J. L. Whitehead

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J. L. Whitehead has been writing professionally since 1989, initially beginning his career as a contributing freelance columnist for "PGN, Incorporated" located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After writing for the publication for a year, he published his first chap book of poetry entitled "Universal Words" while enjoying various speaking engagements and poetry exhibitions.

His works includes being a major contributing writer to a book of poetry and prose for African American men entitled "A Warm December" in 1989. In 2002, he became a contributing writer and editor for an online magazine entitled "Never2Funky." Currently, he is a journalist for a national web site entitled "The Examiner."

J.L. founded his own publication company, Four Brothers Publications. He has released his first full length novel entitled Bruthas and has also written the manuscript for his first play based on the characters of his novel.


What is your favorite ice cream? Vanilla Heath Crunch.

Hugs or Kisses? Hugs.

What is your favorite sport to watch? None.

How do you spend your free time? Mostly with my better half.

What cartoon character best describes you? I'm a mixture of many.

If you could try anything and not fail, what dream would you attempt? I'm living it. Writing for a living and running my own business and it feels so damn good!

I am addicted to...Love.

What movie could you watch all day everyday if you could? The Help.

Have you attended any of your high school reunions? No.

My phone… I never leave home without it!


"’Bruthas’ was a good read filled with action and intrigue, that will definitely keep you turning pages!" - Reader's Paradise

"’Bruthas is a book that I would recommend whole heartedly to adult readers…it is an excellent story. I will probably read it again at some point - it's just that good." - The Masquerade Crew

"Mix 2 cups of the Drug World with 1 pound of Violence, 3 tablespoons of Vendetta, and 5 ounces of Family and you get the gripping novel, Bruthas. Whitehead pens an enjoyable read that despite the 400-page length, you won't want to put down." - A’ndrea Wilson, author of WIFE 101

"BRUTHAS is an awesome debut novel. It has suspense, mystery, murder, love, loyalty, police corruption and family…This one I can highly recommend and I look forward to what he has in store for his next novel." - OOSA

"This is not just another Urban-street lit book, it captivates the reader into the dark side of the streets known as the "Block" and the horrid side of a crack head with a gory-like feel to it." - Dream 4 More Reviews

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What's next for J.L.? His upcoming release:

Bruthas - The Final Chapter

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