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  1. HICKSON yells, hands at mouth: “A-Y-Y-Y-Y-Y-Y-Y-Y-Y-Y-Y-Y-Y-Y-Y-Y-Y-Y-Y-Y-Y-Y-Y-Y-Y-Y-Y-Y-Y-Y-Y-Y-E, YO!” “A-I-I-I-G-H-T!!!” The GHETTOHEAT® Movement replied. No backer, assistant, intern, tour manager, agent, editor, publicist or street team: Just HICKSON, a computer, a database & a Nextel—who’s really doin’ the business? Three years & countin’, people, worldwide, thank you all for helpin’ me keep the lights on! Because L-O-R-D knows bein’ the “ultimate hustler” isn’t easy—no sir! I’m just great at “magically” makin’ it appear to be. Yet, I’m not into performin’ wit’ smoke & mirrors, nor do I use gimmicks & tricks. What have I been doin’? Shakin’ & bakin’! It takes a great amount of effort, patience & at times, blood, sweat & tears to get to the level where I see GHETTOHEAT® bein’: at the top! Folks, I’ve been hustlin’ hard since 2003…hustlin’ hard like the rent is due—today! But it’s all good. As others are content wit’ just doin’ enough, cutely workin’ towards havin’ things easier, I’m lookin’ forward to havin’ my hustle HARDER. “YOU WANT FAME? WELL, FAME COSTS! AND RIGHT HERE IS WHERE YOU START PAYING…IN SWEAT!” —DEBBIE ALLEN, FAME June 2003: sweat pourin’ from my forehead as I trekked in the hot, blazin’ sun in Harlem, 125th Street, handin’ out 5000 “GHETTOHEAT®” flyers by myself in Grant Projects on Broadway—only to have ignorant busters & chickenheads try to play me out; laughin’ in my face while throwin’ my promos onto the ground. Sweat then runnin’ down my face while pickin’ up those same flyers, handin’ them out to other folks on 125th Street that afternoon; migratin’ all the way across to Lexington Avenue—gettin’ rid of each flyer. Ten minutes later, jumpin’ on the number “4” train downtown to Brooklyn—handin’ out 5000 more flyers on Fulton Street, wearin’ a Harlemade “Harlem” T-shirt, stickin’ out like a sore thumb; cats on the block shootin’ me dirty looks, wonderin’ why I’m “reppin’” Uptown in BK. T-shirt drenched wit’ more sweat that day, carryin’ ten, 42-pound boxes of “GHETTOHEAT®” books to a local distributor, before headin’ cross town to do my first book signin’ at a “mom-&-pop” neighborhood bookstore; learnin’ within the first 5 minutes that I wasn’t goin’ to sell any books sittin’ at a table wit’ my hands folded, thinkin’ I’m cute. More sweat beads appeared, solicitin’ people from off the streets, convincin’ them to enter the bookstore to buy my book. Later that evenin’, sweatin’ feverishly in front of Club Envy, handin’ out the remainin’ flyers until 4 AM that mornin’. I sweated in the swelterin’ heat while doin’ a book signin’ on Jamaica Avenue in Queens for 10 hours wit’ street vendor, Massamba, as two girls nearby, started arguin’ over some dude, as “po-po” (the cops) ignored them, bein’ more interested in harassin’ the man who double-parked his BMW, only to purchase my book for his girl. Wet wit’ sweat, meetin’ & greetin’ many folks that day, givin’ hugs & handshakes to all, even to dope fiends, cleverly avoidin’ gettin’ oozin’ pus on my hands from raw open wounds. Sweatin’ early the next mornin’ while quickly draggin’ a pull cart packed wit’ 100 books, racin’ to Greyhound’s bus depot to do two events in Philly, before rushin’ back to New York City to perform at a poetry open mic in Harlem at Nubian Heritage, within moments apart; finally eatin’ breakfast at 11 PM that night. Hours later, goin’ to every hair & nail salon straight across Flatbush Avenue that next mornin’, still dealin’ wit’ the unhealthy humidity, tryin’ to sell books to customers while bein’ an “unknown artist”, would definitely cause you to sweat, especially when no one cares about an unknown new jack… “YOU WANT FAME?…” “Hello, ladies. My name is HICKSON—” “HICKSON???” “Yes, HICKSON…I’m a new author & publisher from Harlem, & I have a new book out called ‘GHETTOHEAT®’.” “Ghetto what?” “‘GHETTOHEAT®’”. It’s a book of poetry—” “Poetry? (Sucks teeth wit’ disgust) Don’t nobody up-in-here read no damn, poetry! Son, yo, you got that new joint by Zane?” “Ladies, have a nice day.” “Whatever, son!” “WELL, FAME COSTS…” Costs you plenty if you don’t maintain your integrity, pride & self-respect while comin’ up in the game, as you may even be “propositioned” by “the powers that be”…in order to receive better recognition, the proper tools of trade, or to excel in your career faster. Fame also attracts low-life leaches who sometimes pose as writers/publishers, deceivingly tryin’ to befriend, wit’ goals to suck you dry like a black widow spider for your knowledge & resources, as they foolishly covert what you have. In addition, fame costs dearly when you acquire overzealous, obsessed book-groupies & stalkers, who not only show up at most of your signings, in state & out-of-state, but ones who, no matter how well you stay tight on your game keepin’ a low profile, purposely not providin’ your business cards, phone number or address, find you…late at night…. Yet you get another chance to “properly” introduce yourself to such folks: “Taser, meet stalker, stalker, meet taser…S-S-S-S-S-S!!!” Doin’ somethin’ positive like promotin’ literacy worldwide also has costs. See for yourself, the “love” that people send me: Look you bastard, your fucking nigger ass better be gone by the time I'm done taken a shit; And when I get back, you better fucking wipe my ass you slave, Forever love, “Crispy KKK”, 7 April 2004 - Florida I wasn’t feeling the book dawg, a book is supposed to keep the reader involved in the reading. I read a lot and I only read African American authors, this book is by far the worse book I have ever purchased. Stay positive and work on your skill. “Anonymous”, 11 May 2004 - Philadelphia HICKSON, stop sending me your stupid shit! “Glamour Girl”, 15 June 2005 - Harlem Standards of excellence in literary skills, like spelling, punctuation, grammar, etc. are still followed by some of us who also happen to be retired history professors. And you wonder why there is a generation gap? Some of us still respect and prize the education that we struggled to obtain that got us out of “the ghetto”. That does not seem to be the case in the way that you have chosen to express yourself with an attitude of hostility and rudeness, which is “why you are where you are”. Why is it that when you are questioned about who you are and what you are all about that you decide that the response is “negative?” That is your own point of view and if you don't get that then you don't seem to understand that a part of marketing yourself is to be ready for such questions? That emotional outburst and the poor grammar, syntax, etc. is how you are choosing to hold yourself back. The words and style with which you choose to present yourself provokes a judgment which is perpetuated by your own anger and rage. No one has attacked or judged you. I'm still asking what you have to say that makes it worth my time and energy to pay attention to you. After living in a foreign country for several years and working in West Africa, one thing I have discovered as a major cultural difference which has not been transferred across the waters is a respect and reverence for the elders who could teach you something about how to present yourself in a positive light, but you are not willing to learn that from me, which is “why you are, where you are”. HICKSON, you are very rude and do not seem to understand how to have an intellectual discussion or accept a question that challenges you to think beyond the limited boundaries which you seem to have set for yourself. The very fact that you don't seem to know how to spell properly indicates to me that there cannot be much of an interesting subject matter to read about in your work. Bad spelling, punctuation, lots of grammatical errors. You decide to use them, therefore, you decide to keep yourself trapped where you are. Consider me the person in the crowd who tells you that you “have spinach in your teeth” when none of your friends have mentioned it, but since you don't want to know the obvious flaws that are holding you back and have made the choice to resist any directions improving your chances to succeed, then, you are the one who has to live with the results of those decisions. “Stephens NN”, 3 July 2005 - Chicago Fuck off, Bitch! Remove me from your email list NIGGER!!!!!!!!! Remove me from your email list immediately if you have brains enough to accomplish this. I do not want any additional emails from you or your business. You know, I've thought this thing over and I've changed my attitude. I think the Government should continue to subsidize you folks. They should send you all back to Africa and issue you each your own Banana tree, just when you get there - Don’t come back!!! And since you think you walk on water, if you decide to come back - WALK BACK. Everywhere in the world that blacks have governed themselves you have failed miserably. I rest my case. Bill Cosby, J.C. Watts, and several others have tried to tell you this but you refuse to listen. Look at the State prisons and you'll find an 80 to 90% black population as well as the welfare roles. My opinion is based upon the actions and lack of accomplishment of the black population in our society. Even Jesse Jackson, the absolute fool that he is, said if he saw black teenagers walking toward him he would walk on the other side of the street. I want nothing to do with you, HICKSON. “David McMinn”, 18 April 2006 - Out of Space Recently, I discovered that the cost of fame, also results in me receivin’ several death threats from folks. “Peace, haters!” “AND RIGHT HERE IS WHERE YOU START PAYING…” Payin’ lots of money on: a business license, trademarks, legal fees, accountants, book printers, graphic & website designers, photographers, models, hotels & travel expenses, office equipment and supplies, warehouse fees, advertisin’, promotion & marketin’, promotional items, copies, shippin’, postage, booth/table rentals, literary services, etc., etc., etc. You’ll spend a small amount on Advil headache pills, which you’ll unfortunately, begin to eat as you would M&M’s—yet, you’ll pay even more for not doin’ the proper research on business, the industry, the players, especially the bad ones, or on how to achieve the professional goals you desire, losin’ a great deal in the long run. Let’s not forget, payin’ your dues, makin’ appearances at places/events for free at times, at early/late hours, knowin’ that you would rather just catch up on sleep/work, or have fun elsewhere. Yet, because you’re a new artist, & “the powers that be” insisted that you show up, because if you don’t, it may ruin your business relationship wit’ them, you arrive to the function wit’ a “big smile” on your face instead, while cursin’ them out silently in your head. How about callin’ up certain bookstores to clear invoices, only to have the store owner/manager try to disguise their voice, or lie & tell their co-workers to say that “they’re not in the office today”, while you’re actually callin’ from your cell phone, lookin’ at both of them within their own establishment…. What about actually bein’ paid a large debt from a book distributor, in which they broke the checks up in two, yet they’re unsigned? You’re told to come back in an hour to pick them back up, only to return, havin’ those same two checks voided out, now bein’ presented wit’ 10 new checks…all postdated wit’ three weeks in between each check…what do you do? I’m not sure what you would do. What did HICKSON do? BLACK OUT!!! I raised my voice violently, called them everythin’ in the book but “GOD’S CHILDREN”, ripped up each check in their face & threw them up in the air like confetti, began slammin’ my left hand on their desks, re-arrangin’ paperwork while pointin’ my finger in faces wit’ the right. Told them to, “Print out another check wit’ the full amount postdated today, or create a problem for yourself…NOW!!! No one is leavin’ this office until I get my money—ALL OF IT!!! Oh, what? You thought I was some stupid idiot who would be more than happy to accept scraps off the table? WELL, I’M NOT!!! I make way too much money for you & yours in this piece, don’t you ever try to play me or undermine my intelligence. Disrespect me like this again, & you will feel it! People, you have three minutes to properly accommodate me: 180, 179, 178…” is what I counted down while pacin’ back-&-forth in their office, as they began to scurry. I then reached into my knapsack… “HICKSON, PLEASE, SIT-DOWN-SIT-DOWN! BE CALM!” “I AM CALM!!!” I then went to unzip my bag. “HICKSON, W-W-W-WAIT, WHAT ARE YOU DOING?” “Look, no one is goin’ to shoot you! I’m diggin’ in my bag for gum, my mouth gets dry when I’m tight! …Want a piece?” “IN SWEAT!” Managin’, groomin’ & promotin’ artists, even difficult ones, dealin’ wit’ new prospective artists, tourin’ nationwide, writin’, readin’, editin’, proofreadin’ & typin’ up books, while bein’ an art director. Maintainin’ 100 e-mail accounts to date, makin’ phone calls to bookstores, both urban & chain stores from Alabama to Wisconsin, followin’-up wit’ book buyers, regional & district store managers, retailers & distributors. Maintainin’ website, payin’ royalties & expenses, executin’ administrative duties, bein’ an accountant, & dealin’ wit’ the media constantly. Makin’ drop-offs to stores & street vendors in all 5 boroughs of New York, shippin’ out boxes of books nationwide daily, maintainin’ mail-orders & online store accounts, clearin’ invoices strategically, writin’ 300 convicts to date nationwide—by hand, constant internet research, composin’/mailin’ newsletters, while promotin’ literacy worldwide. Teachin’ sales associates/managers how to merchandise products, havin’ meetings frequently, attendin’ seminars occasionally, handin’ out flyers constantly, researchin’ foreign markets, seekin’ new money, all while stayin’ “sucker-free”, & religiously dealin’ wit’ haters who attempt to make my situation HARDER. *HICKSON’s soakin’ wet….* “Magically”, I’m learnin’ more & more each day, how to bob & weave from the haters, as I SKATE ON! pass them. Haters can be so troublesome, yet I fuel from their negativity immensely, oppose to feedin’ into it. Haters will always exist, they’re not goin’ anywhere—they have a purpose: to cause conflict. But what are you goin’ to do, allow them to knock you out of your game? Not I! Haters actually keep me on my toes, as well as make me want to succeed even more. Yet, they stay busy, actin’ like crackheads, some even bein’ crackheads: functional crackheads. Those are the worst, bein’ cracked out while givin’ the illusion of havin’ it all together. People, please be aware of the “haters on crack”, & remember that, “Crack is wack!” “Crack killed ‘Apple Jack’!” JUNE 2005: A GHETTOHEAT PRODUCTION! HICKSON: CEO of GHETTOHEAT® & GHETTOHEAT® TV! GHETTOHEAT® PRODUCTIONS: GHETTOHEAT® CONVICT’S CANDY HARDER AND GOD CREATED WOMAN LONDON REIGN SONZ OF DARKNESS TANTRUM HICKSONBELIKE... LOVE DON’T LOVE NOBODY THICKNESS GHOST TOWN HUSTLERS BANJEE CUNT ULTRAFABNABULOUS BROTHERS BEHIND BARS SO SEXY TOUGH MR. GHETTOHEAT® SKATE ON! GHETTOHEAT® EATS TURF GHETTOHEAT® MAGAZINE! GHETTOHEAT® | P.O. BOX 2746 | NEW YORK, NY 10027 GHETTOHEAT®: THE HOTNESS IN THE STREETS!!!™ #GHETTOHEAT #THEHOTNESSINTHESTREETS #HICKSON #CEOOFGHETTOHEAT #TEAMGHETTOHEAT #HICKSONHOTNESS #PEACEANDGHETTOHEAT #HICKSONBELIKE #GHETTOHEATBOOKS #GHETTOHEATMAGAZINE #GHETTOHEATTV #GHETTOHEATMOVEMENT #INSTAHICKSON #MAMAGHETTOHEAT #HOUSEOFGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATSALUTE #PAZYGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATHOTNESS #IAMGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATPRODUCTION #MOVIMIENTODEGHETTOHEAT #BABYGHETTOHEAT #INSTAGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATWORLDWIDE #SALUDODEGHETTOHEAT #MRGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATGLOBALGROUPHUG #LACASADEGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATEATS #GHETTOHEATCOM
  2. HICKSON

    GHETTOHEAT: YOU WANT FAME?

    PEACE & GHETTOHEAT!
  3. #GHETTOHEAT ON ALL MAJOR SOCIAL MEDIA NETWORKS! @HICKSONHOTNESS @HICKSONHOTNESSSHOW @HICKSONBELIKE @GHETTOHEAT @GHETTOHEATTV @GHETTOHEATEATS @GHETTOHEATNOWPLAYING HICKSON: CEO of GHETTOHEAT® & GHETTOHEAT® TV! GHETTOHEAT® PRODUCTIONS: GHETTOHEAT® CONVICT’S CANDY HARDER AND GOD CREATED WOMAN LONDON REIGN SONZ OF DARKNESS TANTRUM HICKSONBELIKE... LOVE DON’T LOVE NOBODY THICKNESS GHOST TOWN HUSTLERS BANJEE CUNT ULTRAFABNABULOUS BROTHERS BEHIND BARS SO SEXY TOUGH MR. GHETTOHEAT® SKATE ON! GHETTOHEAT® EATS TURF GHETTOHEAT® MAGAZINE! #CEO #EXECUTIVEPRODUCER #CREATIVEDIRECTOR #BRANDMANAGER #PUBLISHER #AUTHOR #EDITOR #WRITER #ESSAYIST #POET #ARTIST #PROMOTER #BUSINESSMAN #BUSINESS#BOSS #LEADER #BLOGGER #VLOGGER #SOCIALMEDIASTRATEGIST #BLACKLIVESMATTER #BLACKISBEAUTIFUL #BLACKMAN #BLACKPOWER #SOCIALMEDIA #MULTIMEDIA #GLOBAL #INTERNATIONAL #WORLDWIDE
  4. I'M STILL HERE... THANK GOD! HOLLA! HICKSON: CEO of GHETTOHEAT® & GHETTOHEAT® TV! GHETTOHEAT® PRODUCTIONS: GHETTOHEAT® CONVICT’S CANDY HARDER AND GOD CREATED WOMAN LONDON REIGN SONZ OF DARKNESS TANTRUM HICKSONBELIKE... LOVE DON’T LOVE NOBODY THICKNESS GHOST TOWN HUSTLERS BANJEE CUNT ULTRAFABNABULOUS BROTHERS BEHIND BARS SO SEXY TOUGH MR. GHETTOHEAT® SKATE ON! GHETTOHEAT® EATS TURF GHETTOHEAT® MAGAZINE! GHETTOHEAT® | P.O. BOX 2746 | NEW YORK, NY 10027 GHETTOHEAT®: THE HOTNESS IN THE STREETS!!!™ #GHETTOHEAT #THEHOTNESSINTHESTREETS #HICKSON #CEOOFGHETTOHEAT #TEAMGHETTOHEAT #HICKSONHOTNESS #PEACEANDGHETTOHEAT #HICKSONBELIKE #GHETTOHEATBOOKS #GHETTOHEATMAGAZINE #GHETTOHEATTV #GHETTOHEATMOVEMENT #INSTAHICKSON #MAMAGHETTOHEAT #HOUSEOFGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATSALUTE #PAZYGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATHOTNESS #IAMGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATPRODUCTION #MOVIMIENTODEGHETTOHEAT #BABYGHETTOHEAT #INSTAGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATWORLDWIDE #SALUDODEGHETTOHEAT #MRGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATGLOBALGROUPHUG #LACASADEGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATEATS #GHETTOHEATCOM
  5. HICKSON

    GHETTOHEAT® HOTNESS: SHA

    LADY SPEAKS THE TRUTH by SHA Growing up in Urban America isn’t easy. Throw in the race, gender and age cards. You walk through life with iron-filled crates shackled to your ankles. How can you climb the ladder-of-success with so much holding you back? This isn’t about me outlining how to live your life or what’s right and wrong—I don’t know the answer to that. This is about me asking you to wake up! What’s up, Urban America? Have we’ve become so complacent as to stop our complaining because we’ve been reassured that everything is new and approved, and comes backed with a money back guarantee if we’re not satisfied? I don’t know about you but, I’m not satisfied! I’m not a part of the “walking dead” that rest assured in what they’ve been spoon-fed, that would’ve been the easy way out: I like it hard. I don’t think you understand me. As my third grade teacher put it, I wasn’t “born with a silver spoon in my mouth.” I was born in Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. It happened sometime after the birth of “THE MONSTER” (HIV/AIDS) and just before the Crack epidemic hit hard. Though my father owned a bodega and I attended parochial school, I was far from rich. It wasn’t steak and lobster, ‘34th Street Miracle Christmas’ and such. However, what we lacked in finances, we made up for through love and unity. No money meant a closet filled with out-of-style clothes and ridicule from my peers; it was whatever! I was too focused on school to really give a damn. Then my body decided it wanted to start puberty at nine-years-old. Don’t think that made me special, there were other girls in the fifth grade with bangin’ bodies. While they were using what they had to get what they want, I stayed in my books. Of course I wasn’t popular with the boys, but everybody knew my name. Rhymes were my reason and Hip-Hop saved me from the cruelty of the bullies. Well, at least, some of the time. Being from BK, my ability to write poetry and to get lyrics from any song off the radio, made me tolerable. My strict Haitian father didn’t allow me to hang out after school, go on go-away trips or participate in any of the bullshit that happened in my neighborhood. If it didn’t happen on my stoop, I wasn’t able to go. Soon after, I was in Queens and desperately wanted to go back to Brooklyn. I thought I’d be much more popular back “home”, but the reality was if I wasn’t “doing it”, I was wack. I accepted that. I had no choice but to be wack and watch every single move that everybody made. Then I reached high school. I attended a school that made headlines for acid-throwing, gun-toting, monster-infected students! It was the closest one to my house, so I really didn’t have a choice. It was then when I got the fever for the fast life. I wanted to be that chick with the fly dudes that pushed the baddest cars, dipped in jewelry of every caliber. I started asking around for the flyboys from elementary school. Surely by then, I thought, they had to be on top of the game. Dudes were either in Spofford, just recently released from juvenile detention, dead or strung the fuck out on crack-cocaine. Real talk, a sixteen-year-old junkie is not a joke. Then I started watching the older dudes. This was the era of “The Sleepwalkers”, “The Lost Boys” and others. My young self got a thrill walking through the neighborhood with the older boys checking for me, because of my over-developed body; that made the girls hate me even more. I was already catching hell because of my hair and swagger. Yet, that was dealt with accordingly. I’m not saying I won every battle, but you damn sure won’t be able to call me cara cicatriz (Scar face)! It was all fun and games until someone got his head blown off in Brookville Park one hot summer night…that brought me to the reality of things. I sat back and started making connections. It didn’t take too long to figure out who were the major drug dealers, the minor drug dealers, the wannabe drug dealers, the stick-up kids, the car thieves and the wankstas (suckers). Before long, I had them all figured out and knew most of their modus operandi; it was too easy. For the rest of high school, I met a whole slew of characters. I met guys who were predicate felons at the age of twenty; guys who snapped their fingers and made anything you desired appear like magic. I’ll admit crime life is very enticing! But the end results are not. I played my cards well, at that time, holding them close to my chest. I was very careful about who I was seen with and where. Undercover detectives were all over the place, all the time. Every other day, somebody was getting locked up, and females were getting caught out there on technicalities. That right there was what really made me think twice about all my moves. I lost count of how many females I’ve seen get charged with years and decades, just because they were at the wrong place at the wrong time. Damn those RICO and Rockefeller laws! They will get innocent people and first-time offenders caught up in the system every time. Besides the jail time aspect of a hustler’s life, I realized that Uncle Sam makes fun and games out of hustlin’. That’s another reason I just observed the business of drugs. Tell me why a Black man getting caught with crack rocks in BK will get at least ten years, but a white man getting caught on the island with cocaine will get a much lesser sentence? Doesn’t crack come from cocaine? Wake up, Urban America! Why is it that Caucasians dominate the welfare system, but yet African-Americans and Hispanics are portrayed as being the dominant races in the system? Isn’t it strange how families stay stuck in the same situation generation after generation? Your momma had you at sixteen, her momma had her at fifteen and her momma had her at fourteen! Yet, all of you still live in the same project apartment? F.Y.I., the projects, no matter how “luxurious” some may seem, are designed to keep the masses psychologically disabled so we can perpetuate the cycle, over-and-over again. Uncle Sam put up the projects. Uncle Sam allows drugs to come into the country. Trust that if America really wanted to be drug free, then we damn sure would be! Then what would the DEA do? Do you realize how many federal, state and city jobs would be lost if there wasn’t any illegal drugs in America? Thousands of people would be out of work and the economy would fall apart. The Great Depression wouldn’t be able to compare to the economic state of America if drug money wasn’t in circulation. Uncle Sam can keep his VESID vouchers and his rehabilitation programs: I know the score. To my young people of Urban America: hustlin’ is what it is. We all do it in one shape or another. For most of us, it’s a part of life. Victims of our socio-economic status, we have to do what we have to do; just do it wisely. Know when to hit HARDER, know when to ease up. I thank God for that ability. Too many times I’ve come close to being state property…I’m free. Wake up and you’ll be, too. HARDER WRITTEN BY SHA HARDER EDITED BY HICKSON HARDER A GHETTOHEAT® PRODUCTION EBOOK & PAPERBACK: SOLD & DISTRIBUTED EXCLUSIVELY AT GHETTOHEAT®! HICKSON: CEO of GHETTOHEAT® & GHETTOHEAT® TV! GHETTOHEAT® PRODUCTIONS: GHETTOHEAT® CONVICT’S CANDY HARDER AND GOD CREATED WOMAN LONDON REIGN SONZ OF DARKNESS TANTRUM HICKSONBELIKE... LOVE DON’T LOVE NOBODY THICKNESS GHOST TOWN HUSTLERS BANJEE CUNT ULTRAFABNABULOUS BROTHERS BEHIND BARS SO SEXY TOUGH MR. GHETTOHEAT® SKATE ON! GHETTOHEAT® EATS TURF GHETTOHEAT® MAGAZINE! GHETTOHEAT® | P.O. BOX 2746 | NEW YORK, NY 10027 GHETTOHEAT®: THE HOTNESS IN THE STREETS!!!™ #GHETTOHEAT #THEHOTNESSINTHESTREETS #HICKSON #CEOOFGHETTOHEAT #TEAMGHETTOHEAT #HICKSONHOTNESS #PEACEANDGHETTOHEAT #HICKSONBELIKE #GHETTOHEATBOOKS #GHETTOHEATMAGAZINE #GHETTOHEATTV #GHETTOHEATMOVEMENT #INSTAHICKSON #MAMAGHETTOHEAT #HOUSEOFGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATSALUTE #PAZYGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATHOTNESS #IAMGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATPRODUCTION #MOVIMIENTODEGHETTOHEAT #BABYGHETTOHEAT #INSTAGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATWORLDWIDE #SALUDODEGHETTOHEAT #MRGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATGLOBALGROUPHUG #LACASADEGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATEATS #GHETTOHEATCOM
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    GHETTOHEAT® HOTNESS: DRU NOBLE

    ONCE A SLAVE by DRU NOBLE This is not about my crimes. This is not about my redemption. It is aboutlife, and only that.my In the early summer morning of June 18th, 1979, there was a thunderstorm, and I was born. The falling rains would be a prelude to the struggles I would endure. Mere months later, my biological father would abandon me to an uncertain future, this was the first of many abandons. Like so many others of my generation, I faced the brute of an era of drugs, violence and pure apathy; lost souls and shattered dreams. Cards placed on the table. A gun, placed on my head. My very sanity, daring me to play. Years later, I would have two brothers and a sister who I’d have to watch over andcare, as if I were their father; in a single-parent home, with a mother on welfare. I learned in those early years that I possessed hidden talents while babysitting my siblings, as my mother gambled her nights away. Abilities like drawing, making up fantastic stories, and losing myself in my imagination to worlds that existed only in my head, but at that time, none of this would be harnessed. No, instead, it was buried.take Only for a time. Being a Gemini, there has always been two sides to me, each trying to conquer the other. One half intelligent, forgiving and understanding, the other, violent and self-destructive—this internal war would play out in my soul, going into my teens. I ran the streets doing things most men twice my age had never done; a young man who’d aged before his years. Taught things of wrong, learned in things of pain. Too many crimes, but this is not about that. Whatever I did, I knew that there was something out there better. I ignored that calling. Mental chains shackled my mind, and I allowed it. I’d become a slave to the cycle of ignorance burdened to me. When I was seventeen, I participated in a robbery. Any dreams I had after that were destroyed, and my life as I knew it—would come to a tragic conclusion. Only for a time. Soon after, I was tried and found guilty of murder in the second degree. Sentenced to twenty years to life, more time than both of my co-defendants put together; given three times the length than the actual murderer in my case. Less than two years later, I was abandoned by everyone I once loved, and would be treated with stark realization, as if I were dead. A living ghost, faced with the bitter truth that people who I believed cared for me: family, friends, even my siblings, would turn their backs on me. No letters. No visits. Nothing… My bid was done in the harshest of ways—it was done alone. And this would be for a time. Being in prison can bring out the worse in a person… I aged before my years, living with hatred, consumed with misery and animosity; I let it feed me, teach and mold me. This would be the darkest time in my life. I learned that I wasn’t abandoned completely. GOD sent the one person who would get through to me, my angel, my godmother, a woman with more strength and love in her heart than anyone I’d known. Even when I tried to push her away and show that my madness was stronger, my godmother’s patience and understanding hand, did the impossible—she helped heal my demons, and eventually destroyed them. She told me, “Son, you are not dead, the person you were is. GOD has other plans for you; I know this.” And she stood by me, unmoving—I love her for that; I always will. It was time for a man to be reborn. Eventually, I let my past go, shed the brewing anger. The chains that held my mind since childhood, shattered in a million pieces, and ironically, in the pit of prison. For the first time in life, I was set free. Natural-born talents, along with many I didn’t know I had, returned to me. I began to re-awaken my imagination, and ventured back into worlds that had never left my dreams, which had never ABANDONED me. I found out that some members of my family would stand firm beside me, and a door would be open where I would meet new ones. This would also be for a time. Then came a day where a brother I respected and known for years, would hand me a note that had the name and address of a new writer and publisher—one looking to publish works of other thought-provoking writers. His company name is GHETTOHEAT®; his name is simply, HICKSON. The voice of my godmother played in my head: “God has other plans for you.” I took that paper, and soon after, got a taste of those plans. My name is DRU NOBLE. I am an enigma of many things. But I am a slave no more. Now it’s time… SONZ OF DARKNESS WRITTEN BY DRU NOBLE SONZ OF DARKNESS EDITED BY HICKSON SONZ OF DARKNESS A GHETTOHEAT® PRODUCTION EBOOK & PAPERBACK: SOLD & DISTRIBUTED EXCLUSIVELY AT GHETTOHEAT®! HICKSON: CEO of GHETTOHEAT® & GHETTOHEAT® TV! GHETTOHEAT® PRODUCTIONS: GHETTOHEAT® CONVICT’S CANDY HARDER AND GOD CREATED WOMAN LONDON REIGN SONZ OF DARKNESS TANTRUM HICKSONBELIKE... LOVE DON’T LOVE NOBODY THICKNESS GHOST TOWN HUSTLERS BANJEE CUNT ULTRAFABNABULOUS BROTHERS BEHIND BARS SO SEXY TOUGH MR. GHETTOHEAT® SKATE ON! GHETTOHEAT® EATS TURF GHETTOHEAT® MAGAZINE! GHETTOHEAT® | P.O. BOX 2746 | NEW YORK, NY 10027 GHETTOHEAT®: THE HOTNESS IN THE STREETS!!!™ #GHETTOHEAT #THEHOTNESSINTHESTREETS #HICKSON #CEOOFGHETTOHEAT #TEAMGHETTOHEAT #HICKSONHOTNESS #PEACEANDGHETTOHEAT #HICKSONBELIKE #GHETTOHEATBOOKS #GHETTOHEATMAGAZINE #GHETTOHEATTV #GHETTOHEATMOVEMENT #INSTAHICKSON #MAMAGHETTOHEAT #HOUSEOFGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATSALUTE #PAZYGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATHOTNESS #IAMGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATPRODUCTION #MOVIMIENTODEGHETTOHEAT #BABYGHETTOHEAT #INSTAGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATWORLDWIDE #SALUDODEGHETTOHEAT #MRGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATGLOBALGROUPHUG #LACASADEGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATEATS #GHETTOHEATCOM
  7. HICKSON

    GHETTOHEAT STANDS STRONG

    PEACE & GHETTOHEAT!
  8. HICKSON

    GHETTOHEAT STANDS STRONG

    GHETTOHEAT® CONTINUES TO WORK WITHIN REAL INDUSTRY STANDARDS, & HAS DONE SO SINCE ITS CREATION ON JUNE 4TH 2003. NO PRICES HAVE EVER BEEN REDUCED, NO PRICES WILL EVER BE REDUCED: NOT EVEN DURING RECESSIONS. I TAKE GREAT PRIDE IN PRODUCING WONDERFUL WORKS AND QUALITY GOODS, & WILL NOT DEVALUE MY COMPANY, AUTHORS, MERCHANDISE & PRODUCTIONS, NOR WILL I ALLOW CHAOTIC ECONOMIC CLIMATES OR UNETHICAL BUSINESS PRACTICES BY SOME WITHIN THE INDUSTRY, DICTATE OPERATIONS AT GHETTOHEAT® , OR COMPROMISE MY INTEGRITY. I LOVE WHAT I DO & DO WHAT I LOVE, & WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO, RIGHTEOUSLY.... IF YOU STAND FOR NOTHING, YOU'LL FALL FOR ANYTHING: GHETTOHEAT® REMAINS TOP SHELF. GOD BLESS YOU ALL.... HICKSON: CEO of GHETTOHEAT® & GHETTOHEAT® TV! GHETTOHEAT® PRODUCTIONS: GHETTOHEAT® CONVICT’S CANDY HARDER AND GOD CREATED WOMAN LONDON REIGN SONZ OF DARKNESS TANTRUM HICKSONBELIKE... LOVE DON’T LOVE NOBODY THICKNESS GHOST TOWN HUSTLERS BANJEE CUNT ULTRAFABNABULOUS BROTHERS BEHIND BARS SO SEXY TOUGH MR. GHETTOHEAT® SKATE ON! GHETTOHEAT® EATS TURF GHETTOHEAT® MAGAZINE! GHETTOHEAT® | P.O. BOX 2746 | NEW YORK, NY 10027 GHETTOHEAT®: THE HOTNESS IN THE STREETS!!!™ #GHETTOHEAT #THEHOTNESSINTHESTREETS #HICKSON #CEOOFGHETTOHEAT #TEAMGHETTOHEAT #HICKSONHOTNESS #PEACEANDGHETTOHEAT #HICKSONBELIKE #GHETTOHEATBOOKS #GHETTOHEATMAGAZINE #GHETTOHEATTV #GHETTOHEATMOVEMENT #INSTAHICKSON #MAMAGHETTOHEAT #HOUSEOFGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATSALUTE #PAZYGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATHOTNESS #IAMGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATPRODUCTION #MOVIMIENTODEGHETTOHEAT #BABYGHETTOHEAT #INSTAGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATWORLDWIDE #SALUDODEGHETTOHEAT #MRGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATGLOBALGROUPHUG #LACASADEGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATEATS #GHETTOHEATCOM
  9. HICKSON

    HICKSON IS SO GHETTOHEAT

    PEACE & GHETTOHEAT!
  10. HICKSON

    HICKSON IS SO GHETTOHEAT

    6.4.09: THE GHETTOHEAT MOVEMENT Courageously creating my independent publishing company, GHETTOHEAT® on June 4, 2003, my main objective was to solely become an entrepreneur, self-publish my poetry/prose book (proudly titled after the company), and control the marketing, sales and distribution of my works; with hopes of obtaining other talented authors in time. That initial concept quickly changed during the second week of my first book tour in September 2003. Being a new writer who was beyond ecstatic to present GHETTOHEAT® to any and all readers, I met this teenaged girl in Philadelphia during my book signing at Borders Express; inside the Gallery Mall. I was immediately drawn to her big, beautiful brown eyes: they narrated a sad, short story of pain, trouble, confusion and despair. An intriguing story I read within seconds. Understanding the young lady’s personal saga and nervous energy, noticing her being reluctant and awkward with meeting me, I quickly struck up a warm, friendly conversation about the process of how I’d penned my poems, before introducing the girl to my work. As she slowly thumbed through the pages of prose, she inquisitively raised an eyebrow while reading a selection, gave me a once over look from head-to-toe; then took a fresh copy off from my table to the register to purchase, before allowing me to autograph a book for her. I sloppily scribed an inspirational message of empowerment to the teenager. A few days later, I surprisingly received an e-mail from this same young lady, thanking me immensely for saving her life. Instantly, I became quite perplexed…. As I continued to read on, she boldly confessed to me that, minutes before our meeting, terrible thoughts of committing suicide had entered her mind, and that the positive conversation we’d had, diverted the initial plan of total self-destruction. Further into the body of the note, the teenaged girl also revealed that, after reading the many messages within GHETTOHEAT®, she’d no longer felt alone within her personal struggle; she now realized that someone else had shared a similar plight. Revelations of a newly discovered inner-strength emerged, one that she didn’t know existed prior; and caused this young lady to view life, its challenges, and situations that were placed before her, differently. This brave, new soul also assured me that, I too, wouldn’t be alone in my journey. She vowed to follow me continuously on ghettoheat.com, and read the new works to come, admitting that she totally identified with me, the vibe of my company, and the new, positive “movement” that I’d created. It wasn’t until after reading that e-mail that I fully understood the power of words—my words…. From that day forth, I’ve felt an urgent need to be responsible when producing my works, as well as to teach people through my messages. I now realize the major impact and influence I may have on readers, when they absorb my words. Looking back, I honestly can say that, I absolutely had no clue as to what movement the big, beautiful, brown-eyed girl had made reference to. That changed one day when I received my first international letter in the mail, from a new reader and supporter from South Africa, full of enthusiasm and asking: “How can I be apart of the GHETTOHEAT® movement?” I then thought to myself, w-o-w…you already are! People strongly relate to the thought-provoking works of GHETTOHEAT®, especially within my urban fiction and hardcore street-lit categories (I also publish poetry, contemporary, sci-fi, politics, self-help/relationship books, as well as bilingual works), because of the gritty social commentary thoroughly addressed throughout the books. Many contact me worldwide, showing appreciation of the realness of the works, and how at times, they see themselves within the storylines, totally identifying with scenarios, and often, becoming as one with the characters. Whether the topics touch on education, race relations, teen pregnancy, HIV/AIDS awareness, or other socio-economic factors that ultimately affects family and community, GHETTOHEAT® brings forth these issues. I purposely do so to stimulate intense dialogue regarding these important matters while finding solutions to problems at hand, with great hopes of bringing about social change. Six years later, seven books produced, and twelve authors now signed to my company, I’ve personally been on a crusade promoting literacy: THE GHETTOHEAT® MOVEMENT. Whether at literary events, through letter writing, or by connecting with individuals worldwide via Internet, I constantly encourage readers to read more; and show the importance of educating, empowering, enlivening, and elevating through entertainment. The beauty of the movement is connecting with all types of people from various backgrounds. Race, sex, color, creed, income status and sexual orientation don’t matter. What really matters is our universal commonality: a profound love for books, a true love for literacy, and our great love for GHETTOHEAT®! Occasionally, I think back to the young lady who sent me the enlightening e-mail, thinking how our paths crossed, how literature literally saved our lives, and how her story-telling eyes, actually forced me to restructure my business, and fully realize my sense of purpose in the process. I thank her for that! Today, I thank you for allowing me to share one of the many stories of my journey—THE GHETTOHEAT® MOVEMENT continues…. HICKSON: CEO of GHETTOHEAT® & GHETTOHEAT® TV! GHETTOHEAT® PRODUCTIONS: GHETTOHEAT® CONVICT’S CANDY HARDER AND GOD CREATED WOMAN LONDON REIGN SONZ OF DARKNESS TANTRUM HICKSONBELIKE... LOVE DON’T LOVE NOBODY THICKNESS GHOST TOWN HUSTLERS BANJEE CUNT ULTRAFABNABULOUS BROTHERS BEHIND BARS SO SEXY TOUGH MR. GHETTOHEAT® SKATE ON! GHETTOHEAT® EATS TURF GHETTOHEAT® MAGAZINE! GHETTOHEAT® | P.O. BOX 2746 | NEW YORK, NY 10027 GHETTOHEAT®: THE HOTNESS IN THE STREETS!!!™ #GHETTOHEAT #THEHOTNESSINTHESTREETS #HICKSON #CEOOFGHETTOHEAT #TEAMGHETTOHEAT #HICKSONHOTNESS #PEACEANDGHETTOHEAT #HICKSONBELIKE #GHETTOHEATBOOKS #GHETTOHEATMAGAZINE #GHETTOHEATTV #GHETTOHEATMOVEMENT #INSTAHICKSON #MAMAGHETTOHEAT #HOUSEOFGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATSALUTE #PAZYGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATHOTNESS #IAMGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATPRODUCTION #MOVIMIENTODEGHETTOHEAT #BABYGHETTOHEAT #INSTAGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATWORLDWIDE #SALUDODEGHETTOHEAT #MRGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATGLOBALGROUPHUG #LACASADEGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATEATS #GHETTOHEATCOM
  11. HICKSON

    ANPU IS SO GHETTOHEAT

    PEACE & GHETTOHEAT!
  12. HICKSON

    ANPU IS SO GHETTOHEAT

    THEY CAUGHT THE VAPORS For those of us who’ve endured terrors of the ghetto, or the many who dread its possibility, noxious vapors of slum can choke life out of the strongest street soldiers. “The Hotness In The Streets” can resonate anywhere, from a slightly ventilated, standing-room only after-hour spot, to the searingly hot sensation, coursing through the veins of a smack junkie, in the process of a self-administrated overdose. To truly galvanize the hearts and minds of both the denizen and demigods spawned in some of these savage lands, a paradigm in publication had to be established. An honest voice has finally risen from the teeming masses, spreading our unmitigated message globally. GHETTOHEAT® is that voice! Created by the people, for the people! Who else could most credibly convey the hopes and fears of societies forgotten with clarity? It takes those who’ve shared the burden, mentally and physically of the same bondage. Right here before your very eyes, the concealment of issues most relevant to our communities will be blatantly exposed. GHETTOHEAT® consistently illustrates our urban cultures progressive, as well as destructive evolution. GHETTOHEAT® delegates are within reaching distance. Currently canvassing concrete, GHETTOHEAT® representatives can be found getting up-close and personal, taking the views of constituents and counterparts to the consciousness of the global community. In order to envision all elements that make GHETTOHEAT® a transcendental, multimedia provider, you must first comprehend the intricately woven, moral fibers from which this dynamic entity was designed. At its core resides the realization that all structures that hope to sustain long-term growth and durability be founded on a firm foundation. If people really knew the types of “underhanded business practices” that are becoming commonplace within this industry—integrity is sacrificed for short-term gains. In these tumultuous times, GHETTOHEAT® has become a citadel, a bastion, a place of sanctuary in an otherwise barren land that’s today’s multimedia presentation. The only explanation I can fathom for our good fortune is, the obvious guidance from the divinely astral dimension that’s seemingly propelling our cohesive unit. By your own actions, you’ve now joined our cause, also. We now have the prestigious distinction of being a component in a well-oiled machine, where care and consideration not only applies to the quality of the engine’s parts, but also to its level of expected performance. We are fearless! To find proof of that statement, just open the cover of a GHETTOHEAT® page-turner. All across the country, our media platform is a participant. We’re actually in the game helping to make some necessary changes. GHETTOHEAT® is on the forefront fighting social-stagnating issues as diversified as illiteracy and AIDS awareness, or gender equality and racism. GHETTOHEAT® takes a stand where other media sources are far too comfortably seated. In a statistical world where numbers have replaced people, writing under GHETTOHEAT®’s banner signifies recognition of each writer’s individual specialized talents. This is no assembly line type publication. Handcrafted with care, to gain GHETTOHEAT®’s brand of approval, a writer must demonstrate several degrees of both professional proficiency, as well as proper etiquette. We demand the highest standards of publication material in the industry. Every level of our creative process compliments one another. We have in HICKSON the most visionary executive leadership essential to implementing innovative methods, of keep our company’s brand both relative and credible. As we embark a new era of global society’s acceptance, and in some instances, emulation of certain aspects of our urban cultural moniker, GHETTOHEAT® is poised to be at the head of that monumental convergence. ANPU is author of the dramatic urban romance novel, THICKNESS! Follow him on all major social media networks: @ANPUDISIAC ANPU@GHETTOHEAT.COM HICKSON: CEO of GHETTOHEAT® & GHETTOHEAT® TV! GHETTOHEAT® PRODUCTIONS: GHETTOHEAT® CONVICT’S CANDY HARDER AND GOD CREATED WOMAN LONDON REIGN SONZ OF DARKNESS TANTRUM HICKSONBELIKE... LOVE DON’T LOVE NOBODY THICKNESS GHOST TOWN HUSTLERS BANJEE CUNT ULTRAFABNABULOUS BROTHERS BEHIND BARS SO SEXY TOUGH MR. GHETTOHEAT® SKATE ON! GHETTOHEAT® EATS TURF GHETTOHEAT® MAGAZINE! GHETTOHEAT® | P.O. BOX 2746 | NEW YORK, NY 10027 GHETTOHEAT®: THE HOTNESS IN THE STREETS!!!™ #GHETTOHEAT #THEHOTNESSINTHESTREETS #HICKSON #CEOOFGHETTOHEAT #TEAMGHETTOHEAT #HICKSONHOTNESS #PEACEANDGHETTOHEAT #HICKSONBELIKE #GHETTOHEATBOOKS #GHETTOHEATMAGAZINE #GHETTOHEATTV #GHETTOHEATMOVEMENT #INSTAHICKSON #MAMAGHETTOHEAT #HOUSEOFGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATSALUTE #PAZYGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATHOTNESS #IAMGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATPRODUCTION #MOVIMIENTODEGHETTOHEAT #BABYGHETTOHEAT #INSTAGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATWORLDWIDE #SALUDODEGHETTOHEAT #MRGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATGLOBALGROUPHUG #LACASADEGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATEATS #GHETTOHEATCOM
  13. HICKSON

    CASTILLO IS SO GHETTOHEAT

    PEACE & GHETTOHEAT!
  14. HICKSON

    CASTILLO IS SO GHETTOHEAT

    ABOVE ALL Dejected, stereotyped, and ostracized by competitors, GHETTOHEAT® stands as a beacon of light, shining through the darkness of ignorance, for all to bathe in its glory. Our world is continually being redefined, shaped, and operated by words and their meaning—GHETTOHEAT® has done no less through its movements. Like rough metal dumped into a burning furnace, being cleared of all impurities, revealing its greatest potential, so has GHETTOHEAT®: showing its utmost abilities to those attempting to stunt GHETTOHEAT®’s growth. The dejection of those focused on stymying GHETTOHEAT®’s development and expansion, carry on with useless tactics while the GHETTOHEAT® wave blazes onward. GHETTOHEAT® stands for what many people hope for in their lives: to thrive and flourish against all odds, and adversaries. With an ironclad fanbase, GHETTOHEAT® has never looked back to acknowledge the misery of others, simply focused, continuing on its road to greatness! The nonchalant attitude toward the sadness of others working against the company, is one factor that’s made GHETTOHEAT® a reckoning force amongst the most successful publishers of “modern-day” literature, and a respected publisher within the industry. Many within the industry have underestimated the forging power of GHETTOHEAT®, however, not without fair warning…. GHETTOHEAT® lives up to its name, radiating The Hotness for the whole world to bask in its life, giving knowledge, while eliminating all negativity and estrangement. Wrongfully labeled for the nature of its name, GHETTOHEAT® continues its movement: promoting the best work on its field. Like the ancient prophets of millenniums ago, GHETTOHEAT® has proven to the world to be peerless in the industry of today’s urban literature. GHETTOHEAT®’s successful transition has brought forth some critical judgment and interesting comments from a variety of characters. Stepping away from all negative stereotypes imposed upon the company, GHETTOHEAT® has opened doors to unknown horizons: for itself and its artists, derailing the stereotypical stigma brought upon our “ghettomunities”! Furthermore, GHETTOHEAT® keeps a constant battle with the mistaken notion that, there aren’t any resources in Ghetto America, by decreasing the economic pressure and social discrimination through the social reformative advancements in the industry. Since the beginning of its creation, June 4, 2003, many have sought to exclude GHETTOHEAT®’s work and success, and just as many have failed…. In today’s industry, things have changed considerably, and many have been left behind wallowing in their own hateful nature, while GHETTOHEAT® fires forward, maintaining a positive outlook, utilizing all that’s made this company successful in the past while embracing newer methods, resources and operations: on the streets and within the mainstream industry. Forged in the heart of a place known for its endurance, and built to last, GHETTOHEAT® has reached grounds of unimaginable heights. Like Harlem, GHETTOHEAT®’s birthplace, GHETTOHEAT® has suffered much from its own people, however, Like Harlem, GHETTOHEAT® refuses to shun upon its own people, for the actions of others. GHETTOHEAT® has encountered the good, the bad and the ugly, but, GHETTOHEAT® has not been stopped on its course to set an example, and make history anew. GHETTOHEAT® dejects no one; this being the company’s silent motto since creation, and will continue to for decades. Throughout the many years to come, GHETTOHEAT® will continue its mission and stand tall, above all. CASTILLO is author of the upcoming memoir, BROTHERS BEHIND BARS: VOLUME 3, & compelling street tale, GHOST TOWN HUSTLERS! Follow him on all major social media networks: @CHULOCASTILLO_ CASTILLO@GHETTOHEAT.COM HICKSON: CEO of GHETTOHEAT® & GHETTOHEAT® TV! GHETTOHEAT® PRODUCTIONS: GHETTOHEAT® CONVICT’S CANDY HARDER AND GOD CREATED WOMAN LONDON REIGN SONZ OF DARKNESS TANTRUM HICKSONBELIKE... LOVE DON’T LOVE NOBODY THICKNESS GHOST TOWN HUSTLERS BANJEE CUNT ULTRAFABNABULOUS BROTHERS BEHIND BARS SO SEXY TOUGH MR. GHETTOHEAT® SKATE ON! GHETTOHEAT® EATS TURF GHETTOHEAT® MAGAZINE! GHETTOHEAT® | P.O. BOX 2746 | NEW YORK, NY 10027 GHETTOHEAT®: THE HOTNESS IN THE STREETS!!!™ #GHETTOHEAT #THEHOTNESSINTHESTREETS #HICKSON #CEOOFGHETTOHEAT #TEAMGHETTOHEAT #HICKSONHOTNESS #PEACEANDGHETTOHEAT #HICKSONBELIKE #GHETTOHEATBOOKS #GHETTOHEATMAGAZINE #GHETTOHEATTV #GHETTOHEATMOVEMENT #INSTAHICKSON #MAMAGHETTOHEAT #HOUSEOFGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATSALUTE #PAZYGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATHOTNESS #IAMGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATPRODUCTION #MOVIMIENTODEGHETTOHEAT #BABYGHETTOHEAT #INSTAGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATWORLDWIDE #SALUDODEGHETTOHEAT #MRGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATGLOBALGROUPHUG #LACASADEGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATEATS #GHETTOHEATCOM
  15. HICKSON

    PRINCE OSIRIS IS SO GHETTOHEAT

    PEACE & GHETTOHEAT!
  16. ONE-SHOT DEAL It’s the unknown, unpredictable element in happenstance that seems to have no assignable cause. People say that certain opportunities come once in a lifetime, but when opportunity does come, does one seize the chance like it’s a bull, grabbing it by the horns while facing all adversity? As a writer, one is given a chance to express his or herself, not to be known only as an urban writer, but a true writer, having the ability and gift to make words come to life, as if watching a dramatic movie. Creativity allows one to write a tale about a person knowing the pain of being hooked on drugs, losing a loved one to the savageness of the streets, or to the Judicial System, or even about a woman or child that has been raped, beaten, misused and forgotten; only to deal with it on their own. Yes, that’s truly a gift—being able to be that voice for that person standing alone in the dark, but what’s more of a gift: being granted a chance to do so while being given a part of a company like GHETTOHEAT®! There are so many words I could use to express what GHETTOHEAT® means to me! I will be modest and give my utmost respect to you, the reader and say that, I’ve been given a chance to erase the dark impression that I’ve left in some people’s mind, one in a world that’s so unforgiving! With this opportunity I’ve been blessed with, I’ll show the world that I’m no longer the person I’d had them to believe I was, as well as myself as! Now, I have hope for the new day that I face, and now can stand out in a world that once held much against me. Yes, it’s truly an opportunity that only comes once in a lifetime for a man like myself, to be a part of something so grandeur as GHETTOHEAT®! Years ago, I was a young man whose only life was the streets, at one point and time, chasing street dreams with no other aspirations of doing something better. I now know that the street dreams I’d once chased was only an illusion, a life never to be mine. Along the road I’d faced many calamities, and I’m here by the grace of the Most High. I’ve been incarcerated for the past 14 years of my life. In the past, I’d thought about what I would do once being a free man again! But with having no goals at the time, the illusion was beginning to feel real, as if that’s all my life was set out to be, dealing in crime. But, deep down inside, I knew that I could do better than I’d done previously. I’ve always had a gift for composing words, so I used to write short stories to pass time. I would think of new tales to write for my own recreation, never believing that someone would give me a shot. To now be a vital member of such a great publishing house as GHETTOHEAT®: words won’t give you a full picture of me attempting to say express how thankful I am, and the love I have for this company. Me now standing against all odds, for I am the fortunate one who has an opportunity to make it happen! Never forget that once given this chance, that it’s what you do with it that matters the most! Living your dream is something many fantasize about, but may never be able to do…. I believe that since given a chance like this, I must always work hard, not only to show the world and/or myself that I’m doing something great and positive, dispelling all negative thoughts regarding my past, but to also maintain my position at GHETTOHEAT®. I’m also keeping in mind that I may be in the spotlight in time. Some people from my past may wish that I don’t become a successful writer, or feel that I won’t ever amount to anything in life: I will not only prove them wrong, I will do whatever it takes to keep my GHETTOHEAT® family on top! Yes, GHETTOHEAT® is a family, and now mine! I will also empower my sisters and brothers here to work harder, so we fully maximize and reach our apex. It’s said that no man is a true believer, unless he wants for himself what he wants for his brother and sister! Well, I want greatness for my GHETTOHEAT® family! To have someone believe in you when so many others don’t is incredible: so I stand on the frontline for GHETTOHEAT®! For a man like HICKSON to do what he does, taking his time, energy and money to help others, that’s really something you don’t come across often: or even people like HICKSON. I no longer have to daydream as to what I’ll do once I’m home, and I also know that if it wasn’t for GHETTOHEAT®, I would still be wondering, mad at myself ‘for still being lost, walking around in darkness; I now have been given a chance to beat the odds set out for me, once I return to society—a man who’s was to be stuck with an “X” branded on his back. For someone to take that chance, I’m more than thankful, and have been given a blessing! So I’m going hard, to show you all how much this means to me. Only a person’s actions show what they’re really made of, because at the end of the day, words are just simply letters displayed on paper! It’s about the work, and what other way to show someone you’re thankful for granting them a shot? There’s no “I” in team, and that’s what GHETTOHEAT® is, a team, yet, I now have the opportunity to help this company achieve more greatness, us being the “Sleeping Giants” of this time. GHETTOHEAT® is a dynasty, that’s definitely what we are—don’t sleep on us: WE ARE HERE! Remember you heard it from me, we’re GHETTOHEAT®: THE HOTNESS IN THE STREETS!!!™ PRINCE OSIRIS is author of the upcoming memoir, BROTHERS BEHIND BARS: VOLUME 2, & urban suspense novel, TOUGH! Follow him on all major social media networks: @PRINCEOSIRIS365 PRINCEOSIRIS@GHETTOHEAT.COM HICKSON: CEO of GHETTOHEAT® & GHETTOHEAT® TV! GHETTOHEAT® PRODUCTIONS: GHETTOHEAT® CONVICT’S CANDY HARDER AND GOD CREATED WOMAN LONDON REIGN SONZ OF DARKNESS TANTRUM HICKSONBELIKE... LOVE DON’T LOVE NOBODY THICKNESS GHOST TOWN HUSTLERS BANJEE CUNT ULTRAFABNABULOUS BROTHERS BEHIND BARS SO SEXY TOUGH MR. GHETTOHEAT® SKATE ON! GHETTOHEAT® EATS TURF GHETTOHEAT® MAGAZINE! GHETTOHEAT® | P.O. BOX 2746 | NEW YORK, NY 10027 GHETTOHEAT®: THE HOTNESS IN THE STREETS!!!™ #GHETTOHEAT #THEHOTNESSINTHESTREETS #HICKSON #CEOOFGHETTOHEAT #TEAMGHETTOHEAT #HICKSONHOTNESS #PEACEANDGHETTOHEAT #HICKSONBELIKE #GHETTOHEATBOOKS #GHETTOHEATMAGAZINE #GHETTOHEATTV #GHETTOHEATMOVEMENT #INSTAHICKSON #MAMAGHETTOHEAT #HOUSEOFGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATSALUTE #PAZYGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATHOTNESS #IAMGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATPRODUCTION #MOVIMIENTODEGHETTOHEAT #BABYGHETTOHEAT #INSTAGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATWORLDWIDE #SALUDODEGHETTOHEAT #MRGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATGLOBALGROUPHUG #LACASADEGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATEATS #GHETTOHEATCOM
  17. HICKSON

    STUBBS IS SO GHETTOHEAT

    PEACE & GHETTOHEAT!
  18. HICKSON

    STUBBS IS SO GHETTOHEAT

    SQUARE BIZ As the world turns and evolution takes publishing books onto the next voyage, GHETTOHEAT® continues to innovate. Understanding that being phenomenal comes with scrutiny and making precise decisions, GHETTOHEAT® strives to remain the frontrunner in the game. Unlike typical publishing companies, GHETTOHEAT® isn’t afraid to be unique. We don’t produce mediocre works that end up on discounted tables, shortly after just been released! GHETTOHEAT® thrives in producing classic, monumental materials that contain substance, and always a positive message. Everyone at GHETTOHEAT® is held accountable, and must uphold high standards! We take all obligations seriously, and execute each task as if our lives depend upon it! At GHETTOHEAT® we understand that: you get out of your career, only what you’re willing to put into it. We aggressively challenge ourselves, and one another to perform exceptionally—which pushes us to exceed beyond our own expectations. GHETTOHEAT® supports each other’s endeavors, and won’t hesitate to give all constructive criticism when necessary—we want for everyone here what each individual at GHETTOHEAT®, wants for themselves. GHETTOHEAT® isn’t an urban publishing company, we’re a PUBLISHING HOUSE—an entity producing many genres, catering to all people, genders and races with different incomes, backgrounds, religions and creeds. There’s nothing ordinary or basic, whatsoever about GHETTOHEAT®! The bar is set behind the actions we take, raised by every move we make. GHETTOHEAT® is intrepid: we bow down to none, other than GOD…. No matter the weather or storm, GHETTOHEAT® stands strong! With drastic devastation in the industry recently, major chain stores closing, a multitude of mom-and-pop stores being hit hard by the recession, along with many street vendors shutting down shop, and e-books completely changing the game, GHETTOHEAT® continues to flourish. GHETTOHEAT® understands that, when times change, so must our strategies and operations. We put our best foot forward towards maximizing the exposure and sales of GHETTOHEAT® products. Touring as well as promotion, advertising and marketing are vital, and top priority. GHETTOHEAT®’s success is based on strong principles—the foundation in which this company is built on: integrity, professionalism, authenticity, loyalty, fairness, responsibility and worthiness; all in which navigates us through rough turbulence, and challenges we face. The longevity of GHETTOHEAT® speaks for itself, as we’re approaching our 15-year anniversary…. We humbly acknowledge and appreciate the fact that, we’ve come a l-o-n-g way in the game, but we’re not one bit naive to the fact that, we have so far to go. With that said, GHETTOHEAT® will proceed, to-give-you-what-you-need: GHETTOHEAT® HOTNESS!!! STUBBS is author of the upcoming memoir, BROTHERS BEHIND BARS, & hardcore street thriller, LOVE DON’T LOVE NOBODY! Follow him on all major social media networks: @PAYSTUBBS STUBBS@GHETTOHEAT.COM HICKSON: CEO of GHETTOHEAT® & GHETTOHEAT® TV! GHETTOHEAT® PRODUCTIONS: GHETTOHEAT® CONVICT’S CANDY HARDER AND GOD CREATED WOMAN LONDON REIGN SONZ OF DARKNESS TANTRUM HICKSONBELIKE... LOVE DON’T LOVE NOBODY THICKNESS GHOST TOWN HUSTLERS BANJEE CUNT ULTRAFABNABULOUS BROTHERS BEHIND BARS SO SEXY TOUGH MR. GHETTOHEAT® SKATE ON! GHETTOHEAT® EATS TURF GHETTOHEAT® MAGAZINE! GHETTOHEAT® | P.O. BOX 2746 | NEW YORK, NY 10027 GHETTOHEAT®: THE HOTNESS IN THE STREETS!!!™ #GHETTOHEAT #THEHOTNESSINTHESTREETS #HICKSON #CEOOFGHETTOHEAT #TEAMGHETTOHEAT #HICKSONHOTNESS #PEACEANDGHETTOHEAT #HICKSONBELIKE #GHETTOHEATBOOKS #GHETTOHEATMAGAZINE #GHETTOHEATTV #GHETTOHEATMOVEMENT #INSTAHICKSON #MAMAGHETTOHEAT #HOUSEOFGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATSALUTE #PAZYGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATHOTNESS #IAMGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATPRODUCTION #MOVIMIENTODEGHETTOHEAT #BABYGHETTOHEAT #INSTAGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATWORLDWIDE #SALUDODEGHETTOHEAT #MRGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATGLOBALGROUPHUG #LACASADEGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATEATS #GHETTOHEATCOM
  19. HICKSON

    GLOBALIZATION: GHETTOHEAT

    PEACE & GHETTOHEAT!
  20. HICKSON

    GLOBALIZATION: GHETTOHEAT

    GLOBALIZATION: GHETTOHEAT® Q & A WITH KRISTINA GRAAFF & HICKSON: CEO OF GHETTOHEAT® & GHETTOHEAT® TV, JULY 2010 KRISTINA GRAAFF: What were the reasons for naming your company GHETTOHEAT®? HICKSON: I named my independent company GHETTOHEAT® for identification purposes. It was important for myself to be recognized by readers, writers and everyday people from the inner-city streets as a publishing house that created great quality works, material they could relate to, by one of their own—a Black man from their urban world. There’s always been a negative connotation of the word “ghetto”, yet I’ve put a spin on it, showing everyone that greatness can come from such an “unexpected” place. The ghetto is a location as well as a state-of-mind, but me being a product of it doesn’t mean I’m limited in any capacity. My range is broad, and it reflects in my works and operations—GHETTOHEAT® producing material on the level as the major publishing houses, if not better. GHETTOHEAT® is intensified energy from the urban streets spreading rapidly worldwide. It’s ambition, creativity, desire, excitement, force, hotness, love, lust, passion, power, strength, and at times, trouble; all wrapped into one. It’s extreme, unexpected, and rises at any given moment without warning—existing before, during and after the fire. But, at all times, GHETTOHEAT® is what remains. KRISTINA GRAAFF: What would you say are the major differences between your company and others that are currently publishing Urban Fiction/Street Lit? HICKSON: For one, GHETTOHEAT® isn’t an urban publishing company, it’s a publishing house that creates works of different genres: poetry, urban fiction and street lit, contemporary, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender tales, science fiction, politics, relationship issues, and books on spirituality and wellness, to name a few. Many have tried to sum me up, because of the name chosen for my company, not realizing it’s much more than what they’d assumed—like judging a book by its cover. Although I’m happy that other independent publishers are producing urban fiction and street lit, genres that have grown phenomenally since Donald Goines, Chester Himes and Iceberg Slim works in the 70’s, I’m not thrilled about the lack of quality in content and packaging, the explicit imagery, and poor editing at times. I feel that a lot of the stories have become redundant, and some publishers have become complacent and extremely irresponsible, opting solely to produce books for capital gain. I have a greater role and responsibility at GHETTOHEAT®. It’s not just about making profits, it’s about dealing with the issue at hand, finding solutions, and relaying important messages to the masses, in hopes that the messages will help people deal with certain life situations. KRISTINA GRAAFF: Do you want to see your company as part of the Urban Fiction/Street Lit movement? HICKSON: GHETTOHEAT® is a movement! It’s about educating, empowering enlivening, and elevating everyone through entertainment. At GHETTOHEAT®, it’s beyond great storytelling, it’s about reality, social awareness and a search for a better outcome and quality of life. KRISTINA GRAAFF: You point out your former career in the fashion industry. To what extent are these experiences necessary to/helpful for GHETTOHEAT®? HICKSON: My indicating working in fashion prior to publishing was basically showing the transition I made from one arena to the next. It wasn’t a goal I’d always dreamed about—situations forced the career move. I’d become unhappy with certain elements and “politics” within the fashion world, and had quit the day before 9/11, being booked for 89 shows stemming from London, Milan, Paris and New York. Of course the tragedy wasn’t foreseen, yet, it led me to a different path in life, to become a business owner, one who’s now a publisher of a great publishing company. I went into publishing blindly, having no real knowledge of it. I mainly learned by doing research and through trial and error, but I’d learned the basics quickly—the rest is history. One thing that has definitely traveled over from me being in fashion to publishing is being highly recognized for individualism—I never follow the cattle. Ever. KRISTINA GRAAFF: You mention that you are fighting illiteracy worldwide, what are the countries that the program covers? HICKSON: My online marketing and promotion allows me to reach many across the globe, as well as the use of various social networks. I always encourage all everywhere to read more, and do my best to get others excited about reading GHETTOHEAT® books in general. Due to having worldwide distribution, my books are placed in stores internationally, which is another way of being part of the solution to fighting illiteracy. KRISTINA GRAAFF: How do you select your authors? What are the criteria? HICKSON: I handpick all of my artists. I have a reader who reviews the manuscripts I receive, they tell me which ones are great and those who have potential, and I review and make the final decision. They must all produce works that are fully relevant, intriguing and purposeful, ones in time, will become classics. They must also write them as if their lives depend upon them, if not, the material isn’t accepted at GHETTOHEAT®. If my writers don’t believe in the work, I won’t believe in it, nor will the world whom I introduce it to. So producing well-written works is key with me. As I said before, it’s about having vital messages—I’ve turned away tons of thousands of dollars, due to not printing typical, mediocre material, which in turn cheapens the name of GHETTOHEAT®. Yet, you have to also have drive, personality, a great sense of business, a need to be better than the day before, and wanting to make a difference in life—yours and with others. Again, it’s not about being a revolving door-structured company—many of my artists have lifetime contracts, the writers wanting to be housed here, permanently. If they don’t identify with me or with the philosophy of GHETTOHEAT®, then potential writers can’t be signed here. Simple. If I solely sign writers just to make profits, then I’m no different than the others who do. KRISTINA GRAAFF: What are the advantages and disadvantages of working with incarcerated authors (in terms of production, marketing etc.)? HICKSON: Most of my clientele come from state and federal correctional facilities, and in my opinion, they’re the most brilliant and dedicated of writers. I think it’s due to their focus, routine, and desire to achieve while being incarcerated. I work closely with all writers, so the process is easy for me—I get to know them all on a personal and professional level. I edit all the works in addition, so I always know all artists’ writing styles, characters and storylines. One disadvantage is when an incarcerated artist can’t tour, due to their situation. But, I’ve toured for all of my authors whether imprisoned, or civilians who aren’t able to tour for whatever reason. I’m fully involved in every aspect of my company, so nothing is foreign to me. KRISTINA GRAAFF: What are your particular distribution/marketing practices that are related to the streets and prison? (which areas do you cover? how do the daily practices vary from commercial publishers and book distribution firms?) HICKSON: There aren’t any marketing practices that differ from any other I normally use, just because some of my writers are incarcerated. I push books—period! Whether doing street marketing, handing out flyers to people one at a time, posting posters, e-mail blasting, sending out my newsletter via postal mail or online, or using social media networks to spread the word. It’s all the same approach. Yet, I have a huge base and following throughout the male and female prison system: state, federal as well as correctional camps. I keep in touch with my “CONNECT” (convicts) regularly. We hand write each other often, in addition to them receiving my newsletters and announcements. Weekly, I receive approximately 50 to 100 letters, depending on where we’re at in life with each other, which stems beyond business. Having worldwide distribution, also allows my products to reach places that I, nor my writers wouldn’t normally, whether being incarcerated or a civilian. KRISTINA GRAAFF: I saw that one of the vendors on 125th Street carries a GHETTOHEAT® banner. Is that the street representation of GHETTOHEAT®? How is the cooperation with street vendors in general? HICKSON: Yes, that’s one aspect of street representation of GHETTOHEAT®. Another form is myself being on the streets. If you’re not actively advertising, marketing and promoting yourself or your product, than how do you exist on the streets or within the industry as a whole? You don’t! So, yes, I remain visible on different levels. I have great relationships with different street vendors, due to my professionalism, and them knowing how much business I draw. They understand my work ethic, and normally allow me to do street signings and marketing as I wish. I’m at a point in life and business where I pick and choose whom I’m doing business with, oppose to being forced to deal with certain individuals. So I only deal with those who are reputable and upstanding—all aren’t, including certain independent storeowners, also. KRISTINA GRAAFF: You use the term ‘Hip-Hopreneur’, how would you define it? What are the differences to other entrepreneurs? What is ‘Hip-Hop’ about it? HICKSON: Joe Connelly, Stephen King, David Balducci and Patricia Cromwell wouldn’t market their products the same way I would at GHETTOHEAT®. I don’t just do book signings at traditional bookstores and settings, I go where the people are, many of them being from the urban streets, but not limited to, also. “Hip-Hopreneur”—me being hip-hop and an entrepreneur simultaneously. Hip-Hop isn’t just music: it’s life, a way of life, a culture; mainly starting from the pure essence of the hardcore, gritty streets. Hip-Hop is my life, I am Hip-Hop, and GHETTOHEAT® is my world. Kristina Graaff is a Doctoral Fellow at the Transatlantic Graduate Research Program Berlin – New York at the Center for Metropolitan Studies in Berlin. She is writing her PhD Thesis on Street Literature. HICKSON: CEO of GHETTOHEAT® & GHETTOHEAT® TV! GHETTOHEAT® PRODUCTIONS: GHETTOHEAT® CONVICT’S CANDY HARDER AND GOD CREATED WOMAN LONDON REIGN SONZ OF DARKNESS TANTRUM HICKSONBELIKE... LOVE DON’T LOVE NOBODY THICKNESS GHOST TOWN HUSTLERS BANJEE CUNT ULTRAFABNABULOUS BROTHERS BEHIND BARS SO SEXY TOUGH MR. GHETTOHEAT® SKATE ON! GHETTOHEAT® EATS TURF GHETTOHEAT® MAGAZINE! GHETTOHEAT® | P.O. BOX 2746 | NEW YORK, NY 10027 GHETTOHEAT®: THE HOTNESS IN THE STREETS!!!™ #GHETTOHEAT #THEHOTNESSINTHESTREETS #HICKSON #CEOOFGHETTOHEAT #TEAMGHETTOHEAT #HICKSONHOTNESS #PEACEANDGHETTOHEAT #HICKSONBELIKE #GHETTOHEATBOOKS #GHETTOHEATMAGAZINE #GHETTOHEATTV #GHETTOHEATMOVEMENT #INSTAHICKSON #MAMAGHETTOHEAT #HOUSEOFGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATSALUTE #PAZYGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATHOTNESS #IAMGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATPRODUCTION #MOVIMIENTODEGHETTOHEAT #BABYGHETTOHEAT #INSTAGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATWORLDWIDE #SALUDODEGHETTOHEAT #MRGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATGLOBALGROUPHUG #LACASADEGHETTOHEAT #GHETTOHEATEATS #GHETTOHEATCOM
  21. HICKSON

    READ MY LIPS: MIKA MILLER--GHETTOHEAT

    PEACE & GHETTOHEAT!
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