You only have one life to live and a short time to live it….
I was trolling through Facebook groups when I came across the letters “R.I.P.” in front of an author’s name I worked with in Summer 2011: Nate “Nati” Holmes. I read somebody’s “Rememberence of his Lifetime Achievements” in a mild daze. Although I never met him in person, we communicated with each other here and there on Facebook and Twitter and through email.
After reading that article, I searched Google for his name to see what would come up. I was shocked to read about somebody that I’ve interacted with is now gone. Continue reading R.I.P Author Nate “Nati” Holmes, author of Can’t Knock The Hustle
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Luther Del Vega, AKA Lu, takes you on a journey reliving his childhood and the events that lead up to his own fate as he sits dying from a gunshot wound. While the reader knows the demise of the lead character from the inception of the book, it doesn’t stop you from pulling for him at every turn.
From a tumultuous childhood where he is abandoned by his drug addicted mother and forced to fend for himself and his siblings to his reunion with his mother later in his childhood to his induction into a life of crime and going in and out of prison Can’t Knock The Hustle is a true page-turner.
While in prison, Lu is transformed from learning about his African heritage and culture even changing his name to become a man he truly wants and tries to be in the music business. On the streets, Lu enrolls in college and takes up with a past flame. But his past life catches up with him pitting his love against him in a war they never saw coming.
Can’t Knock The Hustle is a story that is true to many living in the hoods across America. It is a story about real life and making choices and wrestling with change. It paints a vivid portrait of how a dysfunctional family affects a child’s decision making and life view.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write Can’t Knock The Hustle?
Nati Holmes: The inspiration for Can’t Knock The Hustle came from my life. The way I was living was worth words. When you experience the things that Continue reading 5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Nati Holmes, author of Can’t Knock The Hustle