When Mouse starts dating Rico, an up and coming drug dealer from the hood, he promises to finance their music career. Sammy is doubtful, seeing that Mouse is becoming too caught up in her relationship with Rico. The two friends are at odds, and Sammy's biggest fear soon comes to light. Mouse becomes pregnant by Rico, putting their music careers on hold.
As Mouse's belly grows, Rico becomes more absent from her. He loves the street life, constantly leaving Mouse alone in the apartment while he relishes in the attention of other beautiful women. Soon, Sammy gets swept up by Rico's swag and gift of gab, and the two start dating on the down low. The friendship is ruptured when Sammy finds out that she's also pregnant by Rico. Things turn ugly and violent, and the girls end up fighting in the middle of the street.
They realize they have much bigger problems to worry about when Rico is picked up by the feds. Now he's serving a lengthy sentence, and his absence from the streets sparks a deadly war. Mouse and Sammy will have to raise their children alone, surviving by any means necessary.
Luca Linn keeps a low-profile but her presence is felt throughout her old stomping grounds of New York. Nestled deep in the heart of Canarsie, Brooklyn is a five-block radius that the police have coined Bad Girl Blvd. BGB is the name of the heroin that has infiltrated the streets and has turned a once up and coming middle class neighborhood into a drug den.
The mastermind, Luca, has seen success by allowing underage girls to carry out the most harsh elements of organized crime. But as her empire grows, she realizes the heat is just around the corner and one fateful decision could place her in a fight or flight situation.
Cartier Timmons is infuriated by the tragedy and vengeance inflicted upon her family. She's making savage rounds through Miami until she can bring her own brand of hood justice to the cartel who messed with hers.
After a reunion that seemed like a dream come true, Citi and her mother Ashanti clash heads in a power struggle. Ashanti plays her position as the head chick in charge, and Citi is ostracized from the family. With no money, she's once again forced to make her way back to the throne.
Apple is growing restless in Colombia with Kola and Eduardo. She's tired of the controlling situation and wants to resume making money. Plus, she can't let go of the idea of finding her daughter Peaches. The search takes her to Miami, where she runs into her old friend from New York, Cartier.
When Apple, Cartier, and Citi meet up, there's an instant realization that the three can take down their opponents and rule the MIA, inflict pain and taking their spots as the Queen B's of Miami.
After she is kicked out of a family shelter for fighting, Mouse has no choice but to prostitute herself to survive. When she meets Tango, a hardcore thug with a soft spot for Mouse, she hopes that this is her way out of the mess she's in.
Sammy still has dreams of returning to the music industry, but for the time being, she's making money as a dancer. She's also acting as Rico's eyes and ears on the street. He has threatened to implicate her in a murder, and she feels powerless to escape his control. When Search, an old friend with connections in the music industry, makes it clear he wants nothing to do with her, Sammy feels all her hope slipping away. Will she be stuck in this dark life forever?
When she meets Power, a new man who's better and stronger than Rico ever was, things start to look up for Sammy. It only gets better when she and Mouse bump into each other and heal their broken friendship. Both women have come to see the damage that Rico has done to them, and now they want revenge. The only one with the power and reach to pull off a hit on Rico is Power. When Sammy tells him about the plan, he's willing to help out on one condition: Sammy will have to deliver his enemy--who just happens to be Mouse's man Tango. Will Sammy be willing to betray her friend once again if it means she can finally be set free from Rico?
Four broke girlfriends go into a Long Island church looking for a job. Four trained assassins come out. The Cristál Clique is born when these young killers are immersed in the intense underworld of murder-for-hire.
But with youth comes naiveté. When heartache, betrayal, and revenge lurk behind every door, these Brooklyn girls must remain on point if they want to stay alive.
Worlds collide when a car thief and a self-proclaimed entrepreneur meet. Pearla is a born hustler, and Cash was born to steal. Pearla sets her sights on Cash and motivates him to take his petty crimes to the next level.
Together, the two get money throughout the tri-state, while friends and family want to be upgraded without putting in work. At first, the couple makes it rain in the hood, taking care of those they love, but a hustler always knows when to draw the line.
Suddenly, Pearla proclaims the ATM closed, and a quiet storm begins to brew. When the beggars can't beg anymore and the borrowers can't borrow anymore, friends become enemies. Words and bullets are exchanged, leaving The House that Hustle Built under attack and at risk of collapse.
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Books like Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In have helped advance a conversation about women and their careers that has resonated with millions of readers. Fast Forward, by two women leaders whose experience spans corporate America, public service, and global diplomacy, takes the next step. Through interviews with a network of more than seventy trailblazing women, Fast Forward shows women how to accelerate their growing economic power and combine it with purpose to find both success and meaning in their lives.
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