Can't Stop the Shine
Joyce E. Davis
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When an American Idol-like competition comes to Atlanta, Kalia and Mariama Jefferson (sisters who couldn't be more different) stop arguing long enough to agree on one thing: Kalia has to try out. A senior at a prestigious performing arts high school, Kalia has a shot at making her dream come true. And with sixteen-year-old Mariama cheering her on, Kalia sings her heart out, eager to beat thousands of other hopefuls.
But when Kalia makes the top twenty, the competition really begins—on stage and at home. Suddenly, Kalia and Mariama are up against each other. And there's only one way to win….
ambulance pulling up to the gym and hauling off an injured Asha, who’d slipped in the shower and fractured her leg. A grin spread across her face. Walking outside to wait for her father to pick her up, Mari spotted Randall Davidson, a guy from her Early World Literature class. She wasn’t normally the intimidated type, but Randy was different. He and his family were entrenched in East Moreland. His parents and grandparents had attended the school, at least one relative sat on the board, and the
admitted. “I do wish it was bigger. I wish we could have a real gym. That would be fabulous, then I’d have somewhere for Pierce to hook me up in the mornings. You know I gotta keep my edge over you,” she added, opening the door to the largest stainless steel refrigerator Mari had ever seen. “Thanks. What kind is this?” Mari asked, taking a bottled water from Asha. “That water is enhanced with minerals. It’s the only kind I drink. You never know what’s in tap water, girl. Let’s go upstairs.”
hoopla surrounding the event usually didn’t affect her, but this year, Mari knew she could get her sister hype about the festivities because Fire Records was producing a big halftime show during Clark Atlanta University’s game. Plus, the fact that Williams’s homecoming was the same weekend as Clark Atlanta’s should intensify her interest in all things homecoming related. Mari couldn’t wait to put her plan into action. She barely got her clothes on before she was on the phone with Dewayne,
beef…just meat, meat, meat. My doctor says it’s just the baby wanting protein, but it’s weird to wake up in the middle of the night craving a Checkers double cheeseburger.” “Does Sean go and get it for you.” “Pfft, Sean? He is getting on my last nerve. He don’t know squat, and he isn’t trying to learn anything either.” “What do you mean?” “I think he thinks that babies are brought by a stork like in cartoons.” Mari burst out laughing. “He doesn’t understand my mood swings and my cravings. I
Colby’s hand. “Sweetie, you don’t have to worry about that. Just let me know when you’re ready and you come on in. Don’t sweat the money.” “Thanks, Mrs. Jefferson,” said Colby. “Yeah, that’s so sweet, Ma. Thank you,” said Mari, kissing her mother on the cheek. “Of course, darlings…listen, I want you guys to meet the new yoga instructor I hired to help out,” said Elaine, looking around the corner toward the mint-green room. “His name is Peter, and he’s about to teach his first class. Let me