Note: I’ve recently released a new book entitled, “Truth for our Youth: A Self-Empowerment Book for Teens.” I have video trailers for the book here, and here. You can also read my blog about the book.

I co-wrote a book entitled Game Over: The Rise and Redemption of a Former Harlem Hustler which was released on August 7, 2007. Published by Simon & Schuster, Game Over chronicles the life of former Harlem hustler Azie Faison.

Faison told his story through a major motion picture (Paid in Full) and a street documentary (Game Over). The story of Azie, Rich Porter, and Alberto “Alpo” Martinez, has also been told in FEDS Magazine, The Source, The Village Voice, and a number of other periodicals. Azie produced his legendary documentary Game Over which told the story of he, Alpo and Rich Porter, and created a new wave of street docudramas.

Much like the classic autobiographies Manchild in a Promised Land, Down These Mean Streets, and Makes Me Wanna Holler, this book tells the story of a young man’s struggle for meaning and identity in the ‘hood, how the streets seduced him, and his remarkable transformation from drug dealer to writer and youth advocate. This book explores the New York City drug game during the Ronald Reagan years, the forces that led so many urban youth to enter the drug game, the lavish lifestyles of Azie and his partners, and the personal tragedies that confronted them all. Readers will learn about the massive corruption of law enforcement and their complicity in urban drug trafficking. Readers will also learn about how Azie turned his life around, creating a documentary and motion picture about his life to steer youth away from his former path. This is a must read for high school students, parents, college students, social critics, Hip Hop enthusiasts and professionals in all walks of life. In July of 2007, Agyei appeared on CSpan’s coverage of the Harlem Book Fair speaking about the book on a panel with Congressman Charles Rangel. Recently, both Azie Faison and Agyei Tyehimba appeared in the Biography Channel Documentary entitled “Alberto ‘Alpo’ Martinez: The Mayor of Harlem.”

Agyei Speaking in Documentary
Agyei Tyehimba, speaking in the documentary “Alberto ‘Alpo’ Martinez: The Mayor of Harlem.”Alberto ‘Alpo’ Martinez: The Mayor of Harlem.

You can find out more about the book by visiting Game Over: The Rise and Transformation of a Harlem Hustler. You can also listen to Agyei’s interview with Azie Faison.

Agyei Tyehimba is a former NYC public schoolteacher, co-founder of KAPPA Middle School 215 in the Bronx, NY, and co-author of the Essence Bestselling book, Game Over: The Rise and Transformation of a Harlem Hustler, published in 2007 by Simon & Schuster. Agyei has appeared on C-Span, NY1 News, and most recently on the A&E documentary, “The Mayor of Harlem: Alberto ‘Alpo’ Martinez.” Mr. Tyehimba is a professional consultant and public speaker providing political advice and direction for Black college student organizations, community activist groups, and nonprofit organizations. If you are interested in bringing Agyei to speak or provide consultation for your organization, please contact him at truself143@gmail.com.


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