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“Old School” October: The Pioneers of Urban Fiction and Street Lit

A few weeks ago, I decided I was going to devote all of October to reading the Godfathers (or Grandfathers) of Street Fiction. Authors like Donald Goines, Iceberg Slim, and Chester Himes. Street fiction might not exist if these...
 
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Cora Daniels’ Thoughts on Street Fiction

Over the weekend, I read Cora Daniels’ Ghettonation. In her incredible book, Ms. Daniels critiques how the United States has embraced a ghetto culture that “demeans women, devalues education, celebrates the worst African Americ...
 
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DOPEFIEND by Donald Goines

For twenty-three years of his young life Donald Goines lived in the dark, despair-ridden world of the junkie. It started while he was doing military service in Korea and ended with his murder at the age of thirty-nine. He had w...

 
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WHORESON by Donald Goines

Goines takes the reader into the violent world of ghetto prostitution. Whoreson Jones, the novel’s hero, is the son of a beautiful black prostitute and an unknown white john. By the age of sixteen, he is a full-fledged pimp, co...
 
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BLACK GANGSTER by Donald Goines

A large part of Goines’ thirty-nine years of life was spent being a successful pimp, a thief, an operator of corn liquor houses, an armed robber, and a small-time dope dealer. He lived the life of the streets and out of the exp...

 
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BLACK GIRL LOST by Donald Goines

In this shocking novel of a young girl alone on the streets, Goines delves into yet another facet of the ghetto experience – the dark, despair-ridden world of a black girl’s soul! Sandra took to the streets when she was eight y...
 
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STREET PLAYERS by Donald Goines

In this, his fourth novel, Goines tests the tensile strength of a ghetto spawn who clawed his way to the top and fights like hell to stay there. He’s known as “Ear the Black Pearl,” and he’s left the homeboys behind – way behin...

 
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WHITE MAN’S JUSTICE, BLACK MAN’S GRIEF by Donald Goines

Goines’ classic novel of prison life, it has been called “one of the most revealing books ever written about prison life and the bigotry built into our system.” This is the story of Chester Hines, who thought he was the baddest...
 
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DADDY COOL by Donald Goines

Larry Jackson is better known to his clients as “Daddy Cool” – and they know he is the best. He can pull a trigger or toss a knife and never blink an eye. All that counts for is the bread – and his teenage daughter, Janet. But ...
 
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ELDORADO RED by Donald Goines

Again, based on his personal experience! When Donald Goines was discharged from the Air Force, he was addicted to heroin. To support his habit he staged the robbery of a local numbers house. And from that experience came Eldora...