Gangs and Drugs: Two lethal destructive plagues that are attacking young African-American males in the black communities throughout the United States of America.
My novel, Philly Style and Philly Profile, is set in the seventies but reflects how the destruction of young males in the black communities in the United States, continues even today…the twenty-first century!
What was happening in inner-city Philadelphia in the seventies is still happening in twenty-first Century black urban America.
Social Commentator Roland Martin said: “Launched in the early 1970s, the War on Drugs is the nation’s longest, most expensive battle — 40 years and hundreds of billions of dollars spent and millions of lives destroyed. It continues, even though most experts say it can’t, and will never, be won. And though whites are more likely to use or sell narcotics, African-Americans, and black men in particular, have become the war’s primary casualties.”
In my novel, Philly Style and Philly Profile, I want to show what happens in the streets of Philadelphia in the seventies, is still alive and actively wiping out the vitality of our communities today.
In my seventies novel, I want to show real flesh and blood young black males and humanize the cold statistics. The statistics are real young black males!
For example, consider 2014, and look at Chicago and other black urban areas in America, where the destruction of young black males continues.
The novel, Philly Style and Philly Profile, is about young black males that make good choices, but also about young black males who make bad choices and that cause their destruction and devastation of others in the urban Philadelphia community of the seventies.
In my trilogy, A Brownstone In Brooklyn, Philly Style and Philly profile and Ghost of Atlanta…this is MY Macbeth. I’m a great fan of William Shakespeare. This is my dark, brooding novel that is meant to upset and make people think. This is what I feel Shakespeare wanted to do when he composed the tragedy of Macbeth.
I’ve included three book reviews that reflect the goals of the novel. These readers get the point I was making in this novel.
After reading the blog and the reviews, I hope you purchase and read Philly Style and Philly Profile!
Philly Style and Philly Profile
By Steven C. Thedford
Too often on the news we hear of African American males who have succumbed to violence and drugs. After a while, we do not care why, we just hope and pray that we are not caught in the crossfire. However, in Philly Style and Philly Profile Thompson does not let us ignore them, as society would like to. Moreover, he introduces the reader to some of these young men and their fears, hopes, desires, and beliefs. Even though the story takes place in the seventies, Philly Style and Philly Profile occur every night in America.
Philly Style and Philly Style!
By Alberto Romero
This is another remarkable novel by Julius Thompson. In Philly Style and Philly Profile he takes the reader through the streets of the City of Brotherly Love and shows us, with engaging and touching down-to-earth prose, the good and evil, the hate and love in the lives of hostile and violent young people, some of whom are saved thanks to the constant help of dedicated community counselors. A troubled side of the great city of Philadelphia, portrayed vividly by a brilliant storyteller.
BOOK 2 OF THE ANDY PILGRIM TRILOGY…THINGS IS DONE PHILLY STYLE!
By DENNIS DE ROSE
This is the second of the Andy Pilgrim trilogy. While the title does not try to explain the book, that was the author’s intent. The title refers to something special specific to the city of Philadelphia only. You have to read the book very carefully to understand what Julius is trying to say. He is being pervasive on purpose. This second book leads into the final of the trilogy, “Ghost of Atlanta”
“Philly Style, Philly Profile” takes place in the 70’s.Andy, a black man, works for the Philly Bulletin. He is immediately confronted by one of the many problems that black men had to deal with then and now…RACISM. That`s just one central issue. Added, we find out that he is slated to cover high school sports and we are immediately introduced to 2 more very dangerous threats…DRUGS and GANGS.
Andy gets caught up deeply in this mix when he befriends Carl, an up and coming basketball player who’s getting ready to go off to college in just a few days. I won’t spoil the story for you but I will say that it’s extremely fast paced and relevant for the times. Of course all cities big and small sadly still face these same issues.
You will read this and, once you do, you’ll want to continue the saga in “Ghost of Atlanta”. I would be remiss if I did not take a moment and mention the fantastic editing in this super story. I read this, looking for mistakes and I found very few. My hats off to Julius’ editor, Moneysaver Editing. Keep writing Julius, great job.