Dead Man Talking
Blue Rage, Black Redemption, a memoir by Stanley Tookie Williams, is the story of the personal revolution of a man who went from co-founding the Crips gang to becoming a Nobel Peace Prize nominee. When his L.A. neighborhood was threatened by gangsters, what began as a form of protection soon became the largest and most notorious gang in American history. A 1981 conviction sent him to Death Row for more than 20 years; he was executed on December 13th, 2005.
In this often enthralling and emotional memoir Blue Rage chronicles Tookie's Crip, gangbanging life while Black Redemption is Tookie's legacy—books, awards, Nobel Prize nominations, and his fight for personal and public redemption. Currently Tookie's son, 32 year old Li'l Tookie who has served 14 years of a 15 year to life prison sentence for manslaughter, attests that his father's metamorphosis compelled his own.
Blue Rage, Black Redemption, a memoir by Stanley Tookie Williams. Includes a foreward by Tavis Smiley and an epilogue by Barbara Becnel. Touchstone Original/Simon & Schuster Trade Paperback $16.00. ISBN 1-4165-4449-6.
Mr. Manners Advises
"My manners were the first ingredient that set me apart from my peers," notes the suave and stylish Fonzworth Bentley, former personal assistant to Sean "Diddy" Combs,' the rapper turned record producer Wikipedia calls the second richest hip-hop artist in the business. A celebrity in his own right, Bentley shares his surefire strategies for success in his book, 'ADVANCE YOUR SWAGGER: How to use Manners, Confidence, and Style to Get Ahead.' The key equation: Manners + Confidence + Style = Swagger. With this formula, he tells readers, you can step up your game, advance your swagger, get ahead, and live out your dreams.
ADVANCE YOUR SWAGGER: How to use Manners, Confidence, and Style to Get Ahead by Foxworth Bentley, Villard Hardcover, $24.95.