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12 Books That Should Be Made Into Movies

It’s so much easier to watch a two hour movie than to read a 300-page book. Thankfully, the most raved about novel of 2011, Fifty Shades of Grey is finally coming to the big screen next year on Valentine's Day. For those of you who haven’t read the sex-crazed book, you'll be able to see what the hype is about.

Like Fifty Shades of Grey, some great memoirs/books have been compiled into documentaries, but a lot of stories, fiction and non-fiction, have yet to be given a chance on the big screen. Here are some great books that you may or may not have read that deserve a chance in Hollywood.

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the coldest winter ever

The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah

It's a Brooklyn tale about Winter Santiaga, a teenager from the hood who’s father runs a drug-dealing cartel. The story chronicles the declination of her father’s empire and Winter’s life as she hustles to stay on top.

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a rose that grew from concrete

The Rose That Grew From Concrete by Tupac Shakur

A collection of Tupac Shakur’s best writing and poetry.

the bluest eye

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

The story is about a young girl named Pecola who’s physical appearance leads to her feeling inferior.

the skin im in

The Skin I’m In by Sharon G. Flake

Maleeka struggles with identity crisis and low self esteem about her hand-me-down clothes, being a nerd and her dark skin.

assata shakur

Assata Shakur Autobiography

The autobiography of Assata Shakur chronicles her life as a black panther and her journey to freedom.

souls of black folk

The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B DuBois

A novel about growing up in a world divided by color lines. He recalls slavery and segregation of blacks.

 a child called it

A Child Called It by David Pelzer

David Pelzer has a crazy story to tell about his life growing up in a not-so-loving home. The stories gives us insight on the physical and mental abuse that he endured as a child.

 the color of water

The Color of Water by James McBride

James McBride is a black man who was raised by his white single mother. The story chronicles his life growing up under these circumstances.

slam book

Slam by Walter Dean Myers

Greg “Slam” Harris is a Harlem high school basketball star with dreams of making it to the pros. With bad grades and temper issues the 17-year-old struggles to stay afloat his senior year.

speak cover

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

After being raped at a party, a girl is afraid to speak of the tragedy that she endured on what was supposed to be a fun night.

darkness before dawn

Darkness Before Dawn by Sharon M. Draper

Keisha Montgomery is still recovering from her ex-boyfriend’s suicide when she falls into a sticky situation involving her track coach who happens to be the principal’s son.

flyy girl

Fly Girl by Omar Tyree

Tracey Ellison is a young girl living the fast life and obsessed with material things. Tracey begins to examine her life, her goals and her sexuality after heartbreak.

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SZA called for peace and understanding at Billboard's Women In Music event Thursday (Dec. 6).

During her speech for the Rule Breaker award, singer-songwriter recalled today's climate, asking her peers and those watching at home for a little bit of peace.

"I'm sorry for the state of the world honestly, for everybody in this room and I pray that all of us just get through it a little bit easier and just try not to lash out at each other," she said.

The recurring theme of unity among women was also heard on the carpet from artists like Tierra Whack. In addition to her message of love, the "Broken Clocks" singer also thanked her TDE family for rocking with her creative process.

"I'm just so thankful for everybody having patience with me, " she said. Shouting out the key members of her family in attendance, the TDE affiliate gave praise to her mother, father, and grandma. In this brief speech centered around the artist's growth Solána Imani Rowe, known more commonly as her stage name, Rowe everyone for their trust in her.

"I'm grateful for everybody taking the time to have the patience to watch someone grow, it is painful and sometimes exciting but mostly boring. And I am thankful for Top (Top Dawg Entertainment's Anthony Tiffith) for not dropping me from that label. For Peter, who I change my ideas every day and he be like okay I like this," she continued.

Thanking the likes of musical powerhouses like Alicia Keys and Whack, "The Weekend" singer offered her appreciation and condolences to Ariana Grande.

Watch SZA accept the Rule Breaker award above.

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Beyoncé, Rihanna, And J. Lo Make Forbes’ Highest-Paid Women In Music List

As November comes to a close, many publications will be crafting their year-end lists for all things pop culture. Forbes released a ranking of the world's highest-paid women in music on Monday (Nov. 19), with Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, and Rihanna holding it down for women of color.

Beyoncé comes in at No. 3 on the list with an earning of $60 million as she made most of her money through her historical Coachella performance, the joint album with husband JAY-Z, Everything is Love, and the Carters' On The Run II Tour in support of its release.

Jennifer Lopez made No. 6 for earnings tallying of over $47 million thanks to her lucrative Las Vegas residency, endorsements, and shows including World of Dance where she serves as a judge.

Rihanna follows behind the "Love Don't Cost A Thing" diva at No. 7 with earnings of over $37.5 million. Although she hasn't toured since 2016—thanks to her cosmetics and lingerie lines, Fenty Beauty and Savage Lingerie—the Bajan pop star has been keeping herself busy.

Forbes' annual list (which factors in pretax earnings from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018) has placed Katy Perry at the top with over $83 million in profits due to her gig as an American Idol judge and her 80-date Witness: The Tour that brought in an estimated $1 million per night.

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Kelly Rowland Hops In Her Bag With New Single "Kelly"

Kelly Rowland has it all and isn't afraid to brag about it on her new single, "Kelly."

Released Thursday (Nov. 22), the singer goes the clubby, confident route while rightfully dropping her attributes like her relationship with God, smoldering looks (a.k.a the drip) among other things. With "Kelly" being the first single since her 2013's Talk a Good Game, the singer comes out swinging, reminding everyone of her power in the game.

The mother of one has promised that her new tunes will be edgier and most honest than her past work that included vulnerable tracks like "Dirty Laundry" and massive hits like "Motivation" and "Commander." Speaking with Vogue over the summer, Ms. Kelly disclosed a few details behind the album.

“It’s about love, loss, and gain and whether it’s professional or with family or whatever, it’s just honest," she said. "I had no choice but to be honest and authentic with this record: it’s about friendship and marriage.”

She also explained a drop in confidence caused her hiatus. “I was thinking about pulling back from recording, but I couldn’t help myself: I still wanted to record. I still felt like I was missing something. The third year just came and left so fast. The fourth year I said: ‘I have to get to work’ and now I’m ready to release some music! I felt like I wasted so much time, and it was my husband who actually called me out on it. He said: ‘Babe, as great as those records were, I think you were nervous, you got gun-shy’, and when he said that it was like boom, a gong went off.”

Glad to have you back, Ms. Kelly. Listen to the eponymous record up top.

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