No Disrespect

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Vintage Books, 1994 - Biography & Autobiography - 361 pages
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In No Disrespect, Sister Souljah, America's most notorious hip-hop rebel, offers a stunningly candid book about how young black girls can grow up with their integrity intact in a very tough world. Here is a gripping and searing account of the ferocious struggle for sexual identity and autonomy that confronts every African-American - especially women. Sister Souljah reveals herself to be a writer whose gifts of language are prodigious. In No Disrespect, she has written a work of vast power, fury, wisdom, and love. Divided into seven chapters, each titled after a particular character with whom the author comes into contact - for example, "Nathan, " "Mona, " "Joseph" - No Disrespect is a brutally honest account of the rage and hopes of girls in the ghetto. It is filled with memorable scenes and unforgettable characters as it describes the difficult relationships between African-American women and the men who would seek to have them. Along the way, we learn about the underlying tensions within the black family the entanglements of friends, and the entrapments of lovers. It is a tale of innocence and betrayal. A book sure to confound her critics, No Disrespect will deepen the public debate over issues of race and class and sex, and complicate (in the best possible sense) the public's perception of who Sister Souljah is, and what she has to offer. In a time of terrible crisis in America, this revelatory book is an essential part of the dialogue that must take place between men and women of all persuasions.

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Sister Souljah is a wonderful writer to me. - Goodreads
I wish there had been more of a happy ending. - Goodreads
It made me connect with her as a writer. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Walma - Goodreads

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 ... Read full review

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User Review  - Book - Goodreads

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 ... Read full review

About the author (1994)

Sister Souljah was born in 1964 in New York City. A graduate of Rutgers University, she attended Cornell University's advanced placement summer program and Spain's University of Salamanca study-abroad program. Sister Souljah is best known for her work as a political activist and educator of underclass urban youth. In the mid-1980s, she founded, in cooperation with the United Church of Christ, the African Youth Survival Camp, located in Enfield, North Carolina for children of homeless families. In 1992, her rap album, 360 Degrees Power, and video, Slavery's Back in Effect, catapulted her to national attention. Her first book, No Disrespect, was published in 1994.