I Am the New Black

Written by: Tracy Morgan

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In this outrageously funny, heartbreaking, and surprising memoir, Tracy Morgan takes readers on a wild ride through his incredible journey from the streets of the Coney Island projects to the bright lights of Hollywood. Morgan, best known for his unpredictable antics on Saturday Night Live and his Emmy-nominated performance as Tracy Jordan on the hit sitcom 30 Rock, bares all in this brutally honest and uproariously hilarious account of his life.

Growing up in the projects, Morgan learned early on that being funny was a matter of survival. Whether shutting down playground bullies or exacting revenge on those who stole his Pumas at the community pool, humor was his weapon of choice. As he navigated the untouchable sadness of his father’s death and the desperation of the drug dealer’s trade in the South Bronx during the crack epidemic, comedy became his escape.

From the comedy clubs of Harlem to his seven-year stint on Saturday Night Live and his unforgettable roles in movies like The Longest Yard and Half-Baked, Morgan’s dream of making it big in the entertainment industry became a reality. However, success came with its fair share of challenges, including very public battles with alcohol and diabetes that threatened both his career and his life.

With his trademark take-no-prisoners humor, Morgan candidly shares the highs and lows of his remarkable journey, including the poignant end of his twenty-year marriage. Through his singularly warped and brilliant lens, he reflects on family, love, sex, race, politics, ambition, and what it takes to bring the funny.

“I Am the New Black” is a howlingly funny, inspiring, searing, and touching memoir that offers a fascinating peek inside the mind of one of the most compelling and defining comedians of our time. Tracy Morgan’s story is one of resilience, determination, and the unshakable power of laughter in the face of adversity.


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