Black and Free Author:Tom Skinner "There is a certain kind of feeling that comes over you just before a rumble. It has the anticipation of an exciting football or basketball game, but with the nagging fear that a soldier experiences on his way to the front lines. Everyone was afraid -- deep inside -- but even more frightened to show it. ... This wasn't my first gang rumble, b... more »ut it was the first in which I would lead the Harlem Lords..."
Thus does Tom Skinner introduce the reader to his life as a gang leader in the hot bed of Harlem. Tom Skinner led a double life -- by day he was the respectable son of a pastor, a leader in his church's youth work, a valued member of the church choir, scholastically in the top 10% of his high school senior class, the kind of boy that other parents looked up to and used as an example to their children. But after the sun went down, Tom Skinner took on a different identity oo that of a much feared gang member and ultimately the leader of the largest gang in Harlem.« less