Jihad Replies to Nick Chiles
My name is Jihad, I am the author of several books, Streetlife, Babygirl, Riding Rhythm, MVP, Preacherman Blues, Wild Cherry and now The Survival Bible. It is sad when I read articles such as: "A Critical Look at Street Lit."
All street lit doesn't glorify the negative, and even the ones that do are telling stories. How many mainstream books glorify the negative? And let me ask you this. Does the Bible glorify murder and violence? Well, there is killing and violence all throughout the Bible. My point is how are you looking at street lit? Well, we know how you are Mr. Chiles, from a half empty standpoint. A lot of street lit is the only reality that some of these authors know. It is this reality that some young Kings and Queens read and realize that this is not the life for them. They also learn to understand the err of there ways sometimes when they are leading a life similar to some of the characters in these street sagas. The number one best selling black fiction author in America is a Street lit author, Donald Goines. Mr. Goines has helped to wake countless sleeping giants up in the black community, usually from a jail cell, but awaken; his books did and still do.
I am a product of his work. It took street lit, to get me to read, as it has countless others. Once that door is open, the sky is the limit. Mr. Goines propelled me to the Dr. Ben's, Dr. Clarkes, Dr. Akbars and so many other scholars. Now, over a ten year span of writing, I have been able to wake up so many others who had never read anything until they picked up one of my books. I have bags of fan mail-love from prisons, from Kings realizing who they are after reading my work. But I had to take them home to make them comfortable. I have to talk about the reality that they have perceived up until the time they went to prison, to get them to think. But you Mr. Chiles, you are like a cancer in the black community. You don't seek to help, you only want to ridicule with your words.
I don't agree with a lot of books, street, mainstream, romance, whatever, but I am all for freedom of speech, especially when done with a pen. Street fiction has done more for illiteracy in the past decade than I'm sure any other genre of literature. I bet there was a Nick Chiles in the days of Zora, Langston, Chester, etc.
So, my brother, take a deeper look and see the good street lit is doing instead of shooting arrows at what could very well be the beginning of a cultural reading revolution. I challenge you to pick up, no I will send you any of my books free and you can dissect them, feel free to email me: email@example.com.
Better yet, meet me at BookExpo America 2010 and let's set up a debate, you and I. King, there are so many battles and wars to fight in the Black community, you should be wise to rethink your stand and fight something worth fighting.
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For more information on Jihad, visit: www.jihadwrites.com
Jihad is the author of Street Life, Babygirl, Riding Rhythm, MVP, Preacherman Blues and Wild Cherry.
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