Thursday, March 5, 2009

Omar Tyree quits Urban Lit

 I am late in writing this response as Mr. Tyree had made this statement last year. This is  quote from him taken from The Daily Voice...

“If the only way I can earn a living now in African-American adult fiction is to sell my people the same poison that they’ve become addicted to, then I quit with my artistic integrity still intact, while moving on to a more progressive mission.”

I happen to like the urban lit genre. To me is it like action movies. You are not reading them for any knowledge or enlightment. It is entertainment. Omar Tyree had been one of my favorite authors though he novels have gotten to bit a boring and not up to par. Though he arrogantly wouldn't admit it he possibly has only one classic in Flyy Girl. Honestly, I've been trying to finish his novel Leslie for two years! Maybe if he was so disenchanted with the urban lit genre that he has grudgingly been lumped into he should have considered retiring from it a while ago as his contempt seemed to affected his later novels. I am still a fan of Tyree but I must admit that his comments has impacted my opinion of him.

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