Published writings by Kenneth West

Tagger is an urban novel centered around the graffiti culture of East LA. When a beef between rival graffiti artist Ricco and Adul turns ugly and Ricco is murdered, the streets finger Adul as the killer. But going to jail is the least of his worries, as the dead man just happens to be the baby brother of one of the biggest drug dealers in Los Angeles.


The Gift
Some people have it all and never realize it. Darren King was like that and it wasn’t until he got everything he thought he wanted and it nearly cost him everything that he realized how truly blessed he really was.



The Lion of Judah
Immanuel Johnson is a young, frustrated, black man with a sense of destiny. On top of this he has a Messiah Complex, and after serving five years in a maximum security prison where he immerses himself in black nationalist and radical religious literature, he comes to believe that he is a reincarnation of Christ and that he must sacrifice his life for the salvation of Black America. But not before writing a scorching diatribe to explain his actions to the world.


The Lion of Judah






Beauty in Chains
By Kenneth West, Tommy “The Governor” Duncan, Darron “The Counselor” Grigsby, George “Super Natural” Lee Tucker, Keithalyn “Distinguished One” Earl Yarbrough , Keith “The Sun of Man” Barbour, Charles “Troubled Genius” Williams

One out of every three black men between the ages of 18 and 34 are in prison, on parole or on probation in the United States. Out of the two million Americans incarcerated, half are African-American. Much has been written and said about these numbers, but very little, if any, has come from the men for whom these statistics refer; until now. Beauty in Chains is an anthology of poetry by this silent majority, victims of America’s incarceration infatuation. We felt it was time for African American community to hear from their fathers, brothers, sons, uncles, husbands and friends behind prison walls. Beauty in Chains is a dialogue to the black community from these men.


Free download:
The Young African American Survival Guide for ages 8-18

An illustrated book of some 200 pages, a workbook for African- American youth, built around the topics of sex, drugs, hustling, education, gangbanging, and violence. It’s a book is certainly needed in many African-American communities:
• 67 % of all black children are born to single mothers
• African-American women and their children make up 60 percent of all new AIDS/HIV cases in the United States
• 50 % of black female teenagers have contracted a sexually transmitted disease by age 18
• At birth a black male child has a 1 in 3 chance of going to prison
• In 2002, 1,772 black youth died from gunshot wounds
• 1 out of every 21 black men will be murdered. The murder rate for black males is 10 times higher than the murder rate for white males
• 40 % of prisoners on death row are African-American
• 64 % of black students cannot read at grade level in the 4th grade, compared with 29 percent of white children.
I decided to try to make a difference, even if it’s just a small one, in the life of some inner city child with this workbook/guide.



The Street Capitalist is about going from despair to hope written by a former eighth grade dropout and ex-drug dealer. It’s a testament to God’s grace and the power of new beginnings. The central theme is that no matter where you start off, or where you find yourself today, a course correction is possible; there is hope for a brighter future, a better tomorrow. This internal truth comes forth from one of the darkest places known to man, the state penitentiary; even here, this light isn’t diminished. Thus, “The Street Capitalist” is one small light. For it’s better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.


Clutch City 
Rap-a-lot, Drank, Elbows, Pop Trunk, The Galleria, Beyonce, MLK, DJ Screw, 97.9 the Box, Homestead, V-12s’ Dime Pieces & Southern Peaches, 5000 Watts, Old Schools, Bald Fades. Houston is more than a city; it’s a lifestyle. It’s deeper than what you can see on the latest hoods DVD. Boys go hard. Orlando Jones was one of them. Ball till you fall was his motto; and he did. It cost him a decade in the FEDS, but now he’s home and determined to stack some legit paper and stay free. But the streets won’t let this hood disciple go. Soon he finds himself sucked back into the ‘life’ of big money and big tyme gangsters where boys will do anything and anyone to get ‘it.’ Facing a Glock on the left and a Glock on the right, the only thing Orlando wants to do is get out of ‘it’ alive and free.

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