Imani is Fabiola’s first friend at school. She’s a beautiful and very smart young woman, with long hair that Fabiola finds beautiful. Though Imani is initially reluctant to befriend Fabiola, given Fabiola’s cousins’ reputation, she eventually offers to help Fabiola out when she gets a bad grade on an English paper. Imani is a stellar English student, so she teaches Fabiola how to cite her sources and build an argument. Imani and Fabiola both dislike Donna’s boyfriend, Dray, and although Imani thinks he’s scary, she inadvertently becomes the object of his affection for a time. While Dray and Donna are broken up, Dray begins texting Imani and having dresses and flowers delivered to her house. But because Imani’s is afraid of Donna, she doesn’t feel comfortable rejecting Dray’s advances (she fears, not incorrectly, that Donna will beat her up for trying to “steal” her boyfriend).
Imani Character Timeline in American Street
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...are disrespectful. After class, Fabiola introduces herself to the girl next to her. The girl, Imani, recognizes Fabiola as “the Three Bees’ cousin.” Noticing the look Imani’s gives her, Fabiola doesn’t... (full context)
...Clearly, Mr. Nolan thinks that everything she wrote about a Haitian revolutionary hero is wrong. Imani asks Fabiola what’s wrong, and Fabiola shares that she got a D. Imani offers to... (full context)
...isn’t helping; Fabiola is working for Manman’s release alone. Then, the connection cuts out, and Imani knocks on the stall door. Fabiola, feeling light and happy, tells Imani that she was... (full context)
...weight loss as the drought before the rain—the rain being Dray’s arrest by Detective Stevens. Imani, however, is concerned by Fabiola’s weight loss. She refuses to come over and try Haitian... (full context)
...happening. She rejects a call from Detective Stevens and tells Pri that the number is Imani’s. Pri teases Fabiola about trying to distance herself from all the West Side drama and... (full context)