COOCHIE 1 On the afternoon of October 20th, a very sunny Tuesday, Neon Ashford  shook her ass like she was trying to break it. She had on a pair of tight-fitting jeans whose relationship to her apple bottom behind was more like a second skin than a piece of fabric. Even though, at nineteen,…

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  1   The United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina was home to one of the most vicious and feared prosecutors in the country, and Regina Barkley couldn’t stand his white ass. The man was intelligent and ambitious, but had climbed up the political ladder on the backs of some…

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ONE NOVEMBER 1942   It was one thing to be cold, but quite another to be freezing. Not long ago, Paul Madsen had been warm and safe and at home. Now, he was in New York where his mind raced to find a way to rouse up some inner warmth. With nearly everything else having…

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    COOCHIE 1 On the afternoon of October 20th, a very sunny Tuesday, Neon Ashford  shook her ass like she was trying to break it. She had on a pair of tight-fitting jeans whose relationship to her apple bottom behind was more like a second skin than a piece of fabric. Even though, at…

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      CHAPTER 1 The darkness of night ushered in the prospect of something from a made-for-TV-movie, but Pearl saw it differently. The blackness, though frightening, offered her a new dawn, a second beginning, one last chance to save herself. The mood of the night was so evil that the darkness, becoming even more…

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THE SELF-REINFORCING THEORY   When you take a look at your personal history, the one thing you will be forced to contend with is the fact that what you are doing right now is establishing a reputation that is sure to outlive you. Be advised that right now, at this very moment, you are building…

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LOW SELF-ESTEEM: AN INSIDE JOB     Remember the doll experiment spoken of in Chapter 2 which summarized a sort of self-hatred black women exhibited towards themselves. Since that experiment was conducted a few decades ago when sistas were not quite as liberated or educated as they are now, it stands to reason that the…

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  Failure does not have to be a numbing indictment against future success if it is used to your advantage, but for black women there’s a lot in the equation. And the stakes in this failure-to-success ratio couldn’t be greater. Worldwide, there is the fundamental assumption that when something happens on a grand scale that…

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CHAPTER NINE NATURE’S CODE   In order to keep it real, you must tell the truth, so here’s some bad news. Even though it initially sounds so patently unfair, it can hardly be argued that black women have not selected the right company when it comes to black men. And here’s why. Throughout the entire…

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CHAPTER EIGHT YOU’RE THE ENEMY TOO   Rest assured that this is not traditional bullying. No, it’s much worse. It’s psychological bullying and black women are the primary victims of this psychic warfare and it will continue unabated unless black women discover a way to combat their low self-esteem issues. Granted, there is nothing fascinating…

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