From Black Voices — It looks like Sister Souljah may be continuing her winning streak.

The former raptivist turned best-selling author will release her newest book next month – and it is a sequel.

‘Midnight and the Meaning of Love’ (Atria, $26.95) is a follow-up to her 2008 New York Times best seller ‘Midnight, A Gangster Love Story’ and will go on sale April 12. On her Website, the former Public Enemy-associated rapper informed her readers that she was trying to get the book out last fall, but it was delayed after she completed it. “I hope you ALL know that I threw my heart into [it] … and I hope you’ll agree that it was worth the wait!”

The hefty novel is told from the point of the view of the African-born, devout Muslim, street-savvy protagonist from whom it is titled. It picks up where the last book left off: Midnight heads to Japan to get his 16-year-old Asian wife, Akemi, after her father took her back to their native land with no warning. He must travel across three countries and numerous cultures in his attempt to defeat his opponent.
Along his life-affirming sojourn, Midnight meets people who change him forever, even as he changes them. Encountering temptations and taking risks is par for course in his quest to get the woman he loves back.

Of the beloved character, Souljah said: “I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be something to speak in a male voice?’ And wouldn’t it be something else to speak in an Islamic voice? Once I realized I had to go deep into my imagination and that the manhood had to stay in the tone and that I couldn’t slip into a Souljah or feminine voice, I got excited about it. As I writer you have to be excited about what you’re writing about. If you’re not excited, you can’t excite the reader.”

Aside from pioneering the street-lit movement with her 1999 debut novel ‘The Coldest Winter Ever,’ Souljah (nee Lisa Williamson) is best known for her work as a political activist and educator of underclass urban youth.


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  • kambreeona

    i love your books sooo much you have me thinking and ive only read two soo far and i have no words you are truly talented

  • :)

    Well i havent read the book just yet myself but from reading all the debates and comments that everyone is saying on here makes me want to go and read the book for myself. Because I have read the coldest winter ever and it happens to be one of my favorite books just because i love urban fiction && it was actually grabbed my attention. But u do have alot of blac females degrating themselves today me being a blac female maybe that was thee eye opener to some of these “loose” females.

  • Kourteny Riley

    I’ve read both of those books now ( Midnight, A gangster love story and Coldest winter ever) I wanted to know if she made anymore, I would LOVE to read it. Im from chicago and a urban teen who loves her books lol, i can totally relate to the characters.

  • Angelic Sanders

    I luv the coldest winter ever and midnight as well. I just finished midnight so I’m about to go get the next one!!!!