by Aliya S. King
Aliya S. King knows what she’s talking about. For years she has written for such magazines as Vibe, Essence, and US Weekly. She co-wrote Faith Evans’ memoir Keep the Faith and the upcoming Frank Lucas book Original Gangster. She has been around hip-hop and celebrities and she probably knows some secrets.
Platinum is her first novel and she has drawn upon all her experience to bring us a juicy debut all about the world of hip-hop. Alex Maxwell is a freelance journalist who is ghostwriting a memoir by video vixen Cleopatra Wright. Cleopatra’s book promises to tell all about her exploits with some of the biggest names in hip-hop and she’s naming those names. At the same time, a magazine that Alex freelance’s for assigns her a story to cover a day in the life of the wives of successful hip-hop artists. Meanwhile, she is planning her wedding to an up and coming rapper – a relationship that no one knows about. How does she make sure that all these worlds don’t collide?
When you hear the term “beach read”, seldom are books by African-American authors mentioned. But I can tell you that this is the perfect book to take with you to the beach or pool or your own backyard this summer. You will also try to guess if these characters are based on real people and who are they! An awesome, page-turner that takes you inside the lives behind the celebrity.