Do you Know About Felonious Afterlife?
Recently I was assigned the task of writing an article for iUrban under the banner of “Felonious Afterlife.” I sat and thought, how would I bring this to life? The breakdown of the banner, Felonious: adjective of, relating to, or involved in crime. Afterlife: noun; life after death, the next world, the hereafter, the after world, eternity. So here is the thing.
I think we can run with the whole definition of Felonious that would be safe to say. Afterlife hmm? Now that’s a different story completely. The hereafter makes a strong case, but I believe the one more fitting for what we’re talking about, is life after death.
Why life after death? Because of the mental passover in one’s life, that person at some point in time may have thought to put the pen to the paper to allow their visions to be shared with us — through a book instead of returning to that way of felonious living. A light came on, the mindset was altered, a change of heart set in, and a new course was plotted.
Almost everyone who is familiar with urban fiction has heard of K’wan, known for Gangsta, Shannon Holmes and his classic B-More Careful, The Boss lady Wahida Clark bringing us her Payback and Thug series along with Seth Ferranti taking no prisoners (no pun intended) with his hardcore Street Legends biographies.
The aforementioned urban authors have come from a Felonious background. Now these are known and the notoriety that befalls them has opened the doors for others; they are beacons in the fog showing and lighting the way by creating some type of outlet for the inspiring writers hoping to become published authors.
Hoods and the life, we see them and we live in them. Our urban authors report to us about their daily going ons. Being MC’s of the written word they spit their lyrics on the pages and when you read them they open up the raw elements of the lifestyle, here is the separation. Although they may speak about it, write about it, or have even lived the life, it is no longer a part of them. In the recesses of their minds before they’re about to get into something that may cost them their life or freedom, they may reflect to ask themselves “how much more did that lifestyle take from me than it gave?