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.
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.
Listening to the Bible will change the way you understand scripture. The stories and poems and instructions comes in through the ears and consume your whole being as God´s word becomes part of a living experience. The Common English Bible is not simply a revision or update of an existing translation. It is a bold new translation designed to meet the needs of Christians as they work to build a strong and meaningful relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Who is it for? The Common English Bible is committed to the whole church of Jesus Christ. To achieve this, the CEB represents the work of a diverse team with broad scholarship, including the work of over one hundred and twenty scholars - men and women from twenty-four faith traditions in American, African, Asian, European and Latino communities. As a result, the English translation of ancient words has an uncommon relevance for a broad audience of Bible readers - from children to scholars. ´´I have been, for over forty years, a great collector of different translations… I find the Common English Bible stands apart. 1. Language: English. Narrator: uncredited. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hove/001101/bk_hove_001101_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Pride and Prejudice gets remixed in this smart, funny, gorgeous retelling of the classic, starring all characters of color, from Ibi Zoboi, National Book Award finalist and author of American Street. 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.
Nobody who works hard should be poor in America, writes Pulitzer Prize-winner David Shipler. Clear-headed, rigorous, and compassionate, he journeys deeply into the lives of individual store clerks and factory workers, farm laborers and sweat-shop seamstresses, illegal immigrants in menial jobs, and Americans saddled with immense student loans and paltry wages. They are known as the working poor. They perform labor essential to America´s comfort. They are white and black, Latino and Asian - men and women in small towns and city slums trapped near the poverty line, where the margins are so tight that even minor setbacks can cause devastating chain reactions. Shipler shows how liberals and conservatives are both partly right - that practically every life story contains failure by both the society and the individual. Braced by hard fact and personal testimony, he unravels the forces that confine people in the quagmire of low wages. And unlike most works on poverty, this book also offers compelling portraits of employers struggling against razor-thin profits and competition from abroad. With pointed recommendations for change that will challenge Republicans and Democrats alike, The Working Poor stands to make a difference. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Peter Ganim. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/003085/bk_adbl_003085_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Stephanie Banner is 20 years old the night Dakota Shane stands center stage while six bullets ring out through the stadium. Five deaths occur from those shots, although only four ever go on record. All four are women. It happens in Portland, Oregon, at the Rose Garden Arena. The show is a sellout. Twenty-two thousand seats gone in less than four hours. For the eight days leading up to the concert, a handful of disparate lives intertwine as their world unravels. Their sanity, their relationships, their work, their children, the law, and even death hangs in the balance. Among them are: the learning-disabled black kid from East St. Louis trying to move past having his little sister die in his arms when she and his Momma become collateral damage during a drive-by; the quick-witted black man who, after losing control of his car on his way to visit family in Portland, finds himself duct-taped to a chair, a hostage to a meth-addled lunatic wanted for a double homicide; the Latino son now desperately struggling to rise above his abusive father and help his mother and sister move on to a better life, while unable to let go of the tremendous guilt he bears over the fate of the other sister he once had; the slash-punk singer who manages to score her band the best gig of its career, only to learn she may not have a band left to play it; the Korean psychiatrist finally confronting how much of her life has slipped by her - how many years she lost - while focussing on far less important things; the ex-LAPD detective now working for the Portland PD finally facing the ghosts that still linger from the time of the Rodney King riots - a past that forced him to drag his family up out of LA; the bitter ex-wife of a disc jockey who still secretly listens to her ex-husband´s midnight radio show as she drinks herself into a whiskey coma; the out of control daughter having unprotected sex with strangers hoping that pregnancy might draw the attention of parents unable 1. Language: English. Narrator: Eric Bryan Moore. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/070365/bk_acx0_070365_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.