Synopsis: This memoir tells of the negative influences that swayed the early life of author Jamila T. Davis (creator of the Voices of Consequences Enrichment Series). She is currently serving a 151 month sentence for her role in a multi-million dollar bank fraud scheme. Young Jamila grew up in a loving, middle class home. Her hardworking parents, the Davis’s, overcame the barriers of poverty and racism faced by African Americans in the segregated South. Determined to afford their own children the opportunities they themselves never had, the Davis’s provided their children with a good life, hoping to guarantee their children’s success. At a young age she performed in dance recitals at Lincoln Center and toured the country in a leading role in an off- Broadway play. Throughout elementary and middle school she maintained straight A’s and was accepted to the acclaimed “Fame” High School of Performing Arts in New York City. In high school, Jamila became mesmerized by the hustlers and life in the inner city ghetto. Her values quickly changed. She wanted independence, power and notoriety, and she chose life in the fast lane to claim them. With her brains and beauty, she rises to the top!
I would to commend Jamila for reaching out to young people so that they will hopefully not get sucked into the whirlstorm of criminal life. It goes to show that a good home life is not going to keep a child out of trouble, it does ultimately become their choices. It was easy to see how the money, cars, clothes that can be gained with street life can seem so glamorous. Jamila was smart and extremely talented and it hurt my heart to see her throw away all that promise for the immediate need. I would have given anything to have the talent to get into a high school of performing arts. Overall good read for young people who may be trying to decide the direction they want to go in life.