Behind the Book (The Ace of Diamonds): Chapter Nineteen


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1. Kristian and Akaila had headed to Club Monaco, which was about four stores down from where Carmen was. – I was looking up different clothing stores for this scene since Carmen, Kristian and Akaila were going to be at the mall and found this store. The clothes appeared to be something I felt I would find in Seventeen so I included the store in this scene.
2. Once I find out who it is, I’m putting twenty thousand on his head. – This line is spoken by Blu and was inspired by a YouTube video I saw where T.I. was performing. If I’m remembering correctly, someone was throwing things on stage and T.I. responds with placing a $50000 bounty on the person’s head if they continued.

Update: Peep the video of T.I. below:

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On My Soapbox: Black Diamonds + T.I. +Addresses + Rolling Out


After being stuck in the house due to the snowstorm, I spent the day, working on Black Diamonds (the fourth book in The Diamond Collection series), watching YouTube (movies, music videos, and interviews), and chatting on Facebook.

One of the music videos I watched and a favorite song of mine by rapper, T.I. is his song, “Addresses” from Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head. The song’s title actually inspired the title of a chapter in Black Diamonds. While watching the video, I noticed there was a video suggestion on YouTube for an interview T.I. conducted with Sway in the Morning. The YouTube video was posted December 17, 2012 by SwaysUniverse. In the interview, T.I. discusses the motivation behind the song, “Addresses,” and says in the interview, “When there is a violation, there must be a demonstration.”

This quote reminded me of the plot of Black Diamonds. If you are familiar with the series then you know that this book is focused on Carmen and Kane, trying to find Kristian, their daughter who has been kidnapped by a drug dealer, Blu. If you are not familiar with the series then this is the storyline of the book. Since Blu has violated them (by kidnapping their loved one), a “demonstration,” must now take place, which will be illustrated in the chapter, “Addresses,” the title inspired by the song by T.I. I decided the name chapter, “Addresses,” because in this chapter they learn the location of where their daughter is.

As I am known to do, I made an InstaQuote picture which contained the quote because it reminded me of my novel (see below).
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In addition, I made another InstaQuote picture, with a lyric from “Addresses” that contained an image of T.I. from the movie Takers, because it reminded me of a scene from my novel as well (see below).
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What I didn’t expect was for T.I. to ever see the picture or repost it. When I saw he did, because I do follow him on Instagram (@troubleman31), I was very excited and even reposted that he had done so (see below).
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Moreover, I didn’t expect for anything else to come of the picture. Since I did use to blog about celebrities, I still follow some online magazines and blog sites. I actually receive a daily email from a few including Rolling Out Magazine. I visited the website to read an article about Michael Ealy’s son and saw the headline, “T.I. Finally Responds to Cheating Rumors.” I read the article and my mouth dropped open when I saw my InstaQuote picture being tied in with his “alleged” response to photos of his wife, Tiny:

“Tip then addressed the criticism he’d received over politely asking his wife to stop posting photos of her butt on Instagram,” was the statement prior to the picture.

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I cannot speak for T.I. as to what he was thinking when he reposted the picture or what in particular he was addressing. However, I can say that when he initially made the statement, it was in reference to the motivation behind his song, “Addresses,” from his album. The InstaQuote picture was also not created to aid in any of the rumors against him and his wife. I do not know T.I. or Tiny personally and only made the InstaQuote post because it reminded me of certain scenes from my forthcoming novel.

What I Read: Power & Beauty by TI (with David Ritz)


ti-power-and-beautyWhen TI announced he was writing a book, I knew I would be the first person in line to get it. I’m a huge fan of his music, reality show, and anything else he puts his hands on. When I first started reading Power & Beauty, I expected the writing style to reflect TI’s persona as a rapper. Let’s just say, I was in for a rude awakening. There were points in the story, which sounded like TI, “the rapper,” but the majority of the story seemed to have possibly been written in the voice of his co-author. While I was expecting one thing and got another, overall, I still enjoyed the book and purchased the sequel, Trouble and Triumph prior to finishing Power and Beauty.

The novel details the coming of age of Power (real name Paul) and Beauty, after their mother, Charlotte, is killed in an explosion. Although, they are not biologically related, they view each other as brother and sister despite the undeniable love they share. After their mother’s death, they are taken in by the ruthless Slim, a local businessman in Atlanta. Slim is crooked and although Power takes a liking to him, Beauty can see through him like glass. She even leaves Atlanta because of him, leaving Power behind.

The tagline of the book, a love story of life on the streets, in my opinion, is used incorrectly. The book is a love story, but not on the streets. Although Power goes through situations somewhat similar to stories found in street fiction, I wouldn’t put the book in this category. For example, one of the main turning points in the story is when Power drops out of high school because he didn’t win class president. (Yes, you read correctly, he drops out of high school because he didn’t win class president). His disappointment over the loss leads Slim to send him to New York to get schooled by the best players in the game.

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Beauty, the female protagonist of the book, goes on her own journey, hitting the fashion world in New York and even making her way to Japan. She starts from the bottom and even takes a job as a sales associate at Claire’s. In this position, she has the potential to become the youngest store manager in the company’s history, however, she is never granted the position. She ends up taking a job at a department store, which puts her in New York, the same city as Power.

The highlight of the novel is the different people they come across during their journey. Each person leaves a lasting impression and is somehow connected to the next person who “schools” them. Since the book has a cliffhanger ending, I am anticipating the direction Trouble and Triumph takes. I already envision Power and Beauty crossing paths once again. However, the question is, will they rekindle their forbidden love, or will they face their demise at the hands of Slim? To find out, one must read!