Rappers’ Daughters Co-Write Novel
By Tianna Faulkner Contributing Writer | 6/21/2013, 12:45 p.m.
Who says black youth don’t like to read or write? And who says kids today have nothing positive to do or say? Bria Williams and Reginae Carter, daughters of rap superstars Bryan “Birdman” Williams and “Lil Wayne” of Cash Money Records defy such myths with the release of their new book “Paparazzi Princesses.”
The two young ladies recently hosted a VIP book signing at the Pink Pastry Parlor in Phipps Plaza. Hundreds of teens and pre-teens filled the parlor, anxiously waiting for autographs and pictures with the two 14-year-old authors. Though they and their guests were over-indulged with cupcakes, hors d’oeuvres, a live DJ and a photo booth, Carter and Williams conducted themselves with humility and grace
The pampered pair say they came up with the idea for “Paparazzi Princesses” on their own and that it took them nearly a year to complete.
“The book is about two teenage girls with celebrity parents, trying to have normal lives: losing friends, being in activities, etc.,” said Williams.
Carter likened her life as a celebrity’s daughter to a roller coaster ride; ups and downs, twists and turns, and a fair amount of teasing.
“I love my father,” said Carter. “Me and my father have a great relationship.”
Carter added: “Being Lil Wayne’s daughter is kind of cool.”
The book is intended for teens to read, but can be just as entertaining for young adults.
Carter and Williams said writing the book was challenging but enjoyable.
“In our dads’ eyes, we’re princesses,” said Carter, in explanation of the book’s title.
The subject matter touches on issues that teenage girls can universally relate to: school pressures, jealousies, parental expectations, puppy love, and intense friendships.
“We’re just like regular teens,” said Carter. “We get punished and we do chores too, just like any other kid.”
Williams and Carter say they plan to write a series of books; changing the story lines but keeping the same main characters. They also aspire to co-design a clothing line.
“Our goal is to encourage kids to read,” said Williams.
Toward that end, the two teens have formed an organization called the CMC Young Readers Force that encourages literacy. Looking toward the future, the duo plans to attend college at UCLA and pursue their dreams of excelling in the entertainment industry.
For more information about the “Paparazzi Princesses” or the CMC Young Readers Force, visit cashmoneycontent.com.