Good Brothas (2 book series)
Black and Nobel
From Book 1: Being raised in North Philadelphia is the motivating factor for Chris to be successful. His mother is a recovering addict, and nobody has seen or heard from his father in years. His best friend Jamil is a hot head, but the only one he can count on. An opportunity for Chris to leave the streets alone comes about, but so does his tides to the game. Will Chris take the advantage of the chance to better himself or will the path destruction squander everything he has worked so hard for.