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A noted performer of his work, Troupe has twice won the prestigious Heavyweight Champion of Poetry, a distinction given by the World Poetry Bout of Taos. In addition to books of poetry, Troupe has written, co-written, and edited an impressive number of nonfiction works and anthologies. Wolper, which chronicles the production of the highly successful television miniseries about slavery in America, Roots, based on Alex Haley's book of the same title; the book has sold over one million copies.

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Later, Troupe wrote his own account of their friendship in Miles and Me Troupe has been inspired by, and fascinated with, Davis since he first heard his music as teenager in St. Miles set me on a path that is remarkable in a lot of ways. Because I heard that music, he propelled me into this thing that I do now. The book spent over 40 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and was turned into a blockbuster Hollywood film starring Will Smith. In his interview with Turner, Troupe reflected on the various identities he has both assumed and been asked to assumed.

But as an artist, I see myself as a poet first, and then I see myself as a prose writer. I agree with Miles. He looked at himself as a musician and an artist…I come out of St. Louis, the black culture there and the music there. I grew up in the church. I was a basketball player. He divides his time between New York and Goyave, Guadeloupe. Prose Home Harriet Blog. Visit Home Events Exhibitions Library.

Newsletter Subscribe Give. Poetry Foundation. Back to Previous. Quincy Troupe. Poems by Quincy Troupe. Poem for My Father. Related Content. More About this Poet. Poems by This Poet Related Bibliography. Celebrating Black History Month. J Bri As the only English speaker in a family of undocumented immigrants, he handles everything from taking family members to the doctor to bargaining with the landlord.

Plus he works two jobs. With all this responsibility, he's missing a lot of school. When he does make it, he falls asleep in class. Can he raise his grades enough to have a shot at college and a better life? Or will he be forced to drop out of school for good? V Tor Frankie has always looked up to his older brother, Steve, a popular senior who always gets what he wants: girls, a soccer scholarship, and street cred with the local cholos.

After getting into a fight, Steve takes Frankie under his wing, and Frankie's social currency begins to rise. The cholos start to recognize him. Things start to get out of hand, though, and Frankie may have to choose between respecting his brother and respecting himself. O Z46 Award Winning books collection. The author shares her childhood memories and reveals the first sparks that ignited her writing career in free-verse poems about growing up in the North and South.

T B88 A young girl fights to overcome her past after escaping rape, bullying, and homelessness. Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health. M Dap Two best friends, a writer and a runner, deal with bullies, family issues, social pressures, and their quest for success coming out of Harlem. Dear Martin by Nic Stone. Writing letters to the late Dr.

Martin Luther King Jr. H Di Seventeen-year-old Diego wants nothing to do with his drug-dealing brother Ernesto. When Ernesto cannot make a drug run for a brutal gang, Diego must make the most difficult decision of his life. He soon finds himself caught in a web from which it is impossible to escape without endangering his life and that of his entire family. S Don Lydell Nelson was a senior now, but hardly anyone in the class knew him.

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During lunch, he was always writing in a journal. Nobody ever bothered to ask him what he was writing, and he never volunteered any information. Lydell seemed to be a lonely person. But when people tried to be friends, he just turned them away. S Do Isis Carter learned early about surviving in the streets.


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When she was robbed, she took back what was hers. When her brother was killed and her mom left, Isis fought to stay strong. After her dad abandoned her for his new family, 16 year old Isis was on her own--until a run-in with the law shattered her world. Edge of Ready by L. Tillit Call Number: PZ 7. T Ed Whatever happens, school comes first.

Her mother said it like she meant it. These words played over and over again in Dani Garcia's head. But life got in the way. There were mouths to feed and rent to pay. Plus someone had to watch baby Benny. Dani knew adversity, but she was the kind of strong that comes from within: strong mind, body, and soul. Then a horrible rape and its powerful aftermath threaten to bring Dani's life crashing down-- forever. She's trapped in a reality that she cannot control, but she gains the strength to never back down and finally has faith in her own power. S Fa What was the big deal? Oliver Randall was helping out two rocker friends by fronting for their band.

He didn't think he was Lil Wayne. But he was enjoying it more than he thought he would. And he was creating a lot of buzz for the group. Girls were practically throwing themselves at him. Marko Lane wasn't the only one giving him a hard time. Alonee Lennox, his girlfriend, was troubled too.

M Fi Jair hated being short. Back in middle school, he figured he hadn't hit his growth spurt. But now he was a junior at Cap Central. To compensate, he made sure everyone knew how tough he was. G Gi M Hac Keshawn's life was about before and after. Before, Keshawn didn't have a computer. After, he helped his mom install software on their new computer. To monitor him. What a joke! It got him thinking. He could make money.

So he offered his skills. Grades for cash. It was that simple. Only it wasn't. Then he realized Neecy was his way out. She needed good grades.

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But she wanted to earn them. Keshawn knew she would make it right. After witnessing her friend's death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter's life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died. S Hn When Teddy's little sister, Tina, is gunned down in a drive-by shooting, the gang members who rule the streets in the Anderson family's rapidly deteriorating neighborhood dismiss the indcident as just another case of RP, RT -- wrong place, wrong time.

While the Anderson family mourns, Teddy plots revenge. M How When sixteen-year-old Tariq Johnson dies from two gunshot wounds, his community is thrown into an uproar. Tariq was black. The shooter, Jack Franklin, is white. In the aftermath of Tariq's death, everyone has something to say, but no two accounts of the events line up. Day by day, new twists further obscure the truth. Tariq's friends, family, and community struggle to make sense of the tragedy, and to cope with the hole left behind when a life is cut short. In their own words, they grapple for a way to say with certainty: This is how it went down.

I'm Just Me by M. Higgins Call Number: PZ 7. Nasreen and Mia are two very different girls. But they stand out at Arondale High. And kids make assumptions about the only Muslim and the new black girl--the only African American--in school. The school administrators are ignorant and the bullying escalates. The girls come up with a plan to fight back, to regain some dignity, and to turn the tables on the bullies. O I63 Tells the story of Tasha, a fourteen-year-old unwed mother of a baby girl. In her ghettoized world where poverty, racism, and danger are daily struggles, Tasha uses her savvy and humor to uncover the good hidden around her.

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds. There are three rules in the neighborhood: Don't cry ; Don't snitch ; Get revenge. Will takes his dead brother Shawn's gun, and gets in the elevator on the 7th floor. As the elevator stops on each floor, someone connected to Shawn gets on. Someone already dead.

Dead by teenage gun violence. And each has something to share with Will. S Lo Book 1 of The Bluford High Series. Centers on the life of Bluford sophomore Darcy Wills, who contends with the return of her long-absent father, the troubling behavior of her younger sister Jamee, and the beginning of her first relationship. E Lu The Lure tells the story of fifteen-year-old Blaise Montgomery, who lives on the dangerous outskirts of Washington, DC, where a stray bullet can steal a life on the way to school and death lurks around every corner.

Drugs and violence are the only ways to survive, so Blaise and her friends turn to gangs for safety, money, and love. And when Blaise is accepted into one of the toughest gangs in the city, she's finally part of a crew.

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A family. S Ma Book 2 of The Bluford High Series. In grade school, Darcy and Brisana were friends. Now the former friends are bitter rivals, and the tension between them is getting worse. When Darcy learns that Brisana is after her boyfriend, she knows she must do something.

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But what? S Om Denique thought that if she wasn't so messed up in her head, she'd sort of like Trevor. But it would just end badly. So she focused on school. She wanted to graduate and get a job. College was now out of the question. Her family lived in the projects. Denique had to get a job as soon as possible after high school. With her and her mother bringing in money, the family could move to a better, safer place.

S One In the alley on his way home from work, Derrick Shaw witnesses a murder. To save his life, Derrick promises not to reveal the identity of the shooter, a former Tubman student. But he feels sick and guilty about his vow of silence. V On When Maddie Diaz witnesses the murder of a homeless man by members of a gang, she tells the cops what she saw without thinking about the repercussions of snitching, but a mysterious guy named Lobo comes to her defense and is determined to take down the gang and protect her.


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S Out With the state of mind Trevor was in, Vanessa could talk him into anything. Would she get him involved in crime again? It could happen, only this time Trevor might not be so lucky. But back then, Trevor had had enough brains to dump her. Now he was in deeper. The web Vanessa had woven around him was stickier and tighter. Jaris Spain has a hard time believing in himself. Between his pessimistic father, his falsely optimistic mother, his failure at sports, difficulty in the classroom, and inability to be noticed by the one girl that matters to him, Jaris struggles to find his own place in the world.

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo. Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking. But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers. M Rjo Also crosses with historical fiction. In , fifteen-year-old Claire, the daughter of an Irish mother and a black father, faces ugly truths and great danger when Irish immigrants, enraged by the Civil War and a federal draft, lash out against blacks and wealthy "swells" of New York City.

M Ru Rainie's grades were slipping. Good grades were a lifetime ago. Back when her dad was around. Before her mom's boyfriend started hanging out at their house. Commenting on her figure. Looking her up and down. Before she decided to stop eating. Become invisible. Her friends were alarmed, especially Joss.

She knew times were tough for Rainie's family. But she felt like there was more going on. Something serious. And she was going to figure it out. S Sd Kevin had been talking about how much he wanted some real money and that he'd do almost anything to get it. Jaris could sympathize with Kevin wanting to help his grandparents out, but wanting—needing—money that desperately was dangerous.

It led to getting mixed up with the wrong crowd. Jaris always thought Cory Yates had drug connections in Los Angeles. He was a two-bit hustler, and he spent way too much time hanging around high schools. S Sha After a young girl is shot in what appears to gang-related violence, Jaris Spain decides to take a closer look and discovers a trail leading to another Tubman High School student, DeWayne Pike, who may be covering up something in his past. Flake Call Number: PZ 7. F Sk Thirteen-year-old Maleeka, uncomfortable because her skin is extremely dark, meets a new teacher with a birthmark on her face and makes some discoveries about to love who she is and what she looks like.

V Str Ty Johnson knows survival. Since inheriting his pop's business at sixteen, Ty's developed smarts, skills, and mad discipline. The supply game's in his blood. And life is pretty sweet when you're on top. But one slip - or one serious competitor - and life turns ugly fast. Suddenly, Ty's got to rethink his whole strategy, and for the 1 dealer on the streets, strategy is not just about staying ahead.

It's about survival. L Su Book 10 of The Bluford High Series. Darcy Wills needs help. A frightening ordeal at the end of the school year has turned her world upside down, and her parents, don't seem to notice. With her ex-boyfriend miles away in Detroit and her beloved grandmother gone, Darcy is more alone than ever. Unable to deny the pain she's been hiding, Darcy turns to her remaining friends only to discover one of them has an even bigger secret. Now, forced into a crisis beyond her control, Darcy must take a stand for herself--and for her friend.

H54 Tee Like watching a movie frame by frame, we watch Lexi is come unglued in this novel in verse. She's alienated from school and family. Her father is in the county jail. She cannot connect with her chain-smoking stepmom. Her brother, Blaine, is trapped in his own autistic world. And her infant sister's death has sent her into a spiral of grief and rebellion.

Bright, witty, and irreverent, Lexi tries to navigate the rocky transition from adolescent to young woman. W Thi Twins Nikki and Maya Younger always agreed on most things, but as they head into their senior year they react differently to the gentrification of their Portland, Oregon, neighborhood and the new--white--family that moves in after their best friend and her mother are evicted.

S To When Trevor's mother discourages his relationship with known troublemaker Vanessa, Trevor hides it from his family and friends. B Ty Fifteen-year-old Tyrell, who is living in a Bronx homeless shelter with his spaced-out mother and his younger brother, tries to avoid temptation so he does not end up in jail like his father. Unchained by L. T Un After two years in a loving home, TJ's mother got him back. She was clean. No pot. No meth. His chest felt like it was burning. His heart was racing. He felt trapped. He didn't have a say. Everything he had come to care about would be gone: Miss Dixie, hot meals, friends, Mae's little hand, and Annabelle.

And the brutal life he'd escaped quickly reclaimed him. S Un Book 7 of The Bluford High Series. This story continues the tale of the Wills family. Darcy learns that Hakeem, her first boyfriend, is moving out of the state. Then her grandmother's health declines and a mysterious new person comes into her life. S Up Soon she learns that things aren't always what they seem, first loves might not survive, and new loves can be surprising.

S Wa Jaris and Marko were in a position where they could see through the doorway. The slider was open to let in cool, fresh air. Sereeta was sitting in a chair from the kitchen table. Her hands were bound. An older woman sat in another chair, her hands bound too. The woman looked disheveled. Her face was bruised and swollen. Two little girls huddled in one corner of the room, clutching stuffed animals and whimpering. Their eyes were wide with terror. Who Am I Without Him? Flake Call Number: PS L W46 x. Contains short stories about teenage love and angst. S47 Xan X follows Malcolm from his childhood to his imprisonment for theft at age twenty, when he found the faith that would lead him to forge a new path and command a voice that still resonates today.

M Yaq x. One morning before school, some girl tells Piddy Sanchez that Yaqui Delgado hates her and wants to kick her ass. R A69 A A45 At p. Less than two hours later, the city exploded in violence that lasted six days. A gritty and cinematic work of fiction, this book vividly re-creates this turbulent and terrifying time in Los Angeles.

O96 A84 Three years after narrowly escaping a one way trip to the gas chamber, the fugitive known only as Animal finds himself drawn back to the scene of the crime: Harlem. Throughout his entire time in exile, the only thing that kept Animal going was the thought that he would one day be reunited with his soul mate, Gucci--but one bullet changed everything. Animal 4. O96 A88 Animal knew getting involved with Sonja again would come at a price, but he had no idea how steep the price would be until it was too late.

With his wife gone and his children abducted by a ruthless drug cartel, Animal must lead a suicide mission into the lair of one of the most dangerous assassins in the world, a woman who calls herself Tiger Lily. O96 A Tayshawn is one of the children the world throws away. The neighborhood kids give him the nickname "Animal.

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O96 A85 After being thought dead, Animal resurfaces on the streets of New York to keep true to his promise, and make it rain blood over Harlem. All those who had wronged him would feel his wrath, including Shai Clark, boss of the New York underworld. However, touching a man like Shai Clark proves to be easier said than done. Using Animal's soul mate Gucci as bait, Shai sets a trap for the young killer.

Once again Animal finds himself captured, but this time there would be no trial. O96 A86 When Animal's former lover, Red Sonja, shows up on his doorstep with a little girl, claiming Animal is the father, he and Gucci immediately fear it's a ploy for money. But Red Sonja has come to collect a debt of a different kind, one that can only be paid in blood.

O96 A87 From the moment Animal's former lover Red Sonja showed up on his doorstep, he knew trouble wouldn't be far behind. It was because women like Red Sonja carried trouble around with them like designer purses. He knew getting involved with Sonja again would come at a price, but he had no idea how steep the price would be until it was too late.

O M56 Growing up on the cold, mean, inner-city streets of Baltimore is Netta, leader of an all girl clique called the Pussy Pound. With no father and a dope fiend for a mother, Netta learns at an early age to use her beauty and her body to get the things she wants, money, cars, and jewelry. Chasing the almighty dollar, Netta meets Black, a local drug dealer with a deep seeded hatred for New Yorkers, who fall head over heals in love with her.

With a broken heart, Black discovers that Netta is only after his money and he seeks the ultimate revenge against her life. U B36 The four beauties are living under the same roof, but they can't stand each other. Their only common denominator is their loving grandmother, Me-Ma. When she's not at work trying to make ends meet, she's home with her girls, trying to keep them from killing each other.

Tragedy strikes when Me-Ma has a fatal heart attack. The sisters are shocked to find that she left the house and all her money to the church. Now the pastor wants them out. R B58 Kaia didn't choose the streets. The streets chose her. Tossed from a broken home, Kaia is forced to learn just how grimy street life can be. Shedding her innocence, Kaia goes from being an often overlooked, stepped upon little girl to a woman. O96 B53 In order to avoid an Internal Affairs investigation, Detective Wolf must hunt down the "Black Lotus Killer," a pursuit that leads to a cold case from his past.

Boss Lady by Omar R. Tyree Call Number: PS Y59 B67 Everybody's favorite flyy girl is a little bit older, a whole lot wiser, and just as sassy as ever. After a series of triumphs in the world of letters and acting, Tracy takes on the dazzling world of Hollywood's A-list players to film a project close to her heart. Y59 C37