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Black and White

4.72  ·  Rating details ·  69 ratings  ·  30 reviews
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When the prestigious law firm of Wayne, Rothstein, and Lincoln catches two major cases—a rape case where a White NBA star allegedly raped a Black stripper, and a murder case where a Black rapper allegedly killed a gay couple and two policemen—Bill O'Neil and Ben Turner are tasked to handle these racially charged litigations. The cases hit emotional chords with the two law
Kindle Edition, 342 pages
Published June 21st 2017 by Legacy Books LLC
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Romance/Suspense/ Contemporary Issues /This is a must read from a powerful author!!

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They were both young attorneys vying for a coveted partnership in their prestigious law firm. Each is given an impossible case to win, each would have to grapple with their own set of morals, integrity and the interwoven racial elements that will lead them to reflect on their own lives, relationships and abilities to defend their high profile clients. One
J. Kahele
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This story tackles the heart wrenching truth of racism in the modern world. Ben Burgess exposes the hurtful truths, that people face everyday, through the stories of two young attorneys.
Fighting for a partnership in their law firm, the two attorneys are put on cases that seem impossible to win.
Ben is a man who has found his skin to be too black to find equality in his prominently white firm and too white for the black community.
He is in charge of defending an infamous black rapper who is excuse
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ben is a black lawyer that had to overcome prejudice growing up. Constantly he was teased for 'acting' white, for being proper and not fitting the stereotype of African Americans. While his dad has taught him to treat everyone equally, his mother on the other hand still has her bias perceptions of whites. It is bad enough that her son is dating a white girl, Becky who she struggles to like. Ben's best friend Billy is assigned to a case that has him questioning his motives. Yet when he covers a c ...more
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book

This book touched on many of the race issues going on in today's world. It was very well written and took you deep into the hearts and minds of the characters. That made it easy to hate some characters and feel for others. I highly recommend this book.
Born True Bethea
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was phenomenal. what made it a great read was the fact that if you was in a interracial relationship, or thinking about being in a interracial relationship, this was a crucial read. I definitely identified with the main character Ben from personal experience. This is a good book to recommend for everybody, black, white, male and female. Not so much of the racial issues that relates to even to this day, but also the judgement we pass on each day.
Alvin L.
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The book is ultra realistic and touches on problems and topics that happens in the world everyday. It was a good honest book!
Shatika Turner
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Never a disappointment

As with any other Ben Burgess book, he didn't disappoint me. He brought forth relevant issues that are present. Great job!
Maya B
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great story about race relations in America. It was a little predictable but not enough to take away from the story line. Great character development and I like how well the story flowed. This is my first read by this author but not my last.
Dee Cherry
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Well written concerning issues addressed. Storyline with realistic situations and outcomes. Good portrayal of characters, especially Bill for he understood the struggle. I wasn't a fan of Ben & I thought his character portrayal was on point while he dealt with his life. Great job of bringing these accounts to light. Good read.
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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As a lawyer, I’m always intrigued when I can read books that take place in law firms or deal with the law, and Black and White fits that bill perfectly. Wayne, Rothstein and Lincoln, a prestigious law firm, is tasked to deal with two racially charged litigations in two major cases. The first case involves a white NBA star allegedly raping a black stripped. The second case involves a black ripper allegely killing a gay
Gilda Syverson
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Powerful Page Turner!

Ben Burgess Jr's writing kept me turning each page of Black and White wanting to know who was doing what next. This author's ability to show, and “show” well, the black and white biases in this country with an outstanding portrayal of each character in this story. I found the two parallel stories of a black lawyer and a white lawyer competing for the same partnership, and each one of the lawyers in an interracial relationship so compelling that I didn't want to put the book
Naturalbri (Bri Wignall)
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an excellent read, packed with suspense and real-world problems to be solved. It is strewn with racially motivated issues, leading to the those trying to solve the crimes being shoved into the public eye, for more than their crime solving skills.

I loved that this book touched on some very real issues, as they worked their way through the crime, as it linked it back to problems we are seeing now, making the story exceptionally realistic, and very easy to imagine. I found myself connectin
Rhena Deshaun
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Man, I'll tell you what; this book was not what I expected. I was truly excited to read this and exhausted with the complexities of the storyline. The author weaves a very detailed reality of the world we live in, but choose to ignore. This is an excellent read that will continue to open your eyes and let's you know that everything in life is not all Black & White!😍
Excellent Story on Real-World Problems!

Incredible read.

While a work of fiction, the scenarios played out in Black & White felt real.

Extremely real.

The author did a great job of dissecting multiple viewpoints and putting them on display. Even minor characters were well-developed.

A bigoted white law firm lands two huge cases—a black rapper accused of a quadruple murder (including two cops), and a white NBA star accused of raping a black stripper. Dangling a partnership as bait, the firm assign
Michelle Wright
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book and very thought provoking. It focuses on the lives and relationships of two attorney'; one who is black and the other white and both are dating women of the opposite race. This story details the opposition and negative things they face as a couple and as an individual within their race coming to the realization that both races stereotype based on the way they think they lives are but in both cases they are mistaken. I was saddened to see what Rebecca had to deal with con ...more
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Black vs White

In this story readers saw two couples struggling to stay together against all odds. A black man and white woman, and a white man and black woman. In this book the tables were reversed in who had the wealth. Ben and Becky's parents both had means. Becky was wealthy. Bill and Ebony both grew up poor in the same housing projects. Gabby and Terrance grew up with Ben in middle class homes. Both were Bens best friends. Ben started dating Becky because Gabby would not give him the time of
Ann Campanella
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Black & White is a fast-moving, provocative read that illuminates the biases we hold about race, specifically interracial relationships. Ben Burgess, Jr., holds back nothing, and while his topic is raw, his writing is authentic, the characters real, and the overall effect of his story is inspiring. Burgess sets up the conflict from the beginning with two lawyers -- one black and one white -- each vying for a coveted partnership in a major law firm as they represent clients in two high-profil ...more
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
You will definitely take something away with this must read

This book was well written and held a lot of substance. It's about race but not being racist. Why I say that because you is who you are. Some things we're taught and some things we learn in life. This book is really about being true to yourself. It will make you pull from your inner soul the things you really want to say out loud. If you don't speak up it's because your holding inside of you. Read this book to find out if your living in
Iona Sawyer
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a must read for all. It was nearly impossible to focus on anything else when I wasn't reading it. Ben really put definition, real life into this book. Whether one agrees or disagrees with multiracial relationships I believe they will enjoy it because everyone and there point of view is not left out. Will be reading this one again.
Tosha Clingman
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing

First off I love your books..... I enjoyed reading this book. I got upset sometimes at the characters for being a little crazy. It ended the way I thought it would.
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book will completely draw you in! To me it was a page turner, I needed to know what was coming next. Once finished it's hard to walk away from. I think my family was ready for me to stop reading..oops. But in all seriousness to is a must read book!
Vanetia Singleton
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ben Burgess Jr did an awesome job of developing a gut-wrenching glimpse into racism. Attorneys Ben and Bill have both judged each other based on the outer appearance without ever getting to know each other at all. Even though they’ve worked at the same law firm for 8 years together. Their stories of upbringing, family issues, romance and the like make this story so powerful.

I am definitely a fan of Ben Burgess, Jr. and look forward to what’s next.
Letitia Mask
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We are more alike than different no matter the race

Gabby was the lease liked character for me and Becky had the most personal growth. It is a shame how the firm put everyone against each other and how everyone was caught in the lies. I believe the only case that really mattered was the basketball player for the publicity and money. I don't know if I was Billy that I would have wanted to win to make partner for my mom. She was already really sick but I wouldn't have been able to go against my bel
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This author never disappoints!!

The issues of dating another race and the feelings surrounding it, family, friends, ones self. Really deep and heartfelt, this author is on point.
Robert White
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Real masterpiece love it!!!!!

This book was beautiful written at times I had put it down and walked away. That Becky father was hard to take very racist could stand him Ben was a good man to take his bull. I believe we have come far we still not all the way when comes to racist. That's AUTHOR Ben Burgess wonderful story a must read.
Carmen Blalock
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
For whatever reason race relations have always been a difficult thing.  I'm not sure if it is a fear of the unknown or reliving our ancestors past but one thing is for certain, things are just barely better than they were back in the slavery days.  We have to do better.

Ben is a successful lawyer who is trying to become partner in his firm.  He is doing everything he possibly can to prove to them that he needs no he deserves the position but he has one major obstacle with them.  Should Ben sell h
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
What other people think of you is their business

I was taken through many emotions reading this, mostly anger. The blatant bigotry & ridiculous train off thought of some of these characters disturbed me. But the sad truth is, these people exist. I enjoyed watching these characters evolve into understanding & accepting themselves. Despite what they faced they came out on top.

EyeCU Reading Approved
Mary D'Alto
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have just started reading this book and already I am intrigued. I will report back when I have read the entire book.
Ebony EyeCU Evans
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“Black & White” is sure to have you in your feelings! Whether you’ve seen, thought, read or experienced the hurtfulness of racism…It’s all right here in BLACK AND WHITE.

Through well developed characters and the alternating similar but different storylines of Attorneys Ben & Bill, the reader gains insight of stereotypical racial views such as… Upbringings, relationships, workplace & law enforcement. Although fictional, this relatable story touches on some very controversial and though
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Black and White

For me black and white started off a little bit slow, however, I did enjoy the read. It picked up once we saw the challenges that the characters had the face on a daily basis. Although the heart wants what the heart wants sometimes it puts you in difficult situations to have to have to deal with racism when all you want to do is LOVE. This book did show how love does conquer all even in the wake ofdifficult situations. I applaud been because I know some of these situations had to
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Ben Burgess Jr is the author of the award-winning novels "Monster", "Wounded", “Love and Happiness”, and the new novel “ Daddy’s Girl." He is an active performer of spoken word poetry. Ben Burgess Jr uses his love of writing to inspire and influence youths to strive for what they believe in, and to never give up on their dreams. His novels "Monster" and “Wounded” are currently used in schools on t ...more
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