ULR Feature: Meet Itchie-Mu

Author Muhammed “Itchie-Mu” Anwo is an urban fiction author and the co-founder of Street Dedication Publishing that he started with his co-partner Hakim Fleming. The first of six siblings, he quickly became involved with the streets at the age of 14, when his father, Muhammed Sr. was deported back to Africa due to a narcotic conviction. In 1990, Muhammad was sentenced to 15 years in the state penitentiary for several counts of arm robbery and aggravated assault at the age of 18.  itchiemu

After serving 6 years of the sentence he was released back to the streets, his raging heart at this point had a kind of numbness to it, and he was a lost soul just living life. With the combination of trying to survive along with the disappointment and grief in his heart, after finding out his sister and closest sibling Finah  Anwo died from a drug overdose at the young age of 18. This tragic turn of events truly marked his downward spiral forcing him to fall further into a dark pit.

Muhammad still had not learned his lesson. Addicted to his criminal behavior he carried those habits back behind the wall.  Muhammed ended up receiving more time, and pulling his youngest sister who had never been in trouble into the mix.  She received a year and a day in a Federal Prison for her involvement in his criminal activities. Muhammad became disgusted with himself, he had already gotten use to distorting his own life, but this time his family was suffering first hand from his foolishness.  While sitting in his cell, Muhammad began reading novels to pass time, and then he came across a book called “How to Write Novels and Screenplays” and was instantly inspired. He began writing novels to escape his reality and he was good at it.  He vowed that once released, he would never return.

Author Muhammad “Itchie-Mu” Anwo is currently working on a host of novels and screenplays and looking forward to working with other authors with the hope of turning their novels into screenplays as well.

“In life, for every action there’s a reaction. Everything happens for a reason; and most people make mistakes to become well known.” Therefore, Muhammad “Itchie-Mu” is content with learning and growing from all he has experienced.

Check out his latest book, Blood Stain (click here to purchase)


While awaiting a bond hearing, Rah-Rah is attacked in his cell by several Spanish gang members. After treatment for his wounds of war, Rah-Rah is moved to the medical floor in the county jail. That’s where he meets Venom, a known gang member from the Bronx in New York. Venom offers his resolution to not only Rah-Rah’s problem with non-black gangs, but a resolution for all blacks in New Jersey in regards to the cards being stacked against them.

After learning the history of the Blood gang movement, Rah-Rah takes Venom up on his offer to rep’ that red in Dirty Jerz. People began embracing the movement looking for that feeling of family love and bonds. Some understood the movement, and others had a hidden agenda for their new found power. In due time, murder, betrayal, and other acts of violence flood the streets of Newark, and surrounding cities.

The robbery attempt and shooting of the Mayor’s family member, and the slaying of two off-duty police officers elicits an intense fury from local and higher authorities. Because of their rage, you will see how the government uses and excuses collateral damage when they feel they are at war. Take a ride with Itchie Mu and read all about how life in the hood goes with no holds-barred.

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ULR Feature: Meet Author Reggie Wells

reggiewellsReggie Wells is CEO and President of Power Rich Media and No Smiles Allowed Entertainment. He is an author, publisher, screenplay writer and motivational speaker. Since Reggie’s release from prison from serving twenty-one years in the federal system, his company has published its first novel titled “Instinct & Desires”. Reggie is also working on his first novel titled, “A Prince Amongst Men” and a host of movie scripts to be released in 2015.
No Smiles Entertainment’s mission is to use words to highlight real life situation by producing quality novels and screenplays that will enhance literature and awareness, Reggie plans to give back to the community by creating jobs, events and programs that will mend some of the plights in his communities.

Check out his latest book, Instincts Desires (click here to purchase)instinctsdesires

CHARLIE BANKS a Douglas High School basketball super star was acquitted of first-degree murder. Now after years of shadow boxing with the past, Charlie Banks “AKA” Charlie Rock the once Portland, Oregon drug alleged kingpin traded it all in to become a Federal Correctional Officer. After six and a half years, he volunteers to transfer to a newly opened women’s Federal Correctional Institution called F.C.I. PARELL. Officer Banks is a very handsome man who has always attracted women but his weakness is his strong sexual desires that always overpower his instincts.  He will find out first-hand how female inmates are just as aggressive as the male inmates he worked around.  In the mist of  lust, Banks slowly begins to understand that females use what they have to get what they want. The rules and privileges are different. Money is not their want. It is Freedom versus Equal justice.

If Charlie cannot grasp control over his desires, he will end up like the prisoners he guards eight hours a day…


Keep in touch w/ him!

Facebook: Author Reggie Wells

Twitter: @ ReggieWells112





Written by: Godfather


A writer writes. Words in the mind of a creative spirit, simply MUST be expressed. Poems, lyrics, letters, novels, notes. We flip and twist; become captured by the sounds and descriptive acrobats of that which flows from our pen.

Umar Quadeer was always talented. From early on, he was spitting lyrics on the stage of name brand acts, and becoming known for his lyrical skills. A man of knowledge and wisdom, while in prison, the guys would often ask, Umar Quadeer, just how it was that he’d ended up there. No matter the options available, or the natural talent we may have, we all choose our paths, even when we don’t consciously make a selection. By NOT tapping into his talent, Umar had let himself down, and left himself to suffer within the troubling travels of his bad decisions.

From Philly, to Sacramento, and now Atlanta, Umar’s life has been a broken journey spotted with imprisonment. In fact, it was while in prison that Umar took the time to write. With 10 manuscripts under his belt, when he paroled, Umar originally tried his hand at self-publishing. However, he was quickly discovered by, Wahida Clark, The Queen of Urban Lit, when he approached her about having some books printed. She saw it. She liked it. She called. And, so the push began, shaping, Umar Quadeer, into one of the next wave of talented urban authors worthy of recognition. And, so, the journey begins.

ENEMY BLOODLINE dropped in June 2014. Now, meet and remember, Umar Quadeer, a man who’ll clearly be around for a while.




What is ENEMY BLOODLINE about? 

Umar: Enemy Bloodline is about a Mixed Italian and black gangster named Spaz. He inherits a multi-million dollar drug enterprise and tries to carry on tradition. But, pretty women, FBI agents, and jealousy make his goal harder than he could ever dream of.

What makes your writing different than what’s out there?

My creativity and originality separates me from the rest.

Who/what were your inspirations? 

A song I wrote, called ‘5 Niggas in the Cadillac’, influenced me to write a book. The underground classic was a story from beginning to end.

Tell us about your rap history. How long were you in the biz? Who all did you work with? Any other music in your future? 

I hit the streets hard for a few years grinding my music. I did a show with the late Notorious B.I.G., but going back and forth to prison is what took me off that path. I’m working on a single as we speak.

I know you’ve acted as an extra in movies. Tell us about that. Which movies were you in? How long were you acting? Any plans for acting in the future?  

I was in this series called City of Angels. That was fun working besides Gabriel Union, she’s beautiful.

What other books do you have coming out, and when should we look for them? 

Enemy Bloodline part two is coming soon and I have an arsenal of other series coming so stay tuned!

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned about the business end of publishing? 

Stay on your A-game. You have to write like an author and think like a publisher.

Self-publishing. What were your greatest challenges?

There were a lot of challenges, but mainly the overall grind. Marketing, promotion, distribution and the preparation of the manuscript.

What advice would you give to a new author?

Work on your craft. Study before you dive in, and be yourself.

Marketing: Share one tip you’ve learned? 

Social media is the new stage for authors.

Distribution: Any advice there? 

Books don’t sell themselves.

Book signings: Anything in the works?

Yeah. Dec. 13th book signing, at the Cobb Center in Atlanta, Ga.

What’s next for Umar Quadeer?

Books, music, movies and clothes.

Anything else you want to share? 

Yeah. I want to think the higher power for generating energy inside my brain to be talented, and I want to thank, Wahida Clark, for giving me the chance to show the world my talent.

How can you be reached?

I can be reached easy through Instagram’s direct message.  Umar_quadeer_ on facebook and twitter.

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ULR Feature: Meet Author Byron Carey, Nowhere 2 Turn



About the Author

Author Byron Carey is a reformed drug distributor that served a ten-year federal prison sentence. Byron was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas; he has transformed his way back into society as a truck driver and author. He was an outstanding basketball player that worked his way into the USBL basketball league in 2002. He attended Alvin Community College where he holds his Associates in Business Administration. He is the author of Nowhere 2 Turn with several more to come in the future .


About the Book       nowhere2turn

A riveting, and suspenseful tale about two brothers  (Orlando and Bre’on) growing up in Fort Worth, TX,  living two separate paths until a dramatic chain of events changed the future of the two of them leaving Bre’on stuck between right, wrong, love, and lust. With one parent mentally distraught due to the war and the other acting as a single parent.

Which way would they turn? What happens when they learning who was the real cause of so much pain in the household that they grew up in?

Book Review

“Amazing book. Best plot and most interesting introduction. The twist along with the tosses and turns kept my eyes glued. The sex scenes are so real you can almost touch them. I’d recommend this book to any and everyone. A must read of 2014 and 2015.” – Amazon Reviewer

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Keeping Faith Through Rough Circumstances w/Author Snook

“There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time.”

-Malcolm X

One thing that everyone encounters in their life is adversity. Dictionary.com defines adversity as adverse fortune or fate; a condition marked by misfortune, calamity, or distress. The definition is incredibly descriptive. It shows me that, no matter what your race, gender, religious/spiritual beliefs, political viewpoints, sexual preference or socio-economic status, you will have problems in your life that’ll make you feel like breaking down and losing faith. No one is exempt from it.

Even though we, as humans, all fall into adverse circumstances in our lives, how we deal with these proverbial road blocks is what differentiates us. Do you break down and accept defeat in your life or do you power through these rough times and grow from them? Most people are weak-willed and lazy, always accepting the status quo and what’s forced upon them. They have no desire to improve their lives and fold when the life creates a mild windstorm that barely even mirrors the hell hurricane that ravishes the surroundings of people in rougher situations.

Stop accepting weakness and defeat family! Put Donnie McClurkin’s classic song We Fall Down in your mental rolodex and keep your faith in the midst of these troubling times in your life. After every storm, there’s always a rainbow right?

“We fall down but we get up

We fall down but we get up

We fall down but we get up

For a saint is just a sinner who fell down and got up”

Recently I talked to Snook, the author of The Day The Walls Cried. The novel is about one family’s adverse circumstances and how they keep going despite it all. She gave some great insight that everyone going through a rough season in their life should read and take into their life.

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Randall: Your novel The Day The Walls Cried has a distinct motivation behind it. Tell us what spurred the creation of this story and also what it’s about.

Snook: “The Day The Walls Cried” was inspired by the need to bring awareness to deafness. I know first-hand about growing up with a family member that has a hearing impairment.  I wanted to tell a story about truth and second chances. Truth in the sense that bad things can happen to good people. Second chances aren’t always given, but if you are given a second chance, consider yourself blessed. This story was written from my heart, creating a compelling story.

“The Day The Walls Cried” depicts a story of a young man who is raised by a single mother that is deaf. King and his mother, Jasmine, moves to the worst housing project in the city of Richmond after his grandmother dies. He is forced into an environment where he has to learn fast to survive and where life changes forever. His mother is attacked in her bedroom while he listens from the other side of the wall of his best friend’s bedroom. After his mother’s death, King moves in with Aunt Pearl. There he meets her foster kid, Starr. They bond as brother and sister and vows to be there for one another no matter what. He plan to avenge his mother’s death. Starr being the only person that knows his plan plays the biggest role and she doesn’t know it. When the past collides with the present, King must make a decision to kill or forgive.

Randall: In my opinion, the best literature is one that exposes societal ills in an innovative way. What point were you trying to get across in The Day The Walls Cried? What was the core message behind this story?

Snook: In “The Day The Walls Cried” you will see the struggle of a single mother, the struggle of growing up without a mother or father, and the life of a family dealing with disabilities. The point that I wanted to make is that we can’t let our past dictate our future. Living in our past only holds us back from living. We have a choice to choose a path that leads either left or right. Everyone may not be so blessed to have a second chance, therefore we must make wise choices.

Randall: How important is family unity and stability to proper childhood development?

Snook: Family unity and stability is very important to a child’s development. The first relationship a child has is with their parents and siblings. How those relationships are shaped has a direct impact on a child. These relationships often are reflective of the relationships that a child goes on to develop with others. The rearing of a child starts at home. The home should be stable to provide a strong foundation for a child’s development.


Randall: In this new American society, is having a two-parent home realistic?

Snook: Yes. A two parent home is still realistic in today’s society. No matter how much society changes, you can’t change the fact that it takes the mother and father to raise a child. Although, many are doing it alone, it is still more beneficial that there are two parents in the home.


Randall: In your opinion, what are the biggest problem with our collective viewpoints towards relationships, raising children and family building in this current climate?

Snook: One thing I will say, is that we have changed how we parent. We no longer parent the way that we were parented. Today, people are more sensitive about certain subject matters and are intimidated into being politically correct. This applies to raising our children, our relationships and families.

Randall: Following off the previous questions, what solutions do your propose?

Snook: I don’t think that there is one single solution. We have to respect one another and realize that we are all human. We shouldn’t condemn others for being different but we must unite as human beings. We should respect one another’s point of views.

Randall: What other projects do you have coming up?

Snook: My upcoming project is the highly anticipated title, “Karma’s Kiss 2.” It is set to release next year. It’s the follow up to my debut novel, “Karma’s Kiss” that was originally released in 2012. The Down Turn and Karma’s Kiss will also be re-released next year under Amarquis Publications.

Randall: By the time this article is published, it will be read by many young people. What is your message to them?

Snook: No matter your circumstances, you have a choice how you want to live your life.  If your past or current situation involves abuse, you don’t have to grow up to be the abuser. You have the choice to become something greater. Your choices in life sets the path to your future. Make smart decisions. Don’t let your past dictate your future or hold you back from progress. Choose LIFE.


You can find Snook at:


Facebook: www.facebook.com/snooknovels

Fan page:   www.facebook.com/authorsnook

Twitter: @snook804

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/authorsnook

The Randall Barnes Experience

-We came, we saw, we conquered! My debut publishing effort “Riverview High: Circumstances” reached #2 on the Amazon charts! Check it out on Amazon today. Don’t forget to leave a review!


-“The Diary Of Aaliyah Anderson” is out now! Make sure to go get it!


Do you have any questions, comments or concerns? Was I right or wrong on this issue? I would love to hear from you! Contact me directly at:

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Tune in Wednesday to Cipher 360!


Tune into Cipher 360 Radio as we build with bestselling author Nikki Michelle. Nikki Michelle is the author of Tell Me No Lies, Tell Me No Secrets, Full Figure 3, and others. She is an activist for social justice and a proud single mother of two children. Nikki will be live on Cipher 360 radio to discuss her up-coming release, Bi-Satisfied, and to share her story about survival.


Written by: Wesley “Godfather” Hunter

What do you call a man who’s misspent over $20,000 to launch his own publishing company? Who’s acquired promotions and entered into chain store deals requiring him to pay for the printing and shipment of 5000 copies of a paperback, only to have those paperbacks returned less than 60 days later, after being told the chain store had closed? A man who then runs into another bunch of dream sellers, which promise to help re-distribute the few copies which could be salvaged from the jumbled junk which had been literally shoved into a box and returned, only to discover that this group too would almost instantly disappear into thin air, without returning a single copy. Leaving shuttered doors and changed numbers in their wake. Yes, what do you call him? What do you call a man who’s been almost signed, but then warned not to do it? A man who’s chased his dreams, but then given up? A man who’s sat in a cage with a pen and a dream, who was a boss in the streets and commanded his change, but then enters the so-called “legit” world to become a victim of thieves, left suffering with the angers and pains which drive a reformed hustler to his knees: the streets calling, the clouds falling. A dream filled with storms and rains. What do you say? What do you call him?

In 1996, Rumont TeKay, was just 18 years old, when he was captured with a kilo of rock cocaine and sentenced to 35 years in the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. Rumont was made to serve 12 years on that sentence, and while serving his time, Rumont began to write. A prisoner with a dream and no clue, simply trying to find his way, but as a penpal of a then incarcerated Wahida Clark, he had formed a long term bond which mattered; a bond which even he himself couldn’t know would prove to be so life changing and meaningful.


With the ups and downs of the publishing game; with the twists and turns; with the ones at the  top suddenly in flux, and the entire landscape of the industry so drastically changing, I can promise you that everything you thought you knew just 3-5 years ago; all of the so-called top dogs of the industry, tools, costs and trends: Everything and ALL OF IT has changed. So, just imagine being trapped in a cage, with no mentor, no internet, no phone, no plugs, and no clue… The publishing game can be super challenging and made even more so by the physical state of our struggle. That said, Rumont had taken the journey, put it all on the line to escape old ways and carve out a new life, and, in the end, was left holding a shamefully empty bag loaded down with dull hope. But, then, the Urban Lit. Queen called.

In April 2014, after Rumont had all but given up and walked away from his   dream of becoming an author, Wahida Clark picked up the phone and asked him simply, “you ready?” she said that her people had taken a look at Rumont’s novel ‘Venom in My Viens’ and they instantly knew that they had to have it! Rumont had sent Wahida the manuscript almost a year before and had pretty much forgotten about it as he continued on with day-to-day life. Until, one day, he just happened to call his old penpal friend to check on her. The convo eventually turned to him asking if she’d read the manuscript, he then discovered that she had not and, in fact, that she’d been moving around so much that she didn’t even recall having seen it! Yet, the call lead to the hunt, the hunt then lead to the discovery, and the rest, as they say is history! On, August 26, 2014, VENOM IN MY VIENS by Rumont TeKay, officially dropped, and is currently making major waves, as a part of the WCP Team.


In the beginning, I asked you what you’d call a man like Rumont TeKay. Well, I’ll tell you what I call him: I call him a man with a vision, a man on the move. I call him a serious author/business man who’s taken the risks and paid his dues. I call him reborn, rebirthed, replenished, refilled and ready to take the game by storm!

I promise you, Rumont TeKay, is NOT just another fly-by-night author out to make a bit of extra lunch money on the side, this brother is the honest to goodness built-to-last truth! I assure you, this is a guy who’ll be around for a while, and I’m truly honored to have met him. I definitely see what Lady Wahida saw, and so, now, I share him with you.

Venom In My Veinz. Hell of a title. Tell us about your book, what’s it
about? Why the title?

RT: It’s about a young kid (Bromise Balducci) growing up in the streets of Chicago, fatherless, and worships the ground that his biological grandfather (Brisco Balducci) walks on. It just so happens that Brisco is the Head of one of the two most powerful mobs within the underworld, so Bromise was born in to it. And the story also has a profound love saga inter-woven into the plot, as Chasidy mirrored Bromise’s very image, although they clearly had their differences. And the two make one dynamic team. The title Venom In My Veinz is when pain meets with fury.

I know you’ve spent a lot of money in trying to go it alone. You ran into some struggles. Learned some lessons. Knowing now what you do, would you have done it different?

RT: I have no regrets. Sometimes you have to pay financially to learn from your mistakes. Rather you pay knowingly up front, or get swindled from behind, experience is always the best teacher. However, I will say that the biggest change or difference this go around is that I removed my publisher’s hat and focused only on being a writer.

What advice would you give someone who’s actively building their own company?

RT: Make sure your company is legally registered. Do your due diligence and connect with reputable peers in the business. Start the same way you want to finish. In other words, branding is everything and you start at the onset. Don’t cut corners in the production of your works. And take advantage of every marketing avenue known, be creative, a trailblazer, and create your own lane.

Self-publishing vs. Publishing what advice do you give?

RT: Well, that depends on what the person is trying to achieve and in what order they look to achieve it. It also depends on what the current options are. If you are an aspiring author who has a manuscript that you really believe in, my advice would be to look around at publishing houses, see who’s doing what and where your work would be a good fit, and then submit. Now after doing this a few times, only to receive back rejection letters,then it’s time to think about self-publishing. And never stop networking.

What’s the most challenging part of this business?

RT: Time management.

What marketing tips would you give?

RT: Look at what other successful people in the business are doing. And don’t be afraid to take calculated risks. That’s what separates the men from the boys, the ability to recognize an opportunity and pounce on it like never before.

What distribution tips would you give?

RT: Major distribution is an absolute must if you truly want your voice to be heard by the masses. My tip is to get signed.

How many books have you written? What are the titles?

RT: Venom In My Veinz is the only title that I’m promoting at this time.

Who is Rumont TeKay?

RT: A child of God. A father. A friend. Goofy at times. A realist and an all around cool dude.


What makes your writing different?

RT: I write from the soul through my perspective.

Sitting in a cage with a pen and a dream, what/who inspired you to

RT: While doing time, a very talented author caught my attention with his novels. He wasn’t the first to do it, but his books were the first to resonate with me. His name is Victor L. Martin. After I read his first book, the flame within me was lit. I quickly dove into his second book, finished it and reached out to him with praises and works of my own. He reached back with support and words of encouragement. That was all the motivation I needed. I immediately put my pen to work! Thereafter, we remained in contact and years later, we are now label mates. God is good! Big Shout out to, Victor! Hold ya head, you don’t have much longer!

What advice would you give a new author?

RT: Keep writing. Hone your craft. Work hard at being the best at what you do and the literary world won’t be able to deny you. There’s a place for you, all you have to do is get in where you fit in.

What’s your thoughts about eBooks?

RT: I like paperbacks better.

Speak to the readers: why should they take a chance on Rumont TeKay?

RT: In Truth, my pen recipe contains the ASG formula: Action! Scandal! Grit! Venom In My Veinz will cause sexual arousal to the tenth power, provoke intellect, and take you on a ride you won’t soon forget. Simply put: this book will make your jaw drop.

I know it’s a little early in the progress, but talk about your vision
to marry hip hop music and Hollywood personalities: what, if any,
help/support/talent are you seeking?

RT:  I have a big Book Release Party Celebration scheduled in downtown Chicago on November 15, 2014. And we are looking to do it even bigger the following month in Atlanta. And I’m not stopping there. The plan is to create a movement which will enhance the literary industry as a whole, and bring back the camaraderie. I’m in the process of talking with celebrities who have shown interest in partnering up. So stay tuned for sure.

What’s next for Rumont TeKay?

RT: Expect to see the sequel to Venom In My Veinz, in the near future, and other projects are on the horizon as well. I’ve decided to stick around for a while.

I see you’ve been nominated for Outstanding Author in Urban Literature 2015. Tell us about that. How were you selected? How will the winner be decided?

RT: Yes, and I’m humbled, honored, grateful and every other feeling along those lines. AMB Ovation Awards allows the readers to vote for their favorite authors, and by God’s will I was chosen. I was elated and shocked to say the least, mainly because I wasn’t even aware that the contest was taking place. So I didn’t even get a chance to promote it. The winner will be announced on December2014. I’m up against four powerhouses, so justbeing nominated is a win for me.

Anything else you want to say or share?

RT:  Through it all there’s one thing I’ve learned… and that is, hope never dies just as long as one breathes life into it. Starting small is the beginning of it all, so never-mind your age. You’re never too old to learn, nor too young to teach. Just never lose hope in yourself, no matter the price.

Where can your book be found?

RT: Aside from the usual Amazon, Barns-N-Noble, etc., it could be found wherever books are sold nationwide. Venom In My Veinz is also available in Audio as well.

How can you be reached?


Purchase the book now!