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The Haunting of Hip Hopby Bertice Berry
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A ghost story with a beat . . . Bertice Berry follows her finely pitched Blackboard bestselling debut novel, Redemption Song, with a mesmerizing cautionary tale about urban hip hop culture.
In ancient West Africa, the drum was more than a musical instrument, it was a vehicle of communication-it conveyed information, told stories, and passed on the wisdom of generations. The magic of the drum remains alive today, and with her magnificent second novel, Berry brings those powerful beats to the streets of Harlem.
Harry “Freedom” Hudson is the hottest hip hop producer in New York City, earning unbelievable fees for his tunes and the innovative sound that puts his artists on the top of the charts. Harry is used to getting what he wants, so when hes irresistibly drawn to a house in Harlem, he assumes hell be moving in as soon as the papers can be drawn up. The house, after all, has been abandoned for years. Or has it?
Rumors are rife in the neighborhood that the house is haunted; that mysterious music, shouts, and sobbing can be heard late at night. Ava, Harrys strong-willed, no-nonsense agent, dismisses it all as “old folks” tales-until she opens the door and finds an eerie, silent group of black people, young and old, gathered around a man holding an ancient African drum. They are waiting for Harry and bear a warning that touches his very soul: “We gave the drum back to your generation in the form of rap, but its being used to send the wrong message.”
The Haunting of Hip Hop is a reminder of the importance of honoring the past as a means of moving safely and firmly into the future. It is sure to raise eyebrows and stir up controversy about the impact, good and bad, of rap culture.
The hottest hip-hop producer in New York, Harry "Freedom" Hudson uses his new wealth to purchase an abandoned house in Harlem, but he soon discovers that the house is haunted by people warning of the dangers of the music he promotes.
Harry "Freedom" Hudson, a hot hip-hop producer, is used to getting what he wants. When he's drawn to a house in Harlem, he assumes he'll be moving in soon. Ignoring rumors the house is haunted, his agent, Ava finds an silent group of black people in the house, gathered around a man holding an ancient African drum. They've been waiting for Harry, and they bear a warning for him.
About the Author
BERTICE BERRY is a comedian and inspirational speaker and holds a Ph.D. in sociology. She has about two hundred speaking engagements per year.. She is the author of two novels (Redemption Song and The Haunting of Hip Hop) and four works of nonfiction. She lives in southern California, where she is raising her sisters three children.
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