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Cool, beautiful Toni warned him, “Elijah, brothers be playin’ games so hard sometimes they don’t know when to stop. You know what I’m sayin’?”
Elijah Brookes had to learn the ultimate lesson the hard way. So many games to be played, so little time.
I know what Im about to tell you is going to rustle some feathers, make no mistake about that, but thats the way its been with me all my pimping life. When I say Im a descendant of one of the royal houses, I mean it. I can back it up with bona fide DNA/geneo-logical evidence.
Now then, having said that, I want to make it clear that my economic/sexual activities stem directly from my introduction to The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli and The Kama Sutra, that love treatise for the ages. And, my life long dream to explore an area of human endeavor that has seldom been explained in any reasonable way.
Id like to make that the linchpin word for this book, reasonable.
Hollow Daze is the fictional account of an imaginary publishing house and the shenanigans that occur between the publishers and the writers whose books have been published by this publishing house.
The novel is written in a semi-documentary style, with excerpts from the works that each of the writers have had published, all of it covered by the dark umbrella called Urban Fiction, meaning that the writers are African-Americans or Euro-Americans trying to write Black.
In the era of “Fake News” and attacks on journalists, you read about two journalists who immerse themselves with urban nomads to get the story their editors’ want for City Beat Magazine.
Those familiar with barbershops know that there is a different vibe culturally in a shop that is in one area of town versus another area. This book gives you a chance to visit a barbershop in Compton, California where elders still get respect.
Times of racial tension are not much different than they were years ago. 1960’s period piece of “Racial Stuff”, provides insights on what a Northern Black man experienced in the Deep South.
Unique experiences of a Black boy’s with “Five Uncles and a Daddy”. All families, especially Black families are not the same. All poor families are not the same as all “po” families.
There’s a “Honeymoon Tent” on St. Julien Street, which shows some people don’t surrender to their circumstances.
Finally, there are photos that take you onto the streets, moments in time in “Urban Nomads”.
There is a strong possibility that a close reading of this book will change their lives positively, forever.
Bullfighting!? Get serious about yourself, Chester!
Dondisha Phillips, the kindergarten teacher who loves him, Chester, you could get hurt messin around with those bulls.
Chester trips to Mexico City. He spends time in the projects called Tlaltelolco before he does an espontaneo/jumps into the bullring during a fight in the Plaza Mexico. He does four suicidal passes and is taken under the wing of an unscrupulous promoter, -- re-named Matador, Juan Negro, Azucar.
Seor Flores holds him as an indentured servant/bullfighter until Maya de las Reyes, the great Mexican artist, bails him out.
He returns to Chicago to work under his father in Gelmans Electronic Affairs. He uses his knowledge of the bullfight to create a
bullfighting video game (funded by Mr. Gelman) that makes him a wealthy twenty some year old.
Whenever he is asked about his year as a Matador, he answers, I lit my fire, I greased my skillet and I cooked.
Hawkins seduces us from the Frankensteins, Werewolves and Vampires of Europe, to take a more profound look at the mythical-spiritual life of Ghana, West Africa. JuJu is an entrenched part of that experience. What is JuJu? Read “The Snake 20/20” for more information. If you doubt the validity of the story, Google “JuJu, Snake, Ghana”.
“You may not be what they’ve told you that you are, over here. When you check out where we came from.”