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About the Author

Jemeker Thompson-Hairston started the Second Chance Evangelist Ministries (SCEM) in South Central, Los Angeles, to inspire others like her. Her mission is to show children of God that there is always a second chance in life and He will forgive.

Jemeker currently lives in Los Angeles, California.

David Ritz's most recent bestseller is Tavis Smiley's What I Know For Sure. He has also collaborated with Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Laila Ali and B.B. King on their life stories. He has won a Grammy, a Deems Taylor ASCAP award, four Rolling Stone/Ralph J. Gleason book awards and is the co-composer of "Sexual Healing." He lives in Los Angeles.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1 edition (June 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446542881
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446542883
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #725,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As I look back over my life I'm thankful to be alive. This is my personal testimony.
Who I used to be:
  Backslider, bitter, afraid, liar, doubting, worried, prideful, angry,  hurt, adulteress, deceitful, fearful, judging, controlling, gossiper, murderer, slanderer, complainer, cheater, thief , manipulator, lover of money and clothes,materialistic, fighter and drug dealer.
 I was married to one of the biggest drug dealer in L.A.
I was no stranger to the drug underworld, my husband was killed at a very early age, but that did not stop me. I continued dealing drugs.
  I opened a hair company selling imported Italian hair, to launder money. I supplied men in Atlanta , Miami, Detroit , St Louis and LA. It was all about the money.
  Than one ex- boyfriend got busted and was looking at a life sentence;   he gave me up in exchange for his freedom.
 I said before, I turned myself in they'd have to kill me,so I went on the run, until I was arrested in front of my 9 year old son, at his 6th grade graduation.
I had never been to prison and was looking at 25 to life, after going to trial. I was found guilty and sentenced to 15 years.
I was released after serving 12 years.
Today I am, an anointed woman of God.
Walking in the spirit filled with love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.
God has blessed me with a wonderful new husband who has know me for over 25 years: We have been marriage for five years.
My journey has had many ups and downs, it has not been easy.
BUT God allowed me to be broken for me to see, His plan for my life.
I"m alive today, God gave me a second chance, Second chance Evangelist Ministries was birth  to build positive relationships with inmates and any one who needs to be encouraged. If I can touch just ONE persons heart, that's my mission. This is why I most tell my story.
 
 Rev. 12:11 and they overcame him by the blood of the lamb and by the word of their testimony:

To God be the Glory!
www.secondchanec7.org

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Queen Pin is written in a clear and concise manner, excellent in its non-flashy prose.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. Romich VINE VOICE on August 6, 2010
Format: Hardcover
QUEEN PIN by Jemeker Thompson-Hairston & David Ritz is a true story of a woman who ran one of the most profitable drug cartels during the '80s and '90s. This book is in essence her confessions of past deeds done wrong.

During the `80s and `90s, Jemeker Thompson started off selling weed as a means of fast money. Later she graduated to one of the most lucrative drugs, cocaine. Jemeker had her boyfriend (at the time), later her husband, Daff, as the front man. Jemeker was the woman behind the scenes running everything. With the money rolling in, Daff and Jemeker made sure they gave back to not only their family but the community as well. With more money, came more problems. When a murder occurs too close to home, it leaves Jemeker more on the front line; doing the only thing she knows to survive. Later, she is on the run from the feds, having to stay away from her only child and family. Eventually she is caught and has to do 12 years in prison and the only way she is able to survive is by the grace of God.

QUEEN PIN by Jemeker Thompson-Hairston & David Ritz is a memoir of one woman that was considered a queen pin. Although Jemeker's story was interesting to say the least, I would have really liked to see more detail, instead of just the facts written. The story read more like an outline of events that happened in her life. All-in-all this was an alright read.

This book was provided by the publisher for review purposes.

Reviewed by Leona
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Julie A. Smith on August 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This review was first posted on my blog: [...].

My Take: It's always been interesting to me to see how people choose to live their lives and to figure out what makes people take a certain path.

This book attempts to describe the life of someone who finds herself drawn into the world of drugs and money. NOT because she had no other choice, but because she was vain and money-hungry, really.

I felt no sympathy at all for her - she chose to live a certain life, and even when that voice inside was telling her to quit, she kept doing it. And she paid a heavy price for it. losing the rest of her son's growing up years in prison.

Although this seems as though it could have been a great memoir, it was all surface to me. There was not enough detail to make anyone seem drawn to life, even though it is an autobiography. The writing was rather detached and clinical, and, as such, I felt as though I were reading a newspaper account. There is no real lesson in the book either. No real moralizing on how wrong the path taken was, no real true-blue shaking of the faith, either. For me, this was a dry, rather lackluster account of snippets of someone's life that somehow didn't seem very cohesive or tied together.

A friend of mine, on the other hand, LOVED this book and blew through it, giving it back to me the day after I gave it to her.

This is why I say that my rating system is based on my OWN enjoyment of a book. What's good for one may not be as good for the next reader. Maybe it's because most memoirs (with exceptions, most notably "Southie") all feel to me as though the person narrating is not actually the person who lived that life (in this case, with ghost writers, it's true).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tee on May 3, 2013
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I really like the simplicity of this book. It makes it possible for anyone to read and receive it. I appreciate that it is a true story versus fictional literature. For some of us that live in Los Angeles, some of it was a trip down memory lane recognizing the streets and neighborhoods that Mrs. Hairston wrote about in this oak. While some of the outcomes were predictable, there were some nice surprises in her story. I love that she acknowledges God for the favor upon her life. Like others, I read this book in 2 1/2 hours.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karen M. Williams on November 12, 2013
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I first heard Jemeker story on television a couple of weeks ago and I was so enthralled by her story that I had to purchase her book. After reading her story, I was really inspired by her and is seeking a closer relationship with GOD. She has shown me and the world what GOD can do if we would just submit ourselves to Him. She is a true representative of GOD.

I truly recommend this book to anyone who is seeking GOD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nayberry on October 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Queen Pin, A Memoir is an easy to read, true story that takes the reader through the rough beginning for Jemeker Thompson-Hairston as a little girl to the height of her drug-ring career as the "Queen Pin." She ran a drug ring that stretched through several different states that catapulted her to near stardom in the hood. In doing so, Jemeker Thompson-Hairston has been through and seen it all in her days of crime and living on top of the world, until she meets the ultimate betrayal in a man that she thought she could trust. I know, you can always bet on love to make things go right, or wrong!

After years of being on the rise and then on the run, one transaction puts her in the custody of the law and it is there that she finds her true purpose. Her purpose to use her experiences to help save others' from her plight.

President Obama said that everyone should write a book once they turn fifty to let the younger generations know what they have gone through and how their life's choices brought to them to the place that they are in life. Well, Jemeker Thompson-Hairston may not be fifty, but she has passed on a piece of herself in "Queen Pin," showing exactly what can and will happen if you choose to live a life of crime as she did and how you can rebound from it, still victorious.

The book loses one star from this reviewer, because I feel like it didn't go in depth with Jemeker's feelings and thoughts about the things that she has been through, which would be more beneficial to touch the hearts and spirits of troubled souls. With this being a memoir, I only got to scratch the surface of the issues that she faced in life by going through one-dimensional emotions.
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