Time & Place: In the Life of B and K, Edition 1 by Khalil Coleman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The author is taking a major step to reach the inner city streets and our youth not to make senseless decisions in this book. We read about B and K walking the neighborhoods and see significant difference between the ‘hood’ and ‘decent’ locations. We are able to read the nonfiction book as a “reality-check” to what is happening in certain neighborhoods that are generally overlooked and accepting impoverished lifestyles because of poverty. The author also covers the police brutality, harassment, and abusive behaviors demonstrated through racial profiling and homicidal police shootings while being in the underprivileged neighborhoods known as the ‘hood’.
While reading this booklet, I see this as a documentary in writing, where one is able to visualize the realities of inner city street violence, homelessness, and numerous liquor stores to keep people seeking after pipe-dreams or hopeless lives. Is this only happening in urban communities or those less deprived? Do we allow our environment to dictate our future and actions? These are some of the questions that came to mind while reading this documentary on inner city lifestyles and choices. We can finally read a book about street life that is not glorifying the streets, or use of profanity and explicit sexual content to get the message across. I would have loved to read this as literary fiction or as a novel.
Khalil Coleman shared two young male’s life stories and experiences without real or fictional names, only identifiable by B and K, which reminds me of a mathematical equation. The differences in neighborhoods, life styles, and outcomes is the equation to how one’s future will turn out if one allows these factors to play a part on the overall equation. A short book that is power-packed in just 41 pages as if you were there. I didn’t want to rate this book since it speaks on so many issues that need to be addressed; this is in a category of its own.
Khalil Coleman (author) gave a book to us for a review.
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