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BANDUNG, Saco-Indonesia.com Perda atau Peraturan Daerah Nomor 4 Tahun 2011 tentang Penataan dan Pembinaan PKL di Kota Bandung salah satunya mengatur biaya paksa sebesar Rp 1 juta bagi pembeli di zona merah, mulai diberlakukan 2 Februari 2014.

BANDUNG, Saco-Indonesia.com — Perda atau Peraturan Daerah Nomor 4 Tahun 2011 tentang Penataan dan Pembinaan PKL di Kota Bandung salah satunya mengatur biaya paksa sebesar Rp 1 juta bagi pembeli di zona merah, mulai diberlakukan 2 Februari 2014.

Begitu juga denda Rp 1 juta untuk PKL ada di Perda Nomor 11 Tahun 2005 tentang Ketertiban Kebersihan dan Keindahan, diberlakukan mulai 2 Februari 2014. Namun, sampai Senin (3/2/2014), belum ada yang terjaring dan terkena sanksi tersebut.

Padahal, masih ada pedagang yang berjualan mencuri-curi kesempatan di saat petugas lengah. Pedagang yang nekat berjualan, ketika ditanya alasannya, enggan berkomentar dan langsung menghindar.

Beberapa pedagang memilih menawarkan dagangan di depan pertokoan Kings, Jalan Kepatihan, dan berdiri di tangga sehingga ketika ada petugas, mereka beralasan tidak sedang berjualan di zona merah.

Ira, warga Antapani, mengaku takut membeli barang di PKL karena takut terkena sanksi Rp 1 juta. "Daripada didenda Rp 1 juta, tak akan membeli, tapi apakah aturan ini akan terus ditegakkan atau hanya hangat-hangat kotoran ayam," kata Ira setengah bertanya.

Menyamar
Menanggapi masih adanya transaksi di zona merah, Wali Kota Bandung Ridwan Kamil mengaku terus mencari cara terbaik untuk menegakkan Perda dengan keterbatasan personel yang ada.

"Jika masih ada yang bandel harus ditindak, kami tidak akan berhenti dan tidak akan menyerah untuk membersihkan zona merah dari PKL," ujar Ridwan.

Ridwan mengakui, masih ada kekurangan dalam penegakan aturan dan kekurangan yang terjadi di lapangan harus dibenahi.

Menurut Ridwan, penempatan meja penyidik pegawai negeri sipil (PPNS) untuk menindak pelanggar di Jalan Kepatihan yang semula di depan Yogya Kepatihan harus dipindahkan ke depan Kings karena banyak transaksi di sana.

"Saya semalam menyamar melihat langsung situasi di Jalan Kepatihan dan saya lihat pedagang saat ada petugas lari ke sebuah gang dan berkelit sebagai wilayah pribadi," ujarnya.

Modus PKL yang berlari ke gang akan ditindak sebab sudah jelas mereka berjualan di zona merah. Jika masuk gang, bukan berarti bebas hukum.

Perlu waktu
Ditemui secara terpisah, Ketua Komisi A DPRD Kota Bandung Haru Suandharu mengatakan, mengubah budaya dan kebiasaan warga agar tak membeli barang dari pedagang kaki lima (PKL) di zona merah memerlukan waktu.

Meski begitu, Pemkot Bandung harus tetap sabar dan konsisten menjalankan aturan tersebut hingga warga memahami dan penuh kesadaran tak melanggar aturan.

Menurut Haru, biaya paksa yang diterapkan bagi pembeli dari PKL di zona merah ini merupakan upaya positif dalam penataan PKL di Kota Bandung.

Penerapan Perda Nomor 4 Tahun 2011, khususnya Pasal 24 Ayat 2 tentang biaya paksa, ini pun bukan cara mencari pendapatan asli daerah, dan juga bukan menyengsarakan PKL. "Ini ada tranformasi budaya. Jika tidak tegas, khawatir PKL kembali menjamur," ujar Haru.

Sumber :kompas.com

Editor : Maulana Lee

Umrah artinya berkunjung atau berziarah. Setiap orang yang melakukan ibadah haji wajib melakukan umrah, yaitu perbuatan ibadah y

Umrah artinya berkunjung atau berziarah. Setiap orang yang melakukan ibadah haji wajib melakukan umrah, yaitu perbuatan ibadah yang merupakan kesatuan dari ibadah haji. Pelaksanaan umrah ini didasarkan pada firman Allah SWT dalam surat Al-Baqarah: 196 yang artinya `Dan sempurnakanlah ibadah haji dan umrah karena Allah...`

Mengenai hukum umrah, ada beberapa perbedaan pendapat. Menurut Imam Syafi`i hukumnya wajib. Menurut Mazhab Maliki dan Mazhab Hanafi hukumnya sunah mu`akkad (sunah yang dipentingkan).

Umrah diwajibkan bagi setiap muslim hanya 1 kali saja, tetapi banyak melakukan umrah juga disukai, terlebih jika dilakukan di bulan Ramadhan. Hal ini didasarkan pada hadist Nabi SAW yang diriwayatkan oleh Imam Muslim yang artinya `Umrah di dalam bulan Ramadhan itu sama dengan melakukan haji sekali`.

 

Pelaksanaan umrah

Tata cara pelaksanaan ibadah umrah adalah: mandi, berwudhu, memakai pakaian ihram di mîqât, shalat sunah ihram 2 rakaat, niat umrah dan membaca Labbaik Allâhumma `umrat(an) (Aku datang memenuhi panggilan-Mu ya Allah, untuk umrah), membaca talbiah serta doa, memasuki Masjidil Haram, tawaf, sa`i, dan tahalul.

Tahapan Umrah

1. Berangkat menuju Miqat
2. Berpakaian dan berniat Ihram di Miqat (Tempat Miqat, al : Bier Ali, Ji`ronah,Tan`im, dsb)

3. Shalat sunat ihram 2 rakaat jika memungkinkan

4. Melafazhkan niat Umroh : Labbaik Allahuma Umrotan

5. Teruskan perjalanan ke Mekah, dengan membaca Talbiah sebanyak-banyaknya dan mematuhi larangan saat ihram

6. Melakukan Tawaf sebanyak 7 putaran
7. Melakukan Sa`i antara Bukit Safa - Bukit Marwah sebanyak 7 kali

8. Tahallul (menggunting rambut)

9. Ibadah Umroh selesai

Syarat, Rukun, dan Wajib Umrah

Syarat untuk melakukan umrah adalah sama dengan syarat dalam melakukan ibadah haji. Adapun rukun umrah adalah:

1. Ihram

2. Tawaf

3. Sa`i

4. Mencukur rambut kepala atau memotongnya

5. Tertib, dilaksanakan secara berurutan

Sementara itu wajib umrah hanya satu, yaitu ihram dari mîqât.

Larangan dalam Umrah

Hal-hal yang tidak boleh dilakukan oleh orang yang sudah memakai pakaian ihram dan sudah berniat melakukan ibadah haji/umrah adalah:

1. Melakukan hubungan seksual atau apa pun yang dapat mengarah pada perbuatan hubungan seksual

2. Melakukan perbuatan tercela dan maksiat

3. Bertengkar dengan orang lain

4. Memakai pakaian yang berjahit (bagi laki-laki)

5. Memakai wangi-wangian

6. Memakai khuff (kaus kaki atau sepatu yang menutup mata kaki)

7. Melakukan akad nikah

8. Memotong kuku

9. Mencukur atau mencabut rambut

10. Memakai pakaian yang dicelup yang mempunyai bau harum

11. Membunuh binatang buruan

12. Memakan daging binatang buruan

Sumber : http://mihrabqolbi.com

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saco-indonesia.com, Ardiansyah alias Doble yang berusia (25) tahun harus membayar mahal pencurian yang telah dilakukan bersama d

saco-indonesia.com, Ardiansyah alias Doble yang berusia (25) tahun harus membayar mahal pencurian yang telah dilakukan bersama dua temannya. Pemuda ini tewas setelah diamuk massa yang telah menangkapnya di Jalan Sei Serayu, Medan.

Informasi yang telah dihimpun, Doble yang merupakan warga Jalan TB Simatupang, Medan. Dia dan dua temannya telah diketahui mencuri besi di ruko kosong berlantai 3 di Jalan Sei Serayu sekitar pukul 05.00 WIB pagi.

Namun, aksi ketiganya telah dipergoki oleh warga, sehingga mereka berusaha kabur. Dua rekan Doble telah berhasil meloloskan diri.

Sementara itu, Doble telah terkepung di dalam bangunan berlantai tiga itu. Pemuda yang biasa membantu orangtuanya berjualan nasi goreng ini pun telah tertangkap. Dia telah dihakimi oleh massa hingga babak belur sebelum diamankan ke pos sekuriti Perumahan Grand Setia Budi.

Doble dikabarkan juga sempat beberapa jam di pos sekuriti itu. Keluarganya bahkan sempat datang untuk berdamai agar kasus pencurian itu tidak diserahkan kepada kepolisian. Setelah perdamaian disepakati, keluarga telah membawa Doble ke RS Sundari, Sunggal. Namun, pemuda itu diduga tewas di perjalanan.

"Pelaku pencurian itu meninggal tadi siang. Dia juga sempat dibawa ke RS Sundari, tapi nyawanya tak tertolong" ujar Kapolsek Medan Sunggal AKP Eko Hartanto.

Dari RS Sundari, jenazah Doble kemudian dibawa ke RSUP Adam Malik Medan. "Rencananya akan diautopsi di sana," jelas Eko.


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Tips Memilih Lampu Mobil HID. Saat mengemudi seringkali telah menghadapi berbagai macam ringantan, salah satunya adalah kemaceta

Tips Memilih Lampu Mobil HID. Saat mengemudi seringkali telah menghadapi berbagai macam ringantan, salah satunya adalah kemacetan lalu lintas, anda juga dapat membayangkan jika anda mengemudi di malam hari, di jalanan yang sepi, tiba-tiba mendadak lampu depan mobil mati, sehingga pandangan ke depan menjadi gelap.

Hal tersebut dapat terjadi ketika lampu halogen, yang umumnya telah digunakan pada mobil saat ini dan biasanya untuk jangka waktu tertentu mudah cepat rusak. Tetapi jangan khawatir, karena solusinya adalah anda dapat menggunakan tipe bohlam HID yang telah mempunyai umur lebih panjang.

Anda dapat melupakan Halogen, dan beralih ke HID

Dengan lampu mobil konvensional yang menggunakan halogen sebagai sumber cahaya, maka lampu HID juga sudah memanfaatkan gas xenon bersama dengan garam logam halide dan merkuri. Komponen tersebut juga dapat membentuk suatu lengkungan arus tegangan tinggi yang bersatu menyebabkan cahaya sinar cerah, mirip dengan lampu neon. Karena penggunaan gas xenon di dalam lampu, sehingga sering disebut dengan lampu depan xenon

Bagaimana cara kerjanya?

Bila anda sudah mengaktifkan lampu mobil baru 2014 anda, maka tegangan tinggi 12V didistribusikan sepanjang kumparan relay, akibatnya kontak ditutup, dari titik tersebut maka tegangan 12V digunakan untuk dapat menghidupkan pemberat di dalam lampu xenon. Pemberat inilah yang kemudian akan menyala dan memberikan tenaga listrik untuk lampu.

Mengapa HID Itu diperlukan?

Jika dibandingkan dengan lampu mobil konvensional, maka lampu HID telah mempunyai cukup banyak keuntungan, dengan lampu HID yang biasanya tiga kali lebih terang daripada yang konvensional. Plus juga dapat memberikan jarak penglihatan jalan di depan lebih besar sampai dengan 70%

Bagaimana memilihnya?

Bila anda berminat untuk menggantinya, ada beberapa hal yang perlu untuk dicermati. Anda juga harus cek ukuran bola lampu sebelumnya, kebanyakan bola lampu yang terdapat adalah uuran H1, H3, H4, H7, selanjutnya setelah menentukan warna temperatur yang diinginkan, anda juga dapat menentukan suhu yang dapat diukur dalam satuan K atau derajat Kelvin. Hal ini untuk dapat menentukan warna apa lampu HID akan memuaskan.

Apakah ada kemungkinan masalah ?

Jika anda mencoba hal baru, pasti terdapat kelemahan dan kelebihannya. Karena itu sifat pencahayaan HID begitu terang dan cerah, terutama di malam hari karena kontras. Oleh karena itu sinar lampu yang terpancar dari mobil tersebut dapat membuat silau pengemudi dari arah berlawanan.

Perawatan dan Pemeliharaan.

Agar umur pakai HID awet dan bertahan lama, sebaiknya anda tidak berusaha untuk dapat mematikannya sesaat setelah dihidupkan. Lampu jenis ini biasanya memerlukan waktu 60 detik untuk pemanasan sebelum dapat beroperasi secara normal. Sebab itu, jangan mencoba untuk memainkannya, karena kemungkinan rusak akan lebih cepat.

Anda juga dapat melakukan cek beterai jika mobil sudah lama tidak digunakan. Jika tidak rajin dicek maka akan membuat baterai tersebut kadaluarsa , dan anda sudah tidak dapat menggunakannya. Tetapi anda tidak perlu khawatir sebab baterry jenis NimH mampu bertahan lama

 

saco-indonesia.com, Manchester United saat ini telah berada di peringkat enam klasemen sementara dengan koleksi poin 34. Mereka

saco-indonesia.com, Manchester United saat ini telah berada di peringkat enam klasemen sementara dengan koleksi poin 34. Mereka juga sudah tertinggal jauh dari Arsenal, yang telah berhasil mengumpulkan 42 angka. Fakta ini ternyata juga tak membuat David Moyes berputus asa. Eks Everton tersebut juga masih optimis tim setan merah bisa kembali ke bursa perebutan gelar juara di sisa musim kompetisi yang ada.

"Kami juga harus terus melangkah maju dan yakin bahwa kami juga akan bisa mengejar tim yang ada di atas kami, kami juga harus percaya bahwa kami akan keluar bermain dan mendapatkan kemenangan," tutur Moyes pada MUTV.

"Kami kini telah memiliki kemampuan untuk dapat mencetak banyak gol dan sepertinya kami telah memililki kesempatan besar untuk itu. Pemain menjadi lebih tajam dan secara umum kami melakukan kerja yang lebih baik," pungkasnya.

United dijadwalkan akan menghadapi Tottenham di laga pertama mereka di tahun 2014 tengah pekan ini.


Editor : Dian Sukmawati

 

Saco-Indonesia.com - Orang kebanyakan bahkan seluruh dunia menyatakan perang terhadap rokok, tidak demikian dengan ormas Islam terbesar di Indonesia, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU).

Saco-Indonesia.com - Orang kebanyakan bahkan seluruh dunia menyatakan perang terhadap rokok, tidak demikian dengan ormas Islam terbesar di Indonesia, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU). Tidak seperti saat melarang pembagian kondom, Pengurus Besar Nahdlatul Ulama (PBNU) justru tidak mendukung kampanye Kemenkes untuk menekan angka perokok di Indonesia.

Berbagai pembenaran dan alasan dikemukakan oleh PBNU. Menurut, staf dewan halal PBNU, Kiai Arwani Faisal, semua kiai NU pun telah sepakat untuk memperbolehkan pengikutnya menghisap rokok.

Bahkan, pihaknya menegaskan tidak akan mengharamkan rokok hingga kiamat. "Rokok itu mubah, sampai kiamat ulama NU ga akan mengharamkan rokok. Untuk penderita jantung rokok haram. Tapi kalau rokok bikin semangat enggak haram lagi," kata dia sambil tertawa saat membawakan materi di diskusi publik 'Kampanye kondom, anti rokok: Indah tapi manipulatif,' di kantor PBNU, Jakarta, Senin (16/12).

Berikut empat alasan PBNU tak mau haramkan rokok hingga kiamat seperti dirangkum

1. Rokok tidak bahaya

Staf dewan halal PBNU, Kiai Arwani Faisal mengatakan penetapan rokok tidak berbahaya sudah diperhitungkan masak-masak ketika muktamar NU. Bahkan ada dalil agama yang membenarkan kalau rokok ini tidak terlalu berbahaya sehingga hukumnya mubah.

"Harus dilihat kadarnya. Kalau Ma'syadahnya (kerugian) besar hukumnya haram. Rokok kan sekali hisap tidak langsung pingsan," kata dia saat membawakan materi di diskusi publik 'Kampanye kondom, anti rokok: Indah tapi manipulatif,' di kantor PBNU, Jakarta, Senin (16/12).

2. Merokok, kiai sepuh NU masih panjang umur

Sebagai perokok aktif, para pembesar NU mengkritik kampanye antirokok yang digalakkan Kemenkes. Menurut PBNU, rokok tidak punya bahaya yang berlebihan terhadap kesehatan manusia sehingga tidak perlu dilarang berlebihan.

"Kok kejam langsung bilang haram, ulama NU bilang enggak haram. Karena puluhan tahun merokok sehat-sehat saja. Kan tingkat bahayanya dilihat," jelas Staf dewan halal PBNU, KH. Arwani Faisal di diskusi publik 'Kampanye kondom, anti rokok : Indah tapi manipulatif,' di kantor PBNU, Jakarta, Senin (16/12).

3. Rokok tidak haram

PBNU tidak mendukung kampanye Kemenkes untuk menekan angka perokok di Indonesia. Menurut, Staf dewan halal PBNU, Arwani Faisal, rokok tidaklah haram.

"Rokok itu mubah, sampai kiamat ulama NU ga akan mengharamkan rokok. Untuk penderita jantung rokok haram. Tapi kalau rokok bikin semangat enggak haram lagi," kata dia sambil tertawa saat membawakan materi di diskusi publik 'Kampanye kondom, antirokok: Indah tapi manipulatif,' di kantor PBNU, Jakarta, Senin (16/12).

Dia juga mengklaim kalau kiai NU sebenarnya mendukung upaya meminimalisir rokok. Itu dibuktikan dengan penetapan hukum 'mubah' untuk? pengikut PBNU.

"Kiai gak berarti menerima data kesehatan. Rokok mubah karena menerima data kesehatan. Kalau enggak nerima, akan menetapkan hukum rokok wajib. Itu justru karena ngerti itu bahaya," katanya.

4. Rokok kretek sehat

Ketidaksetujuan NU terhadap kebijakan Menkes semakin meruncing. Seolah membalas kampanye antirokok menkes, kini NU menggalakkan rokok alami alias kretek.

"Rokok ini (kretek) bermanfaat untuk kita yang berbahan alami. Yang alamiah selalu lebih baik. Alam itu baik untuk manusia tinggal pengetahuan kita." jelas Profesor Universitas Brawijaya, Sutiman di kantor PBNU Jakarta, (16/12).

Alasannya, dibandingkan dengan rokok lainnya, rokok jenis kretek tidak punya bahan kimia berlebih.

"Ini kan dari bahan alami dan kalau dibakar elemen pecah sendiri. Kalau daun dia enggak berbahaya. Menurut saya komponen (kimia) semakin sedikit semakin sehat," tutur dia.

Editor : Liwon Maulana

Sumber : Merdeka.com

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The concept builds ESQ figure is believed to be able to give birth to excel in life, but the ability to Sharpen ESQ is not easy, it takes a fairly complicated process and sincerity. This is not a short training, required an ongoing process and a strong commitment from yourself. ESQ thinking concept is a spiritual device engineering in terms of character development and personality are based on the religious laws that will eventually give birth to a figure that is able to explore the riches of the spiritual, and physical mind.

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Mr. Mankiewicz, an Oscar-nominated screenwriter for “I Want to Live!,” also wrote episodes of television shows such as “Star Trek” and “Marcus Welby, M.D.”

A 214-pound Queens housewife struggled with a lifelong addiction to food until she shed 72 pounds and became the public face of the worldwide weight-control empire Weight Watchers.

THE WRITERS ASHLEY AND JAQUAVIS COLEMAN know the value of a good curtain-raiser. The couple have co-authored dozens of novels, and they like to start them with a bang: a headlong action sequence, a blast of violence or sex that rocks readers back on their heels. But the Colemans concede they would be hard-pressed to dream up anything more gripping than their own real-life opening scene.

In the summer of 2001, JaQuavis Coleman was a 16-year-old foster child in Flint, Mich., the former auto-manufacturing mecca that had devolved, in the wake of General Motors’ plant closures, into one of the country’s most dangerous cities, with a decimated economy and a violent crime rate more than three times the national average. When JaQuavis was 8, social services had removed him from his mother’s home. He spent years bouncing between foster families. At 16, JaQuavis was also a businessman: a crack dealer with a network of street-corner peddlers in his employ.

One day that summer, JaQuavis met a fellow dealer in a parking lot on Flint’s west side. He was there to make a bulk sale of a quarter-brick, or “nine-piece” — a nine-ounce parcel of cocaine, with a street value of about $11,000. In the middle of the transaction, JaQuavis heard the telltale chirp of a walkie-talkie. His customer, he now realized, was an undercover policeman. JaQuavis jumped into his car and spun out onto the road, with two unmarked police cars in pursuit. He didn’t want to get into a high-speed chase, so he whipped his car into a church parking lot and made a run for it, darting into an alleyway behind a row of small houses, where he tossed the quarter-brick into some bushes. When JaQuavis reached the small residential street on the other side of the houses, he was greeted by the police, who handcuffed him and went to search behind the houses where, they told him, they were certain he had ditched the drugs. JaQuavis had been dealing since he was 12, had amassed more than $100,000 and had never been arrested. Now, he thought: It’s over.

But when the police looked in the bushes, they couldn’t find any cocaine. They interrogated JaQuavis, who denied having ever possessed or sold drugs. They combed the backyard alley some more. After an hour of fruitless efforts, the police were forced to unlock the handcuffs and release their suspect.

JaQuavis was baffled by the turn of events until the next day, when he received a phone call. The previous afternoon, a 15-year-old girl had been sitting in her home on the west side of Flint when she heard sirens. She looked out of the window of her bedroom, and watched a young man throw a package in the bushes behind her house. She recognized him. He was a high school classmate — a handsome, charismatic boy whom she had admired from afar. The girl crept outside and grabbed the bundle, which she hid in her basement. “I have something that belongs to you,” Ashley Snell told JaQuavis Coleman when she reached him by phone. “You wanna come over here and pick it up?”

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Three of the nearly 50 works of urban fiction published by the Colemans over the last decade, often featuring drug deals, violence, sex and a brash kind of feminism.Credit Marko Metzinger

In the Colemans’ first novel, “Dirty Money” (2005), they told a version of this story. The outline was the same: the drug deal gone bad, the dope chucked in the bushes, the fateful phone call. To the extent that the authors took poetic license, it was to tone down the meet-cute improbability of the true-life events. In “Dirty Money,” the girl, Anari, and the crack dealer, Maurice, circle each other warily for a year or so before coupling up. But the facts of Ashley and JaQuavis’s romance outstripped pulp fiction. They fell in love more or less at first sight, moved into their own apartment while still in high school and were married in 2008. “We were together from the day we met,” Ashley says. “I don’t think we’ve spent more than a week apart in total over the past 14 years.”

That partnership turned out to be creative and entrepreneurial as well as romantic. Over the past decade, the Colemans have published nearly 50 books, sometimes as solo writers, sometimes under pseudonyms, but usually as collaborators with a byline that has become a trusted brand: “Ashley & JaQuavis.” They are marquee stars of urban fiction, or street lit, a genre whose inner-city settings and lurid mix of crime, sex and sensationalism have earned it comparisons to gangsta rap. The emergence of street lit is one of the big stories in recent American publishing, a juggernaut that has generated huge sales by catering to a readership — young, black and, for the most part, female — that historically has been ill-served by the book business. But the genre is also widely maligned. Street lit is subject to a kind of triple snobbery: scorned by literati who look down on genre fiction generally, ignored by a white publishing establishment that remains largely indifferent to black books and disparaged by African-American intellectuals for poor writing, coarse values and trafficking in racial stereotypes.

But if a certain kind of cultural prestige is shut off to the Colemans, they have reaped other rewards. They’ve built a large and loyal fan base, which gobbles up the new Ashley & JaQuavis titles that arrive every few months. Many of those books are sold at street-corner stands and other off-the-grid venues in African-American neighborhoods, a literary gray market that doesn’t register a blip on best-seller tallies. Yet the Colemans’ most popular series now regularly crack the trade fiction best-seller lists of The New York Times and Publishers Weekly. For years, the pair had no literary agent; they sold hundreds of thousands of books without banking a penny in royalties. Still, they have earned millions of dollars, almost exclusively from cash-for-manuscript deals negotiated directly with independent publishing houses. In short, though little known outside of the world of urban fiction, the Colemans are one of America’s most successful literary couples, a distinction they’ve achieved, they insist, because of their work’s gritty authenticity and their devotion to a primal literary virtue: the power of the ripping yarn.

“When you read our books, you’re gonna realize: ‘Ashley & JaQuavis are storytellers,’ ” says Ashley. “Our tales will get your heart pounding.”

THE COLEMANS’ HOME BASE — the cottage from which they operate their cottage industry — is a spacious four-bedroom house in a genteel suburb about 35 miles north of downtown Detroit. The house is plush, but when I visited this past winter, it was sparsely appointed. The couple had just recently moved in, and had only had time to fully furnish the bedroom of their 4-year-old son, Quaye.

In conversation, Ashley and JaQuavis exude both modesty and bravado: gratitude for their good fortune and bootstrappers’ pride in having made their own luck. They talk a lot about their time in the trenches, the years they spent as a drug dealer and “ride-or-die girl” tandem. In Flint they learned to “grind hard.” Writing, they say, is merely a more elevated kind of grind.

“Instead of hitting the block like we used to, we hit the laptops,” says Ashley. “I know what every word is worth. So while I’m writing, I’m like: ‘Okay, there’s a hundred dollars. There’s a thousand dollars. There’s five thousand dollars.’ ”

They maintain a rigorous regimen. They each try to write 5,000 words per day, five days a week. The writers stagger their shifts: JaQuavis goes to bed at 7 p.m. and wakes up early, around 3 or 4 in the morning, to work while his wife and child sleep. Ashley writes during the day, often in libraries or at Starbucks.

They divide the labor in other ways. Chapters are divvied up more or less equally, with tasks assigned according to individual strengths. (JaQuavis typically handles character development. Ashley loves writing murder scenes.) The results are stitched together, with no editorial interference from one author in the other’s text. The real work, they contend, is the brainstorming. The Colemans spend weeks mapping out their plot-driven books — long conversations that turn into elaborate diagrams on dry-erase boards. “JaQuavis and I are so close, it makes the process real easy,” says Ashley. “Sometimes when I’m thinking of something, a plot point, he’ll say it out loud, and I’m like: ‘Wait — did I say that?’ ”

Their collaboration developed by accident, and on the fly. Both were bookish teenagers. Ashley read lots of Judy Blume and John Grisham; JaQuavis liked Shakespeare, Richard Wright and “Atlas Shrugged.” (Their first official date was at a Borders bookstore, where Ashley bought “The Coldest Winter Ever,” the Sister Souljah novel often credited with kick-starting the contemporary street-lit movement.) In 2003, Ashley, then 17, was forced to terminate an ectopic pregnancy. She was bedridden for three weeks, and to provide distraction and boost her spirits, JaQuavis challenged his girlfriend to a writing contest. “She just wasn’t talking. She was laying in bed. I said, ‘You know what? I bet you I could write a better book than you.’ My wife is real competitive. So I said, ‘Yo, all right, $500 bet.’ And I saw her eyes spark, like, ‘What?! You can’t write no better book than me!’ So I wrote about three chapters. She wrote about three chapters. Two days later, we switched.”

The result, hammered out in a few days, would become “Dirty Money.” Two years later, when Ashley and JaQuavis were students at Ferris State University in Western Michigan, they sold the manuscript to Urban Books, a street-lit imprint founded by the best-selling author Carl Weber. At the time, JaQuavis was still making his living selling drugs. When Ashley got the phone call informing her that their book had been bought, she assumed they’d hit it big, and flushed more than $10,000 worth of cocaine down the toilet. Their advance was a mere $4,000.

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The roots of street lit, found in the midcentury detective novels of Chester Himes and the ‘60s and ‘70s “ghetto fiction” of Iceberg Slim and Donald Goines.Credit Marko Metzinger

Those advances would soon increase, eventually reaching five and six figures. The Colemans built their career, JaQuavis says, in a manner that made sense to him as a veteran dope peddler: by flooding the street with product. From the start, they were prolific, churning out books at a rate of four or five a year. Their novels made their way into stores; the now-defunct chain Waldenbooks, which had stores in urban areas typically bypassed by booksellers, was a major engine of the street-lit market. But Ashley and JaQuavis took advantage of distribution channels established by pioneering urban fiction authors such as Teri Woods and Vickie Stringer, and a network of street-corner tables, magazine stands, corner shops and bodegas. Like rappers who establish their bona fides with gray-market mixtapes, street-lit authors use this system to circumnavigate industry gatekeepers, bringing their work straight to the genre’s core readership. But urban fiction has other aficionados, in less likely places. “Our books are so popular in the prison system,” JaQuavis says. “We’re banned in certain penitentiaries. Inmates fight over the books — there are incidents, you know? I have loved ones in jail, and they’re like: ‘Yo, your books can’t come in here. It’s against the rules.’ ”

The appeal of the Colemans’ work is not hard to fathom. The books are formulaic and taut; they deliver the expected goods efficiently and exuberantly. The titles telegraph the contents: “Diary of a Street Diva,” “Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang,” “Murderville.” The novels serve up a stream of explicit sex and violence in a slangy, tangy, profane voice. In Ashley & JaQuavis’s books people don’t get killed: they get “popped,” “laid out,” get their “cap twisted back.” The smut is constant, with emphasis on the earthy, sticky, olfactory particulars. Romance novel clichés — shuddering orgasms, heroic carnal feats, superlative sexual skill sets — are rendered in the Colemans’ punchy patois.

Subtlety, in other words, isn’t Ashley & JaQuavis’s forte. But their books do have a grainy specificity. In “The Cartel” (2008), the first novel in the Colemans’ best-selling saga of a Miami drug syndicate, they catch the sights and smells of a crack workshop in a housing project: the nostril-stinging scent of cocaine and baking soda bubbling on stovetops; the teams of women, stripped naked except for hospital masks so they can’t pilfer the merchandise, “cutting up the cooked coke on the round wood table.” The subject matter is dark, but the Colemans’ tone is not quite noir. Even in the grimmest scenes, the mood is high-spirited, with the writers palpably relishing the lewd and gory details: the bodies writhing in boudoirs and crumpling under volleys of bullets, the geysers of blood and other bodily fluids.

The luridness of street lit has made it a flashpoint, inciting controversy reminiscent of the hip-hop culture wars of the 1980s and ’90s. But the street-lit debate touches deeper historical roots, reviving decades-old arguments in black literary circles about the mandate to uplift the race and present wholesome images of African-Americans. In 1928, W. E. B. Du Bois slammed the “licentiousness” of “Home to Harlem,” Claude McKay’s rollicking novel of Harlem nightlife. McKay’s book, Du Bois wrote, “for the most part nauseates me, and after the dirtier parts of its filth I feel distinctly like taking a bath.” Similar sentiments have greeted 21st-century street lit. In a 2006 New York Times Op-Ed essay, the journalist and author Nick Chiles decried “the sexualization and degradation of black fiction.” African-American bookstores, Chiles complained, are “overrun with novels that . . . appeal exclusively to our most prurient natures — as if these nasty books were pairing off back in the stockrooms like little paperback rabbits and churning out even more graphic offspring that make Ralph Ellison books cringe into a dusty corner.”

Copulating paperbacks aside, it’s clear that the street-lit debate is about more than literature, touching on questions of paternalism versus populism, and on middle-class anxieties about the black underclass. “It’s part and parcel of black elites’ efforts to define not only a literary tradition, but a racial politics,” said Kinohi Nishikawa, an assistant professor of English and African-American Studies at Princeton University. “There has always been a sense that because African-Americans’ opportunities to represent themselves are so limited in the first place, any hint of criminality or salaciousness would necessarily be a knock on the entire racial politics. One of the pressing debates about African-American literature today is: If we can’t include writers like Ashley & JaQuavis, to what extent is the foundation of our thinking about black literature faulty? Is it just a literature for elites? Or can it be inclusive, bringing urban fiction under the purview of our umbrella term ‘African-American literature’?”

Defenders of street lit note that the genre has a pedigree: a tradition of black pulp fiction that stretches from Chester Himes, the midcentury author of hardboiled Harlem detective stories, to the 1960s and ’70s “ghetto fiction” of Iceberg Slim and Donald Goines, to the current wave of urban fiction authors. Others argue for street lit as a social good, noting that it attracts a large audience that might otherwise never read at all. Scholars like Nishikawa link street lit to recent studies showing increased reading among African-Americans. A 2014 Pew Research Center report found that a greater percentage of black Americans are book readers than whites or Latinos.

For their part, the Colemans place their work in the broader black literary tradition. “You have Maya Angelou, Alice Walker, James Baldwin — all of these traditional black writers, who wrote about the struggles of racism, injustice, inequality,” says Ashley. “We’re writing about the struggle as it happens now. It’s just a different struggle. I’m telling my story. I’m telling the struggle of a black girl from Flint, Michigan, who grew up on welfare.”

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The Colemans in their new four-bedroom house in the northern suburbs of Detroit.Credit Courtesy of Ashley and JaQuavis Coleman

Perhaps there is a high-minded case to be made for street lit. But the virtues of Ashley & JaQuavis’s work are more basic. Their novels do lack literary polish. The writing is not graceful; there are passages of clunky exposition and sex scenes that induce guffaws and eye rolls. But the pleasure quotient is high. The books flaunt a garish brand of feminism, with women characters cast not just as vixens, but also as gangsters — cold-blooded killers, “murder mamas.” The stories are exceptionally well-plotted. “The Cartel” opens by introducing its hero, the crime boss Carter Diamond; on page 9, a gunshot spatters Diamond’s brain across the interior of a police cruiser. The book then flashes back seven years and begins to hurtle forward again — a bullet train, whizzing readers through shifting alliances, romantic entanglements and betrayals, kidnappings, shootouts with Haitian and Dominican gangsters, and a cliffhanger closing scene that leaves the novel’s heroine tied to a chair in a basement, gruesomely tortured to the edge of death. Ashley & JaQuavis’s books are not Ralph Ellison, certainly, but they build up quite a head of steam. They move.

The Colemans are moving themselves these days. They recently signed a deal with St. Martin’s Press, which will bring out the next installment in the “Cartel” series as well as new solo series by both writers. The St. Martin’s deal is both lucrative and legitimizing — a validation of Ashley and JaQuavis’s work by one of publishing’s most venerable houses. The Colemans’ ambitions have grown, as well. A recent trilogy, “Murderville,” tackles human trafficking and the blood-diamond industry in West Africa, with storylines that sweep from Sierra Leone to Mexico to Los Angeles. Increasingly, Ashley & JaQuavis are leaning on research — traveling to far-flung settings and hitting the books in the libraries — and spending less time mining their own rough-and-tumble past.

But Flint remains a source of inspiration. One evening not long ago, JaQuavis led me on a tour of his hometown: a popular roadside bar; the parking lot where he met the undercover cop for the ill-fated drug deal; Ashley’s old house, the site of his almost-arrest. He took me to a ramshackle vehicle repair shop on Flint’s west side, where he worked as a kid, washing cars. He showed me a bathroom at the rear of the garage, where, at age 12, he sneaked away to inspect the first “boulder” of crack that he ever sold. A spray-painted sign on the garage wall, which JaQuavis remembered from his time at the car wash, offered words of warning:

WHAT EVERY YOUNG MAN SHOULD KNOW
ABOUT USING A GUN:
MURDER . . . 30 Years
ARMED ROBBERY . . . 15 Years
ASSAULT . . . 15 Years
RAPE . . . 20 Years
POSSESSION . . . 5 Years
JACKING . . . 20 YEARS

“We still love Flint, Michigan,” JaQuavis says. “It’s so seedy, so treacherous. But there’s some heart in this city. This is where it all started, selling books out the box. In the days when we would get those little $40,000 advances, they’d send us a couple boxes of books for free. We would hit the streets to sell our books, right out of the car trunk. It was a hustle. It still is.”

One old neighborhood asset that the Colemans have not shaken off is swagger. “My wife is the best female writer in the game,” JaQuavis told me. “I believe I’m the best male writer in the game. I’m sleeping next to the best writer in the world. And she’s doing the same.”

 

WASHINGTON — The former deputy director of the C.I.A. asserts in a forthcoming book that Republicans, in their eagerness to politicize the killing of the American ambassador to Libya, repeatedly distorted the agency’s analysis of events. But he also argues that the C.I.A. should get out of the business of providing “talking points” for administration officials in national security events that quickly become partisan, as happened after the Benghazi attack in 2012.

The official, Michael J. Morell, dismisses the allegation that the United States military and C.I.A. officers “were ordered to stand down and not come to the rescue of their comrades,” and he says there is “no evidence” to support the charge that “there was a conspiracy between C.I.A. and the White House to spin the Benghazi story in a way that would protect the political interests of the president and Secretary Clinton,” referring to the secretary of state at the time, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

But he also concludes that the White House itself embellished some of the talking points provided by the Central Intelligence Agency and had blocked him from sending an internal study of agency conclusions to Congress.

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Michael J. Morell Credit Mark Wilson/Getty Images

“I finally did so without asking,” just before leaving government, he writes, and after the White House released internal emails to a committee investigating the State Department’s handling of the issue.

A lengthy congressional investigation remains underway, one that many Republicans hope to use against Mrs. Clinton in the 2016 election cycle.

In parts of the book, “The Great War of Our Time” (Twelve), Mr. Morell praises his C.I.A. colleagues for many successes in stopping terrorist attacks, but he is surprisingly critical of other C.I.A. failings — and those of the National Security Agency.

Soon after Mr. Morell retired in 2013 after 33 years in the agency, President Obama appointed him to a commission reviewing the actions of the National Security Agency after the disclosures of Edward J. Snowden, a former intelligence contractor who released classified documents about the government’s eavesdropping abilities. Mr. Morell writes that he was surprised by what he found.

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“You would have thought that of all the government entities on the planet, the one least vulnerable to such grand theft would have been the N.S.A.,” he writes. “But it turned out that the N.S.A. had left itself vulnerable.”

He concludes that most Wall Street firms had better cybersecurity than the N.S.A. had when Mr. Snowden swept information from its systems in 2013. While he said he found himself “chagrined by how well the N.S.A. was doing” compared with the C.I.A. in stepping up its collection of data on intelligence targets, he also sensed that the N.S.A., which specializes in electronic spying, was operating without considering the implications of its methods.

“The N.S.A. had largely been collecting information because it could, not necessarily in all cases because it should,” he says.

The book is to be released next week.

Mr. Morell was a career analyst who rose through the ranks of the agency, and he ended up in the No. 2 post. He served as President George W. Bush’s personal intelligence briefer in the first months of his presidency — in those days, he could often be spotted at the Starbucks in Waco, Tex., catching up on his reading — and was with him in the schoolhouse in Florida on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, when the Bush presidency changed in an instant.

Mr. Morell twice took over as acting C.I.A. director, first when Leon E. Panetta was appointed secretary of defense and then when retired Gen. David H. Petraeus resigned over an extramarital affair with his biographer, a relationship that included his handing her classified notes of his time as America’s best-known military commander.

Mr. Morell says he first learned of the affair from Mr. Petraeus only the night before he resigned, and just as the Benghazi events were turning into a political firestorm. While praising Mr. Petraeus, who had told his deputy “I am very lucky” to run the C.I.A., Mr. Morell writes that “the organization did not feel the same way about him.” The former general “created the impression through the tone of his voice and his body language that he did not want people to disagree with him (which was not true in my own interaction with him),” he says.

But it is his account of the Benghazi attacks — and how the C.I.A. was drawn into the debate over whether the Obama White House deliberately distorted its account of the death of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens — that is bound to attract attention, at least partly because of its relevance to the coming presidential election. The initial assessments that the C.I.A. gave to the White House said demonstrations had preceded the attack. By the time analysts reversed their opinion, Susan E. Rice, now the national security adviser, had made a series of statements on Sunday talk shows describing the initial assessment. The controversy and other comments Ms. Rice made derailed Mr. Obama’s plan to appoint her as secretary of state.

The experience prompted Mr. Morell to write that the C.I.A. should stay out of the business of preparing talking points — especially on issues that are being seized upon for “political purposes.” He is critical of the State Department for not beefing up security in Libya for its diplomats, as the C.I.A., he said, did for its employees.

But he concludes that the assault in which the ambassador was killed took place “with little or no advance planning” and “was not well organized.” He says the attackers “did not appear to be looking for Americans to harm. They appeared intent on looting and conducting some vandalism,” setting fires that killed Mr. Stevens and a security official, Sean Smith.

Mr. Morell paints a picture of an agency that was struggling, largely unsuccessfully, to understand dynamics in the Middle East and North Africa when the Arab Spring broke out in late 2011 in Tunisia. The agency’s analysts failed to see the forces of revolution coming — and then failed again, he writes, when they told Mr. Obama that the uprisings would undercut Al Qaeda by showing there was a democratic pathway to change.

“There is no good explanation for our not being able to see the pressures growing to dangerous levels across the region,” he writes. The agency had again relied too heavily “on a handful of strong leaders in the countries of concern to help us understand what was going on in the Arab street,” he says, and those leaders themselves were clueless.

Moreover, an agency that has always overvalued secretly gathered intelligence and undervalued “open source” material “was not doing enough to mine the wealth of information available through social media,” he writes. “We thought and told policy makers that this outburst of popular revolt would damage Al Qaeda by undermining the group’s narrative,” he writes.

Instead, weak governments in Egypt, and the absence of governance from Libya to Yemen, were “a boon to Islamic extremists across both the Middle East and North Africa.”

Mr. Morell is gentle about most of the politicians he dealt with — he expresses admiration for both Mr. Bush and Mr. Obama, though he accuses former Vice President Dick Cheney of deliberately implying a connection between Al Qaeda and Iraq that the C.I.A. had concluded probably did not exist. But when it comes to the events leading up to the Bush administration’s decision to go to war in Iraq, he is critical of his own agency.

Mr. Morell concludes that the Bush White House did not have to twist intelligence on Saddam Hussein’s alleged effort to rekindle the country’s work on weapons of mass destruction.

“The view that hard-liners in the Bush administration forced the intelligence community into its position on W.M.D. is just flat wrong,” he writes. “No one pushed. The analysts were already there and they had been there for years, long before Bush came to office.”

Hockey is not exactly known as a city game, but played on roller skates, it once held sway as the sport of choice in many New York neighborhoods.

“City kids had no rinks, no ice, but they would do anything to play hockey,” said Edward Moffett, former director of the Long Island City Y.M.C.A. Roller Hockey League, in Queens, whose games were played in city playgrounds going back to the 1940s.

From the 1960s through the 1980s, the league had more than 60 teams, he said. Players included the Mullen brothers of Hell’s Kitchen and Dan Dorion of Astoria, Queens, who would later play on ice for the National Hockey League.

One street legend from the heyday of New York roller hockey was Craig Allen, who lived in the Woodside Houses projects and became one of the city’s hardest hitters and top scorers.

“Craig was a warrior, one of the best roller hockey players in the city in the ’70s,” said Dave Garmendia, 60, a retired New York police officer who grew up playing with Mr. Allen. “His teammates loved him and his opponents feared him.”

Young Craig took up hockey on the streets of Queens in the 1960s, playing pickup games between sewer covers, wearing steel-wheeled skates clamped onto school shoes and using a roll of electrical tape as the puck.

His skill and ferocity drew attention, Mr. Garmendia said, but so did his skin color. He was black, in a sport made up almost entirely by white players.

“Roller hockey was a white kid’s game, plain and simple, but Craig broke the color barrier,” Mr. Garmendia said. “We used to say Craig did more for race relations than the N.A.A.C.P.”

Mr. Allen went on to coach and referee roller hockey in New York before moving several years ago to South Carolina. But he continued to organize an annual alumni game at Dutch Kills Playground in Long Island City, the same site that held the local championship games.

The reunion this year was on Saturday, but Mr. Allen never made it. On April 26, just before boarding the bus to New York, he died of an asthma attack at age 61.

Word of his death spread rapidly among hundreds of his old hockey colleagues who resolved to continue with the event, now renamed the Craig Allen Memorial Roller Hockey Reunion.

The turnout on Saturday was the largest ever, with players pulling on their old equipment, choosing sides and taking once again to the rink of cracked blacktop with faded lines and circles. They wore no helmets, although one player wore a fedora.

Another, Vinnie Juliano, 77, of Long Island City, wore his hearing aids, along with his 50-year-old taped-up quads, or four-wheeled skates with a leather boot. Many players here never converted to in-line skates, and neither did Mr. Allen, whose photograph appeared on a poster hanging behind the players’ bench.

“I’m seeing people walking by wondering why all these rusty, grizzly old guys are here playing hockey,” one player, Tommy Dominguez, said. “We’re here for Craig, and let me tell you, these old guys still play hard.”

Everyone seemed to have a Craig Allen story, from his earliest teams at Public School 151 to the Bryant Rangers, the Woodside Wings, the Woodside Blues and more.

Mr. Allen, who became a yellow-cab driver, was always recruiting new talent. He gained the nickname Cabby for his habit of stopping at playgrounds all over the city to scout players.

Teams were organized around neighborhoods and churches, and often sponsored by local bars. Mr. Allen, for one, played for bars, including Garry Owen’s and on the Fiddler’s Green Jokers team in Inwood, Manhattan.

Play was tough and fights were frequent.

“We were basically street gangs on skates,” said Steve Rogg, 56, a mail clerk who grew up in Jackson Heights, Queens, and who on Saturday wore his Riedell Classic quads from 1972. “If another team caught up with you the night before a game, they tossed you a beating so you couldn’t play the next day.”

Mr. Garmendia said Mr. Allen’s skin color provoked many fights.

“When we’d go to some ignorant neighborhoods, a lot of players would use slurs,” Mr. Garmendia said, recalling a game in Ozone Park, Queens, where local fans parked motorcycles in a lineup next to the blacktop and taunted Mr. Allen. Mr. Garmendia said he checked a player into the motorcycles, “and the bikes went down like dominoes, which started a serious brawl.”

A group of fans at a game in Brooklyn once stuck a pole through the rink fence as Mr. Allen skated by and broke his jaw, Mr. Garmendia said, adding that carloads of reinforcements soon arrived to defend Mr. Allen.

And at another racially incited brawl, the police responded with six patrol cars and a helicopter.

Before play began on Saturday, the players gathered at center rink to honor Mr. Allen. Billy Barnwell, 59, of Woodside, recalled once how an all-white, all-star squad snubbed Mr. Allen by playing him third string. He scored seven goals in the first game and made first string immediately.

“He’d always hear racial stuff before the game, and I’d ask him, ‘How do you put up with that?’” Mr. Barnwell recalled. “Craig would say, ‘We’ll take care of it,’ and by the end of the game, he’d win guys over. They’d say, ‘This guy’s good.’”

Ms. Rendell was a prolific writer of intricately plotted mystery novels that combined psychological insight, social conscience and teeth-chattering terror.

As he reflected on the festering wounds deepened by race and grievance that have been on painful display in America’s cities lately, President Obama on Monday found himself thinking about a young man he had just met named Malachi.

A few minutes before, in a closed-door round-table discussion at Lehman College in the Bronx, Mr. Obama had asked a group of black and Hispanic students from disadvantaged backgrounds what could be done to help them reach their goals. Several talked about counseling and guidance programs.

“Malachi, he just talked about — we should talk about love,” Mr. Obama told a crowd afterward, drifting away from his prepared remarks. “Because Malachi and I shared the fact that our dad wasn’t around and that sometimes we wondered why he wasn’t around and what had happened. But really, that’s what this comes down to is: Do we love these kids?”

Many presidents have governed during times of racial tension, but Mr. Obama is the first to see in the mirror a face that looks like those on the other side of history’s ledger. While his first term was consumed with the economy, war and health care, his second keeps coming back to the societal divide that was not bridged by his election. A president who eschewed focusing on race now seems to have found his voice again as he thinks about how to use his remaining time in office and beyond.

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Obama Speaks of a ‘Sense of Unfairness’

At an event announcing the creation of a nonprofit focusing on young minority men, President Obama talked about the underlying reasons for recent protests in Baltimore and other cities.

By Associated Press on Publish Date May 4, 2015. Photo by Stephen Crowley/The New York Times.

In the aftermath of racially charged unrest in places like Baltimore, Ferguson, Mo., and New York, Mr. Obama came to the Bronx on Monday for the announcement of a new nonprofit organization that is being spun off from his White House initiative called My Brother’s Keeper. Staked by more than $80 million in commitments from corporations and other donors, the new group, My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, will in effect provide the nucleus for Mr. Obama’s post-presidency, which will begin in January 2017.

“This will remain a mission for me and for Michelle not just for the rest of my presidency but for the rest of my life,” Mr. Obama said. “And the reason is simple,” he added. Referring to some of the youths he had just met, he said: “We see ourselves in these young men. I grew up without a dad. I grew up lost sometimes and adrift, not having a sense of a clear path. The only difference between me and a lot of other young men in this neighborhood and all across the country is that I grew up in an environment that was a little more forgiving.”

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Organizers said the new alliance already had financial pledges from companies like American Express, Deloitte, Discovery Communications and News Corporation. The money will be used to help companies address obstacles facing young black and Hispanic men, provide grants to programs for disadvantaged youths, and help communities aid their populations.

Joe Echevarria, a former chief executive of Deloitte, the accounting and consulting firm, will lead the alliance, and among those on its leadership team or advisory group are executives at PepsiCo, News Corporation, Sprint, BET and Prudential Group Insurance; former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell; Senator Cory Booker, Democrat of New Jersey; former Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.; the music star John Legend; the retired athletes Alonzo Mourning, Jerome Bettis and Shaquille O’Neal; and the mayors of Indianapolis, Sacramento and Philadelphia.

The alliance, while nominally independent of the White House, may face some of the same questions confronting former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as she begins another presidential campaign. Some of those donating to the alliance may have interests in government action, and skeptics may wonder whether they are trying to curry favor with the president by contributing.

“The Obama administration will have no role in deciding how donations are screened and what criteria they’ll set at the alliance for donor policies, because it’s an entirely separate entity,” Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, told reporters on Air Force One en route to New York. But he added, “I’m confident that the members of the board are well aware of the president’s commitment to transparency.”

The alliance was in the works before the disturbances last week after the death of Freddie Gray, the black man who suffered fatal injuries while in police custody in Baltimore, but it reflected the evolution of Mr. Obama’s presidency. For him, in a way, it is coming back to issues that animated him as a young community organizer and politician. It was his own struggle with race and identity, captured in his youthful memoir, “Dreams From My Father,” that stood him apart from other presidential aspirants.

But that was a side of him that he kept largely to himself through the first years of his presidency while he focused on other priorities like turning the economy around, expanding government-subsidized health care and avoiding electoral land mines en route to re-election.

After securing a second term, Mr. Obama appeared more emboldened. Just a month after his 2013 inauguration, he talked passionately about opportunity and race with a group of teenage boys in Chicago, a moment aides point to as perhaps the first time he had spoken about these issues in such a personal, powerful way as president. A few months later, he publicly lamented the death of Trayvon Martin, a black Florida teenager, saying that “could have been me 35 years ago.”

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President Obama on Monday with Darinel Montero, a student at Bronx International High School who introduced him before remarks at Lehman College in the Bronx. Credit Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

That case, along with public ruptures of anger over police shootings in Ferguson and elsewhere, have pushed the issue of race and law enforcement onto the public agenda. Aides said they imagined that with his presidency in its final stages, Mr. Obama might be thinking more about what comes next and causes he can advance as a private citizen.

That is not to say that his public discussion of these issues has been universally welcomed. Some conservatives said he had made matters worse by seeming in their view to blame police officers in some of the disputed cases.

“President Obama, when he was elected, could have been a unifying leader,” Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, a Republican candidate for president, said at a forum last week. “He has made decisions that I think have inflamed racial tensions.”

On the other side of the ideological spectrum, some liberal African-American activists have complained that Mr. Obama has not done enough to help downtrodden communities. While he is speaking out more, these critics argue, he has hardly used the power of the presidency to make the sort of radical change they say is necessary.

The line Mr. Obama has tried to straddle has been a serrated one. He condemns police brutality as he defends most officers as honorable. He condemns “criminals and thugs” who looted in Baltimore while expressing empathy with those trapped in a cycle of poverty and hopelessness.

In the Bronx on Monday, Mr. Obama bemoaned the death of Brian Moore, a plainclothes New York police officer who had died earlier in the day after being shot in the head Saturday on a Queens street. Most police officers are “good and honest and fair and care deeply about their communities,” even as they put their lives on the line, Mr. Obama said.

“Which is why in addressing the issues in Baltimore or Ferguson or New York, the point I made was that if we’re just looking at policing, we’re looking at it too narrowly,” he added. “If we ask the police to simply contain and control problems that we ourselves have been unwilling to invest and solve, that’s not fair to the communities, it’s not fair to the police.”

Moreover, if society writes off some people, he said, “that’s not the kind of country I want to live in; that’s not what America is about.”

His message to young men like Malachi Hernandez, who attends Boston Latin Academy in Massachusetts, is not to give up.

“I want you to know you matter,” he said. “You matter to us.”