Amin Meadows author of Convict's CandyDamon "Amin" Meadows:
Urban Lit with a Twist

by Seth "Soul Man" Ferranti
Urban Book Source
October 2007


Violence, sex, and drugs are usually at the core of street lit but Damon “Amin” Meadows flipped the script with Convict’s Candy, his venture into the book game which he co-wrote with Jason Poole, the Essence best selling author of Larceny. The two authors wrote the book at FCI Manchester, a federal prison in Kentucky, and while Jason was released in January 2007, Amin is still incarcerated, now doing time at FCI Loretto in Pennsylvania. His book, Convict’s Candy, which is based on a true story, is a unique entry into the street lit genre as it deals with sexual identity, prostitution, and homosexuality within the prison system. The story follows Candy Sweets, a teenaged, pre-op transsexual, who gets locked up in the Feds one week before his scheduled sex-chang. Candy soon finds himself caught in several love affairs with men who have families, girlfriends, and wives at home waiting for them to be released. Candy learns about prison life through sexual harassment, violence, stigma, and HIV exposure. But Candy doesn’t kiss and tell; he understands the code of silence – what happens in prison stays in prison. Yet with Convict’s Candy, Amin was courageous enough to break that code, exposing the world to the reality of men on the down low while in jail. The book takes a serious look at a serious matter and explains how the HIV virus spreads rampantly through the prison system. It also reveals how the dangerous and deadly disease is transmitted back out to society to unsuspecting women in the community when infected inmates are released and return to their homes and loved ones bringing their diseases with them.

“Being incarcerated for over 14 years, I’ve seen a lot of these so-called men in here fall weak to homosexual activities,” Amin says. “And some of these transgenders they have sex with are HIV positive.” But don’t get it twisted, ain’t nothing homo about Amin. Damon “Amin” Meadows is an African-American Muslim who grew up in the hard, fast streets of South Philly. This brother keeps it thorough and lets the world know about some of his fellow prisoners in Convict’s Candy, the homo-thug segment that is.

“These so-called men go home or go on visits with their wives or girlfriends as if they’re still heterosexual,” Amin says. “Kissing and hugging all over their women on the visits or having sex with their women when they go home knowing they were just kissing, hugging, and having sex with other men.” Those women could be my daughters one day or other women in my family so I feel I have an obligation to make these realities known.” And with Convict’s Candy, Amin has. The book has made waves in the outside world, shocking and disgusting in equal manner. Wendy Williams, the radio personality and Queen of Drama choose the controversial title as the book club’s pick for the month of March, saying “The real deal about jail life. If you have a man doing a bid, you must read Convict’s Candy.” Don Diva put the book on its Top 15 Urban Book List. Even hip-hop superstar Lil’ Kim read the book saying, “I really loved Convict’s Candy, the book is ill.” And for real Amin and Jason got a little ill writing the book, as in sick ill, concerning the subject matter.

“The characters are definitely true characters,” Amin says. “Jason and I conducted interviews with transsexuals but living in this controlled environment we’re forced to see lewd acts even if we don’t want to. The very sad part is that it’s so common that people are becoming desensitized to it.” Of the endeavor Jason said, “Damon had the idea and he sat down with me and asked me to help him with it. I sat down and listened to his idea and thought it was something we really needed to do. It was very hard to stomach some of the things that went on but the information needed to be out there.” The book is urban fiction but with a twist and in his attempt to raise AIDS awareness Amin has crafted a riveting story that reads fluidly from start to finish.

“I started writing novels because I knew I could tell a hell of a story and I’ve never been scared to go against the grain,” Amin says. “I’m taking the title of controversial author. Urban authors have to step out of the box they put themselves in because there is so much more to write about than drugs, killing, and getting money.” But still Amin supports his fellow prison writers. “I love the fact that the brothers and sisters are doing something positive,” he says.

And Amin has traveled a long road himself, starting his federal case in 1993. “I was the youngest person hit with a conspiracy indictment,” he says. “Eight of the fourteen testified against me which caused me to get a life sentence without the possibility of parole. But I kept my faith in Allah and kept fighting. I’ve been successful with two of my several appeals and now have an up and coming release date. All praise to Allah.” And Amin’s success has brought many fans.

“I’m getting feedback from fans and supporters,” he says. “One 17 page letter I got made me name the writer DT for Detective Tee because she has literally spent 8 ½ months finding out who each of the main characters were in real life and she’s 85% correct. But one of the most meaningful letters I’ve gotten thus far was from a muslimah ( a female Muslim) who told me that my book moved her so much after reading it that she got tested for HIV and found out she was positive. She thanked me because she found out in the early stages and with today’s medicines she’ll be able to stay healthier longer if Allah wills.” And Amin has more plans too.

“My next novel will be Boy-Toy, which is about three young men upgrading themselves to court wealthy unmarried older women,” Amin says. “Also I’ll have the screenplays to all my novels because moving to movies is definitely on my agenda.” So as you can see this brother isn’t playing. He’s coming up from the pen. But still for Amin it all comes back to his faith.

“The most important thing I’m learning is true Islam because there are so many misconceptions about what people think Islam is,” Amin says. “I am taking full advantage of my incarceration to better myself mentally, spiritually and physically, which will in turn prepare me to become and efficient citizen in society.” So check out Convict’s Candy, available on Amazon.com and everywhere books are sold. And if you want to reach out to the author you can contact him at:

Damon “Amin” Meadows # 46705-066
FCI Loretto
PO Box 1000
Loretto PA 15940


Seth Ferranti is a contributing writer for The Urban Book Source and accomplished journalist having written articles for Don Diva, Slam, King, Feds and many more. View more of his articles at: www.gorillaconvict.com


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Posted 1093 days ago
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Book Matters :
Posted 3261 days ago
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NotbynIT :
Posted 3272 days ago
Therone: Good points yet I disagree with some of what your saying. You ask who am I, I'm a person who thinks enough of myself and my people to say "WE" are no better then what we judge in "THEM" if we glorify "wrong". I know the laws are one sided and thats what we should be teaching our children. NOT, if you go to prison you can either conform to homosexuality or drugs as a coping mechanism. I also believe that we should not be educating criminals on my hard earned tax dollars. "The American Dream" is the "man's" idealism, my "American dream" is much different then "his". Crime is a cop out and we can sit here and say, "I'm poor, my kids had to eat, the bills have to be paid" all day long. We can also succeed in thinking, "I'll find a honest way".
A statistic for you: African Americans represent just 12% of the overall population, yet almost 30% of those arrested are African American. And once arrested, African Americans are three times more likely to be incarcerated than whites.
Let's stop getting arrested, having kids we can't take care of because we don't really want them in the first place, being inpatient because we are trying to keep up with the Jones (who worked 10 years before they were able to buy a house), blaming the "man" for our own failures instead of taking resposibility for our own mistakes and not making them in the first place. We empower the "man" every time one of us goes to jail, we make it easy for "him" to convict one of us (wrongfully) because after all 30% of us are in prison anyway. If there were more of us out here, living right it would make our argument before some racist judge much more valid. Let's stop using the injustice set before us as a excuse for our own mistakes. Are they even mistakes or excuses for not trying?
Tammy W: I do read street fiction. I find some of it quite good. While relating to it myself (yes)....I refuse to stay in the state of mind that my surroundings as a child and teen had me in. I always wanted more, did not want to end up in prison (and thank GOD I didn't), and have always felt that if I can make it then so can my people. Aside from a couple opened boxes of cookies (unpaid for in my youth) I have done things legally. I pride myself off of that. I did not give up and conform to criminal thinking, actions. I'm sure there are many inmates now that may have done it differently and that is what they should be writing about for the youth and young adults in our communities.
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Posted 3280 days ago
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Therone Shellman :
Posted 3281 days ago
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Therone Shellman :
Posted 3281 days ago
NOTBYNIT--I agree to disagree. I have lived on both sides of the law. When I look at crimes in reference to black youth I'm in agreement it needs to stop b/c we're doing crimes to one another. But on the whole aspect of criminal behavior etc. We live in America. The system is built on the criminal mentality b/c capitalism in essence is a criminal element morally. In order to achieve you take out of money jar that cannot take care of the whole population. If there is more money circulating than gold in the U.S. reserve than you have inflation. The bottomline is not everyone can obtain wealth-there is always going to be a poor class. The american dream is an illusion and morally criminal. About crimes-more white collar crimes are committed within the boundaries of the law everyday than what goes on in the hoods. In 2000 I started working after my first job I went on to work in the pharmaceutical industry as a quality assurance inspector, taking a pharmacy tech online course. 3 jobs later I found myself working as a lead inspector and getting promoted to production supervisor. needless to say I know my stuff when it comes to drugs and vitamins. THERE IS NO CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE KNOWN TO MAN ON THIS PLANET LIKE THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY. THE ONLY GROUP CLOSE TO IT IS LAWYERS. Drugs are put out on the market not to cure but as remedies. A lot of the stuff are known to have complications but they put it on the market anyway b/c it will make a lot of money. Some cures for diseases have been found but the medication has not been put out yet b/c they worry about the stock market and how it will affect the so many drugs they are making money off. Why put out a cure when they have about 100 remedies on the market. In corporate America so many crimes are being committed on a daily basis and people are paid off. This includes government agencies who are supposed to oversee and regulate these industries. Accounts--what do you think they do? Do you know the history of how accounts became so popular and how they changed the american system. A lot of people are not aware that back in the days the rich used to pay more taxes than anyone. They got tired and started hiring accountants to protect their riches and stiff the government. If guys want to write books, draw or do whatever as a way out of thier situation let them do it. Yeah some are just looking for other ways to further their criminal behavior. But so are some people who go to law school, so are some folks who get business degrees, so are some cats who become police. We can go on and on. Who are you to judge them upon their past or current circumstances based on a law that is one sided anyway. You need to read Black Robes White Justice by Supreme Court justice Bruce Wright. many black males are set up out the gate as teens by the courts to fail white teens are slapped on the wrist and given another chance.
Tammy W. :
Posted 3282 days ago
Do you read street fiction?
NotbynIT :
Posted 3282 days ago
This is a comment forum for public opinion. If you cannot take the views of others because you may be close minded or in search of "getting money" by any means necessary then you Sir are at risk for criminal behavior and I can see your defense of this. What is my business are black youth. News flash: black youth are being killed and imprisoned at alarming rates. And, anyone that chooses to glorify prison life even if it is to profit by telling their experience with it only adds to the problem. If you are a AA you should want the best for our people. This does not put us in a good light. It shows that we are money hungry and can't owe up to our mistakes by paying our debts to society without creating a way out of it. A man stands up and admits his wrongs and accepts the concequences of his actions. This is also a smack in the face to victims and their family members.
I Get Money :
Posted 3283 days ago
@ Notbyniy, Get Money and mind your own business!
 




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