Urban and Street Lit (Young Adult)

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14 year old Kendra lives in the Bronx with her grandmother who watches her every step. Can she prove that she won't end up pregnant at 14 like her mom? Will her mom take her in after she gets her PhD?

15 year old Tyrell is living in a homeless shelter in the Bronx and it doesn't seem like his mom is going to get him and his younger brother out of there. It's up to Tyrell to hustle some money, but will it be with music or drugs?

Kate's been in a gang and no she has it pretty good in her current foster family but is still tempted by the life.

Frankie's older brother Steve seems to be throwing away is soccer start status to hang with the cholos. Is this going to hurt Frankie's chances with his new girlfriend or help him fight off the guys who are after him?

Neeka and her friend's families keep them pretty locked down on their block in Queens, unlike D, who roams the city. They all love Tupac, but do they know each other as well as they think?