When Mariposa (aka MC Patria) meets Ezekiel Matthews (aka MC EZ1) they quickly become best friends; together they have the best summer tossing lyrics and rhymes. After the summer ends, Mariposa realizes the only thing she really cares about—besides becoming the best emcee around—is getting Ezekiel to love her. Unfortunately, this realization comes at the same time Ezekiel gets a girlfriend—Jennifer Hoffman (aka J-Ho 5), an emcee with a huge buzz.
When her school announces a talent show, Mariposa understands that this could be her last chance to impress Ezekiel. She decides to form a hip-hop crew—enter the world of the Sista Hood—MC Patria, Soul Siren, Pinay-1, and DJ Esa, all divas in their own way. While coming together isn't easy, they're forced to collaborate and their lives are changed forever.
Novelist E-Fierce is also an activist, film director and writer of both television and film. She received her MFA in film from Columbia University. She is the cofounder of Chica Luna Productions, a nonprofit arts company for young women of color, and a creative partner of Sister Outsider Entertainment, which seeks to produce quality urban media.
Publisher: Atria Books (July 11, 2006)
Length: 224 pages
"Young women of the hip-hop generation finally have something to celebrate -- the arrival of E-Fierce and her Sista Hood series. In Mariposa and her friends, we see ourselves in all our talented, beautiful and intelligent diversity. The Sista Hood: On the Mic is a must-read for any girl who loves hip-hop, but also everyone -- the boyfriends, homegirls, parents and teachers -- who loves them." -- Black Artemis, author of Explicit Content and Picture Me Rollin'
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