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Author Anthony Whyte on Hip Hop Literature

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What does it take to write the sexiest Hip Hop story ever? Join us as Essence Bestselling Author Anthony Whyte talks about writing urban lit and creating a new genre of fiction.

Anthony Augustus Whyte grew up in the Bronx and attended UMD. After completing military service, he graduated from Lehman College and worked at ACS as a child welfare investigator/caseworker. Always feeling the need to write, Whyte wrote poetry as a child and then turned to writing magazine articles in teenage years on up to adulthood.

Short stories soon followed. While taking writing classes at NYUSCE in 1995, Whyte joined the Tuesday night Writers Workshop run by Professor Susan Shapiro in NYC. While there, he wrote Ghetto Falsehoods. Then he went on to write over 13 titles, including the highly successful young adult series, Ghetto Girls, under his own publishing company, Augustus Publishing, which he formed in 2005 with his business partner, Jason Claiborne. The company has published over 30 titles and now includes two additional nonfiction imprints, Vibe Books and Uptown Books. A health and fitness writer, Whyte is also editor-at-large for Heart & Soul Magazine.

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