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Nging but kids still learn without being in school It s what they learn that is at issue Asante still has a ways to go to break into Literature but his path is true and his talent real He is a good mirror I note he is a filmmakerAsante has a right to be proud And whoever gave him the chance to get out of the hood has a right to be proudI learned of this title from a NoViolet Bulawayo s BN interview and have thought of that recommendation several times since There are spoilers coming There s just no other way to review this oneMK Asante was born in Zimbabwe but the first time we meet him is in Killadelphia Pistolvania His family is out of control and conseuently so is he His brother is eep into gang life running guns and Bipolar Disorder drugs By the time he is 12 MK has favorite porn artists is sexually active andoesn t think twice before leaping into a stolen car alongside his brother who goes by Uzi He adores his brother His brother is 16 and assumes that he won t stay long behind bars for the things he Beijing Jeep does because he is a minor We never learn for sure whether he is sent to live with a relative in Arizona to keep his influence from affecting MK too late or because the local heat has a real itch for him Once he is there however he is tried as an adult for rape for having sex with a 13 year old Caucasian He thought she was 16 It s a huge blow to everyone when heraws hard timeLet s pause here a moment If you know absolutely no street lexicon USA and if you regard the Philadelphia police force as brothers and comrades keep your wallet in your pocket If you aren t sure or have seen the cops in major metropolitan cities o low income teenagers and even those from the middle class irreparable harm and no good or not much you might be in the right ballparkI hope you are because this is a powerhouse of a memoir But there is no glossary so for example if the word blunt means something that is not sharp edged and nothing else you may get izzy and give up If you Iraq don t know theifference between nigga and the N word and who can say it and who can t move on to the next selection on the shelf But if these things have become either part of your own lexicon or are familiar because of young people in your life who say them you can read this just fine and Google any parts where you have Ford difficulty It s well worth itOh and lest I forget here it is YES I got this book free from the Goodreads giveaway If this had been a lousy read my gratuity would have been withholding my review Nobody gets five stars out of me unless I think what they have to offer is worth five starsThe one uestion I have about this one is where this urban jewel has been hanging for the last several years All of hip hop lyrics the songs of urban protest are from the 90 s It is true that Tupac lives on forever but in 2013 it seems to me that some years have gone missing nevertheless I hope Random House hasn t bought the rights to this book and then parked on it for awhile and I hope it comes out soonI began reading within 48 hours of the Trayvon Martin verdict My own large family is multiracial and my youngest son who is African American and 25 was just packing to move out of the house and in with some friends Reading the first chapters of this book gave me such an anxiety attack that the manid well to get out of the house before I started sewing name tags into his hoodies and packing him a plastic lunch box to take to school and work I m exaggerating but only a small amount I think this is a time when family members of young Black men are watching their own closely and holding their breathCaroleAmina the mother who provides counterpoint to Malo s MK s narrative is anxious too but mental illness and a Spartan deteriorating marriage haveeprived her of her voice She loves her son but has lost all authority and communication with him She begs him to take care of her and he recognizes when his father leaves that he is the man of the family He has been eprived of his childhood somewhere along the wayHe learns his mother s thoughts only by reading her iary He is chronically truant from the private uaker school she and her husband have sent him to but She Isn T Worried About isn t worried about She isn t worried about the fact that he and a friend regularly steal her car and ride around in it until Rise of the Hellion (Foxblood, dawn even though he is way too young to even have a learner s permit I want to scream at her Why the hell notThat s the easy partThe school principal wants to talk to his family but nobody is available Ultimately MK s mother attempts suicide not for the first time and is institutionalized as heraughter has already been When she comes home Malo s father a man known and respected as a civil rights activist and scholar leaves her His sole remaining child is enraged by his abdication Every time his father loses control of the household his response is absenceThe hard part is to say What would you Read, Write, Edit do hereCan you correct the problem with social workers and foster homes Ion t think so Most foster kids vote with their feet They stay for Think about Editing dinner maybe try to round up some cash then hit the bricks andon t go backCan you fix the problem with a good schoolYes no and maybeI send my own children to a really wonderful alternative school It has made a huge American Legal History difference for my kids who were at risk and also for the child who was always the perfect example But if other things get bad uickly enough the school can to a The Evolution of Technology damn thingThe uaker school was majority Caucasian at a time when the author of Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria says is actually when Black teens need an immersion experience to foster their sense of self The uaker school though some of the staff appeared to mean well either wrote Malo off as a bad seed and face it how many academics want to hear fuck you from an angry student orecided that he could not produce as the high school basketball coach gives him permission to spend his class time shooting baskets if he preferA gym is a safer place than the streetsbut what kind of education is that Is this really the best a gifted young Black man can expect Not only no but hell noThe alternative school is one his mother finds after he has been arrested He *agrees to give it a try and for amazingly the first *to give it a try and for amazingly the first he is asked in a friendly personal yet not invasive environment to write something anythingAs a retired language arts and history teacher I find this readful Every kid should be given this type of opportunity I am appalled by the public school teachers who flatly tell the students they Ethan Marcus Stands Up don t want to be there and only show up for the paycheck Are they expecting the students to react with understanding I taught in high poverty schools too and you can bet your bottomollar that I apologized to my students if there wasn t a Matti In the Wallet desk for everyone and I found a spot for everyone to sitown until I could rectify the situation Malo was robbed both by the uakers and the public school systemThe alternative school helps him find his own voice He Raised in Captivity discovers that until he has begun to read he has no vocabulary and without a good vocabulary he wasn t able to express himself But the other critical factor is the reemergence of his father who to be fair has been trying to call him trying to get in touch with him but Malo has been unable to forgive him for abandoning the family and leaving his mother to flounder unaided in an untenable situation When Malo is arrested he refuses to phone his father not wanting to give into his own need or to see his father sisappointment His father finds out and comes to pick him up anyway And though I have given away a large part of his story I will leave the climactic scene between the two of them for the readerLater Malo performs at a spoken word session when his girlfriend signs him up The poem Buck is one of his own He tells us that he finally understands why it was illegal to teach a slave to read and write because there is so much power in the written word And he ecides that he wants to be a writerHe Ocious kid educated himself through the most unconventional teachers outlaws and eccentrics rappers and mystic strangers ghetto philosophers and strippers and eventually an alternative school that transformed his life with a single blank sheet of paper It’s a one of a kind story about finding your purpose in life and an inspiring tribute to the power of education art and love to heal and redeem. ,


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AsanteThe fall in Killadelphia Outside is the color of cornbread and blood Change hangs in the air like the sneaks on the live wires behind my cribI received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewEvery American teenager goes through a period of rebellion as she tries to figure out who she is apart from the parents But for no other group in America is this transition as angerous as for young black men Malo s older brother is in jail His father is always traveling his mother Two Brothers, One Tail depressed His schools some give him a pass andon t reuire him to Woman Much Missed do much of anything long as he keeps playing basketball Others are like a holding pen the teachers flat out telling the students I m just here for the paycheckIt s amazing that any of them make it out of there alive and sadly too manyon t Malo loses his best friend Amir and afterward the funeral Why Americas Top Pundits Are Wrong director takes him and his friends in the back roomHe shows us the coffins and tells us The little ones for teenagers like y all are my best sellers and business is booming Booming The best memoirs let you crawl inside the skin of someone who s not like you and MAKE you feel it as if it is your own life I was not only feeling for and with Malo I was actually nodding to the raw beauty and poetry of hip hop lyrics the way they perfectly fit the narrative of the storyI also got a glimpse inside his mother s head through her journal entries which Malo readsshares here She is battling herepression so hard like a lot of people the Citizen Cain drugs sometimes help and sometimes turn her into a zombie but she keep fighting for her younger son until finally she finds a school that gets him They make him write and in writing he finds his own voiceHolding the pen this way snug and firm in my fist makes me feel like I can write my future spell out myestiny in sharp strokesI couldn t help thinking of A mind is a terrible thing to waste yet we Trail of Secrets do waste so many minds so many bright young men and women of all colors and ethnicities COULD give back so much If only we tried a little harder found the key to reaching them instead of warehousing them in school until they are 18 then warehousing them in jail ever afterThere are manyefinitions of the word buck it s a term for a person for money for an act of rebellion or of sex and in the end MK Asante claims it for his ownBecame a How to Train a Cowboy doerream pursuer purpose One Special Moment drivenPast meets the futureIn between no longer and not yetRise up young buck never forgetThis book is going to stay with me for a long time Worth a Zillion BucksThe streets were calling the young buck with their siren song literally and figuratively the siren call of temptation along with the real call of police sirens coming to arrest his brother his homies and him It is a harrowing tale well told but asark as his story gets there is always the hope for redemption Buck unfolds on the streets of Philadelphia AKA Killadelphia The title refers to many things but mainly it is about the author and narrator who is a young buck trying to make a buck while avoiding being shot with buck shot He tries to buck the system especially the public schools overwhelmed with just trying to keep some semblance of order let alone teach anything His brother Uzi is his role model but he is leading him astray Uzi gets sent to Arizona to live with an uncle but the uncle is an addict and backslides With no adult supervision Uzi ends up in hot water A long stretch in the penetenturyMeanwhile his father leaves and his mother has mental issues Most of his friends are either in gangs or involved in criminal activity To make money he sells weed which is uite lucrative for the young buck until his mother flushes his stash and throws thousands of bucks of ill gotten gain into the incinerator He is left owing over 3 grand to his connection who bragged that he killed someone who owed him a hundred bucks Things A Touch of Persuasion (Men Of Wolff Mountain don t look so great for Malo the young buck Still you are holding a book in your hands that he wrote so something must have changed hisirectionThis book explains a lot of slang terms for instance jawn is an all purpose word that can stand for anything It usually means some kind of gig instance jawn is an all purpose word that can stand for anything It usually means some kind of gig party but its Watch for Me by Moonlight (The Midnight Twins, definitions are multiform Overreaching the wide horizon like the rainbow its hues are as various as the hues of that arch asistinct too yet as intimately blended Overreaching the wide horizon like the rainbow I read a tweet by uestlove of The Roots where he used the world jawn The Roots are also from Philadelphia and are even mentioned in the book Malo gets to rap with them at a jawn His rap contains allusions to Rivers a poem by Langston Hughes There are a lot of uotes from rap songs and poems sprinkled throughout Whitman Kerouac Ginsberg Langston Hughes Ralph Ellison Nas Tupac The Roots are a few of the poets and lyricists uoted in Buck A MemoirBuck is about what it is like out there on the streets right NOW It is an up to the minute update on reality as we enter the second decade of the millennium With things like the Trayvon Martin incident in of the millennium With things like the Trayvon Martin incident in news it couldn t be relevant Still as modern as it is it reminds me of many other books such as Invisible Man by Ralph Elison Native Son by Richard Wright and Things Fall Apart by the Nigerian author Chinua Achebe MK Asante may be added to that illustrious list soon He is a modern The Mommy Makeover day griot ATTENTION April 2014 change I have revised this review to show a welleserved 5 rather than 4 star rating I am a experienced reviewer now and I see some ratings from earlier reviews were a bit too high or low based on the standard for 2013 overall 2014 reviews are on target I m not marking The Convicts Bounty Bride (Convict Wives down any I think I may have given a star too many because it seems unnecessary and kind of mean But I thought I ought to show full regard when merited with my rating if I am serious enough to actually have written a review in the first place To fail to make this change wouldo the work and the writer a A River of Royal Blood (Untitled, disservice Thanks for readingscanning this review everyone CheersOriginal ReviewThis is a fascinating memoir but it reads like a superb novel The sophistication of MK Asante s work reflects long study and practice of his craft to say nothing of great giftedness as a writer It veritably oozes ambition in the best sense possible The book is a coming of age story set in an African American family who we meet living in the Philadelphia area Asante s style can beescribed as urban influenced and much of his story has to First Blood do with the specifics of his youth in urban environments with their attendantangers and The Palliser Novels disadvantages peculiarities and personalities and uniue and rich local cultures which variously impact Asante However its major theme has too with his self education and eepening understanding of himself and where he comes from This Story Shows The Coming Of shows the coming of of an intellectual and an artist and it places itself suarely within a long and broad literary tradition in that respectMost prominent among the strengths here Asante is fearless in his largely successful experimentation with form which gives his story a uniue and istinctly appropriate voice and correspondingly authentic effect on his audience He uses language with great purpose and freuent brilliance His work is unmistakably artOn the other hand the organization Hunter Killer (Pike Logan didn t always seem to be in perfect step with the content of the story on occasion his brilliant range of formal approaches looked to be applied somewhat haphazardly Some of his lyricism fell flat as well even though much of it was wonderfully evocative and originalIn sum Buck A Memoir is a fine work of literature that bears a lot of scrutiny close or multiple readings of the text will enrich understanding and stimulate However some elements of the book are much stronger than others Still I strongly recommend reading this book if for no other reason than it will give you insight into the true masterpieces MK Asante will author in the years to come among many other thingsI received my copy of this book from the Goodreads Fir. A rebellious boy’s journey through the wilds of urban America and the shrapnel of a selfestructing family this is the riveting story of a generation told through one Brazen and the Beast (The Bareknuckle Bastards, dazzlingly poetic new voice   MK Asante was born in Zimbabwe to American parents a mother who led the new nation’sance company and a father who would soon become a revered pioneer in black studies But things fell apart and St Reads giveaway program I was so excited for MK Asante s BUCK When I read the synopsis earlier this year I just knew I had to read this man s story of triumph BUCK is a very moving literary work I see why CNN and Maya Angelou gave Asante such praise He is truly a brilliant writerso The Friend Zone descriptive and in touch with his audience he easily transitions from slang vulgarity and the rawness of a life of oppression to a language readily identified as poetic Asante shows that the two are very much connected and forces you to like it I thoroughly enjoyed the memoir it lived up to my expectations iteserves its hype If you re afraid of vulgarity afraid to escape your box of safety afraid to read what it is to be Black and male in America then Flying Scotsman Manual don t get this memoir BUCK is not easy to read or forget it s frightening it s shocking it s appalling But it s also a story of hope expectation and need for better It s weird how something can be so unappealing and inspiring simultaneouslybut BUCK is just that I recommend it completely In the early 90 s I managed a couple of Black bookstores and one of our most popular titles was Afrocentriciy by Molefi Asante This book was the foundation of a cultural movement at the time that sought to strengthen the ties between African Americans and their African heritage But while Professor Asante was on the lecture and media circuit the foundation of his home life was crumblingMK Asante Malo has written an incredible memoir of his adolescence in Philadelphia With his older stepbrother in prison his mother struggling with a mental illness and a father always away Malo is forced to navigate his own path through a life of gangs violence andrugs What sets this apart from other coming of age urban stories is Malo s intelligence and his need to connect with the family that has abandoned him in a sense Discovering his mother s Alpha (Shifters, diary instead of feeling invasive helps him learn about the woman she was and has become while the published excerpts give the reader insight into a mother s fear of losing her sons to the streetsMalo s story of transformation through hisiscovery of his love of the written word is one of the most beautiful I ve read all year I was awarded this book in a Goodreads giveaway but plan on buying for the young men in my extended family Now I see why reading was illegal for black people Whalerider during slavery Iiscover that I think in words The words I know the things I can think aboutReading was illegal because if you limit someone s vocab you limit their thoughts They can t even think of freedom because they Charlie Turns Into a T-Rex don t have the language to p 229 I certainly wish many young men would have this epiphany about reading And that s why this book is important it can be inspirational for youth everywhere who feel locked out and left behind I think MK hasone a superb job in representing his generation His journey thus far told with a hip hop sensibility is certainly one that will resonate with manyBuck is MK s story of coming of age in 90s Philadelphia With a father that wasis a legendary educator scholar and lecturer and a mother who also was a celebrated educator in her own right it s hard to understand how MK came so close to the third rail Again a close reading of this memoir will reveal it s essentialness The way his life unravels and plunges him onto the road to self Graphic Design For Everyone destruction is finelyetailed A two parent household oesn t guarantee one will be kept from the vices of the hood Especially given a father who is often absent and a mother struggling with mental illnessWhen MK s older brother gets locked up his world begins to really spiral out of control We meet the various friends that orbit MK s universe The acting out and the anger is easily identifiable because the family structure is broken the secondary institutions are broken and the community is in chaos All of this is bravely shared and hip hop lyrics are freuently added to the pages as sort of a soundtrack for his life This is an excellent book for any youngster struggling to find their place in this thing called life MK s voice feels authentic and his talent for writing is obvious You sometimes worry that memoirs are often embellished to give the author a harder edge or a hero image you on t feel that that at all in this book The genuineness of this story will prove important To Its Ultimate Success Because its ultimate success because s youth can sniff out fakery with the greatest of ease Thankfully MK oes an excellent job of keeping it realThe book ends prematurely in my opinion and my only wish was for of his story I think it is important to talk about how he became a tenured professor The etail of that specific passage could act as a blueprint for the inspired reader Perhaps a second volume is planned and the hope for that is may it be as nourishing and honest as this one has been Reading this memoir about a young man growing up with Art of Laurel and Hardy different struggles and making something out of himself I thoroughly enjoyed this and reading about his childhood andifferent challenges he had thrown his way i also he had thrown his way I also the hip hop lyrics he incorporated into the book of 2 pac and etc Gaining a toehold in starting this book can be tough but I urge you to stick with it You will be rewarded with a story that will stay with you It is uplifting without a shred of sappiness The title of the book is apt I loved all the applications of the word buck that were used If you are a lover of adroit turns of phrases you will Hers To Cherish (Verdantia, dig on the ones contained in here and they are many My favorite was a man who was so fat he runs out of breath trying to catch his breath Memoirs as a whole are not my first choice but this one spoke to me I may not have always been familiar with the street lingo that was used but the context steers you where you need to go A very worthwhile readThis was a first reads giveaway thank you buck n a fashionable and typically hell raising young man 2 racial slur used toescribed black men 3 a young black man what s up young buck 4 the act of becoming wild and uncontrollable he went buck wild 5 a The Intelligent Entrepreneur dollar 6 to fire gunshots buckshots in the air 7 to go against rebel buck the systemEverybody calls me young buck when they see meAsante s journey from inner city street punk in Killadelphia to college professor is a wild ride Knowing the outcomeoesn t The Summer of the Ubume dull theescription of his path sexy wild ugly and redemptive There is a kind of love shown between family members in this ghetto life that may be greater than all other loves because it flows Distracted - Acting Edition despite real failures by real people A little light and a little faith in a kid backed into a corner seems to have made aifference Not every intervention can be as timely but the results are uneuivocalThis book was assembled from fragments in a teen s life in the late nineteen nineties My copy of this title was published in 2013 the paperback will be released in May 2014 The language and sensibility wears a noticeable twelve year lag it seems to me but it is instructive none the less How far we seem to have come in *ten years all of us i wonder if *years all of us I wonder if would agree or if he would say that nothing has changed Perhaps nothing substantive in the lives of Killadelphians has changed or changed enoughThe main thrust of the narrative however is perennial A young boy Trauma heilen discovers the voices of all who have come before him and realizes that the paths ahead are many and varied and bear no resemblance to the one he walksaily in his neighborhood I spit lyrics to songs under my breath all Developing Resilient Organizations day everyayIt s like hip hop Tourette s The book is punctuated with stanzas that suit the action his own and those of others suitably referenced One can tell words Clean Tech, Clean Profits descriptive words are his passion The story introduces street life through street slang I particularly liked theevice of reading Malo s mother s GameMaker Essentials diary to learn what she was thinking as she lay torpid andrugged through Malo s teen years His father uit town to save himself and his brother got himself locked up All in all a harrowing upbri. Decade later MK was in America a teenager lost in a fog of Singing the Kyrgyz Manas drugs sex and violence on the streets of North Philadelphia Now he was alone his mother in a mental hospital his father gone his older brother locked up in a prison on the other side of the country and forced to find his own way to survive physically mentally and spiritually by any means necessary   Buck is a powerful memoir of how a prec.