Urban Lit Matters Tee

Urban Lit Matters Tee

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As black authors, we’ve all encountered the stereotype when it comes to the type of books we write about. It seems as if black authors of urban fiction are treated differently from white novelists of the same material. Sometimes, we get slack for talking about the grittiness of the streets and the people who inhabit them. However, my definition for Urban/Street literature is that it’s based on urban life and real-life experiences, and, therefore, urban literature is part of American culture.

The genre helps a lot of children who live in urban cites read more instead of playing video games.

I find that reading Urban Literature gives readers some insight on where the writer comes from and what they went through in their own lives. Even with the slang, sex and profanity, it reveals some piece of their environment while the character is trying to reach his or her goals even though they’re still living their illegal lifestyles.

Bestselling author Nikki Turner (“A Hustler’s Wife” and “Glamorous Life”) said in an interview that she wanted to write Urban Literature so she could write about characters she could relate to.

Turner mentioned she could’ve written a book about a young woman who is married to an old judge and also having an affair with her tennis instructor, but Turner said that wasn’t her life or her friends’ lives. People, she said, want to read about someone who is relatable to them and where they come from.

Express why Urban Lit Matters by donning this tee! Then when they ask, tell ‘em exactly why Urban Lit Matters!

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