But kevin hart, and chocolate droppa before him, JK Rowling, like Ernest Hemingway, was able to defy the odds and turn it around. And his mother was overwhelmingly strict, beating him with belts, frying pans, and his own toys. So why not choose the interpretation that serves your life the best?” Atria 37 ink.
His brother was a crack dealer and petty thief. A book has a beginning. A book has a spine that holds it together. It begins in North Philadelphia. And that man happens to be the biggest comedian in the world, with tours that sell out football stadiums and films that have collectively grossed over $3. 5 billion.
In his literary debut, he takes the reader on a journey through what his life was, what it is today, and how he’s overcome each challenge to become the man he is today. His father was a drug addict who was in and out of jail. Not only do you get to choose how you interpret each chapter, but your interpretation writes the next chapter, ” he says.
Some of those words include: the, a, for, above, and even even. Kevin Hart is compact. The odds, in short, just like the odds that are stacked against the release of a new book in this era of social media where Hart has a following of over 100 million, were stacked against our young hero, by the way.
Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It
Combining his own story with bold advice and his signature commitment to honesty at all costs, Charlamagne hopes this book will give others the confidence to live their own truths. Beginning with his journey from the small town of moncks corner, kanye west, he shares how he turned his troubled early life around by owning his many mistakes and refusing to give up on his dreams, South Carolina to his headline grabbing interviews with celebrities like Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, Jay-Z, and Hillary Clinton, even after his controversial opinions got him fired from several on-air jobs.
Instant new york times bestseller charlamagne Tha God—the self-proclaimed “Prince of Pissing People Off, ” co-host of Power 105. 1’s the breakfast club, and “hip-hop’s howard Stern”—shares his unlikely success story as well as how embracing one’s truths is a fundamental key to success and happiness.
In his new book, charlamagne tha god presents his comic, often controversial, and always brutally honest insights on how living an authentic life is the quickest path to success. Touchstone.
The Last Black Unicorn
New york times bestseller from stand-up comedian, comes the last black unicorn, and unflinching collection of extremely personal essays, a sidesplitting, edgy, actress, and breakout star of Girls Trip, Tiffany Haddish, hysterical, as fearless as the author herself. Growing up in one of the poorest neighborhoods of South Central Los Angeles, Tiffany learned to survive by making people laugh.
Finally poised to become a household name, she recounts with heart and humor how she came from nothing and nowhere to achieve her dreams by owning, sharing, and using her pain to heal others. Or at least she could make enough money—as the paid school mascot and in-demand Bar Mitzvah hype woman—to get her hair and nails done, so then she might get a boyfriend.
By turns hilarious, filthy, and brutally honest, down-to-earth, grateful, The Last Black Unicorn shows the world who Tiffany Haddish really is—humble, and funny as hell. None of that worked and she’s still single, but it allowed Tiffany to imagine a place for herself where she could do something she loved for a living: comedy.
If she could do that, then her classmates would let her copy their homework, the other foster kids she lived with wouldn’t beat her up, and she might even get a boyfriend. Tiffany can’t avoid being funny—it’s just who she is, whether she’s plotting shocking, jaw-dropping revenge on an ex-boyfriend or learning how to handle her newfound fame despite still having a broke person’s mind-set.
Touchstone. And now, she’s ready to inspire others through the power of laughter.
We're Going to Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True
Touchstone. In the wake of rape allegations made against director and actor Nate Parker, Union—a forty-four-year-old actress who launched her career with roles in iconic ’90s movies—instantly became the insightful, outspoken actress that Hollywood has been desperately awaiting. We are real. In this moving collection of thought provoking essays infused with her unique wisdom and deep humor, gender, feminism, color, Union uses that same fearlessness to tell astonishingly personal and true stories about power, and fame.
Genuine and perceptive, union bravely lays herself bare, uncovering a complex and courageous life of self-doubt and self-discovery with incredible poise and brutal honesty. With honesty and heartbreaking wisdom, she revealed her own trauma as a victim of sexual assault: "It is for you that I am speaking.
Throughout, and reminds us of the importance of confidence, she compels us to be ethical and empathetic, laughter, and the power of sharing truth, self-awareness, and support. Union tackles a range of experiences, coping with crushes, including bullying, and competition between women in Hollywood, puberty, beauty standards, growing up in white California suburbia and then spending summers with her black relatives in Nebraska, and the divorce of her parents.
This is real. New york times bestsellernominated for the naacp image award for outstanding literary worknamed a Best Book of the Year by The RootChosen by Emma Straub as a Best New Celebrity Memoir“A book of essays as raw and honest as anyone has ever produced. Lena dunham, lenny letterin the spirit of amy poehler’s yes please, and roxane Gay's Bad Feminist, Hollywood, race, a powerful collection of essays about gender, Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl, sexuality, beauty, and what it means to be a modern woman.
Around the Way Girl: A Memoir
Henson writes of her family, the one she was born into and the one she created. Touchstone. Here, she opens up about her experiences as a single mother, too, a journey some saw as a burden but which she saw as a gift. From Taraji P. Henson, comes an inspiring and funny memoir—“a bona fide hit” essence—about family, the hustle required to make it in Hollywood, friends, Academy Award nominee, and star of the award-winning film Hidden Figures, Golden Globe winner, and the joy of living your own truth.
With a sensibility that recalls her beloved screen characters, Queenie, the NASA mathematician, Yvette, and the iconic Cookie from Empire, Shug, including Katherine, Taraji P. Around the way girl is also a classic actor’s memoir in which Taraji reflects on the world-class instruction she received at Howard University and how she chipped away, particularly women of color, with one small role after another, at Hollywood's resistance to give women, meaty significant roles.
She is at heart just a girl in pursuit of her dreams in this “inspiring account of overcoming adversity and a quest for self-discovery, written with vitality and enthusiasm” Shelf Awareness. She shares stories of her father, a vietnam vet who was bowed but never broken by life’s challenges, and of her mother who survived violence both at home and on DC’s volatile streets.
With laugh-out-loud humor and candor, she shares the challenges and disappointments of the actor’s journey and shows us that behind the red carpet moments, she is ever authentic.
The Autobiography of Gucci Mane
He inspired and mentored a new generation of artists and producers: Migos, Young Thug, Mike Will Made-It, Zaytoven, Nicki Minaj, Metro Boomin. Too often, his erratic behavior threatened to end it all. Incarceration, violence, rap beefs, drug addiction. It is the captivating life of an artist who forged an unlikely path to stardom and personal rebirth.
In his extraordinary autobiography, the trap house, the legend takes us to his roots in Alabama, the streets of East Atlanta, and the studio where he found his voice as a peerless rapper. His influential mixtapes and street anthems pioneered the sound of trap music. Yet every success was followed by setback.
Born in rural bessemer, radric delantic Davis became Gucci Mane in East Atlanta, Alabama, where the rap scene is as vibrant as the dope game. New york times bestseller “as wild, unpredictable, and fascinating as the man himself. Complex “a cautionary tale that ends in triumph. Gq “a revelation and a welcome addition to hip-hop’s literary legacy.
All hip hop the highly anticipated memoir from Gucci Mane, “one of hip-hop’s most prolific and admired artists” The New York Times. For the first time Gucci Mane tells his story in his own words. He reflects on his inimitable career and in the process confronts his dark past—years behind bars, drug addiction, the murder charge, career highs and lows—the making of a trap god.
Unsuccessful Thug: One Comedian8217;s Journey from Naptown to Tinseltown
And mess it up he did. Not to mention he wasn’t very good at it—take, for example, the day he had to call the cops on himself when a dog wouldn’t let him leave a house he was burgling. And not the good part. Mike epps is one of america’s favorite and funniest people, but the path to fame was paved with opportunities to mess it up.
Growing up in “naptown”—what people who live there really call rough-around-the-edges Indianapolis—Epps found himself forced to hustle from an early age. From naptown to tinseltown—legendary stand-up comedian and actor Mike Epps finally tells all in this outrageous, hilarious, no-holds-barred memoir.
Before starring in def comedy jam and showtime at the Apollo—before the sold-out comedy shows, Uncle Buck, and becoming his hero Richard Pryor in a biopic—there was Indianapolis. Despite his mother’s best efforts, “chaney, and the love of his well-behaved brother, but as he quickly discovered, ” and his beloved sister, Julie, Epps was drawn to a life of crime, stealing and dealing didn’t really fit his sweet sensibilities.
After several arrests and more than a few months in jail, Epps finally realized that he was an unsuccessful thug, and instead turned to the next most obvious career path: stand-up comedy. Touchstone. Unsuccessful thug is about growing up black in america, pull yourself up by the bootstraps, and ultimately how it feels to fail at thugdom, facing down racism in Hollywood, and end up selling out arenas and starring in movies across the country.
And when describing how he survived when so many of his friends didn’t, Epps makes clear what he’s thankful for and sorry about.
From snapchat sensation, business mogul, and recording artist DJ Khaled, the book They don't want you to read reveals his major keys to success. Stay away from they- don’t ever play yourself- secure the bag- Respect the code- Glorify your success- Don’t deny the heat- Keep two rooms cooking at the same time - Win, win, win no matter what Touchstone.
Empire State of Mind: How Jay Z Went from Street Corner to Corner Office, Revised Edition
Cole—more than one hundred in total—this book explains just how Jay Z propelled himself from the bleak streets of Brooklyn to the heights of the business world. Touchstone. I’m not a businessman—I’m a business, man. Jay zas much as martha stewart or Oprah—and perhaps more than any musician—Jay Z has turned himself into a lifestyle.
Portfolio. He’ll profit at every turn of your day. Empire state of mind reveals the story behind jay z’s rise as told by the people who lived it with him, from classmates at Brooklyn’s George Westinghouse High School and the childhood friend who got him into the drug trade, to the DJ who persuaded him to stop dealing and focus on the music.
Carter sneakers, watch baseball star Robinson Cano smack a couple of hits in an afternoon game, and grab dinner at The Spotted Pig. On the way to jay z’s 40/40 club for a d’ussé cognac nightcap, sign up for streaming service Tidal and hear his latest collaboration with Beyoncé. The Keys. You can wake up to the local radio station playing his newest hit, spritz yourself with his latest cologne, slip on a pair of his Rocawear jeans, lace up your Reebok S.
Now with new interviews with industry insiders like Russell Simmons, Alicia Keys, and J.
Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It
Touchstone. Portfolio. This journey to truth begins in the small town of moncks corner, lena Dunham, Kevin Hart, and leads to New York and headline-grabbing interviews and insights from celebrities like Kanye West, Malcolm Gladwell, South Carolina, Jay Z, and Hillary Clinton. Black privilege lays out all the great wisdom charlamagne’s been given from many mentors, and tells the uncensored story of how he turned around his troubled early life by owning his many mistakes and refusing to give up on his dreams, even after his controversial opinions got him fired from several on-air jobs.
The Keys. An instant new york times bestseller! charlamagne Tha God—the self-proclaimed “Prince of Pissing People Off, ” cohost of Power 105. 1’s the breakfast club, and “the most important voice in hip-hop”—shares his eight principles for unlocking your God-given privilege. In black privilege, charlamagne presents his often controversial and always brutally honest insights on how living an authentic life is the quickest path to success.
These life-learned principles include: -there are no losses in life, no one can use it against you -we all have privilege, only lessons -Give people the credit they deserve for being stupid—starting with yourself -It’s not the size of the pond but the hustle in the fish -When you live your truth, we just need to access it By combining his own story with bold advice and his signature commitment to honesty no matter the cost, Charlamagne hopes Black Privilege will empower you to live your own truth.
The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl
But when issa rae, the creator of the shorty award-winning hit series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, is that introvert—whether she’s navigating love, friendships, the workplace, or “rapping”—it sure is entertaining. Now, rae covers everything from cybersexing in the early days of the Internet to deflecting unsolicited comments on weight gain, in this New York Times bestselling debut collection written in her witty and self-deprecating voice, from navigating the perils of eating out alone and public displays of affection to learning to accept yourself—natural hair and all.
Someone once told me those were the two worst things anyone could be. The Keys. The “brilliantly wry” lena dunham and “lovably awkward” Mindy Kaling New York Times bestseller from the creator of HBO’s Insecure. In this universally accessible new york times bestseller named for her wildly popular web series, Issa Rae—“a singular voice with the verve and vivacity of uncorked champagne” Kirkus Reviews—waxes humorously on what it’s like to be unabashedly awkward in a world that regards introverts as hapless misfits and black as cool.
I’m awkward—and black. Touchstone. The misadventures of Awkward Black Girl. Portfolio. That someone was right.