Big Boss Books, Parliament Studios and La Casa De Habana presents an
exclusive book release and signing of, "The Rise and Fall of an Urban
Empire", by Courtney Brown Jr., the chronicle of two men, two sons, their
families and the family Heroin business, Thursday, October 14th- 7PM at La
Casa De Habana Cigar Lounge for a 1970's themed book release/signing party
with Courtney Brown Jr
(Detroit, MI) As the son of a drug baron, Courtney Brown Jr. saw it all.
"The Rise and Fall of an Urban Empire, is the memoir of Courtney Brown Jr.,
chronicling the rise and fall of his father, Courtney "Berman" Brown Sr.,
and his Partner Eddie "Fat Man" Jackson. The pair start from meager
beginnings to wresting control of the Detroit drug trade in the 1970's and
soon begin to accumulate millions and millions of dollars, while still
raising their families in the background of girl and boy scouts and little
league baseball, all the while attempting to avoid Federal law enforcement.
Told in a matter of fact style, from the eyes of a child and son of one of
the richest and most influential men in Detroit at the time, "The Rise and
Fall of an Urban Empire, is about the unique upbringing of two friends,
Brown and Eddie Jackson Jr. in the midst of their father's nefarious
business. It was not out of the ordinary to find young Courtney bonding with
his father as they count the hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash from
heroin sales, painting both a tender yet ironic cautionary tale where like
The Sopranos, the strong family bond belies a more sinister and dark side of
the drug trade.
Eddie 'The Fat Man' Jackson and Courtney 'The Field Marshal' Brown were
labeled 'Kingpins' in an era where their names reigned supreme in Detroit.
Accumulating more than a million dollars a month in heroin sales, these
childhood friends lived lavish, privileged lifestyles as their father's
business grew and grew.
The book is populated by some of the greatest entertainers of that time
including, The Temptations, Red Foxx, Richard Pryor, The OJays and writer
Donald Goines to name but a handful, their customer base was a virtual who's who.
After countless Federal and local investigations, paid informants,
accusations of police corruption and Grand Jury appearances, The Fat Man and
The Field Marshal were finally sentenced to double-digit prison terms.
Amazingly, when the men were released; their spirits weren't broken. Detroit
had made them 'Kings of the Heroin Game' and not even steel bars could strip
them of that well deserved title!
View the book trailer here:
La Casa De La Habana
1502 Randolph St.
Detroit, MI 48208
P. 313.285.8332 F. 313.285.8349
About the Author
Courtney Brown went to NYC College and graduated WMU. Mr. Brown has traveled
the world and has done business worldwide. Mr. Brown grew up in a life of
privilege, yet never lost touch with the struggle of his people. Now an
accomplished filmmaker, author and business consultant, Mr. Brown and Big
Boss Filmworks and Books are committed to using their unique life
experiences to depict the urban experience. His mission is to tell the truth
of life in the struggle.