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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 co-author 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 www.aliyasking.com
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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: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,441,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Wow... I was awaiting the sequel to Platinum & Diamond Life did not disappoint. Lot's of well written drama, I didn't ever want to put this book down. It follows up a year after the 1st one ends but can still stand on it's own if you didn't read Platinum. I enjoyed the story of the new character, Lily. Although could never see her ending happening. Love how the story of Cleo, Ras and the baby unfolds. The characters went through so many life changes from when we met them to the end. Have to wonder if we'll see a 3rd book.
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Aliya S. King has done it again!! After being enthralled with "Platinum," I could not wait to read "Diamond Life." I purchased this book on my Kindle. I finished it in about 3.5 hours. It was just that great. I loved catching up with her characters. She answered so many questions for me. The storyline were unexpected but intriguing. I am still a huge fan of Josephine and Alex from the first book. Still despise Cleo.

"Diamond Life" is reatly written and executed. Aliya has given her characters depth and flaws and they all work. There is a new character who puzzles me. Old characters become unrecognizable through their actions. Their redemption stories are even better. I am a reader who loves an honest story. "Diamond Life" is def that. I love the inside look that King gives her fans into the entertainment business. She lets us in behind the velvet rops to see all the ugly pretty things. Everything in the business isn't glamorous. These celebrities are real people with real problems. "Diamond Life" was the perfect wrap up to this great story. I will be recommending this book to my friends. I recommend it to you too. Enjoy!
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OMG..I loved Platinum, but Diamaond Life was amazing. I felt so bad for Lilly, and Zander. Alex and Birdie I love them to death. I'm so happy Z got his ish together.Overall the book was good, it had humor, it made me cry and well as pissed. That damn Cleo is a trip. I wish Ras could just do something right, I know it's possible for a part 3, guess I'll have to be patient. It takes time for this perfection.
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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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