No Disrespect

No Disrespect

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by Sister Souljah, Sister Souljah, Souljah

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Rapper, activist, and hip-hop rebel, Sister Souljah possesses the most passionate and articulate voice to emerge from the projects. Now she uses that voice to deliver what is at once a fiercely candid autobiography and a survival manual for any African American woman determined to keep her heart open and her integrity intact in 1990s America.  See more details below


Rapper, activist, and hip-hop rebel, Sister Souljah possesses the most passionate and articulate voice to emerge from the projects. Now she uses that voice to deliver what is at once a fiercely candid autobiography and a survival manual for any African American woman determined to keep her heart open and her integrity intact in 1990s America.

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"Sister Souljah is one of the most eloquent and articulate spokespersons of her generation. Listen to her courageous and painful words in this book."--Cornel West

"Sister Souljah is a legitimate young voice in black America, a solid thinker who is astute, justifiably angry, and boldly outspoken. In No Disrespect she sets the record straight on where she stands on life, love, spirituality, and race."--Nathan McCall

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Those seeking tales of Souljah's rap career-or the controversy in which candidate Bill Clinton condemned her statements about the Los Angeles riots-must look elsewhere. This is a memoir of the author's surviving-the-ghetto life and her passionate relationships. ``What I am is natural and serious and as sensitive as an open nerve on an ice cube,'' declares Souljah at the outset, but her lightly edited vernacular tale-complete with large chunks of ``freely recreated'' dialogue-rarely has such style. Still, her story of childhood in the Bronx projects, where women on welfare accepted dissolute men as ``rentals,'' is chilling. Souljah's mom, admirably, encouraged her daughter's reading at an early age, and she grew-it's not too clear how-to gain a fervent sense of self and spirituality. Her portraits of people-including a Muslim boyfriend fighting his homosexuality, a female classmate at Rutgers University casually manipulating men for money and a dream boyfriend who lies about having a wife-should strike a chord with peers. Though Souljah's continual comments on Afrocentrism and white oppression are unfortunately Manichean, her closing advice to parents and to peers about successful relationships (``Remember: men will lie'') is, in the main, wisely cautionary. Author tour. (Feb.)
Library Journal
In 1992, rapper Sister Souljah made big news, provoking a response from then-candidate Clinton to her exhortation that black people should "take a week and kill white people." Sister Souljah's social philosophy, apparently, has not changed much. In this rambling, lurid autobiography of her pre-rap star years, she works to attribute each shortcoming, mistake, or problem of every African American to one cause: white oppression. Her true attitude and the purpose of her tale are both unclear. Aggrandizing (at length) her "spiritual eye" and devotion to God, she simultaneously revels in the abuse of other humans. Claiming a transcendent, ascetic disdain for uncommitted sex, she blithely luxuriates in a series of affairs. While the brief concluding chapter offers solid, sensible advice for young people, Sister Souljah's earlier boasts belie its convictions. For a clearer, better-stated account of ghetto youth's struggle, consider Nathan McCall's Makes Me Wanna Holler (LJ 2/1/94). Buy only when the star's fans request it. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 10/1/94.]-Bill Piekarski, Southwestern Coll. Lib., Chula Vista, Cal.

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No Disrespect 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 98 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
No Disrespect is a book that will help open all our eyes (men&women) in helping us analyze how we live our lives,think about how we want to raise our children and brings the realization of how real male/female realtionships issues exist in all our lives. This book, without a doubt will made me think twice about how I'm living my life. Very inspirational, real- real as can be, and motivational. A definite reccommend to all, Souljah lets you into her life, which helps you realize that no one is invisible to pain. GET IT NOW!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book kept me reding and anxious to know what was going to happen next through the wholr book.although i am young this book really changed the way of how i look at certain things such as the people around you.but i reccomend this book to any and everybody that can handle reading Sister Souljah's strong feelins and her thoughts of our world
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sister Souljah's soulful description of her life and those present in her life were both profound and thought provoking. I am astounded that the same issues that afflict Black Americans 25-40 years ago, still haunt us to this day. This book should be read every person of color. It opens ones eyes to authentic, pure truth of the state of our lives. The impoverished conditions under which we live, can be changed and Souljah proves that through education and exploration, one can be empowered! READ THIS BOOK!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think Sister Souljah did a wonderful job keeping it real! She provides the reader with an abundance of blind-sighted information. It is especially amazing, because it's told through the eyes of a young woman. I would recommend to every African-American and then some, especially our youth!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't believe how real she was in writing her experiences. She wrote about the good, bad, and ugly. I enjoyed every page. There isn't any man or woman that can not see themselves in at least one of these characters. While reading this book, I felt as if I've known her all her life, and that I watched her grow up into the woman that she is now. Every woman must read this book(and any man that wants to understand women).
Guest More than 1 year ago
I believe that book helps black americans understand why we are the way that we are and gets us to stop blamming each other for our problems. It gives us something to think about before we dismiss our race as no good and lazy. I love the way she looks inside of the history behind the pretty white lines if you know what I mean. Thanks Sista Souljah enlighting our people and doing something our education.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All I can say is that this is a must read book. This woman is an inspiration to all of us or at least she should be. This is a great story; my dad actually recommended this to me. It's very detailed and dramatic and it has you wondering what could possibly happen next. It's hard to believe that this could really be about her life. I was not able to put it down, every chapter was another adventure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sister Souljah's No Disrespect is the best book about I've read about a tale of an African-American. She explains what life was like dedicating each chapter to someone who has made a difference in her life. Sister Souljah tells it like it really is. Her words at the end make you think about the African-American race.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an execellent book. This should be read in schools by children so they can know the truth from young. Im glad that such eloquence can be used by a women so young. I am only 16 and I thank GOD for the SISTA and her words. You may not know her, but you can relate to her. Don't listen to the mainstream reviews by people that do not want you to hear the truth. This book is a must read for EVERYONE! No matter what color you are, it doesn't matter. Be your own review and read the book, i read it in two days!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
No Disrespect is a real eye opener.It really makes me thankful for everything I recieve in life.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Sister did her thing and got down with nothing but the TRUTH with this autobiographical novel. I was tripping out on her love escapades which showed how deceit is prevalent in this society which is really a shame. However, it occurs and should not be accepted by decent women of today. These lying a-- men need to stop the hypocracy that they dish out on a continuous basis. I just want the public at large to know if they read 'No Disrespect', they will be consumed and gain enormous respect for a sister that deserves credit when credit is due. Let me know when your next novel is released because I'm definitely one of your fans from henceforth and ever more. Thanks for the education. It was better than a PH.D degree. I'm a sistah also.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Congrats to the sister for telling her story in a real way. I thoroughly enjoyed this book immensely and recommend it to others so they are aware of striving to acheive the best of ALL the best.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Again Souljah came real. though this book is not as good as The Coldest Winter Ever its still a must read. Souljah keeps it real. She should definetly write another novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay my friend gave me this book to read, I have 3 more chapters left, I admire Sister Souljah's courage, and activist spirit. I do however disagree with her the belief that she has regarding 'whites'and their oppression on blacks today . I don't agree with everything she does mention in this book of hers but I do however respect her writing and criticism because it holds much truth.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was really an emotional and spiritual eye-opener for me. I applaud the author for putting her life in print. This book has made me come to grips with some serious issues in my own life. Thanks for the rules for life at the end of your story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a mind opener for me. I had previously read The Coldest Winter which I enjoyed and while viewing books in the book store, I ran across this one. It was enjoyable, entertaining and educable. My hats goes off to the sista for educating the public on the real truth. When is the next one coming out?
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was great.It was educational and it made you think about this white America.It was honest and well written.I think it is a great book for teenage girls to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a great read for a mature teenage girl. I am 16 years old and have found that i relate to many of the situations described and i feel that it to be empowering and real. I rarely read books but after being introduced to this book i have began to read non-stop. This book truly changed my life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I want to thank sista for being brave enough to share her life with total strangers. The book was great and by telling her story I think she gave a lot to helpful lessons to black teenage girls who may be on the wrong path and need some guidance. Plus I liked how she combined the story with balck history. VERY WELL DONE! Most teen and young adults now a days dont know (or care) about important historical facts therefore they dont know how history is affecting them today. VERY SAD. Anyway I loved the book and hope sista comes out with a new book soon. I know I will be buying it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From all different people The souljah encounters with each person each having a different story and an impact on her life. I Have to read Coldest winter ever!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Sister Souljah's writing style, its a breath of fresh air. Her books are such easy reads, you feel like you are actually in the city with her doing everything she does.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was really good, once I started I couldn't but it down. Every chapter I took something from and even though she was telling so many different stories it seems as if they all sorted related to me in one way or another. I really just loved the book and everybody that I talked with I told them that this was a book that they needed to read. Thank you Sister Souljah I can't wait to read your other books!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gifted and Brilliant...I once lived the life she lived and broke free from the nonsense. I can relate so well to her book title 'NO DISRESPECT' it's real raw, blunt and straight to the point, no BSing around....It not only displays a woman who has power and strength but someone who falls shorts...GOD has given her a true gift knowledge and wisdom.