Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Author Spotlight: Michael B. Jackson author of FatherHoodlum | Urban Fiction News

Every great urban fiction tale should possess a redeeming quality. a lesson learned by its protagonist. FatherHoodlum is just that type of tale. With so many urban fiction stories revolving around the glamorous side of criminal activity it is often refreshing to come across a title that not only gives you the bad and the ugly but also the good. Let’s learn more about the author of FatherHoodlum.
Author Spotlight: Michael B. Jackson author of FatherHoodlum | Urban Fiction News

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

MBJ's New Novel

"FatherHoodlum is a poignant novel, which brings the reader through a journey down the corridors of street life and then uplifts the reader with restored hope and faith in one man's determination and commitment to overcome his past and become a positive and outstanding role model and guide for his son. This story has a spirit that the reader can feel. This story transcends the literal environment and setting into a connection which readers of any background can identify. Jackson infuses an atmosphere of hope and inspiration in his novel. Jackson reveals the often overlooked and perhaps misunderstood three dimensional feelings, concerns, hopes, dreams and conflictions of an ex-felon. This novel engages the reader in an uplifting journey." CD Scott

My “Little Brother”, Kareem, spent the past weekend with my family and me, before he left to begin his freshman year at Delaware State University. I meet Kareem in 2002, through the Big Brother Big Sister organization. It was about a year after my son Kevin died in in a motorcycle accident. 
Kareem was having some problems at school and at home. Over the next school year I would visit Kareem at school every week. We would go on weekend day trips to different places; he would spend weekends with my family and me and we became very close. He has never shown anything but respect and best behavior in my family’s and my presence.
At the end of the school year, in 2003, Kareem went to live with his father in another state. Over the past 10-years Kareem made it a point to call me and let me know what he was doing, both good and bad. Sometimes a 2 or 3 years would go by, but he would always call sooner or later. I’ve also seen him a few times when he came to visit his mother and godparents in New Jersey. Just before Xmas he called and told me that he would be. He was going to be in Trenton and wanted to come spend a few days with us before starting his freshman year at Delaware State College in January 2013. 
I was blessed with the opportunity to drive Kareem down to Del State last Friday to check in. I sat in my truck in the parking lot, while Kareem went inside to take care of his business. Kevin graduated from Del State close to 20 years ago. As I expected I became overwhelmed with Kevin’s presence and mixed emotions of joy, pride and a little sorrow (I cried a little - okay a lot:), I am very thankfulness that I am blessed to have known both these fine young men. Kevin would have liked Kareem and he would have been proud of him - and me for being there that day. I love you and miss you son. Best of luck little brother, Kareem.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

This story is about Lamont B. Moody, who grew up in a Newark, NJ housing project, during the 50s, 60s, and 70s.  Like many other boys from the projects, Lamont was lured into a life of crime and heroin addiction at an early age.  At 18 years old, he made his first trip to prison, and for the next 10 years he was in and out of prison for parole violations and new offenses. 
One day he finally “got it” and made a commitment to change his life for the better.  Channeling his anger and resentment into positive purposes, he began to put back the pieces of his self-esteem and character.  When he was paroled from prison in 1980 he decided not to return to his beloved hometown, Newark, New Jersey.
“Whenever Newark and I would get back together, we’d soon start doing all the things that tore us apart in the first place. Everything always ended up the same way, with me leaving the city a few months later in the back of a sheriff’s van headed back to the joint for parole violations or new bid…”
Lamont was 28 years old now, and determined that this time would be different. He knew his best chance of success would come with a change in residency. He decided to relocate and reinvent himself in the city of Trenton, New Jersey.
Lamont also knew the same drugs, crime, and street demons that had haunted him in Newark, were also alive in the streets of Trenton. He didn’t know anyone in Trenton, so that is what made it attractive to Lamont. He felt strong and focused and didn’t fear being distracted or drawn into the negative elements.
Not long after parole, Lamont gains custody of his eight-year-old son, LJ, who was getting suspended from school and had also been arrested for burglary, back in Newark. He brings his son to live with him in Trenton.
Lamont soon learns that his son was completely illiterate and could not read nor write. Lamont was determined that LJ would not become just another black boy being primed for the prison system. Lamont launched a mission to save his son from the ‘jaws of the beast’, while pledging, “They (the prison system) may have gotten me, but they damn sure won’t get my son.”
Lamont and LJ were brought together at a time when they most needed one another to survive. This is Lamont’s journey to overcome a history of drug addiction and prison recidivism, and raise his son.
Lamont tells his story in his own words and often talks about how he drew on the experiences and lessons, both good and bad, that he learned from his own father. He felt it was a story he needed to tell. More information coming soon.