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To protect his mother, 16 year-old Clinton Ray a.k.a. Black must run away from his home. Forced to mingle with the worst elements and circumstances of urban life, Black bumps into Face, Penny and Zero, who together chase the American Dream. Inevitable, their experiences provoke Black to reassess his friendships, his lifestyle and his own aspirations. In his journey of self-discovery, black must learn to survive on the streets of Chicago, reevaluate his life decisions, or perish ...
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Blackface: A Novel

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Overview

To protect his mother, 16 year-old Clinton Ray a.k.a. Black must run away from his home. Forced to mingle with the worst elements and circumstances of urban life, Black bumps into Face, Penny and Zero, who together chase the American Dream. Inevitable, their experiences provoke Black to reassess his friendships, his lifestyle and his own aspirations. In his journey of self-discovery, black must learn to survive on the streets of Chicago, reevaluate his life decisions, or perish in the chaos of life.

Evocative, elegantly crafted and fast paced, Blackface challenges the reader and promises to be one engaging read.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780976806110
  • Publisher: Art Official Media LLC
  • Publication date: 11/1/2005
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 13 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    This

    This was just painful to read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2012

    Do not buy

    This was really bad. I did not like it at all! The story line sucked!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2012

    Blackface I

    I have read both books. AWFUL!!!!!! DON'T DO IT! SAVE YOUR MONEY!!!!! One star to post. I rate it a big fat, obese ZERO?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2011

    Slow and Draining

    I am a fan of Urban Literature and when I read this book I must say that I was not impressed at all. This book was way to slow. It didn't have a story line. You followed three main characters such as Jazz, Black, Face and one more I forgot which was Penny. I felt no connection with the characters and overall this book was draining. Since there is a second one to this , I will probally try to stomach the second one. I hope this one is better than the first.

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  • Posted August 9, 2010

    AAMBC Book Reviews

    BlackFace by Q.B Wells follows the lives of Black and Face and how their experiences in gang life shape their destiny. Black is one of the main characters who is beaten and mistreated by his mother and hopes to someday escape her mistreatment as a frustrated, overwhelmed and unhappy single mother.

    This book appeals to those who may be interested or fascinated by the lives and experiences of gang members.
    The author reveals the ugliness and the comraderie of ganglife and reveals the reasons some young me may choose ganglife as an escape from their lack of love or their sense of or lack of family and the need to belong.

    BlackFace introduces conflict between a son and his mother and his constant desire to be loved by his mother. The violence in the book can be overwhelming, at times and for some readers may be difficult to read. The outcome of the characters in the book is unpredictable.

    I did not enjoy reading BlackFace. I became confused and disinterested in the characters and their outcomes in the plot. The author gives no introduction or background of new characters that suddenly appears in the book and leaves the reader wondering about this character (s) which made BlackFace difficult to read and difficult to follow.

    The author writes many times in the first person of a character and in second person of the same character sometimes using the characters nickname or 'real' name.

    Tanya Matthews
    AAMBC Reviewer

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2008

    Outstanding Instant Urban Classic

    The lore of contemporary urban fiction is rife with carbon copied, formulaic titles offering the same sensationalized sagas of street life with little redeeming value or meaningful perspective. Thankfully, Blackface is a fresh, standout departure from that mold. The debut novel by impressive literary talent Q.B. Wells chronicles the intertwined fates of four Black teens immersed in the perpetually unfolding drama of inner city Chicago. Each struggling to cope with a strained home environment, Black, Face, Penny, and Zero are forced to rely on their wits and ever-evolving street savvy to stay one step ahead of the competition ¿ which is often deadly. As if the challenges of being a teenager aren¿t enough, the boys must also contend with racism, police brutality, criminal peer pressure, and a host of other hurdles, all in an effort to survive and ultimately escape the grim confines of the hood. The main storyline in Blackface is centered on the arduous emotional journey of Black, born Clinton Ray, whose mother has already lost one son to the streets and is loath to see him to follow the same path. Feeling stifled by her heavy-handed approach to him, Black eventually leaves home, seeking the freedom and acceptance that elude him while still under her roof. His exploits are not uncommon and likely reflect similar struggles that many ¿ if not all ¿ young Black males undergo at such a crucial stage of their development. As he learns more about the outside world ¿ and, by default, himself ¿ Black ultimately realizes that his mother¿s hard-line stance is designed to protect him from the very dangers he so willingly thrusts himself into. Whether or not he decides to use his newfound wisdom in turning his life around is the ultimate rite of passage that awaits all young Black males in positions just like his. Blackface is a compelling read, taking the reader on a journey through the everyday struggles of young Black America that the mainstream all too often ¿ and easily ¿ ignores. For a deep, introspective view of lives that hang in a perpetual delicate balance, look no further than this seminal treatise on the ongoing battle of glitter vs. substance. An outstanding instant classic, and a welcome addition to the realm of urban fiction. Daria Miles Apex Reviews

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    Posted August 6, 2011

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