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Help Ambitious Author Bring Epic Novels To Life

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Damien "Toppnotch" Hodges is the author of Blinded By The Lights trilogy series. He is looking to debut his style of literature with the generous support of people around the globe. Through the years, he's always had a passion to write. It started when he was a kid writing poems and continued his stint as a rap artist. Damien is currently looking to change his situation in life by turning his dream of becoming an accomplished author and entrepreneur into a reality.

Damien is looking to raise funds through pre-orders to successfully accomplish the goal of producing the series, a music soundtrack and an online commercial. This is more than a call for donations, everyone that contributes a considerable amount can receive various perks for their support. 

$50 | Copy of Blinded By The Lights: A Diamond In the Rough, as well as the music soundtrack.

$75 | Name or company added to the page of fame in the back of the book, as well as the music soundtrack.

$150+ | Copy of Blinded By The Lights: A Diamond In the Rough , music soundtrack, your name or company in the page of fame and limited print poster signed by Toppnotch.

Thanks for your support!


Born and raised in Chicago, IL surrounded by the notoriously known Cabrini Green Projects, Damien ' 'Toppnotch" Hodges fought to not become a victim of his circumstances. His recurring visions while being entrenched in that environment were drug dealing, gang violence, high profile murders and senseless killings. It was during the late 1980's when sports, music and writing began to camouflage the harsh realities of his neighborhood. Toppnotch's love for creative expression flourished due to the fine arts school he thrived in and his introduction to local rap group T. S.P. Through his development in writing raps and short stories, Toppnotch started to capture the images of his surroundings and wanted the world to know of their existence. Proclaimed 'Da Ambassador of the Lower Northside", Toppnotch provides the perfect depiction of inner city living and the circumstances of the lives within. The road to stardom has been very difficult for Toppnotch. There's been many obstacles placed in his path that made becoming an author a mere dream.

To support Damien further and learn more about his story, check out these links:

Toppnotch Writing Inc Website

Sign The Petition For Damiens Resentencing and Release 

Buy Blinded By The Lights A Diamond In The Rough 

Toppnotch Writing Fan Page 


Jetzi Calvin
Chicago, IL

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