The SPB Q: Aliya S. King, author of new novel PLATINUM

{I first met Aliya S. King when I was creative director of GIANT magazine. But I’d been a fan of her work way before that. As hiphop generation journalists go, Aliya was one of the good ones, meaning you felt a level of commitment not only to the music and culture she covered but also to the craft of covering it; you never got the feeling that she was phoning it in or in it just to be around it. She’s a storyteller, which is best evidenced, probably, by the work she’s done co-writing memoirs and autobiographies by and with such diverse personalities as Faith Evans and Frank Lucas. One of Aliya’s most compelling pieces of writing is the award-winning VIBE article she wrote in 2005 about a mysterious death in r&b legend Al Green’s home in the 1970s, a detailed, powerful piece that remains one of the standards of recent pop culture journalism. This week sees the release of PLATINUM, King’s first novel, which grew out of, she says, research she’d done earlier on marriage in hiphop. That’s typical of King’s work, to find the other way of telling the story, if not outright finding a new story to tell about a familiar genre. People are calling the novel “perfectly delicious,” “a juicy ride,” and “rich with the heartbreaking politics of sex and love.” It’ll probably end up on the bestseller list, like King’s other work—and deserves to…I’m pleased to have Aliya S. King do this week’s SPB Q!}

Name: Aliya S. King

Hometown: East Orange, New Jersey

Zodiac sign:  Libra

Favorite bookSong of Solomon

Favorite author: Zora Neale Hurston

Favorite movie: Annie

Favorite song: Ohmygosh. One song?!?! No way. If I have to pick one, it would be “I Love Every Little Thing About You” by Stevie Wonder

Fictional character you wish you had created: Sula Peace

Career High: Winning the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for Magazine Writing in 2005.

Life High: Getting the news that I sold my first novel.

You’re on a desert island and can only have 5 CDs/books/ or DVDs shipped in to you. What are they?

Voodoo, D’Angelo

Linden Hills, Gloria Naylor

Will & Grace DVD box set

Little Shop of Horrors

At The Close of A Century, Stevie Wonder

Your favorite quote: “I do not weep at the world. I’m too busy sharpening my oyster knife.”–Zora Neale Hurston

Guilty pleasure:  Twitter

For more with Aliya, see these other interviews she’s done, with CLUTCH Magazine and ESSENCE (interviewed by Faith!)


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