New York Times Bestselling Author Wahida Clark has built a Publishing Empire that features some of the most talented and gifted Authors writing books today. DJ Gatsby Book Club spotlights a few of these authors in this their first article on this unique Publishing Company known as Wahida Clark Publishing.
She is crowned the Queen of Thug Love Fiction by Nikki Turner, but since has been crowned the Queen of Street Literature. Wahida’s style of writing is the “template” for urban literature.
Wahida Clark created the Thug Love Fiction genre, which is a sub-genre of street lit as cited in “The Reader’s Guide to Street Literature”, by Vanessa Irvin Morris. Clark is also the first street lit author to pen a series, thus establishing the trend. When you read her novels, they are so real you are convinced of one of three things: you know the characters; you want to know the characters; or you are one of the characters.
The author CA$H was born Reginald Alexander in Cleveland, Ohio. Later after he moved to the south and became caught up in hustling, the streets of Atlanta christened him “Cash”.
He wore the nickname like a badge of honor as he ascended the ladder of success in the insidious game of drug dealing in the inner city. Then the inevitable fall snatched away his ill-gained hood riches, in 1991, and landed him in prison to begin serving a long sentence.
Not since Donald Goines many say, has a “street” author captured the essence of the streets with the true grittiness with which Cash writes. In 1994, he was featured in Prison Life magazine (The Fall of a Ghetto King). In 1994, he also won a PEN America Award in a national writing contest for prisoners. Cash is the father of six children: Destini, Keke, Cassius, Jakia, Cortez, and LeCassshiuss. His hobbies are basketball, chess, and of course, reading.
The voice of young adults uses relevant experiences to write colorful stories for teenagers. Charmaine White was raised in Milwaukee Wisconsin and currently lives in Wisconsin Dells Wisconsin.
Being a high school senior, involved in Varsity Cheerleading and honors groups, such as The National Honor Society, she is able to be the voice of young adults when crafting such relatable novels. Knowing the secrets, and all the behind the scene action that happens in high school, Charmaine White found a way to turn these issues into realistic, dramatic stories.
She likes to “keep it real”, through and through, so one will never be unsatisfied when reading her novels. Exposing the cliques, parties, and drama, Charmaine White will definitely make high school novels more interesting.
Gloria Dotson-Lewis is a budding author who resides in a suburb near Chicago. Her debut, Living Proof was a short story contribution to the critically acclaimed HIV/AIDS anthology,The Shattered Glass Effect.
Ninety-Nine Problems is her first young adult novel. Currently pursuing her degree in Social Work, this married mother of three is dedicated to creating a non-profit organization geared specifically toward African American teen girls. Her goal is to create an environment that will empower, encourage and educate young women with the skills they need to make responsible choices that will lead to a healthy, successful future.
Al Dickens was born in Winter Haven, Florida. He and his family (mother,father and sister) moved to Newark, New Jersey in the early forties.
Raised in the streets of Newark’s 2nd and 3rd wards made it almost inevitable that Al would start having serious trouble with the law by the age of 14. Al spent the last 16 years of his life behind bars as a result of two armed robbery convictions. But the prison turned out to be a golden opportunity for Al to get a formal education; and he took full advantage of it. By the time Al completed two years of college, he had co-authored three books and was working on Uncle Yah Yah.
Al says, The knowledge, wisdom and understanding of self, society and religion, are the magical potions which transforms your world from a sphere of meaningless conglomerations of people, places and things and changes them into specific categories of elements to be assimilated for strength, or to be opposed for protection. Such a character possessed of this golden elixir is referred to as Omnipresent, or living in-tune with what’s happening now. I know, because I crawled into this prison cell-like cocoon a lowly caterpillar, but I shall emerge a butterfly, dancing about and kissing the pretty flowers in the springtime of my youth. Watch for me.
Intelligent Allah’s full name is Intelligent Tarref Allah, but he is affectionately known by family and friends as Intell. Born and raised on the chaotic streets of Brownsville and East New York, Brooklyn, Intelligent was a poet and aspiring rapper prior to becoming incarcerated in 1994.
Intelligent is a graduate of the Writer’s Digest School’s Writing Workshop. He also completed writing/grammar courses sponsored by Rising Hope Inc., Shawangunk Valley School, and Bard College through which he is currently pursuing his Associates in Arts.
His works have been published on the website, therubanbooksource.com. His writings have been published in The Five Percenter newspaper and American Vegan magazine. The New York Amsterdam News has accepted his work as well. Intelligent was contracted as an editor and copywriter for publishing companies such as Cinobe Publishing and Green & Company. He is the co-editor of Wahida Clark’s bestselling novel Thug Matrimony (Kensington Corp.). He also served on the editorial board for prison newsletters, The Lifer’s Call and Ujima.
Mike Jefferies is currently incarcerated in Beaumont, Texas.
Ne Ne Capri spent the first 18 years of her life without her father who was serving a life sentence for murder, raised on the ill streets of North Jersey by a mother and grandmother in Wilson Place and Mechanic St. projects; being heavily influenced by her surroundings she went head first into the streets. Once her grandmother passed in 1992 the only crutch she would have to get through it was alcohol and weed. Being a 16 year old high school dropout with very little work experience she picked up on the neighborhood trades which only pushed her further into the streets and spun her totally out of control. It would be many brushes with death that would present a fork in the road and provide an opportunity for change.
At 18 she met Wahida Clark who quickly placed her under her wing relocated her to Georgia and put her on the road to success. Currently Ne Ne Capri attends Temple University in Philadelphia, PA in pursuit of a law degree, also active in Prodigal Sons and Draughts Redirection Inc. in an effort deter and redirect our youth to become productive members of society. She lives by the motto, “Good things come to those who wait, but only what’s left by those who hustle.”
Sereniti Hall was just released from serving a seven year federal prison sentence. She now resides in Macon, Georgia.
Born in Summit, NJ and raised in the Valley section of Orange, NJ, Tash Hawthorne cannot be viewed as the typical Jersey Girl. Writing evolved from that of her mother.
Tash showed early signs of her gift of script at the age of 9; winning second place in a state-wide essay contest for students in grades 4-6. At age 14, she placed first in another essay contest which consisted of 1300 junior high school candidates along the East Coast. Despite her early accolades, Tash did not seriously begin writing until the age of 17, three months after the untimely passing of her best friend.
Writing became a therapeutic way to escape the unpleasant realities of her surroundings. And it was in that time of salutary that her first screenplay, “The Jaded Edge” was born. Her second screenplay is entitled “Nu JeruSlum” and another stage play entitled “Mourning Glory.” Tash began to write a third screenplay entitled “Karma.” Throughout that year, she experienced unsettling thoughts about the format of the piece. It was not until a year later when she decided to turn it into a novel. Karma, like all of Tash’s works, encompasses the reality of life as she sees it and knows it.
Victor L. Martin, AKA Mr. Hood Legend first entered the Urban Lit scene in 2004 with his novel A Hood Legend . He is now serving time in a North Carolina State Penitentiary.
Growing up in the streets of New Jersey was no cake walk for Missy Jackson. After enduring the all too common trials of the hood, Missy found herself turning to writing as a positive therapeutic outlet. Missy currently resides in Somerset, New Jersey.
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