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a yellow raft in blue water quotes

My Voice: A Memoir by Angie Martinez

Now in paperback--Angie Martinez, the Voice of New York, candidly recounts the story of her rise to become an internationally celebrated hip hop radio icon.

In her current reign at Power 105.1 and for nearly two decades at New Yorks Hot 97, Angie Martinez has had one of the highest rated radio shows in the country. After working her way up as an intern, she burst on the scene as a young female jock whose on-air Battle of the Beats segment broke records and became a platform for emerging artists like a young Jay Z. Angie quickly became known for intimate, high-profile interviews, mediating feuds between artists, and taking on the most controversial issues in hip hop. At age twenty-five, at the height of the East Coast/West Coast rap war, Angie was summoned by Tupac Shakur for what would be his last no-holds-barred interview--which has never aired in its entirety and which shes never discussed in detail--until now.

Angie shares stories from behind-the-scenes of her most controversial conversations, from onetime presidential hopeful Barack Obama to superstars like Mary J. Blige and Chris Brown, and describes her emotional, bittersweet final days at Hot 97 and the highly publicized move to Power 105.1. She also opens up about her personal life--from her roots in Washington Heights and her formative years being raised by a single mom in Brooklyn to exploring the lessons that shaped her into the woman she is today.

From the Puerto Rican Day Parade to the White House--Angie is universally recognized as a powerful voice in the Latino and hip hop communities. My Voice gives an inside look at New York Citys one-of-a-kind urban radio culture, the changing faces of hip hop music, and Angies rise to become the Voice of New York.
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A Yellow Raft in Blue Water

Although the events narrated by Rayona in her narrative section of the novel take place within a brief span of time, perhaps only six months, we learn a lot about this fifteen-year-old girl. Hers is the story of a young woman trying to find her place in the world, trying to discover a personal identity that embraces her family's history. One of the biggest factors driving this classic search for identity is Rayona's dual-race heritage: Her mother, Christine, is Indian; her father, Elgin, is black. From the outset of the novel, Rayona is unsure of herself. Her uncertainty is based in part in the apparent role-reversed relationship that she has with her mother. In the hospital scene in Chapter 1, Rayona seems more like a mother to Christine than Christine does to Rayona.

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During the novel, Rayona and Christine constantly have a conflictual relationship. At the beginning, the book starts with Rayona as a teenager. As like most teenagers, they often fight with their mothers. Christine is often drunk and in the hospital because of the damage from the alcohol. This creates a lot more tension between the two.


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