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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Original edition (February 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451625545
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451625547
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,732,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“In this atmospheric follow-up to 2010’s Platinum, entertainment journalist King continues the saga of her hip-hop moguls (and the women who love them) that she started in Platinum… the author’s journalism experience with Vibe, Essence, and other publications lends an authentic air. Readers will enjoy guessing which real-life celebrity dramas might match their fictional counterparts. A solid page-turner.” --Publishers Weekly

"This sequel to Platinum features more behind-the-scenes drama . . . in the hip-hop world." --Library Journal

About the Author

Aliya S. King is an award-winning journalist and the author of Platinum. She is the coauthor of Original Gangster and the New York Times bestseller Keep the Faith. Her work has appeared in Vibe, Giant, Uptown, Essence, King, Ms., Us Weekly, and Teen People, among others. Please visit her at AliyaSKing.com.

More About the Author

Distinguished writer Aliya S. King has co-author New York Times bestseller Keep the Faith with platinum-recording artist and widow of Biggie Smalls, Faith Evans, as well as the anticipated memoir of Frank Lucas, entitled American Gangster.

King has held editorial positions with Billboard and The Source. Her journalism articles have appeared in Vibe, Vibe Vixen, America, Giant, Uptown, Essence, CMJ: New Music Monthly, Upscale, King, Ms, Us Weekly, Teen People, Black Enterprise, and several other magazines. King is currently a senior writer for Giant magazine and a contributing editor for Upscale magazine. An article she wrote for Vibe on Al Green won ASCAP's Deems Taylor Award for magazine writing.

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Alex and Birdie I love them to death.
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I thought the book was ok, it lagged in some spots but I was grateful for the follow-up.
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I enjoyed the story of the new character, Lily.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Reader's Paradise VINE VOICE on February 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
Readers who enjoy guessing games and insights into the Hollywood lifestyle will find the characters and situations in this book entertaining. The storylines of the six to eight characters were expertly threaded together to create one exciting read.

Alex and Birdie are getting use to the fame that writing and rapping brings but also the money that comes along with it. Before all of the fame they were comfortable living in Brooklyn and they both said no to leaving Brooklyn and doing a reality show. (but situations and money can change a family). Once Birdie's song becomes a hit his face is noticeable by all, but especially the female groupies. So far Birdie has done a good job of keeping the groupies at bay, but as you know the more you say no to people, the harder they fight for what they want. Touring for weeks at a time away from Alex is making "no" a hard task.

Jake, rapper and record producer is trying to find his way after the death of his wife Kipenzi.(in Platnium LIfe) He functions with a plastic water bottle but the contents of the bottle definitely is not water. His depressed persona and alcohol induced mind makes it easy for him to make the terrible decisions he's making regarding woman and sex. Then he meets Lily and something changes, but can it change him or is it too late?

Ras and Josephine are struggling to hold on to a marriage that has met its share of challenges. Cleo's book Platinum almost destroyed his life and a challenge concerning Reina is about to explode in his face. Will Josephine forgive her husband this time or will we be singing R. Kelly's song "When a Woman's Fed Up."

Beth has taken care of Z through his addiction and groupie days, but now Z is clean and sober and Beth feels she lost her place in his life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Toni Campbell on March 21, 2012
Format: Paperback
In general, just like movies, book sequels can be tricky. By the time they come out, you have either forgotten about the characters or just don't care any more. For me, the former is true. My brain can only hold so much and sometimes it purges information without me realizing it. However, I was able to step into Diamond Life as if I had just finished Platinum the day before.

The hype surrounding Cleo Wright's explosive memoir has died down and the players involved have (mostly) survived and get back to the business of their lives. And while Alex Maxwell's career has taken off after ghostwriting Cleo's book, her husband Birdie's debut album is taking him to superstar status affecting their relationship. Rapper Z, who battled drug addiction in Platinum, is in recovery and doing his best to mentor his son Zander as he navigates the music industry and the domestic troubles with his also up and coming singer girlfriend, Bunny. Jake, the record label owner who unites them all, spends his time in an alcohol-induced daze as he deals with the death of his wife Kipenzi.

This was one of the most gratifying sequels I've read in a long time. As usual, King's real life access to the world of hip-hop provides lots of behind the scenes stories that keep a book like this interesting. A lot of reviews of her books suggest that readers will have fun trying to guess the people that her characters are based on. That may be fun, but this well-rounded cast can also stand on their own. Make sure to take a copy of this to the beach with you this summer.

(I actually did guess who the character of Lily is based on :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Celeste on March 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
I have been waiting to read Diamond Life since finishing the last sentence of Platinum. With Diamond Life, Author Aliya S. King writes a juicy page turner about the hip hop entertainment world that gives even more dimension to some of our favorite characters from Platinum and their true to life drama. You may start reading Diamond Life trying to figure out who the personalities resemble in the music industry (I did) but it won't be long before you find yourself more interested in the world King creates and the lives therein.

Sequels are rarely this good. I woke up with this book in my bed on one too many occasions after falling asleep while reading just one more chapter. I couldn't help it. Jake, Zander, Lily, Birdie, they all had me caught up. I recommend this book to anyone interested in hip hop celebrity culture. It's an insightful glimpse in to the music industry lifestyle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Teresa Beasley on February 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
Diamond Life by Aliya S. King takes readers into the lives and troubles of entertainers. Diamond Life's characters are back with more drama then before. Alex Maxwell is the ghostwriter everyone wants to hire and her journalism skills have placed her in the right places at the right time. Alex's husband, Birdie, is also living in the limelight with a booming career as a rapper. On the other hand, Alex takes a ghostwriting job for a fellow rapper on her husband's record label and soon Alex's personal life takes a different turn.

Zander is an up-coming rapper trying to move forward with his career after an altercation with his girlfriend, Bunny who also happens to be a singer. Everyone is starting to see that Zander and Bunny's relationship is getting out of hand. Zander does not want to let Bunny go even though he knows the two of them should be apart. Unbeknownst to Zander, Bunny has been keeping a secret that holds the key to making or breaking their relationship. Will Zander have the final say?

Rapper Z is back from rehab and ready to claim his family and his career. Z's focus becomes misplaced and he neglects the area in his life that needs him the most. Being the aging rapper that he is, Z decides to write a book about his life by hiring a ghostwriter. When Z starts working with his ghostwriter, the process brings out emotions in him that has him making some questionable decisions.

Jake is the record label president that has not been the same since the death of his wife. Jake is barely keeping it together when he meets Lily, a waitress at a restaurant that he cannot stay away from. Jake is drawn to Lily and he does not understand why. Lily tries her best to avoid Jake but his persistence starts to wear on her.
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