This action packed sequel will have you at the edge of your seat begging for more. G-money is back, but this time he's on a mission, not only is he running things all by himself now, but he still has unfinished business that needs to be settled, with Detective Nelson, Rell, and Big Mel. When a unstoppable force meets an unmovable object the outcome isn't pretty. Also find out what happens to Ali, Nancy, and the rest of the gang. Once again Silk White takes readers on a ride they won’t forget.

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Second Time Sweeter - Beverly Jenkins Cover Art

Second Time Sweeter

Second Time Sweeter A Blessings Novel by Beverly Jenkins

NAACP nominee and USA Today bestselling author Beverly Jenkins continues her beloved Blessings series with a new heartwarming novel set in Henry Adams, Kansas. Malachi “Mal” July has run into trouble in the past. With a reputation as a player, he’s now a recovering alcoholic and has made progress in redeeming himself in the eyes of his family and the citizens of Henry Adams, Kansas. He’s not only turned his diner into a profitable business, but also mentors the town’s foster kids. And he’s even staying true to one woman—Bernadine Brown. But all it takes is a moment of pride to blind Mal to his blessings—a moment that makes him betray his friends and family, and lose Bernadine’s trust and love. Will he ever be able to win her forgiveness? Meanwhile Homecoming Weekend is fast approaching, and store owner Gary Clark is reunited with his high school sweetheart. All it takes is a few minutes for them to realize the spark is still there, but is it too late for second chances? A little help from the good people of Henry Adams may give both Mal and Gary the best second chance at the happiness they missed the first time around…

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Kingpin Wifeys Season 3 Part 1 Thicker Than Blood - K. Elliott Cover Art

Kingpin Wifeys Season 3 Part 1 Thicker Than Blood

Kingpin Wifeys Season 3 Part 1 Thicker Than Blood by K. Elliott

Black has been murdered, the gang is left to pick up the pieces and find out who murdered him. Shamari is finally free and now faced with a decision: Will he turn back to the streets? Starr is armed with new information about Q's involvement in Trey's death and she is determined to cut him off but how? Jada is faced with a choice between Shamari and Fresh and though Jada is in love with F

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A Deeper Love Inside - Sister Souljah Cover Art

A Deeper Love Inside

A Deeper Love Inside The Porsche Santiaga Story by Sister Souljah

THE SEQUEL MILLIONS OF READERS HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR . . . At last, mega-bestselling author Sister Souljah delivers the stunning sequel to The Coldest Winter Ever . Fierce, raw, and filled with adventure and emotional intensity, A Deeper Love Inside is an unforgettable coming-of-age story in the words of Porsche Santiaga, Winter’s younger sister. Sharp-tongued, quick-witted Porsche worships her sister Winter. Cut from the same cloth as her father, Ricky Santiaga, Porsche is also a natural-born hustler. Passionate and loyal to the extreme, she refuses to accept her new life in group homes, foster care, and juvenile detention after her family is torn apart. Porsche—unique, young, and beautiful—cries as much as she fights and uses whatever she has to reclaim her status. Unselfish, she pushes to get back everything that ever belonged to her wealthy, loving family. In A Deeper Love Inside, readers will encounter their favorite characters from The Coldest Winter Ever, including Winter and Midnight. Sister Souljah’s soulful writing will again move your heart and open your eyes to a shocking reality.

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True to the Game Part III - Teri Woods Cover Art

True to the Game Part III

True to the Game Part III by Teri Woods

It’s the groundbreaking urban saga that launched a New York Times Bestseller while chronicling a new generation’s any means-necessary struggle to conquer-and survive-the streets. Now #1 Essence bestselling author Teri Woods delivers the explosive conclusion to the story begun in True to the Game…where the last deadly hustle is trying to escape with your life.  She’s got millions of reasons to live. But Gena has just as many enemies after her because of the stash she “inherited” from Quadir. The local crooked cops are determined to silence her for good. Members of Quadir’s crew are out to get more than what’s theirs. A vicious killer is methodically targeting Gena’s family and friends in order to find her. And as she fights to stay two steps ahead, she’ll face the one enemy she never saw coming-a mysterious savior driven by betrayal…and a love that may be the most dangerous weapon of all…

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Love on the Low 3 - Mia Black Cover Art

Love on the Low 3

Love on the Low 3 by Mia Black

Mika knew things would get complicated when she decided to sleep with Royce, but she never realized how difficult things would become for them. Royce is used to bad situations, but he didn’t think sneaking around with Mika behind Lacresha’s back cause as much trouble as it has. Now, they have a big decision to make. Their secret relationship isn’t the only problem they’ll face if they reveal their relationship. Lacresha has a secret of her own.

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True to the Game Part II - Teri Woods Cover Art

True to the Game Part II

True to the Game Part II by Teri Woods

True to the Game II will begin where True to the Game left off, with one difference, Gena is now seeing a new guy named Jay. However, little does Gena know, but the man she has fallen in love with, so soon after Quadir’s death, is his archrival, Jerrell Jackson. Unfortunately, Jerrell is determined to get his revenge against Quadir’s crew and he’ll start with Gena. However, he isn’t the only enemy lurking. Gena has more than she bargained for in this epic sequel to an American street classic and only true love can save her or possibly destroy her. Find out if she will survive and get away with the fortune she found or if the millions she accidentally uncovered will destroy her life.

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The Coldest Winter Ever - Sister Souljah Cover Art

The Coldest Winter Ever

The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read . Renowned hip-hop artist, writer, and activist Sister Souljah brings the streets of New York to life in a powerful and utterly unforgettable first novel. I came busting into the world during one of New York's worst snowstorms, so my mother named me Winter. Ghetto-born, Winter is the young, wealthy daughter of a prominent Brooklyn drug-dealing family. Quick-witted, sexy, and business-minded, she knows and loves the streets like the curves of her own body. But when a cold Winter wind blows her life in a direction she doesn't want to go, her street smarts and seductive skills are put to the test of a lifetime. Unwilling to lose, this ghetto girl will do anything to stay on top. The Coldest Winter Ever marks the debut of a gifted storyteller. You will never forget this Winter's tale.

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The Darkest Child - Delores Phillips & Tayari Jones Cover Art

The Darkest Child

The Darkest Child A Novel by Delores Phillips & Tayari Jones

Pakersfield, Georgia, 1958: Thirteen-year-old Tangy Mae Quinn is the sixth of ten fatherless siblings. She is the darkest-skinned among them and therefore the ugliest in her mother, Rozelle’s, estimation, but she’s also the brightest. Rozelle—beautiful, charismatic, and light-skinned—exercises a violent hold over her children. Fearing abandonment, she pulls them from school at the age of twelve and sends them to earn their keep for the household, whether in domestic service, in the fields, or at “the farmhouse” on the edge of town, where Rozelle beds local men for money.   But Tangy Mae has been selected to be part of the first integrated class at a nearby white high school. She has a chance to change her life, but can she break from Rozelle’s grasp without ruinous—even fatal—consequences?

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Down the River unto the Sea - Walter Mosley Cover Art

Down the River unto the Sea

Down the River unto the Sea by Walter Mosley

In this Edgar Award-winning novel, "Mosley writes with great power" about a framed NYPD investigator facing racism and political corruption ( Booklist ). Joe King Oliver was one of the NYPD's finest investigators, until, dispatched to arrest a well-heeled car thief, he is framed for assault by his enemies within the NYPD, a charge which lands him in solitary at Rikers Island. A decade later, King is a private detective, running his agency with the help of his teenage daughter, Aja-Denise. Broken by the brutality he suffered and committed in equal measure while behind bars, his work and his daughter are the only light in his solitary life. When he receives a card in the mail from the woman who admits she was paid to frame him those years ago, King realizes that he has no choice but to take his own case: figuring out who on the force wanted him disposed of--and why. Running in parallel with King's own quest for justice is the case of a Black radical journalist accused of killing two on-duty police officers who had been abusing their badges to traffic in drugs and women within the city's poorest neighborhoods. Joined by Melquarth Frost, a brilliant sociopath, our hero must beat dirty cops and dirtier bankers, craven lawyers, and above all keep his daughter far from the underworld in which he works. All the while, two lives hang in the balance: King's client's, and King's own.

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His Dirty Secret 3 - Mia Black Cover Art

His Dirty Secret 3

His Dirty Secret 3 by Mia Black

As if Jayla’s life isn’t complicated enough, now Keon has been hurt. With him to care for in spite of their rocky relationship, it’s all Jayla can do to keep her emotions under control. Sleeping with Darius again wasn’t the brightest idea, but she can’t help herself. She loves him, and, his story is so convincing. But loving the wrong man can bring a new set of problems for Jayla, more dangerous than she can imagine! Find out what happens next in part three of His Dirty Secret!

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Midnight - Sister Souljah Cover Art

Midnight

Midnight A Gangster Love Story by Sister Souljah

Sister Souljah, the hip-hop generation's number one author and most compelling storyteller, delivers a powerful story about love and loyalty, strength and family. In her bestselling novel, The Coldest Winter Ever , Sister Souljah introduced the world to Midnight, a brave but humble lieutenant to a prominent underworld businessman. Now, in a highly anticipated follow-up to her million-selling masterpiece, she brings readers into the life and dangerously close to the heart of this silent, fearless young man. Raised in a wealthy, influential, Islamic African family, Midnight enjoys a life of comfort, confidence, and protection. Midnight's father provides him with a veil of privilege and deep, devoted love, but he never hides the truth about the fierce challenges of the world outside of his estate. So when Midnight's father's empire is attacked, he sends Midnight with his mother to the United States. In the streets of Brooklyn, a young Midnight uses his Islamic mind-set and African intelligence to protect the ones he loves, build a business, reclaim his wealth and status, and remain true to his beliefs. Midnight, a handsome and passionate young man, attracts many women. How he interacts and deals with them is a unique adventure. This is a highly sensual and tremendous love story about what a man is willing to risk and give to the women he loves most. Midnight will remain in your mind and beat in your heart for a lifetime. Her "raw and true voice" ( Publishers Weekly ) will both soothe and arouse you. In a beautifully written and masterfully woven story, Sister Souljah has given us Midnight , and solidified her presence as the mother of all contemporary urban literature.

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Love on the Low 4 - Mia Black Cover Art

Love on the Low 4

Love on the Low 4 by Mia Black

Now that Lacresha has thrown a wrench in his plan, Royce has to own up to his responsibilities, even if that means he has lose the woman he really loves. Mika can’t believe this is happening, but isn’t the type of woman to put her life on hold for a man. Royce made his choice and now he has to live with it. Lacresha got exactly what she wanted, but for how long? Find out what happens in part four of Love On The Low!

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Love On The Low 5 - Mia Black Cover Art

Love On The Low 5

Love On The Low 5 by Mia Black

This should be the happiest time of their lives, but Mika and Royce’s life is full of turmoil behind the scenes. While Mika blissfully plans their wedding, Royce keeps an eye on what’s happening in the streets. With the new arrival of Trill, a new enemy working so hard to make a name for himself in the drug game, a turf war has made it almost impossible for Royce to continue with his plans to step away. And Mika has no idea how bad things have gotten. As Trill ramps up his efforts, Royce knows it’s only a matter of time before someone gets hurt. He just hopes that no one he cares about will get caught in the crossfire.

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The Family Business 2 - Carl Weber & Treasure Hernandez Cover Art

The Family Business 2

The Family Business 2 by Carl Weber & Treasure Hernandez

In his typical jaw-dropping fashion, Carl Weber returns with part two of his New York Times bestselling Family Business series. He's brought along a friend in bestselling author Treasure Hernandez, and together they've added more drama and new family members to the mix. Welcome to the world of Duncans. By day they are upstanding citizens running one of New York's most respected car dealerships; but by night, they're criminals who control most of the East Coast drug traffic. No matter whether they're on their day or night jobs, one thing is true about the Duncans: there is never a dull moment to be found. Baby momma drama takes over the Duncan clan, as there is still uncertainty about who has fathered the Duncan sisters' new babies. Meanwhile, Orlando Duncan, the family's new CEO and a man with his own baby momma problems, has just developed a new product that may make the millionaire Duncans into billionaires. Orlando only has one obstacle in front of him, and it's not law enforcement or one of his family's many rivals. It's his mother, and she may be his most formidable opponent to date, because she's making the family take sides. Can a civil war within the Duncan family be averted before it tears them apart?

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Only For A Boss 3: Tamika's Story - Mia Black Cover Art

Only For A Boss 3: Tamika's Story

Only For A Boss 3: Tamika's Story by Mia Black

Horrified by the truth, Tamika knows she should leave Zayvion, but that’s easier said than done when her heart is telling her to stay, but her head is telling her to leave. Zayvion wants to prove that he’ll do whatever it takes to keep Tamika in his life, even if that means parting ways with parts of his life he’s grown accustomed to. But the one thing he’s not willing to lose is in danger. Can he keep her safe from harm?

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Wifey 4 Life

Wifey 4 Life by Kiki Swinson

Kira's quiet life in the islands is interrupted when she's called back to Virginia to attend her cousin Nikki's funeral. Reluctantly, Kira plans a short, incognito trip to do just that. However, her plans are derailed when news of her arrival spreads. Now there's a bounty on her head, and several snakes are ready to cash in. Behind enemy lines in her own hometown, Kira is faced with yet another battle to stay alive as she finds out once again, that she's living on borrowed time. Will she be able to cheat death again, or will death snatch her from behind in part five of the Wifey series?

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Love On The Low 9

Love On The Low 9 by Mia Black

Mika’s troubles should be over now that Trill is gone, but unfortunately for her, his death has created more problems for her. The police want answers and are willing to go to extremes to get them, even if that means trying to intimidate Mika to get them. As Royce fights for his freedom, Mika fights to hold him down on the outside and lean on trusted friends to get them through the latest challenge. With so much strain on the psyches and strain on their relationship, can they hold things together and find their way out of this nightmare?

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Love On The Low 10 - Mia Black Cover Art

Love On The Low 10

Love On The Low 10 by Mia Black

Royce has vowed to get out of the game, but it’s harder than he thinks to leave it all alone and move away and start building a legitimate business.  As he and Mika reunite and try to forge a new path together, the lure of the streets and the fast-money life keeps pulling him back in. If he doesn’t reset and focus on what truly matters, he could lose everything including the woman who has remained by his side when things went bad.  Will he make the right choice and finally marry Mika and live the kind of life they both deserve?

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The Prada Plan 3: - Ashley Antoinette Cover Art

The Prada Plan 3:

The Prada Plan 3: by Ashley Antoinette

Leah has been trying for years to get rid of her competition, and all her crazy scheming has finally paid off—or so she thinks. Now that YaYa is out of the picture, she's ready to step into her shoes and have the life she always dreamed of. The scars that she earned in the fire almost seem worth it if they mean she'll finally be able to have all the money, the family, and most importantly, to have Indie's love to herself. There's only one problem. Disaya Morgan isn't dead. She survived the fire too, and she's healing under the watchful eye of one very powerful woman who's ready to help put YaYa on top. With her newfound connections, YaYa could have Leah taken out with the snap of her fingers—but that's not good enough for her. The only way YaYa can battle the demons that are still haunting her is to finish Leah off herself. YaYa is out for blood. There can only be one winner, and these two are on a collision course that could send one of them straight to hell. Ashley Antoinette is back and better than ever with the third installment of The Prada Plan series. A case of mistaken identity left readers reeling at the end of part 2, but part 3 is a heart-pounding saga that will leave you breathless.

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A Day Late and a Dollar Short - Terry McMillan Cover Art

A Day Late and a Dollar Short

A Day Late and a Dollar Short by Terry McMillan

Much-heralded and long awaited, Terry McMillan's tour-de-force novel introduces the Price family-matriarch Viola, her sometimes-husband Cecil, and their four adult kids, each of whom sees life-and one another-through thick and thin, and entirely on their own terms. With her hallmark exuberance and cast of characters so sassy, resilient, and full of life that they breathe, dream, and shout right off the page.

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White Lines - Tracy Brown Cover Art

White Lines

White Lines by Tracy Brown

Jada left home at the age of sixteen, running from her own demons and the horrors of physical abuse inflicted by her mother's boyfriend. She partied hard, and life seemed good when she was with Born, the neighborhood kingpin whose name was synonymous with money, power, and respect. But all his love couldn't save her from a crack addiction. Jada goes from crack addict and prostitute to survivor and back again before she finds the strength to live for herself and come out on top. And her stormy romance with one of the fiercest hustlers on the streets makes White Lines one of the most unforgettable urban loves stories of the year.

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Better Late Than Never

Better Late Than Never by Kimberla Lawson Roby

In this stunning conclusion to the bestselling Reverend Curtis Black series, Curtis's secret past returns in an unwelcome--but ultimately healing--visit. Rev. Curtis Black is no stranger to scandal. Throughout the decades, he has done much in the public eye, both good and evil. But what most people don't realize is that Curtis has been hiding a horrific childhood that has affected him in countless, unspeakable ways. His buried past resurfaces when his estranged sister becomes alarmingly ill and his youngest child, twelve-year-old Curtina, becomes the kind of problem daughter whom he never imagined she could be. This is only the beginning. The horror of Curtis's childhood secrets, as well as Curtina's wild and rebellious behavior, takes a critical toll on Curtis and the entire Black family. All the public scandals they've experienced over the years now seem like child's play compared to the turmoil they are facing in private. Who could have known that the deepest wounds would come from within? Email: [email protected] Facebook.com/kimberlalawsonroby Twitter.com/KimberlaLRoby Instagram.com/kimberlalawsonroby Periscope.com/kimberlalawsonroby

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Man on the Run - Carl Weber Cover Art

Man on the Run

Man on the Run by Carl Weber

One man must prove his innocence while finding which friend betrayed him in this high-drama, action-packed novel from the New York Times bestselling author of the Family Business series. Jay Crawford has spent too long paying for a crime he didn't commit. For ten years, he's been in prison, waiting for the right opportunity to prove his innocence. But when his family is threatened, the time for waiting is over. Jay just didn't realize that escaping would be the easy part... To get justice, he'll need the help of the three best friends who have always had his back -- Wil, Kyle and Allan. But how long will Allan let Jay stay in his house if his new wife seems to prefer the sexy ex-con sleeping on their couch? And does helping Jay mean Wil finally gets pulled into the not-exactly-legal Duncan family business? As Kyle finds his loyalties -- and his finances -- stretched to the limit, who will he have to sacrifice? A man on the run requires absolute trust, but Jay might just be setting himself up for the ultimate betrayal...

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Though I Stumble - Kim Cash Tate Cover Art

Though I Stumble

Though I Stumble by Kim Cash Tate

Four women, one weekend, and their lives will never be the same. Stephanie London thought she’d heard from God when she moved to Hope Springs, N.C. But a tragedy in that small town left her soul desolate. Now her husband’s inattentiveness has pushed her over the edge. Bereft of hope, she travels home to St. Louis as a women’s ministry conference kicks off. Though less than enthused to attend, new friendships offer strength and light. But what happens when the weekend ends and real life begins again? Treva Langston grieves still the loss of her husband of twenty-two years. Now, two years later, her heart is breaking again as her oldest daughter’s travails come to light. Traveling from DC to St. Louis for a women’s conference seems the last thing she should do, given the circumstances. But in St. Louis her path crosses with someone new—and her world turns upside down. Will it only lead to more heartbreak? Jillian Mason can’t wait to attend the Living Word women’s conference. She’s done their Bible studies for years and expects God to show up in an amazing way. But the weekend delivers something unexpected—a discovery about her husband. As the state of her marriage hangs in the balance, Jillian is suddenly anxious about returning home. Faith Langston has always been a girl after God’s heart. She loves Living Word studies and registered early for the conference. But at the end of her college sophomore year, she finds herself in circumstances she never imagined—with a heart that has strayed from God. She makes it to St. Louis nonetheless, with her boyfriend in tow—but how will she find her way back to God? Four women in different seasons of life converge at a women’s conference—with a theme that charges them to run “in hot pursuit” for Christ. But how do they run when challenges seem insurmountable? And can they help one another navigate the difficult terrain? “The author has a gift for bringing God’s love and light into even the darkest situation.”   — Romantic Times ( The Color of Hope )

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Dopeman: Memoirs of a Snitch:

Dopeman: Memoirs of a Snitch: Part 3 of Dopeman's Trilogy by JaQuavis Coleman

Dopeman: Memoirs of a Snitch is a complex tale about the life and times of one the biggest drug traffickers the Midwest has ever seen. The FBI has launched an intricate plot to take down one of the most prolific drug organizations in the summer of 2009, and Seven Smith is their main target. Seven establishes a relationship with an up and coming hustler and takes him under his wing. Unbeknownst to Seven, his protégé works for the authorities. The young hustler falls in love with a woman who is off-limits, and he has to make a difficult decision that puts many people's lives at risk. Lola Banks is the daughter of a well-known hit man and street legend in Ohio. When she lays her eyes on the out-of–towner/snitch, it becomes a forbidden love. She is caught in a web of lies and deceit, only to get the hurtful truth on the last page. This is a hustler's love story at its absolute finest. The conclusion to this story is so unpredictable and intelligent that no one will see it coming--no one.

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His Dirty Secret 3: Kim's Story - Mia Black Cover Art

His Dirty Secret 3: Kim's Story

His Dirty Secret 3: Kim's Story by Mia Black

After many more passion-filled encounters with Lloyd, Kim is all in and can’t see herself with anyone but him. Yet things quickly changes when Lloyd suddenly goes ghost on her. With Kim not being able to get a hold of him and him not calling, this causes her to ponder how events have played out between the two. Did she scare him off? Or did Lloyd just reveal his true colors?  Find out what happens in part three of His Dirty Secret: Kim's Story!

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Money Maker - Tonya Ridley Cover Art

Money Maker

Money Maker by Tonya Ridley

Everyone has an addiction...what’s yours? Mena Austin is a certified paper chaser who knows no boundaries when it comes to money, especially the counterfeit kind. Just when her boyfriend Trick thinks he’s got something unique and profitable going on, Mena slips in and betrays him leaving everything behind. Things get crazy, but Mena finds herself on top and in the arms of someone who means her no good. Thousands of dollars are being made and eventually Mena seems to have everything she’s ever wanted. However, her empire is threatened when her ex-boyfriend, Trick wants his operation back and will stop at nothing until he gets the ultimate revenge. When old friends turn into enemies and greed calls, Mena won’t know who to trust. Money Maker will give an eye-opening glimpse into the world of counterfeiting and into a battle where winner takes all. They say money is the root of all evil, but in this case it may be the cause of death.

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The Family Business 4

The Family Business 4 A Family Business Novel by Carl Weber & La Jill Hunt

National bestselling author Carl Weber returns with  Essence  bestseller La Jill Hunt in the latest installment in the wildly popular Family Business series.  LC Duncan, patriarch and leader of the Duncan clan, is alive and well after being shot by a mysterious gunman. His near death experience has caused him and his wife Chippy to reflect on both the past and present, and together they decide that it’s time to return to Waycross, Georgia for a long overdue family reunion.  Wherever the Duncans go, trouble is never too far behind, and this time it comes in the form of longtime Duncan enemy Vinnie Dash and Orlando Duncan's baby momma, Ruby. Vinnie and Ruby are back to seek revenge on the Duncan family, and they continue to deny Orlando the opportunity to meet his only child, who has been named after his family’s sworn enemy. Orlando takes things into his own hands and sets out to Jamaica to get his son.  The beautiful Paris Duncan is being haunted by recurring nightmares of her true love, Niles Monroe. She blew up his private plane when he became a threat to her family; however, there have been signs that suggest he may still be alive. On top of this, Darryl Graham, a long lost family friend, has returned and reignited a feud between Paris and London. Will the sisters have it out once again over the attention of a man? Get ready for another roller coaster ride with the Duncan family.

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Flirting with Disaster

Flirting with Disaster A Novella by Tracy Brown

Chloe Webster is an around-the-way girl pursuing her journalism degree at Hunter College. Then she meets Trey, a handsome and well dressed cat with hood swagger. When Trey tells Chloe that he is pursuing a degree in psychology, Chloe thinks she has finally met someone who has his head screwed on right. But as Chloe's flirtation with Trey intensifies, secrets are revealed and she finds that she's playing with fire, in Tracy Brown's Flirting with Disaster .

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Trouble

Trouble by Alyse Zaftig

TROUBLE I shouldn't look. Shouldn't touch.  So what if I've watched her grow up from an acne-prone skinny nerd to a girl with curves that could grace a centerfold? And so what if I've jerked off a few times to thoughts of her. A few dozen. Okay, a few hundred. I promised my best friend to keep my hands off of her. He asked a fox to guard a henhouse. It gets more difficult when she ends up in my bed. LAILA I've always hated him. He teased me when we were younger. Hid my cell phone. I watched as a parade of mostly naked girls came through my house to spend time with the swim team co-captains, each one lasting a week at most. I'm in college, and the only person I know is complete Trouble.

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The People vs Cashmere 2 - Karen Williams Cover Art

The People vs Cashmere 2

The People vs Cashmere 2 by Karen Williams

After the madness caused by Black Mitchell, Cashmere and Demarco want to move on and build a future, but the past continues to haunt them. Now married, successful business owners, they live in a huge house in Inglewood, CA, with their timid thirteen-year-old daughter, Dominique; however, things are far from perfect or even normal. Demarco holds deep resentment toward Cashmere and wants out of the marriage. His anger toward his wife makes him unable to have a close relationship with Dominique, who looks for a father's love elsewhere. Cashmere's past continues to haunt her. Black Mitchell might be in prison, but that doesn't stop him from his quest to destroy Cashmere's life for putting him there. As Cashmere struggles to save her marriage, Dominique finds herself pushed into the same life her mother escaped. Tragedy hits home and Cashmere loses everything. Will she be able to save her daughter before it's too late?

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A Hustler's Son II

A Hustler's Son II by T. Styles

Kelsi is more vicious than ever, as he returns in this gripping tale second only to the original, A Hustler s Son! A few months after receiving what was said to be his mother s bloody heart on Christmas Day, Kelsi seeks revenge on those he feels are responsible for her vicious murder. Believing that the culprits are in New York, Kelsi takes only a back pack and a heart full of hate as he bum rushes the city on the search for Kyope and Jarvis. He s so dead set on revenge, that he doesn t realize he s being set up by those he trusts. And by the time it finally comes to past, he s already way waist deep. Just when you thought it was all over, a revelation so real is born, that this finale will leave you breathless!

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Payback Ain't Enough

Payback Ain't Enough by Wahida Clark

The inimitable Wahida Clark delivers the latest installment of her best-selling high-octane urban drama series Payback, filled with the glamour, sex and danger that fans of the series can’t get enough of and that new readers will rush to. Picking up where the suspenseful ending of Payback With Ya Life left off, we’re plunged back into the hip hop drama, where the men are hot and dangerous, the women know their shoes from their Choos, and will stop at nothing to get what they want. In a game of power and intrigue where the stakes are high and the rewards are dazzling, the losers are gonna discover – there’s always a price to pay.

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