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Monday, October 15, 2012

No Disrespect by Sister Souljah

Every one of us chooses our station in life, a position from which we posture our convictions and beliefs; which without apology Sister Souljah is no different.

Admittedly I wasn't warmed by the opening. It took turning to a page just about in the middle of the book, (page 109 to be exact), and reading from there for a few pages before going back to the beginning to understand this woman's philosophies, and where she's coming from.

After that, from beginning to end I didn't want to close the book. Anyone who advocates for children wins me over, before and after all else. Of course there is much more to Sister Souljah's autobiography than the children she crusades for; she had to go through some things before reaching a platform from which she could stage her fight to help empower disenfranchised children.

Other spots that engaged me as well; her relationship with her family, and as well other relationships... Nathan (of course being the premier), but also Joseph...(Sonya's spiel was truly potent), and Chance I just adored...at first! And that incident in Baltimore had me in stitches. Oh, that was one of a special kind of hilarious. Nikki was interesting, and also that talk on lesbianism with Mona. Tusani, and her mother Nita, just may have been the most stirring. It was the message behind the mother's message that I found tremendous; one where although it wasn't written, I felt wasn't lost on Sister Souljah either--the other thing I found impressive...her openness to hear what the people she was trying to help, and as well all of those she forged relationships with, were saying.

I highly recommend `No Disrespect.' I really want to go on and on here, but in summary this work is as compassionate as it is passionate, intellectual, and outstanding.


  1. I love this book! I was first introduced to Sista Souljah as an author when I came across this book. I read every book she has written, as a result. I felt the same as you when I was reading - I didn't want to close the book. It was many years ago that I read, but you brought back the memory - thank you:)

  2. You're welcome. I'd heard about this author, like so many others, but am just working my way around to reading.