M.K. Asante: Buck by M.K. Asante



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Gaining a toehold in starting this book can be tough but I urge you to stick with it You will be rewarded with a story that will stay with you It is uplifting without a shred of sappiness The title of the book is apt I oved all the applications of the word buck that were used If you are a over of adroit turns of phrases you will dig on the ones contained in here and they are many My favorite was a man who was so fat he runs out of breath trying to catch his breath Memoirs as a whole are not my first choice but this one spoke to me I may not have always been familiar with the street ingo that was used but the context steers you where you need to go A very worthwhile readThis was a first reads giveaway thank you In the early 90 s I managed a couple of Black bookstores and one of our most popular titles was Afrocentriciy by Molefi Asante This book was the foundation of a cultural movement at the time that sought to strengthen the ties between A Worth a Zillion BucksThe streets were calling the young buck with their siren song The Ramayana literally and figuratively the siren call of temptation along with the real call of police sirens coming to arrest his brother his homies and him It is a harrowing tale well told but as dark as his story gets there is always the hope for redemption Buck unfolds on the streets of Philadelphia AKA Killadelphia The title refers to many things but mainly it is about the author and narrator who is a young buck trying to make a buck while avoiding being shot with buck shot He tries to buck the system especially the public schools overwhelmed with just trying to keep some semblance of orderet alone teach anything His brother Uzi is his role model but he is Fuego y Sangre leading him astray Uzi gets sent to Arizona toive with an uncle but the uncle is an addict and backslides With no adult supervision Uzi ends up in hot water A Pursuit (Star Wars: Boba Fett, long stretch in the penetent buck n a fashionable and typically hell raising young man 2 racial slur used to described black men 3 a young black man what s up young buck 4 the act of becoming wild and uncontrollable he went buck wild 5 a dollar 6 to fire gunshots buckshots in the air 7 to go against rebel buck the systemEverybody calls me young buck when they see meAsante s journey from inner city street punk in Killadelphia to college professor is a wild ride Knowing the outcome doesn t dull the description of his path sexy wild ugly and redemptive There is a kind ofove shown between family members in this ghetto Johan et Pirlouit 05 Intgrale - Magie et exotisme life that may be greater than all otheroves because it flows despite real failures by real people A Lauri Törni - Legend - Larry Thorne littleight and a ittle faith in a kid backed into a corner seems to have made a difference Not every intervention can be as timely but the results are uneuivocalThis book was assembled from fragments in a teen s ife in the The Kite late nineteen nineties My copy of this title was published in 2013 the paperback will be released in May 2014 Theanguage and sensibility wears a noticeable twelve year The Power of Place lag it seems to me but it is instructive none theess How far we seem to have come in ten years all of us I wonder if Asante would agree or if he would say that nothing has changed Perhaps nothing substantive in the Thoughtful Interaction Design lives of Killadelphians has changed or changed enoughThe main thrust of the narrative however is perennial A young boy discovers the voices of all who have come before him and realizes that the paths ahead are many and varied and bear no resemblance to the one he walks daily in his neighborhood I spityrics to songs under my breath all day every dayIt s A course in Game Theory like hip hop Tourette s The book is punctuated with stanzas that suit the action his own and those of others suitably referenced One can tell words descriptive words are his passion The story introduces streetife through street slang I particularly Topless Cellist liked the device of reading Malo s mother s diary toearn what she was thinking as she The Wild Queen (Young Royals, lay torpid and drugged through Malo s teen years His father uit town to save himself and his brother got himselfocked up All in all a harrowing upbringing but kids still Tax Progressivity and Income Inequality learn without being in school It s what theyearn that is at issue Asante still has a ways to go to break into Literature but his path is true and his talent real He is a good mirror I note he is a filmmakerAsante has a right to be proud And whoever gave him the chance to get out of the hood has a right to be proudI Learning and Development learned of this title from a NoViolet Bulawayo s BN interview and have thought of that recommendation several times since I was awarded this book in a Goodreads giveaway but plan on buying for the young men in my extended family Now I see why reading was illegal for black people during slavery I discover that I think in words The words I know the things I can think aboutReading was illegal because if youimit someone s vocab you Arduino Development Cookbook limit their thoughts They can t even think of freedom because they don t have theanguage to p 229 I certainly wish many young men would have this epiphany about reading And that s why this book is important it can be inspirational for youth everywhere who feel Mastering Gephi Network Visualization locked out andeft behind I think MK has done a superb job in representing his generation His journey thus far told with a hip hop sensibility is certainly one that will resonate with manyBuck is MK s story of coming of age in 90s Philadelphia With a father that wasis a The Canadian Regime legendary educator scholar andecturer and a mother who also was a celebrated educator in her own right it s hard to understand how MK came so close to the third rail Again a close reading of this memoir will reveal it s essentialness The way his Testing Aircraft, Exploring Space life unravels and plunges him onto the road to self destruction is finely detailed A two parent household doesn t guarantee one will be kept from the vices of the hood Especially given a father who is often absent and a mother struggling with mental illnessWhen MK s older brother getsocked up his world begins to really spiral out of control We meet the various friends that orbit MK s universe The acting out and the anger is easily identifiable because the family structure is broken the secondary institutions are broken and the community is in chaos All of this is bravely shared and hip hop yrics are freuently added to the pages as sort of a soundtrack for his ife This is an excellent book for any youngster struggling to find their place in this thing called ife MK s voice feels authentic and his talent for writing is obvious You sometimes worry that memoirs are often embellished to give the author a harder edge or a hero image you don t feel that that at all in this book The genuineness of this story will prove important to its ultimate success because today s youth can sniff out fakery with the greatest of ease Thankfully MK does an excellent job of keeping it realThe book ends prematurely in my opinion and my only wish was for of his story I think it is important to talk about how he became a tenured professor The detail of that specific passage could act as a blueprint for the inspired reader Perhaps a second volume is planned and th. A rebellious boy’s journey through the wilds of urban America and the shrapnel of a self destructing family this is the riveting story of a generation told through one dazzlingly poetic new voice   MK Asante was born in Zimbabwe to American parents a mother who ed the new nation’s dance company and a father who would soon become a revered pioneer in black studies But things fell apart and

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Aged by his abdication Every time his father oses control of the household his response is absenceThe hard part is to say What would you do hereCan you correct the problem with social workers and foster homes I don t think so Most foster kids vote with their feet They stay for dinner maybe try to round up some cash then hit the bricks and don t go backCan you fix the problem with a good schoolYes no and maybeI send my own children to a really wonderful alternative school It has made a huge difference for my kids who were at risk and also for the child who was always the perfect example But if other things get bad uickly enough the school can t do a damn thingThe uaker school was majority Caucasian at a time when the author of Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria says is actually when Black teens need an immersion experience to foster their sense of self The uaker school though some of the staff appeared to mean well either wrote Malo off as a bad seed and face it how many academics want to hear fuck you from an angry student or decided that he could not produce as the high school basketball coach gives him permission to spend his class time shooting baskets if he d preferA gym is a safer place than the streetsbut what kind of education is that Is this really the best a gifted young Black man can expect Not only no but hell noThe alternative school is one his mother finds after he has been arrested He agrees to give it a try and for amazingly the first time he is asked in a friendly personal yet not invasive environment to write something anythingAs a retired anguage arts and history teacher I find this dreadful Every kid should be given this type of opportunity I am appalled by the public school teachers who flatly tell the students they don t want to be there and only show up for the paycheck Are they expecting the students to react with understanding I taught in high poverty schools too and you can bet your bottom dollar that I apologized to my students if there wasn t a desk for everyone and I found a spot for everyone to sit down until I could rectify the situation Malo was robbed both by the uakers and the public school systemThe alternative school helps him find his own voice He discovers that until he has begun to read he has no vocabulary and without a good vocabulary he wasn t able to express himself But the other critical factor is the reemergence of his father who to be fair has been trying to call him trying to get in touch with him but Malo has been unable to forgive him for abandoning the family and eaving his mother to flounder unaided in an untenable situation When Malo is arrested he refuses to phone his father not wanting to give into his own need or to see his father s disappointment His father finds out and comes to pick him up anyway And though I have given away a arge part of his story I will Shadow Bound leave the climactic scene between the two of them for the readerLater Malo performs at a spoken word session when his girlfriend signs him up The poem Buck is one of his own He tells us that he finally understands why it was illegal to teach a slave to read and write because there is so much power in the written word And he decides that he wants to be a writerHe is Reading this memoir about a young man growing up with different struggles and making something out of himself I thoroughly enjoyed this and reading about his childhood and different challenges he had thrown his way I also enjoyed the hip hopyrics he incorporated into the book of 2 pac and etc I was so excited for MK Asante s BUCK When I read the synopsis earlier this year I just knew I had to read this man s story of triumph BUCK is a very moving Mapapansin Kaya? literary work I see why CNN and Maya Angelou gave Asante such praise He is truly a brilliant writerso descriptive and in touch with his audience he easily transitions from slang vulgarity and the rawness of aife of oppression to a Buntus Foclora language readily identified as poetic Asante shows that the two are very much connected and forces you toike it I thoroughly enjoyed the memoir it Life at the End of thevTunnel lived up to my expectations it deserves its hype If you re afraid of vulgarity afraid to escape your box of safety afraid to read what it is to be Black and male in America then don t get this memoir BUCK is not easy to read or forget it s frightening it s shocking it s appalling But it s also a story of hope expectation and need for better It s weird how something can be so unappealing and inspiring simultaneouslybut BUCK is just that I recommend it completely The fall in Killadelphia Outside is the color of cornbread and blood Change hangs in the airike the sneaks on the テンカウント 2 [Ten Count 2] live wires behind my cribI received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewEvery American teenager goes through a period of rebellion as she tries to figure out who she is apart from the parents But for no other group in America is this transition as dangerous as for young black men Malo s older brother is in jail His father is always traveling his mother depressed His schools some give him a pass and don t reuire him to do much of anythingong as he keeps playing basketball Others are Моя семья и другие звери; Птицы, звери и родственники like a holding pen the teachers flat out telling the students I m just here for the paycheckIt s amazing that any of them make it out of there alive and sadly too many don t Malooses his best friend Amir and afterward the funeral director takes him and his friends in the back roomHe shows us the coffins and tells us The The Herd from 93rd little ones for teenagersike y all are my best sellers and business is booming Booming The best memoirs Manual for Planetary Leadership (Easy-to-Read Encyclopedia of the Spiritual Path) let you crawl inside the skin of someone who s notike you and MAKE you feel it as if it is your own The Audio Expert life I was not only feeling for and with Malo I was actually nodding to the raw beauty and poetry of hip hopyrics the way they perfectly fit the narrative of the storyI also got a glimpse inside his mother s head through her journal entries which Malo readsshares here She is battling her depression so hard Dawnkeepers (The Nightkeepers, like aot of people the drugs sometimes help and sometimes turn her into a zombie but she keep fighting for her younger son until finally she finds a school that gets him They make him write and in writing he finds his own voiceHolding the pen this way snug and firm in my fist makes me feel خدا بود و دیگر هیچ نبود like I can write my future spell out my destiny in sharp strokesI couldn t help thinking of A mind is a terrible thing to waste yet we do waste so many minds so many bright young men and women of all colors and ethnicities COULD give back so much If only we tried aittle harder found the key to reaching them instead of warehousing them in school until they are 18 then warehousing them in jail ever afterThere are many definitions of the word buck it s a term for a person for money for an act of rebellion or of sex and in the end MK Asante claims it for his ownBecame a doer dream pursuer purpose drivenPast meets the futureIn between no Shemonah Perakim longer and not yetRise up young buck never forgetThis book is going to stay with me for aong tim. Ocious kid educated himself through the most unconventional teachers outlaws and eccentrics rappers and mystic strangers ghetto philosophers and strippers and eventually an alternative school that transformed his 101 ways to improve your life life with a single blank sheet of paper It’s a one of a kind story about finding your purpose inife and an inspiring tribute to the power of education art and ove to heal and redeem.

E hope for that is may it be as nourishing and honest as this one has been ATTENTION April 2014 change I have revised this review to show a well deserved 5 rather than 4 star rating I am a experienced reviewer now and I see some ratings from earlier reviews were a bit too high or ow based on the standard for 2013 overall 2014 reviews are on target I m not marking down any I think I may have given a star too many because it seems unnecessary and kind of mean But I thought I ought to show full regard when merited with my rating if I am serious enough to actually have written a review in the first place To fail to make this change would do the work and the writer a disservice Thanks for readingscanning this review everyone CheersOriginal ReviewThis is a fascinating memoir but it reads Fenton Glass Compendium like a superb novel The sophistication of MK Asante s work reflectsong study and practice of his craft to say nothing of great giftedness as a writer It veritably oozes ambition in the best sense possible The book is a coming of age story set in an African American family who we meet Inside the U D A living in the Philadelphia area Asante s style can be described as urban influenced and much of his story has to do with the specifics of his youth in urban environments with their attendant dangers and disadvantages peculiarities and personalities and uniue and richocal cultures which variously impact Asante However its major theme has to do with his self education and deepening understanding of himself and where he comes from This story shows the coming of age of an intellectual and an artist and it places itself suarely within a A Medieval Christmas long and broaditerary tradition in that respectMost prominent among the strengths here Asante is fearless in his argely successful experimentation with form which gives his story a uniue and distinctly appropriate voice and correspondingly authentic effect on his audience He uses anguage with great purpose and freuent brilliance His work is unmistakably artOn the other hand the organization didn t always seem to be in perfect step with the content of the story on occasion his brilliant range of formal approaches سایه لای پوست looked to be applied somewhat haphazardly Some of hisyricism fell flat as well even though much of it was wonderfully evocative and originalIn sum Buck A Memoir is a fine work of The Nonprofits Guide to Human Resources literature that bears aot of scrutiny close or multiple readings of the text will enrich understanding and stimulate However some elements of the book are much stronger than others Still I strongly recommend reading this book if for no other reason than it will give you insight into the true masterpieces MK Asante will author in the years to come among many other thingsI received my copy of this book from the Goodreads First Reads giveaway program There are spoilers coming There s just no other way to review this oneMK Asante was born in Zimbabwe but the first time we meet him is in Killadelphia Pistolvania His family is out of control and conseuently so is he His brother is deep into gang Territory life running guns and drugs By the time he is 12 MK has favorite porn artists is sexually active and doesn t think twice beforeeaping into a stolen car alongside his brother who goes by Uzi He adores his brother His brother is 16 and assumes that he won t stay Shades of Love long behind bars for the things he does because he is a minor We neverearn for sure whether he is sent to Kaplan Medical USMLE Examination Flashcards live with a relative in Arizona to keep his influence from affecting MK tooate or because the The Crooked Maid local heat has a real itch for him Once he is there however he is tried as an adult for rape for having sex with a 13 year old Caucasian He thought she was 16 It s a huge blow to everyone when he draws hard timeLet s pause here a moment If you know absolutely no streetexicon USA and if you regard the Philadelphia police force as brothers and comrades keep your wallet in your pocket If you aren t sure or have seen the cops in major metropolitan cities do ow income teenagers and even those from the middle class irreparable harm and no good or not much you might be in the right ballparkI hope you are because this is a powerhouse of a memoir But there is no glossary so for example if the word blunt means something that is not sharp edged and nothing else you may get dizzy and give up If you don t know the difference between nigga and the N word and who can say it and who can t move on to the next selection on the shelf But if these things have become either part of your own exicon or are familiar because of young people in your Irretrievably Broken life who say them you can read this just fine and Google any parts where you have difficulty It s well worth itOh andest I forget here it is YES I got this book free from the Goodreads giveaway If this had been a Black Ice lousy read my gratuity would have been withholding my review Nobody gets five stars out of me unless I think what they have to offer is worth five starsThe one uestion I have about this one is where this urban jewel has been hanging for theast several years All of hip hop The Dirty Pair Strike Again (The Dirty Pair, lyrics the songs of urban protest are from the 90 s It is true that Tupacives on forever but in 2013 it seems to me that some years have gone missing nevertheless I hope Random House hasn t bought the rights to this book and then parked on it for awhile and I hope it comes out soonI began reading within 48 hours of the Trayvon Martin verdict My own BDSM large family is multiracial and my youngest son who is African American and 25 was just packing to move out of the house and in with some friends Reading the first chapters of this book gave me such an anxiety attack that the man did well to get out of the house before I started sewing name tags into his hoodies and packing him a plasticunch box to take to school and work I m exaggerating but only a small amount I think this is a time when family members of young Black men are watching their own closely and holding their breathCaroleAmina the mother who provides counterpoint to Malo s MK s narrative is anxious too but mental illness and a deteriorating marriage have deprived her of her voice She Fatal Obsession loves her son but hasost all authority and communication with him She begs him to take care of her and he recognizes when his father The Perfect Duet leaves that he is the man of the family He has been deprived of his childhood somewhere along the wayHeearns his mother s thoughts only by reading her diary He is chronically truant from the private uaker school she and her husband have sent him to but she isn t worried about that She isn t worried about the fact that he and a friend regularly steal her car and ride around in it until dawn even though he is way too young to even have a earner s permit I want to scream at her Why the hell notThat s the easy partThe school principal wants to talk to his family but nobody is available Ultimately MK s mother attempts suicide not for the first time and is institutionalized as her daughter has already been When she comes home Malo s father a man known and respected as a civil rights activist and scholar eaves her His sole remaining child is enr. Decade Comfort (Ann Fay Honeycutt later MK was in America a teenagerost in a fog of drugs sex and violence on the streets of North Philadelphia Now he was alone his mother in a mental hospital his father gone his older brother ocked up in a prison on the other side of the country and forced to find his own way to survive physically mentally and spiritually by any means necessary   Buck is a powerful memoir of how a prec.

MK Asante is an award winning author filmmaker hip hop artist and professor who CNN calls “a master storyteller and major creative force”The author of four celebrated books Asante is a recipient of the Langston Hughes Award His latest book Buck A Memoir was selected as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick and a LA Times Summer Book pick Buck will be released on August 20 201