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Trying to Live

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  • Published: January 2018
  • Format: Perfect Bound Softcover(B/W)
  • Pages: 146
  • Size: 6x9
  • ISBN: 9781543448597
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16-year-old Shatanya "Lil Bit" Williams wasn't even born when the Chicago's house music hit the scene with songs such as "It's Time for the Perculator" and "Jack Master" was used in the late 80's. Since then, the music has evolved and developed into a cult following of dedicated young African Americans in Chicago's inner city. In 2007, the high energy, fast paced movement of the feet, twist and turns in motion dance style called "Juking" blazed the ghettos of Chicago like a forest fire. There were thousands of talented dancers on the scene, but when it came to the best in Chicago, hands down Lil Bit was the Floyd Mayweather of his dance movement. Something she often quotes after dominating and winning various dance competitions. After meeting 17-year-old Lemon, 18 year old Sway and 16 year old Auriel at a neighborhood block party she became the fourth member of their dance group "L.O.A. girls". News of the "Ladies of Action" group caught the attention of 25-year-old D.J. Lightbulb, a major pioneer on the Juke Scene that has been doing it since it was called House Music. DJ Lightbulb organized one of the biggest power moves of his career, bringing together the best juke dance crew, hoping twin $ 50,000 and a chance to dance in videos of R&B superstars like Ciara and Chris Brown. After months of narrowing down the contestants, the L.O.A girls were amongst the finalist. With days counting down until the show and everyone’s excited, D.J. Lightbulb hasn't told anyone that the show has been cancelled. Now faced with a major disappointment to himself, Lil Bit, the L.O.A. girls and other finalist from Chicago, D.J. Lightbulb must make a decision on what to do. Lemon is faced with a teenage pregnancy, Lil Bit has horrifying secret and life in their violent neighborhood begins to cause problems in their young lives. D.J. Lightbulb and the girls’ road to prosperity will be anything but easy. At the end of the day they are just "Trying to Live."

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