I liked the book, it wasn't too long and it was an interesting read. I did have the opinion that Ja Rule was just another dumb rapper who got caught uI liked the book, it wasn't too long and it was an interesting read. I did have the opinion that Ja Rule was just another dumb rapper who got caught up in that game lifestyle and had to serve time in jail. But his book showed much differently, I read about his struggles growing up in a broken home, dropping out if high school, selling drugs, meeting his future wife in high school. It took some time for him to enter the music industry with some few setbacks but once he did he shot off like a rocket. He won all sorts of awards and recognition, but as with too much fame and no guidelines on how to handle oneself out in Hollywood comes the downfall. The lawsuits came, the gun charges, and he had to do his time in jail, I don't know how his family endured such a hard time. But, he was a committed father, as far as being a husband went that was debatable because he did mention Karrine Steffans, Ms Supahead and how she wrote the encounter in her book but he was careful in not admitting to ever having sex with her, he instead made it seem like he just passed her around to his friends. The 50 Cent beef was very interesting and it cleared up some questions I had and also had me looking at 50 differently than before. So, the book was enjoyable, he got caught up in drama and had to do his time, I never got the woe is me sing from him in the book. He was truthful about every offense he made against the law he was accountable for his actions. I appreciated his sense of community and the way he talked about the plight of Black people and our complex history and interlaced it like a backdrop to his book, he didn't use it as a crutch but I got the sense that he knew history wise where he came from and how he tried to spread that knowledge with his fellow inmates. I love reading auto-biographies by rappers and how they got I to the rap industry. I think it's because I grew up in the beginning stages of hip-hop when it was at it's most creative level. Now on to read Common's One day it will all make sense........more
I'm giving this book four stars because of the subject of the book. The topic of the Illuminati is what everyone is discussing these days. EspeciallyI'm giving this book four stars because of the subject of the book. The topic of the Illuminati is what everyone is discussing these days. Especially as to it pertaining to Hollywood and politics. With that said I can't believe it took me five months to complete this book. One gripe I had about the book is that there were too many characters introduced and the the book jumped back and forth between decades making it hard to keep pace with the storylines. I almost quit reading the book several times because of that. I felt as if the pieces to these characters were never going to come together. I knew that they each had a place in the storyline but it wasn't revealed until the very end. I did like how the author lightly touched upon the themes of Mk ultra, child rituals, sex rituals the 27 club, and Sun worship Baphomet worship the gem stones that some of the characters were obsessed with reminded me of those red strings that the celebs wore around their wrists for that kabbalah religion, back masking lyrics, basically all the themes I have read about on various conspiracy blogs and he did it in a round about way leaving the reader to draw his or her own conclusions I really liked how he even gave a shout out to the conspiracy blogs like the vigilant citizen blog because I am often on that site reading about the industry. Some of the characters had resemblances of Amy Winehouse, Britney Murphy stars who died in mysterious ways. It's like you don't leave the industry, you die out of the industry. Interesting read even if most parts were drawn out and the characters were a little all over the place....more
I just finished this book. I liked it, I tend to always like EJD's books. I like his style of writing, I like How he travels to different cities and cI just finished this book. I liked it, I tend to always like EJD's books. I like his style of writing, I like How he travels to different cities and countries to do his research for his books. For this novel, he wrote about a married couple who were financial distress in their marriage and the circumstances they took to try to stay afloat of their situation. I could definitely relate to the themes of economic distress in this book. I always look forward to read more from this author....more
I've been reading this book on and off since last October. So I am especially proud of myself for finishing it. It's not because I struggled with it, I've been reading this book on and off since last October. So I am especially proud of myself for finishing it. It's not because I struggled with it, but because of life's distractions. Definitely, one of the creepiest books I've read in a long time. I saw the movie when I was younger and didn't understand much of it at the time, I knew it was a scary movie. Without giving too much away the book lived up to the hype, I felt for the family towards the end. It's been a long time since I've read a SK book, the last one I read was Misery, a long time ago. I'm most likely am going to read Doctor Sleep because I'd like to see what became of Danny Torrance and Salem's Lot because I really liked the movie. The downside to this book I would say would be the choice of language especially when it came to race. I understand that that one of the main characters had a colorful way of talking and expressing himself, and SK had to write the character in such a way given the culture of the time. But at times I felt like I was reading a Mark Twain novel in which the N word was used repeatedly, which was the case with the Shining. As I said I haven't read an SK book in a while and was a bit taken aback by this, but it didn't take away from the story, and I am still interested in reading some of this other books....more
I thought this was a well written autobiography. I liked that the chapters weren't incredibly long and drawn out to read. I like that it was an easy r I thought this was a well written autobiography. I liked that the chapters weren't incredibly long and drawn out to read. I like that it was an easy read except for the chapters on the wars. I was attentive as best as I could in trying to understand Bush's point of view. Some of the information was somewhat complex for me at times.
Before reading this book I believed every negative word in the media about Bush. I still am on the fence about some of the decisions he made regarding the wars and hurricane Katrina. Regarding Katrina I did blame him alot for the lack of response, but since reading his book I learned the difference between where a president steps in and a Governor is suppossed to step in. Both former Gov. Kathleen Blanco and Mayor Ray Nagin had equal shares of responsiblity. I have wondered how Gov. Kathleen Blanco slept at night. You'd have to read the Katrina chapter to see where I'm coming from.
I admire Bush for his faith. And I believe he made decisions the best that he could. In the book he admitted to his mistakes constantly, and I have to respect that in a person. So while I don't empathize with George Bush, he witnessed what his father had to go through as President, so he had to know what came with the territory of running a country. I do sympathize with the events endured during his run in office and the pressures he felt to right what his decisons made wrong....more
Excited that I finished a book by James Baldwin. I was always curious about his books... This one was good, slow at times and I felt somewhat guilty f Excited that I finished a book by James Baldwin. I was always curious about his books... This one was good, slow at times and I felt somewhat guilty for rushing through some parts... It's to be expected that classics such as this book would be slow, classics aren't like books today, books in which the storyline would go by so fast that you would have to re-read some lines over....more
I just finished reading this book a few minutes ago. I thought it was a enlightening and light-hearted book to read. While reading it at times I had t I just finished reading this book a few minutes ago. I thought it was a enlightening and light-hearted book to read. While reading it at times I had to remind myself that the story takes places fifteen years after the first book that was written in the early nineties. So in the book the year is 2005, TM writes about what took place that year like Hurricand Katrina and etc..., so I would say that she fused in the timeline of events well. I had to also get used to characters being older than they were in the first group... Although they were alot older than I am, I could relate to some of the issues they went through in their lives, death and how to move on after losing your better half, getting older and being single but looking of love on online websites, the uncertainly about life and whether you could ever get to happy and be content. So overall, I like that TM has done a follow up to WTE, because that book and the movie was a smash hit and it was very funny revisiting these characters again. I am hoping that a movie is in the works and that TM will be able to get back the original cast, with the exception of Gregory Hines who died in the mid 2000s... I know I wouldn't mind seeing Whitney Houston on the bring screen again, it may restore some faith in the fans that she lost due to her lack-luster concerts and album....more
I just finished reading this book. I hate that it took me over a month to get through it. I picked this book up at the grocery store in a bin full of I just finished reading this book. I hate that it took me over a month to get through it. I picked this book up at the grocery store in a bin full of reduced priced books. I had left it lying around the place, I didn't think that I was going to read it, until the day when I decided to take the chance to challenge myself with a genre that's outside what I normally would read, in other words its okay to put aside my fiction novels sometimes, to read a book that's going to give me food for thought. This book was written before President Barack Obama was sworn in as the POTUS... It basically laid out the challenges of taking over the presidency after what was the distaster of the previous President before. Not only that but the author made comparisions of the Presidents from the past, and how they handled policy to how policy is handled today. It was really interesting reading about President Carter, as I was an infant during the time he was President. The author had some not so nice comments about President Carter, but he seemed like a nice person to me. Some parts of the book I just read through, because govt is still a confusing subject to understand so I did the best I could to follow along with the author's points of view. And, I'm glad that I challenge myself in reading this book, and the book was 200 hundred pages, so I appreciated that author didn't drag out his points of view over 3 or 400 pages....more
I really enjoyed reading this book. I actually finished it yesterday Nov 1st. It was important that I started reading this book in the month of Octobe I really enjoyed reading this book. I actually finished it yesterday Nov 1st. It was important that I started reading this book in the month of October, because that is when the DC Sniper shootings took place. I really wanted to understand what made John Allen Muhammed committ those killings. I wanted to understand it from his ex-wife's Mildred's point of view. She really lets the readers into her life, as she writes about how she met John and the circumstances that led to the month of October. There were signs early on that something wasn't right, but in loving someone, sometimes there's a reluctance to see what's in front of one's view. Therefore, I judge her as being this or that because she did eventually left John. Could I say that early in their relationship there were red flags that she should've paid attention to, yes, maybe I could, but other readers will see like I have how charming, manipulative, and cunning John Muhammed was. I felt bad for their children and what they had to endure... And continue to have to endure. So, this book receives a high rating from me, I guess the questions that will always linger for me is, was it Gulf's War syndrome or evidence of mind-control?...more
Overall, this was a good and interesting read. Eldridge did leave me confused during some parts in the book, I tried to understand what he was relatinOverall, this was a good and interesting read. Eldridge did leave me confused during some parts in the book, I tried to understand what he was relating to. Eldridge was in jail during the late sixties, so it was interesting reading about his struggles and what led him to imprisonment, plus learning how he broke down the social issues from that decade, I liked comparing them to the social issues of today. And although much progress has been made, there's still much more work to be done. I would recommend for people to read this book, especially young African-American males. I wish it was required reading for school....more