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Sister Souljah's The Coldest Winter

The copy I checked out of the library was labeled YA. The sexual content is X. I thought about myself at 13 years old, a voracious reader. I would have been thrilled. Finally, the real deal, unashamed. Had a moment of pleasure imagining a young reader discovering this book.

I have no way of knowing if the glamour life described is part of the ghetto experience, because I've never seen it. I have seen those aspiring to it, playing at it, but never the high-life of those on top. Sister Souljah has revealed this community in order to comment on the degradation and decay of such a culture. However I think the young readers are going to far more relate to players on the move, than to the crash of the diva.

Sister Souljah knows the truth that the community must rise up from the oppression of drugs and gangs, but in The Coldest Winter, the bling was more attractive than social activism, which looked a lot like sacrifice.

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