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Kareem Hayes found his passion for writing and storytelling at an early age. David Dinkins, the former mayor of New York City, published Kareem’s poem “& Heart Beat” when Kareem was twelve years old. Becoming a published author at twelve years old was just one of his many accolades. From speaking in front of thousands and opening for Jesse Jackson, to being one of the top youth long-distance runners on the east coast, Kareem is more than an author, he uses the power of his words and charisma to empower and inspire. However, his life journey is not absent of hardship. In fact, tragedy and triumph were dualistic rivals that competed for his soul. In his earlier years, he grew up in a dysfunctional household where drug abuse and domestic violence were constant realities. Kareem ran away at age thirteen and spent his teen years in juvenile detention centers and foster care. He soon discovered "The Nation of Gods and Earths", which fueled his quest for purpose and spirituality. As a teen, he was an enigma. Too nerdy for street kids. Too street for the nerds. Yet he was able to blend in with both crowds seamlessly. On the streets of Harlem, he has earned the name Infinity, aka INF, for his never-ending wisdom and creativity, his relentless approach to any obstacle, and extremely wordy lyricism. 

Even with his “urban” endeavors, he still found time to moonlight as a councilor and award-winning youth producer for Harlem Children Zone community centers. The duality of his lifestyle is ever-present in his personality, cadence, and style. His father taught him discipline, and structure, while his mother showed him triumph and compassion in her battle with drug addiction. He went from being homeless at 17, to the cells of Rikers island, to being shot, and even diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at the age of 21. Kareem began to grow tired of his inner conflict and chose to work at rebuilding the same community he had once worked to destroy. Together with his life-long friend and mentor Laura Vural, Kareem developed art-based curriculums for young teens to inspire social change. He also changed his street name from INFINITY to INF, an acronym for I'm Now Forever, which represents the constant presence of God in all things being infinite.Today, he’s known as Inf the Author, an independent publisher who has sold over 90,000 books by hand. A force to be reckoned with, he’s taking the literary world by storm, with a no-holds-barred, descriptive style of writing. The love he has for his audience drives him to create superior works that not only entertains his audience, but also informs them.

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Necessary Evil, a story by Kareem Hayes a.k.a. Inf The Author, documents how people from various ethnic back rounds function in the “urban melting pot”. Dealing with poverty many young men turn to selling narcotics as a means of survival. We often examine the perils of the inner city, with the many treacherous deeds, crimes and evil acts performed by some of our brothers and sister. Not taking the time to realize that a lot of these evils are necessary to establish them as apex predators in a concrete jungle where the rules are eat or be eaten.

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