After getting kicked out of the police academy, Alfred Robles rose to become one of the hottest young comedians in the country. Two years into his comedy career, Alfred was featured on the hit shows Loco Comedy Jam and the Latino Laugh Festival. Alfred has spent the last three years touring the country and the world with Gabriel Iglesias on Comedy Central's Fluffy Shop Tour, Comedy Central's Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand-Up Revolution, and Gabriel Iglesias' Unity Through Laughter Tour. He has been seen on NUVO TV's Stand Up and Deliver, STARZ's Staaand Upp, and Comedy.TV with Byron Allen. A mix between the comedy stylings of Mitch Hedberg and Jim Jeffries, Alfred's comedy is on the dark side. He steps on the line but doesn't cross it. But beware - no one is safe from Alfred's good-humored teasing. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alfred Robles. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pf/roar/000180/pf_roar_000180_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Who agrees to an arranged marriage in the 21st century? Beth Malone can't believe a date request with the 1Night Stand service morphed into an arranged marriage offer. But after a heartbreaking divorce and no knight in shining armor coming to sweep her off her feet, her desire to find that knight and have a family is looking more like a dream than a reality. After filling out a 1Night Stand questionnaire worthy of the CIA, Christian Ramos is stunned when Madame Eve offers to arrange more than a date for one night: She suggests a wife! What the hell? After his best friend, Jackson Castillo, stops laughing, he advises him to consider the offer. Between the 40th birthday looming on the horizon and his Latino upbringing, Chris is forced to take a hard look at his life. Reality check - time is running out for what he wants - a family and a woman to share his life. First comes love, then comes marriage isn't part of their matrimonial situation, but neither Beth nor Christian anticipated the immediate attraction and contentment that comes with saying, "I do." 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lane Baldwin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/045006/bk_acx0_045006_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Jeff Garcia brings the laughs when he talks about racial issues and Los Angeles idiosyncrasies. Then, Neal Brennan takes the mic and gets tough on gangsters and romance. Next, Jay Davis talks about homoerotic experiences at the gym and relationships based on text messaging.Jeff GarciaBy the time Jeff Garcia was sixteen, he landed his first television spot on HBO's Loco Slam. Since then, Jeff has made over twelve television appearances, including NBC's Friday Night Videos, Vibe with Sinbad, and Galavision's Funny is Funny showcasing his comedy talent. Jeff currently tours across the country at comedy clubs, colleges, and most recently the Latino Laugh Festival held in San Antonio. Neal BrennanNeal Brennan is an accomplished writer, stand-up comedian, director, and producer. He is most popularly known for his work on the Comedy Central series Chappelle's Show, and for co-writing the film Half Baked.Jay DavisJay Davis is a comedian and a producer who garnered nationwide attention after appearing in Dane Cook's Tourgasm on HBO. Aside from touring across the country, Jay books, produces, and hosts the long-running Life of The Party show every Tuesday night at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeff Garcia, Neal Brennan, Jay Davis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pf/lafa/071113/pf_lafa_071113_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A smart, funny, gorgeous retelling of Pride and Prejudice, starring all characters of color, from Ibi Zoboi, National Book Award finalist and author of American Street. Don't miss the audiobook, read by Elizabeth Acevedo, the beloved author and narrator of The Poet X, winner of an Odyssey Honor and an AudioFile Earphones Award winner. Zuri Benitez has pride. Brooklyn pride, family pride, and pride in her Afro-Latino roots. But pride might not be enough to save her rapidly gentrifying neighborhood from becoming unrecognizable. When the wealthy Darcy family moves in across the street, Zuri wants nothing to do with their two teenage sons, even as her older sister, Janae, starts to fall for the charming Ainsley. She especially can’t stand the judgmental and arrogant Darius. Yet as Zuri and Darius are forced to find common ground, their initial dislike shifts into an unexpected understanding.But with four wild sisters pulling her in different directions, cute boy Warren vying for her attention, and college applications hovering on the horizon, Zuri fights to find her place in Bushwick’s changing landscape, or lose it all. In a timely update of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, critically acclaimed author Ibi Zoboi skillfully balances cultural identity, class, and gentrification against the heady magic of first love in her vibrant reimagining of this beloved classic. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Elizabeth Acevedo. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/007664/bk_harp_007664_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Jamal Doman has his own style of comedy, which he refers to as "sophisticated ghetto". Jamal says, "My comedy is much like my personality. I'm from the hood, but I have some sophistication to me." Called "a comedian's comedian" by his peers, Jamal is poised on the brink of stardom. Jamal may be rough around the edges, but he is genuine at the core, and the audience relates to him. A Philadelphia native, Jamal was born into a family where comedy reigned supreme. His parents, whom Jamal credits for their unconditional support of his comedic endeavors, were huge fans of Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, and Robert Klein. After his first encounter with Murphy's Raw, Jamal was compelled to give his own stand-up chops a try; he entered a talent show and has been moving full speed ahead ever since. In 1998 Jamal made the move to Los Angeles, where he quickly became an industry favorite. Shortly after his arrival in Hollywood, Jamal began making appearances on stand-up comedy TV shows including Comics Unleashed, BET Comicview, Martin Lawrence 1st Amendment, Latino Laugh Festival, Showtime at the Apollo, Who Wants to Date a Comedian, and Comedy Central Laff Riots. Not content with conquering the stage and TV, Jamal set his sights on both film and the Internet. Over the course of his career, he starred in the films Repos, The Greatest Song, and Streets. He has also solidified his reputation as an Internet sensation, with his videos amassing thousands of views and his "JUICY T. - Certified Pimp" webisodes, which are now popular classics. He has a new podcast titled The Baldheads with Comedian Tobe Hixx. Jamal is a US military favorite, having performed for our troops in Guam, South Korea, Iceland, Japan, Afghanistan, Kuwait, and Iraq. Jamal says, "Performing for the troops is one of the joys of being in this business". With almost three decades in the game, the best is ye 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jamal Doman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pf/roar/000192/pf_roar_000192_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A candid, savvy, inspiring, and often hilarious memoir by one of America's most fearless political leaders. Beloved by the immigrants and working people whose rights he has championed, 11-term Congressman Luis Gutierrez is, among Latinos and along with Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the most recognized Hispanic public figure in America. Here Gutierrez recounts his life between two worlds: too Puerto Rican in America, where he was born and yet was told to "go back to where you came from"; too American in Puerto Rico, where he was ridiculed as a "gringo" who couldn't speak Spanish. For much of his early life, he seemed like the last person who would rise to national prominence. Yet his tremendous will and resilience shaped his varied experiences - from picking coffee beans to driving a cab - into one of the most surprising careers in American politics. He campaigned for Chicago's first black mayor, Harold Washington. Someone threw a Molotov cocktail through the window of his house, and he only grew more committed to reform. Tested in the crucible of the notoriously tough Chicago city council, he earned the nickname "El Gallito": the little fighting rooster. Gutierrez was one of the first Latino public figures to support gay rights; he led the fight to cut Congressional paychecks, hashed out legislation with both Ted Kennedy and John McCain, and fought with Newt Gingrich and George W. Bush. Despite his strong support for Barack Obama in two elections, he has twice been arrested while protesting for immigrants in front of the Obama White House. From recollections of his failures as a teenage activist to his crackling observations of the nautical decor in Kennedy's office and the white-gloved waiters of the Speaker's dining room, Gutierrez is as endearing to the reader as he is sometimes maddening to his colleagues, inspiring us all to stand up for our rights and for those of others. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tony Plana. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/014621/bk_adbl_014621_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
At once criminal and savior, clown and creator, antagonist and mediator, the character of trickster has made frequent appearances in works by writers the world over. As Margaret Atwood observed, trickster gods 'stand where the door swings open on its hinges and the horizon expands; they operate where things are joined together and, thus, can also fall apart.' A shaping force in American literature, trickster has appeared in such characters as Huckleberry Finn, Rinehart, Sula, and Nanapush. Usually a figure both culturally specific and transcendent, trickster leads the way to the unconscious, the concealed, and the seemingly unattainable. 'Trickster Lives' offers thirteen new and challenging interpretations of trickster in American writing, including essays on works by African American, Native American, Pacific Rim, and Latino writers, as well as an examination of trickster politics. This innovative collection of work conveys the trickster's unmistakable imprint on the modern world.
PLAYING THE GAME: Turning My Personal Defeat into Aviation History A Memoir by David D. Strachan Edited with an Introduction by Brenda Carpenter Osayim This story is both a memoir and a handbook for survival for young men and women of color in 21st-century America. It includes a step-by-step instructional on how to become a commercial pilot, with specific advice that lays out a road map showing how to get from Point A to Point B to achieve this goal. It is also the story of the Everest-like climb of a group of poor black students from a Brooklyn, New York high school who went on, despite the barriers that have been systematically placed in their paths, to become professional airline pilots, many of them currently occupying the captain's seat on some of the world's most sophisticated aircraft. Most importantly, it is the life story of the one man who accomplished this incredible feat, David D. Strachan. His encounter with white-supremacy racism is neither new nor unusual. What is different about his story is the fact that he was able to overcome his anger and turn the tables on the white supremacists who systematically kept him from achieving his career goal. The attempt to bar him from fully participating in the American dream backfired: David D. Strachan got even. The result is that hundreds of black and Latino men and women are now pilots for major airlines and freight carriers, and in the military, at home and abroad. Almost single-handedly, 'Brother Strachan' taught his students and others whom he mentored how to go around the minefields that inevitably stand in their way as they attempt to follow their dream. Their success is his success. Their episodes with white supremacy are reverberations of his experiences forty years earlier. At every level in American society and in every industry, there are still people who guard access to the best jobs, maintaining these high-paying positions for themselves and others who look like them. To get past these gatekeepers, an African-descendant or Latino person must know how to play the game. He or she has to be more qualified and more knowledgeable than any European candidate, and that still does not guarantee that the more qualified individual will get the job. David D. Strachan has taught a generation of people of color how to play the game, and they, in turn, are teaching others.
A radically new vision of women and girls living below the poverty line; Lisa Dodson makes a frontal assault on conventional attitudes and stereotypes of women in poor America and the seriously misguided 'welfare reform' policies of the end of the century. 'I hear Odessa, a thirty-two-year-old woman, speak at a forum on welfare reform. I ask her about the phrase she used, 'Don't call me out of name,' for it seemed to speak for a whole nation of people. Odessa tells me that women who have no money and no one to stand up for them get put into a bad position and they get misnamed. Most often they get called 'welfare mothers' or 'recipients,' words she will no longer acknowledge. With millions alongside her, Odessa has emerged by her own strength and some opportunity, and now she insists upon naming herself.' While Lisa Dodson was working in a Charlestown factory twenty years ago, the stories of the women she worked with daily captivated her; she listened to them speak about harsh lives and their deep commitment to family and community. It was the beginning of Dodson's desire to learn the truth and write it down. For over eight years, Dodson has been documenting the lives of girls and women-hundreds of white, African-American, Latino, Haitian, Irish, and other women in personal interviews, focus groups, surveys, and Life-History Studies. This book is a crossing--a class crossing--taking readers into fellowship with people who are seldom invited to speak but who have powerful stories to tell and who force us to abandon common myths that have been fed to us by the media about school dropouts, teen pregnancy, and welfare 'cheats.' Don't Call Us Out of Name delves deeply into the realities of their lives, often with surprising and uplifting stories of commonplace courage, unimaginable strength, and resourcefulness. Lisa Dodson does not simply give us the truth about women living in poverty but offers realistic hope for meaningful policy reform based on the experience and analysis of the women we have seen so far only in stereotype and whose voices we have not truly heard. These women emerge as critical contributors to the creation of sound, humane public policy.