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Call On Him
Call On Him
Price: £0.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great beat., 22 Sept. 2015
This review is from: Call On Him (MP3 Download)
Highly skilled tight harmonising. RnB sprinkled with Gospel. Great beat.


We Are Chos3n
We Are Chos3n
Price: £17.67

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 9 Sept. 2015
This review is from: We Are Chos3n (Audio CD)
This group will take off...surely. I am waiting for a chart entry.


Who Will be Your Judge
Who Will be Your Judge
by Edie Watney Judd
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant read!, 9 Sept. 2015
This review is from: Who Will be Your Judge (Hardcover)
I bought this book and read it in 24 hours and I learned that there is an audiobook available. Cannot wait for the film. A brilliant read!!


A Scientific Tafsir of Qur'anic Verses; Interplay of Faith and Science (Arabic Edition)
A Scientific Tafsir of Qur'anic Verses; Interplay of Faith and Science (Arabic Edition)
by Dr Muneer Al-Ali
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.90

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 21 Mar. 2015
Read this book and you will realise that the author is a genius.


Surf Over Sand
Surf Over Sand
by Maggie M. Grimshaw
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new Novelist a new dimension, 7 May 2014
This review is from: Surf Over Sand (Paperback)
A really amazing book with attention to detail and depth in the characters. No doubt a writer who's work will one day transfer over to the film platform.


From Spice to Eternity
From Spice to Eternity
by Yvonne Pat Wright
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Straight to the point, 12 Aug. 2012
This review is from: From Spice to Eternity (Paperback)
Sometimes rather than beating around the bush it is best to just go straight to the point. Good book. Buy it.


An Illustrated History of Gospel
An Illustrated History of Gospel
by Steve Turner
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Not a book...a literary journey, 23 Feb. 2012
The book, the words, the illustrations and the level of research makes this much more than a book, but an experience. Many authors have paid lip service to a genre that underpinned Jazz,Blues, Soul and many other mainstream music genres, but as a lover of any style of music you need to read this book to understand that to become...you need to overcome.

Steve Alexander Smith
Author; British Black Gospel: The foundations of this vibrant UK sound.


The Chitlin' Circuit: and the Road to Rock 'n' Roll
The Chitlin' Circuit: and the Road to Rock 'n' Roll
by Preston Lauterbach
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.00

1 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Short curcuit, 9 Feb. 2012
I was very disappointed with this book. The narrative was haphazard from the very beginning and I found myself flicking through the pages and spending more time viewing the index...a bad sign. The book contained a few interesting snippets but seemed to deviate and ramble on..and on ....and on. On this occasion, I judged a book by its cover and wasted my money. Should have waited until it appeared in the charity shops.

The book qualified for a whole star in my opinion and only because it just about made the reference pile in my very untidy book mountain.
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Gangster Movies in Gangsta Rap: Motion Pictures in Lyrics
Gangster Movies in Gangsta Rap: Motion Pictures in Lyrics
by Brunella Irma Costagliola
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £7.33

4.0 out of 5 stars What came first, the movie or the music?, 16 Jan. 2012
Until I read this book, I firmly subscribed to the notion that gangsta rap was a scourge on the hip hop landscape. The author, who is of Italian origin, Brunella Irma Costagliola, analyses the influences or should I say, the cross-influences of gangsta rap and the mainstream movie industry. The result is a very convincing, articulate and in-depth analysis of a genre that thrived despite public outrage. There are a few swear words that may offend or even cause you to skip paragraphs but placed in its proper context I suppose the author, to borrow a hip hop phraseology, is 'keeping it real'. The legendary east and west coast feud between Biggie Smalls and Tupac and lines taken out of rap verses from the likes of Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube make you realise that behind the rough and tough facade perhaps these kids were trying to express something.

US Congress men, and women have campaigned over the years to rid the country of gangsta rap but perhaps they should be looking at it's source of influence which is incubating in Hollywood in the guise of The Godfather, Scarface and Ridley Scott's American Gangster. Many rap artists have cited Frank Lucas who was played by Denzil Washington in the latter movie to be their prime influence...Jay Z dedicating a whole album to the black gangster.

In the early 1970's a veil separated music and movie genre but these days it as evolved into a hybrid, making it difficult to distinguish between rapper or actor. I suspect that the relationship is financially and economically symbiotic, where soundtracks are thrown in to attract a hip hop market.

Whether we accept it or not, black gangsta rap with a censorship sticker, as infiltrated the homes and colleges of white middle class teenagers and is a magnet for movie goers and escapists who hunger for violence from the brothers in the hood.....this stuff sells...in bulk.

They say good things come in small packages but this lightweight 100 or so page book belongs in the bigger leagues in terms of its distribution and marketing. If the big boys from the publishing premier league are scouting for talent, this book is worth a shot...no pun intended.

One or two times when you are reading this book, there is a distinct feeling of being caught up in the cross-fire of gangsta vernacular. I still think that gangsta rap is a scourge on the hip hop landscape but must admit this book as raised my awareness and interest levels a few notches.


The Black Church in the 21st Century
The Black Church in the 21st Century
by Joe ALdred
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Black people and their spiritual journey is documented...at last., 18 Nov. 2011
In Britain, there is not enough books of this type. A book that navigates through the spiritual journey of black churches in then UK. At last theology students have a resource and Sat Nav.


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