AWARDS

THE STREET LITERATURE BOOK AWARD
MEDAL WINNERS 
(1999 - 2015)

2016 Winners and Honorees (2015 publications):

ADULT NON-FICTION WINNER:             
Between The World And Me / Ta-Nehisi Coates

ADULT NON-FICTION HONOREE:         
The short and tragic life of Robert Peace: a brilliant young man who left Newark for the Ivy League / Jeff Hobbs

ADULT FICTION WINNER:                       
King Divas / De’nesha Diamond

ADULT FICTION HONOREE:                   
Animal III: Revelations / K'wan

GRAPHIC NOVEL WINNER:                   
March: Book Two / John Lewis (author), Andrew Aydin (author), and Nate Powell (illustrator)

GRAPHIC NOVEL HONOREE:               
Legend of the Mantamaji Book 3 / Eric Dean Seaton  (author), Brandon Palas (illustrator), and David Ellis Dickerson (editor)

EBOOK NON-FICTION WINNER:            
Slug: A Boy’s Life in the Age of Mass Incarceration / Tony Lewis Jr.

EBOOK FICTION WINNER:                      
King Divas (Diva Series Book Series) / De'nesha Diamond

YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE WINNER:
Brown Girl Dreaming / Jacqueline Woodson

EMERGING CLASSIC WINNER:              
The Crossover / Kwame Alexander

AUTHOR OF THE YEAR:                          
Kwame Alexander
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2015 Winners and Honorees (2014 publications):
No awards conferred this year.
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2014 Winners and Honorees (2013 publications):

ADULT NON-FICTION WINNER: LETTERS TO AN INCARCERATED BROTHER: ENCOURAGEMENT, HOPE, AND HEALING FROM INMATES AND THEIR LOVED ONES BY HILL HARPER.
Adult Non-Fiction Honorees:
-- Soul Train: The Music, Dance and Style of a Generation by Quest Love.
-- Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou.
-- Undisputed Truth by Mike Tyson and Larry Sloman.

ADULT FICTION WINNER: HONOR THY THUG BY WAHIDA CLARK.

Adult Fiction Honorees:
-- The Prada Plan 3: Green-Eyed Monster by Ashley and JaQuavis.
-- Murderville 3: The Black Dahlia by Ashley and JaQuavis.
-- Fly Betty by Treasure Blue.

YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE WINNER: HIP HOP BIOGRAPHY SERIES - SADDLEBACK PUBLICATIONS.
Young Adult Literature (fiction and non-fiction) honorees:
-- Grace, Gold, and Glory My Leap of Faith by Gabrielle Douglass.
-- Way too Much Drama by Earl Sewell.
-- Butterfly: A novel by Sylvester Stephens.

EMERGING CLASSIC 2014:
MURDERVILLE TRILOGY (parts 1,2,and 3) BY ASHLEY AND JAQUAVIS.


Author of the Year: Wahida Clark.
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2013 Winners and Honorees (2012 publications):

ADULT NON FICTION WINNER: The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander (reprint 2012)
Honorees:
1) A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball by Dwayne Wade
2) Empire State of Mind: How Jay-Z Went from Street Corner to Corner Office by Zack O'Malley Greenburg
3) Purpose: An Immigrant's Story by Wyclef Jean

ADULT FICTION WINNER: Animal by K'wan
 
Honorees:
1) Get It Girls, Treasure Blue
2) Murder Was the Case by Kiki Swinson
3) Coca Kola by Nisa Santiago

 
YOUNG ADULT FICTION WINNER: On the Flip Side: A Fab Life Novel, Nikki Carter 
Honorees:
1) How to Get Out of the Way of Your Own Self by Tyrese Gibson
2) Shattered by Kia Dupree
3) Back to Me by Earl Sewell

 
SPECIAL CATEGORY - EMERGING CLASSIC: Animal by K'wan

AUTHOR OF THE YEAR: K'wan

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2012 Winners and Honorees (2011 publications):

ADULT NON-FICTION Winner: ONE DAY IT'LL ALL MAKE SENSE BY COMMON
Honorees:  
1) Power & Beauty: A Love Story of Life on the Streets by "Tip" T.I. Harris; 
2) Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption ... by Ice-T; BMF: 
3) The Rise and Fall of Big Meech and the Black Family Mafia -by Mara Shaloup

ADULT FICTION Winner: EVICTION NOTICE by K'WAN
Honorees: 
1) Murderville by Ashley & JaQuavis Coleman;
2) Lifestyles of the Rich & Shameless, by Kiki Swinson & Noire

YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE Winner: UPGRADE U BY NI NI SIMONE
Honorees: 
1) So So Hood by L. Divine; 
2) Priceless Inspiration by Antonia "Toya" Carter 

SPECIAL CATEGORY - EMERGING CLASSIC Winner:
YUMMY by G. NERI

SPECIAL CATEGORY - AUTHOR(S) OF THE YEAR Winner:
ASHLEY & JAQUAVIS COLEMAN

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2011 Winners and Honorees (2010 publications):

Overall Winner: Decoded by Jay-Z
Honorees:
1) Damaged by Kia DuPree
2) Welfare Wifeys by K'wan 
3) Diary of a Young Girl by Anthony Whyte 

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2010 Winners (2009 publications):

ADULT NON-FICTION Winner: A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison, by R. Dwayne Betts
Honoree: Off the Books, The Underground Economy of the Urban Poor by Sudhir Venkatesh

ADULT FICTION Winner: The Cartel 2, by Ashley & JaQuavis
Honorees: 
1) Ghetto Superstar: A Novel by Nikki Turner
2) Ice by Will Robbins
3) Alibi by Teri Woods

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2009 Winners (2008 publications):

NON-FICTION Winner: War of the Bloods in My Veins: A Street Soldier's March Toward Redemption, by DaShawn "Jiwe" Morris
Honorable Mention: The Soloist by Steve Lopez

FICTION Winner: Midnight, A Gangster Love Story by Sister Souljah
Honorable Mention: 
1) Black Widow by Nikki Turner
2) Thug Politics by Dutch
3) True to the Game III by Teri Woods

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2008 Winners (2007 publications):
NON-FICTION Winner: Grace After Midnight: A Memoir, by Felicia "Snoop" Pearson
Honorable Mention: Total Chaos, The Art and Aesthetics of Hip Hop by Jeff Chang

FICTION Winner (tie):  To Live and Die in Harlem by Relentless Aaron and Every Thug Needs A Lady by Wahida Clark
Honorable Mention: True to the Game II by Teri Woods

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2007 Winners (2006 publications):

NON-FICTION Winner: The House on Childress Street: A Memoir by Kenji Jasper
Honorable Mention: Malcolm X, A Graphic Biography by Andrew Helfer/Randy DuBurke

FICTION Winner: Second Chance, volume 2 (Drama High Series) by L. Divine
Honarable Mention: none.

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2006 Winners (2005 publications):

NON-FICTION Winner: From Pieces to Weight: Once Upon a Time in Southside Queens by 50 Cent 
Honorable Mention: The Moments, the Minutes, the Hours: The Poetry of Jill Scott by Jill Scott

FICTION Winner: Hoodlum, by K'wan Foye 
Honorable Mention: Dymond in the Rough (Platinum Teen Series) by Precious/KaShamba Wiliams

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2005 Winners (2004 publications):

NON-FICTION Winner: Prophets of the Hood: Politics and Poetics in Hip Hop, by Imani Perry
Honorable Mention: none.

FICTION Winner (tie): Wifey by Kiki Swinson and Bitch by Deja King
Honorable Mention: none.

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2004 Winners (2003 publications):

NON-FICTION Winner: 
E.A.R.L.: The Autobiography of DMX by DMX and Smokey D. Fontaine 

Honorable Mention: Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc

FICTION Winner: Dutch, Part I of a Trilogy by Teri Woods 
Honorable Mention: none.

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2003 Winners (2002 publications):
NON-FICTION Winner: In Search of Respect, Selling Crack in El Barrio by Philippe Bourgois 
Honorable Mention: none.

FICTION Winner: Let That Be The Reason by Vickie Stringer
Honorable Mention: Erasure by Percival Everett

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2002 Winners (2001 publications):

NON-FICTION Winner: (none)

FICTION Winner: B-More Careful by Shannon Holmes
Honorable Mention: none.

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2001 Winners (2000 publications):

NON-FICTION Winner: Angry Blonde, The Official Book by Eminem
Honorable Mention: No Shame in My Game, The Working Poor in the Inner City by Katherine S. Newman

FICTION Winner: Heavy in the Game by J Love
Honorable Mention: Bodega Dreams: A Novel by Ernesto Quinonez

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2000 Winners (1999 publications):

NON-FICTION Winner: The Rose That Grew From Concrete by Tupac Shakur
Honorable Mention: Our America, Life and Death on the Southside of Chicago by LeAlan Jones, Lloyd Newman, and David Isay

FICTION Winner (tie): Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah and True to the Game by Teri Woods
Honorable Mention: none.

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