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Product Details

  • Paperback: 281 pages
  • Publisher: Dafina (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758219415
  • ASIN: B005Q6382K
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,997,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

LAWRENCE C. ROSS, JR., an important writer of African American literature, has written five books, including The Divine Nine: The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities; The Ways of Black Folks: A Year in the Life of a People; Money Shot: The Wild Nights and Lonely Days in the Black Porn Industry; Friends With Benefits; and Skin Game.

The Divine Nine is a multiple Los Angeles Times, Essence, and Blackboard bestseller. In both hard cover and trade paper, The Divine Nine is in its seventh printing with over 50,000 copies sold to date. It also remains on the Amazon.com African American studies bestsellers list, and for the past year has been the #1 best selling book among African American college students. His novels Friends With Benefits and Skin Game were Blackboard best sellers.

Educated at the University of California at Berkeley and the University of California at Los Angeles, Ross received a Bachelor of Arts in History from UCLA. Ross also received a Master of Fine Arts from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.

Ross has lectured at over 400 colleges and universities, as he is universally recognized as an expert in the field of African American fraternities and sororities. He has appeared on National Public Radio, Good Morning Atlanta, and is regularly interviewed by Ebony, Essence, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, The Root.com, The Grio.com, the BBC and National Public Radio, among others.

Ross began his writing career in the mid 90s as the managing editor of Rap Sheet magazine, the West Coast's first hip hop publication. After two years of writing about hip hop and interviewing the top stars in music, Ross moved to the Los Angeles Independent Newspapers, where he covered local politics in Westwood, Culver City, Hollywood and West Hollywood, for three years.

Ross currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife April and their twelve-year old son Langston..

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jackie M on December 29, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a fast pace, kept on track, no loose ends in your face raw story. Keisha is smart but born into a situation, and she has a goal,but has to find a quick way to achieve that goal. She makes some decisions, not always the best decisions, but she always tries to stay in control. Unfortunately for her all her decisions, don't turn out the way she planned them, and when she hooks up with Steven, through Sean is when things get down right ugly and dirty. If you can't take profanity, explicit sex, then you can't handle this story...because it so hot that you will need oven mits to read it!!!!!!!!! Keisha and Patra show us along with the other characters in the story, why some make the choices they do. All strippers are not hoes and all hoes are stupid. Some women along with men enjoy the line of work that they choose. Sometimes it is all about the money and other times it isn't. Keisha shows us that she is doing her thing to further herself in life and not have to always be in the game. Steven a sleazy businessman shows us that in the game you don't want to mess with the wrong one, but then the tables get flipped when Donovan steps back in the picture. See you never know who someone has in their corner to watch their back. Fast paced, in your face, straight to the point and leaves no loose ends story. If you can handle the heat, then enter the kitchen otherwise you may get burned. This is an adult story (If the sex wasn't so intense..this would be a great story for young girls to read also, but do to the nature of the business, I don't recommend it to teens). Good job in my book Lawrence Ross!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Angelia Menchan on October 19, 2007
Format: Paperback
Skin Game by Lawrence Ross is a fast-paced look at what a young girl will do when she feels she has no choices. Keisha Montez is a smart, beautiful girl of eighteen who is working weeknights as a stripper at the Chi Chi Club. She has been accepted at UCLA and is determined to attend, majoring in Women's Studies. Her mother, Veronica, has refused to fill out financial aid forms so Keisha is convinced the only way to earn money is by stripping. She does not like her environment and likes Sean her boss even less but she is bound and determined to get what she needs.

While dancing she is discovered by Steven Cox, a former attorney and the owner of PIMP magazine. Steven is determined to grow from magazine owner to producer of pornographic movies. Once he meets the beautiful Keisha, he knows she is the one to get him where he wants to go. What he does not know is Keisha is not the run-of-the-mill stripper turned porn star and she is not one to be pushed around. Skin Game is a roller coaster ride that takes the reader from what is to what can be and shows how one young girl handles herself when she is determined.

Skin Game is a recommended read for all readers who love a timely, well-told story of someone who makes bad decisions when young, yet works to rise above them.

Angelia Menchan
APOOO BookClub
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Lott on September 10, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is an exceptionally creative book. It addresses peer pressure, focusing on goals, regaining focus, and also standing by what you belief. This can be a tool used for discussion especially amongst college groups or persons who may find themselves going outside the normal ways of making money in order to obtain a positive goal, such as going to college.
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