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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  2,055 ratings  ·  140 reviews
Rapper, activist, and hip-hop rebel, Sister Souljah possesses the most passionate and articulate voice to emerge from the projects. Now she uses that voice to deliver what is at once a fiercely candid autobiography and a survival manual for any African American woman determined to keep her heart open and her integrity intact in 1990s America.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 30th 1996 by Vintage (first published December 27th 1994)
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Feb 04, 2010 Abi added it
Do not mess with a married at all, ever, for any reason. It does not matter what he tells you. He may say he’s getting a divorce. Wait until he gets one before you go anywhere with him, before you touch him, before you kiss him, even before you have a lot of conversation with him. He will tell you he doesn’t love his wife. Or he will tell you he does love his wife, but not the same way he loves you. He will tell you that the two of you can be together forever. He will tell you that he’s only wit ...more
Finally! I got to read this one...which admittedly I wasn't warmed by the opening. It took turning to a page just about in the middle of the book, (page 109 to be exact), and reading from there for a few pages before going back to the beginning to understand this woman's philosophies, and where she's coming from.

After that, from beginning to end I didn't want to close the book. Anyone who advocates for children wins me over, before and after all else. Of course there is much more to Sister Soul
Jaay Ferocity
Anyone who thinks that this book was terrible obviously had no connection whatsoever with the character and/or has no idea how to look at something through another perspective.

This character tried so hard to not end up like the hoodrats around her way. She got into school, studied and tried to find love. She did get hurt the first time, so she tried again. And unfortunately, she got hurt several other times. By the end of the book it seems that she lost all hope and did as the other girls did,
Tia Crane
I really appreciated this book just because of its gritty personal truth. Sister Souljah lets us into very private and defining moments of her life and I appreciated her honesty. The book honestly made me want to write her a letter. I do have to say I was rather shocked by the opinions she drew mainly concerning sexuality and the black man. She comes down on homosexuality in such a personal way that I wish I could dialogue with her on the issue especially since she seems to have such wildly unfo ...more
Daa'Jah Wallace
I was very dissapointed when i read no disrespect. It not only showed disrespect it was racist, biast and that girl was the most judgemental person I ever read about. I absolutely think this book is degrading and not a book I would even reccomend to the most annoying people. I hate the character because she never tells her name for one. Then she goes around sleeping with other peoples men talking about " there isn't that many men in the world. So we should share them". I think that this characte ...more
Brionna Barcolleh
Sister Souljah uses the craft voice in almost every novel she has written. She is a strong independent African American young adult that can't help cater and speak on the needs of the African American community. In this book she was a young, strongly opinionated, college student and a motivational speaker towards the young black community. She targeted the young black Americans so that she could prevent negative influences that go unnoticed in the black community. Everything she spoke on you cou ...more
Aug 23, 2007 wordLife rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: young adults
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read this:

"*soul food*

I don't remember what led me to read No Disrespect. Maybe it was the title, the way it subtely declared that she intended to tell her story, even at the risk of unconsciously offending some while attempting to uplift others. But she was making a declaration right from the jump - no disrespect. No disrespect intended, and none accepted. Hmm, I liked that.

It might have been the grainy black and white photo of her on the cover, the serious look in her eyes, her pretty, youthf
Tony Delgado
Sister Souljah's memoir is surprisingly naive, homophobic, and racist. It is tragic in its juxtaposition of a close-minded prejudice with the searching of someone who so badly wants to learn, be educated and think outside the box. Finally, the cultural Pan-Africanism Souljah's protagonist values so much is the worst kind of insult to the diverse and distinct African (or of African descent) cultures that inhabit the world. Skip it and read some Frantz Fanon instead.
Sister Souljah is a wonderful writer to me. everything seems to be true in one way or another. even if one of her books is taking place back in the day,the problems she relates to still seem to be the same.
sister souljah puts her self in everyone of her books, using her name and her on character.
i think one of the reasons she has so much respect is because she is more than just a writer,she is involved in the community also.

No disrespect was about a young girl. she always looked up to her mothe
Shakila Lightfoot
Sister Souljha used Voice in her text. I loved the moral of the this book. It was an excellent read! Her text connects to you on an emotional level. It all comes from her point of view of the story. She used it throughout her story. She used it very well. It was consistent about how she felt and what happened through her eyes in her relationships, but it had a moral at the end. This text can be used to show the writer to write from a place you know and reflect on it in the end. She reflected fro ...more
Cocochanel Le
I found this book by my teacher whom I had first semester and she told me how it was very interesting and intriguing to read. Once I got my hands-on the book, I was quite surprised where it took me. It starts of with Sister Soujhah in her early days growing up in the projects (most commonly called the ghetto) Well, since I got the sense of where this is going, it reminds me of how difficult this day in age of how black-skinned people are still being mistreated academically and physically. We loo ...more
Tiffany Wideman
Sister Souljah's Autobiography No Disrespect was a great read. I literally couldn't put it down. Throughout the whole book she kept it real. I'm usually not a fan of autobiography's so I had no idea I would enjoy this book as much as I did. I love the way that the chapters are named after the people in her life and in the order in which they appear in her life. Sister Souljah's autobiography could be used as a mentor text to teach the effectiveness of voice and building characters in your writin ...more
Queyonna Beedles-Hercules
Sister Souljah uses the craft voice in almost every novel she has written. She is a strong independent African American young adult that can't help cater and speak on the needs of the African American community. In this book she was a young, strongly opinionated, college student and a motivational speaker towards the young black community. She targeted the young black Americans so that she could prevent negative influences that go unnoticed in the black community. Everything she spoke on you cou ...more
a candid, funny memoir that i related to much more than i expected. however, was disappointed by her views on rape culture. i would like to ask her if her opinion has changed since 1994 about any of the events chronicled in her memoir.
wow this book was not what i expected. I hated the fact sista was always making an excuse on why black people acted the way the acted it's like she wanted us all to hate white people :( which was really disappointing - I must admit this book was pretty interesting - 80% of the book pissed me off ; I felt that sista was not practicing what she was preaching she said she did not agree with abortions but she went & got one >_< then she made an excuse on why she was dating a married man li ...more
By far, my favorite of Sister Souljah's books. Gave me a better appreciation for her passion and activism, and helped keep my own activism alive despite life's challenges.
This book is a must read for women of color. It is the literary version of "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill." The way the Sister Souljah breaks things down without seeming preachy definitely captures the reader's attention, whether the reader be a budding pre-teen or an experienced middle-aged woman. It is written from the author's soul. It's as if she is saying, "You're probably going to regret doing A, B, and C; I know because I've done all of the above and trust, you don't want to go there, t ...more
I read this book as an assignment for my Contemporary Ethnic Women class about two years ago and I can still feel Sister Souljah's anger in every page. I had no idea what to expect, but I was amazing by Sister Souljah. She cuts no corners to tell her story and it's what makes the messages so powerful. Filled with heartache, rage, and determination this story captivates you. It was a little too graphic for me but, it's that rawness that emphasizes Sister Souljah's point. I would recommend this bo ...more
Rianna Jade
My favourite from her, guaranteed to learn some lessons about yourself.
Interesting and well written, I just hated her guts.
I really did not enjoy this book at all!!

After reading Coldest Winter Ever, and then reading this book, I can honestly say that Sister souljah's style of writing grates on me. I gave the book three stars because there were aspects of it that I appreciated, but overall I found her to be quite vulgar and vacuous.

She has a way of writing which translates as a sort of self-righteousness as opposed to self-love which is imagine to be purer. She barely mentioned other women who were doing positive things, the focus only seemed to be on wom
Julia Morrison
I believe this book is almost like a set of rules for African American women. The author goes into great detail about the people who made a difference in her life especially her mother. She tells about the racism black people have to go through and what they still go through today. She shows the truth about some black families and some of what they go through and the serious issues they have to deal with as a whole. She points out the way black people treat one another and how they really see th ...more
Sabrina Robinson
This was a tough read in a couple of ways. Right off the bat, I found it too graphic and vulgar far too often for my taste. I'd like to believe she did this in the interest of maintaining that facts of this autobiographical book, as well as making her story as a political activist and spokesperson interesting and one easily related to - particularly for her audience, the nebulous Black community, especially Black women.
She talks about the struggle to be educated, to maintain dignity, morality,
Stephanie Conine
I would like to first say that this book was an interesting read as far as mixing racism and politics with drama. The author heightens intellect with urban intellect with street smarts. However, the drama is what kept me interested in reading this book. At times I felt as if the author's political views were contradictory and confusing until the lessons at the end of the book. Although I understand the authors reasoning for writing the literature in this form, I believe that the form that was ut ...more
Souljah's open acknowledgment of her own failings and shortcomings in this book was a refreshing change of pace after a slew of memoirs that sought to figure the author as some sort of ideal. The book is organized more by topic than chronology and it's a structure that works for her. It's a text about her emotional and philosophical development, about social beliefs and trying desperately to find herself.

Additionally it's an interesting text to read alongside her novel The Coldest Winter Ever, i
Heaven Griffin
This Book Was OMG, it was so good i thought from the first chapter that it was going to be boring but when i kept reading it, it was so so good.I have read more than one of Sister Souljah books she is a very good author and keeps it real in all her books.This book was about all of the people who has impacted her life with lies, the truth, politics, and love.This book has taught me that education will take you so far its just how you us it will take you further.The men in this book miss educated ...more
Jai Khatri
I really liked her writing style and it was great to have such an inside perspective shared that I might not have otherwise gleaned. However, her homophobia was too much to take.
She's amazing and one of my favorite top 10 writers. I love everything she writes and I always want more!
Danelle Hairston
Great read of twist and turns. She tells her life via the people she has met along the way.
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Sister Souljah is an American hip hop-generation author, activist, recording artist, and film producer.
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“I was beautiful; after all, my skin was as rich and dark as wet, brown mud, a complexion that any and every pale white girl would pray for - that is, if she believed in God. My butt sat high in the air and my hips obviously gave birth to Creation. Titties like mangoes, firm, sweet, and ready. My thighs and legs were big and powerful, kicking Vanna White and Cindy Crawford to the curb.” 31 likes
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