It looks like Sister Souljah may be continuing her winning streak.
The former raptivist turned best-selling author will release her newest book next month - and it is a sequel.
'Midnight and the Meaning of Love' (Atria, $26.95) is a follow-up to her 2008 New York Times best seller 'Midnight, A Gangster Love Story' and will go on sale April 12. On her Website, the former Public Enemy-associated rapper informed her readers that she was trying to get the book out last fall, but it was delayed after she completed it. "I hope you ALL know that I threw my heart into [it] ... and I hope you'll agree that it was worth the wait!"
The hefty novel is told from the point of the view of the African-born, devout Muslim, street-savvy protagonist from whom it is titled. It picks up where the last book left off: Midnight heads to Japan to get his 16-year-old Asian wife, Akemi, after her father took her back to their native land with no warning. He must travel across three countries and numerous cultures in his attempt to defeat his opponent.
Along his life-affirming sojourn, Midnight meets people who change him forever, even as he changes them. Encountering temptations and taking risks is par for course in his quest to get the woman he loves back.
Of the beloved character, Souljah said: "I thought, 'Wouldn't it be something to speak in a male voice?' And wouldn't it be something else to speak in an Islamic voice? Once I realized I had to go deep into my imagination and that the manhood had to stay in the tone and that I couldn't slip into a Souljah or feminine voice, I got excited about it. As I writer you have to be excited about what you're writing about. If you're not excited, you can't excite the reader."
Aside from pioneering the street-lit movement with her 1999 debut novel 'The Coldest Winter Ever,' Souljah (nee Lisa Williamson) is best known for her work as a political activist and educator of underclass urban youth.
'The Coldest Winter Ever' became such a phenomenon that Souljah's avid fans were waiting with baited breath for its follow-up. Many thought 'Midnight' - who is based on a secondary character of 'Coldest Winter' - was its sequel. To many people's dismay, it wasn't.
Souljah defiantly noted that the book was not a "sequel" but a "prequel" during an interview with BlackVoices.com. "I wrote 'The Coldest Winter Ever' as a complete work," she clarified. "If I were to do a sequel, let's look at the story: At the end of the book, Winter went to jail and was sentenced to 15 years. When Winter comes out of prison at 33, will her story still be hot? Would she have the same confidence? Her mom is dead; her father is doing life. These are real things that happened. She doesn't have the same resources. Do you really hold the same position when you're 33? Can you talk all of that s--- you talked when you were a teenager? No! So what makes that so hot?
"I loved 'The Coldest Winter Ever'; I would be a fool not to love it," she continued. "I wrote it. I imagined it. I put it into circulation. But I wrote it in a complete form - a beginning, middle and an end."A proposed film version of the movie - optioned years ago by actress Jada Pinkett Smith - is still in limbo, but Souljah is readying a follow-up to the beloved tome after she finishes touring with 'Meaning of Love.'
A graduate of Rutgers University, she remains a respected personality in her own community. In between books, she worked with Sean 'Diddy' Combs at his charitable Daddy's House foundation.
"Souljah is the #1 author of the hip hop generation," the rap mogul noted.
Public Enemy front man Chuck D has also championed her literary efforts: "[She] has led a generation back into reading books. Souljah clearly and forever stands as a major trendsetter."