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VIRGINS IN THE BEEHIVE". . . the story of three beautiful black girls

who become superstars by forming a Hip Hop singing group is . . . .

a "pop novel", a "departure" and "pure escapist fun". I call the book fierce



Books by Kola Boof  


Nile River Woman (Poems, Feb. 10, 2004)  / Long Train to the Redeeming Sin-Stories About African Women (April 6, 2004)

 Flesh and the Devil: A Novel (May 11, 2004)  /   Diary of a Lost Girl (2007)

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"Virgins in the Beehive" by Kola Boof

Release Date: To Be Announced
Reviewed by Miss Egypt

XM-Radio Morning Drive
*Revised version


Hey kiddies,

Kola Boof sent me a special preview copy of her upcoming novel "VIRGINS IN THE BEEHIVE", and I just had to tell you about it now!OK, I'm going to start this review by just calling a spade a spade. "VIRGINS IN THE BEEHIVE". . . the story of three beautiful black girls who become superstars by forming a Hip Hop singing group...IS THE SHIT 

But a fair warning to those high brow Kola Boof literary fans who will be expecting the serious "literary novels" that you're used to reading by her (Flesh and the Devil, Long Train to the Redeeming Sin)—this ain't that type of book. She calls this one a "pop novel", a "departure" and "pure escapist fun". I call the book fierce, because despite what Kola said in her letter, she still brings up some very serious issues (the explosion of white women getting "butt implants" is covered in grim detail through blond bombshell Koko-Tee for instance), the only difference is that for this novel, she used the breezy back drop of hip hop, glam life and the bling bling set. Everybody's here—even the Joss Stone/Black Cherry types "doing you know what for beats", LOL!                                                                                                 

I loved the book's insistence that Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain was murdered and I loved the way the book salutes Cobain, Kurtis Blow, the Mary Jane Girls, Diana Ross and so many others—I also love how the characters featured in the book are obviously based on real life superstars.

Like I'm sure DESTINY MATTHEWS is really Buffie the Body and Kola Boof combined into one character, I'm sure JENNASET JONES, the stunning leading lady of the book, is really Whitney Houston (maybe with some Courtney Love traits) and I'm positive that the group's sensitive but gifted songwriter, DARLING NIKKI, is based on Alicia Keys (Every story in here is the bomb, but I loved Darling Nikki's story).

Back to characters I think are based on celebrities. I'm not even going to name who the Super-Bitch of the story "Athena Hornet" is supposed to be, but I do wish the book's sexy LEADING MAN, chocolate fine ass "too good to be true" STEVEN FRAME would come to life so I could rock his world. The way Kola writes, she makes you dream about that man! He's like a Spike Lee filmmaker in the book only he's SUPER FINE (in more ways than one—wink*). If they ever do a movie of this (which they really need to), then Idris Elba or Morris Chestnut should play STEVEN FRAME.

Which reminds me . . . the "sex" in this book is obscene!

Not since Sister Souljah's The Coldest Winter Ever has there been a "street-lit" hip hop novel this exciting, this original and this DARING (in fact add some "bold" and some "no she didn't!" to the DARING part). This book is off the chain, and though I haven't been enthused by the various controversies surrounding Kola Boof's personal life the last few years, I have to give her props on writing "VIRGINS IN THE BEEHIVE"—it's a classic.

The girl can write.—Miss Egypt, XM radio morning drive

*Reprinted by permission.

 Parable of the Cellphone (Marvin X)

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Alek: My Life from Sudanese Refugee to International Supermodel

By Alek Wek

"When I cleaned toilets, I only saw it as work to give me the means to achieve my goals. Of course I hated it," the Sudanese supermodel exclaimed. "Waking up at 4 a.m. when it's freezing cold is not easy, followed by Uni, coursework and my evening baby-sitting job, but it made me disciplined and gave me a huge sense of self-appreciation."

Born the seventh of nine children Alek, meaning 'black-spotted cow' (one of Sudan's most treasured cows, which represents good luck), never dreamt of becoming a model. Both in her motherland, where she was considered to be inferior due to her Dinka tribe (dubbed as 'zurqa', meaning dirty black) and again in Britain when she arrived in 1991, she faced hostility.—Jamaica-Gleaner

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Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America

By Melissa V. Harris-Perry

According to the author, this society has historically exerted considerable pressure on black females to fit into one of a handful of stereotypes, primarily, the Mammy, the Matriarch or the Jezebel.  The selfless Mammy’s behavior is marked by a slavish devotion to white folks’ domestic concerns, often at the expense of those of her own family’s needs. By contrast, the relatively-hedonistic Jezebel is a sexually-insatiable temptress. And the Matriarch is generally thought of as an emasculating figure who denigrates black men, ala the characters Sapphire and Aunt Esther on the television shows Amos and Andy and Sanford and Son, respectively.     

Professor Perry points out how the propagation of these harmful myths have served the mainstream culture well. For instance, the Mammy suggests that it is almost second nature for black females to feel a maternal instinct towards Caucasian babies.

As for the source of the Jezebel, black women had no control over their own bodies during slavery given that they were being auctioned off and bred to maximize profits. Nonetheless, it was in the interest of plantation owners to propagate the lie that sisters were sluts inclined to mate indiscriminately.

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Sex at the Margins

Migration, Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry

By Laura María Agustín

This book explodes several myths: that selling sex is completely different from any other kind of work, that migrants who sell sex are passive victims and that the multitude of people out to save them are without self-interest. Laura Agustín makes a passionate case against these stereotypes, arguing that the label 'trafficked' does not accurately describe migrants' lives and that the 'rescue industry' serves to disempower them. Based on extensive research amongst both migrants who sell sex and social helpers, Sex at the Margins provides a radically different analysis. Frequently, says Agustin, migrants make rational choices to travel and work in the sex industry, and although they are treated like a marginalised group they form part of the dynamic global economy. Both powerful and controversial, this book is essential reading for all those who want to understand the increasingly important relationship between sex markets, migration and the desire for social justice. "Sex at the Margins rips apart distinctions between migrants, service work and sexual labour and reveals the utter complexity of the contemporary sex industry. This book is set to be a trailblazer in the study of sexuality."—Lisa Adkins, University of London


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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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Ancient African Nations

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