Author Kevin M. Weeks Omits the "N" Word in his Urban Fiction Novels

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Urban Fiction Novel: The Street Life Series: Is It Suicide or Murder? as promoted on Harlem Book Fair (

Whether you agree or disagree with the suggested ban of the "N" word by Reverend Jesse Jackson, Author Kevin M. Weeks made a conscious decision not to use the "N" word in his Urban Fiction novels in 2002, before he put pen to paper. His novel is a vivid representation of what the street life is about without the negative connotation of the "N" word, which has caused so much controversy since the Michael Richards' comedy routine at the Laugh Factory nightclub in West Hollywood on November 17, 2006. Many people will be surprised at how Kevin M. Weeks keeps readers engaged in the story, yet gives them the undiluted reality of urban life.

Mr. Weeks states, "I want all readers of fiction to enjoy reading my books." For sure, Mr. Weeks is covering all angles. He was recently told by a journalist that he is the first Urban Fiction author to include a parental advisory statement in his novels. Also, Mr. Weeks commits that his book covers will never portray women in a negative manner compared to so many urban fiction novels. He decided that each of his book covers will be designed around the theme of the story. One of the main characters will always be pictured center with components of the story drawn underneath the character. As an example: On the debut book cover, there is Teco, the main character, with the car, blood, and a dead body, which gives the reader an idea about the key elements of the story. When Paul Mitchell, the artist of the book cover, was asked why Teco's face is swollen, Mr. Mitchell replied, "Teco's face is distorted because his world is distorted." In other words, Mr. Weeks wants to make the point that the street life is not all glamour.

Though it's unclear if Mr. Weeks' approach to Urban Fiction will reach the masses because he is a self-published author, it is clear that his unique style aims to bridge the gap between traditional fiction and urban fiction readers. Regardless, many of his readers applaud him for not using the "N" word.

Book Description from the Publisher:
Kevin M. Weeks introduces a new series of steamy, suspenseful, and realistic drama from the streets. In the novel, Teco Jackson joins the Strictly Business (SB) Crew and gets the alias Homicide from the SB Crew boss, Mujaheed Bashi Fiten. When Bashi promotes Homicide to be his right hand man, Homicide gets into a major power struggle with the only female and toughest SB Crew member, Gail Indigo Que, a.k.a. GQ. Living an eventful life from cars, women, and money seemed promising for Homicide until there is a major take down. After getting out of jail, Homicide's mission is to find out where Bashi disappeared. Back on the streets of Philly, Homicide hears lots of talk about Bashi's whereabouts and the names of those who are involved. Will Homicide and GQ set aside their differences to discover the truth? Now Homicide is on a binge to find who snatched up his boss and to pay them back in a way that no one would ever think. The street life, is it suicide or murder?

The Street Life Series * by Kevin M. Weeks
Is it Suicide or Murder?
Trade Paperback; Retail $20.99; 1-4257-1104-9; 189 pages;
Cloth Hardback; Retail $30.99; 1-4257-1105-7; 189 pages

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