Synopses & Reviews
"'The American dream is in dire need of a wake-up call,' says actor-comedian-producer Hughley. He has starred in shows on ABC (The Hughleys), CNN (D.L. Hughley Breaks the News) and HBO (Unapologetic) in addition to radio (The D.L. Hughley Morning Show), and now he finds a solid footing on yet another plateau as he makes an easy transition to the printed page, covering a wide range of topics, from meeting Mitt Romney ('He reminded me of a very high-end used-car salesman') to police brutality ('The one good thing to come out of the Rodney King fiasco is that much of what the LAPD formerly did in secrecy was now made public'). Throughout, his personal asides become a springboard to a penetrating commentary on contemporary life, as he nails down some truths on racism, education ('Half of U.S. students who begin college never finish'), the decline of customer service, literacy levels ('We're 20th behind Poland and Kazakhstan'), black women, slurs and stereotypes, and the moral decline of black leaders ('Ali, King and Malcolm X were men who never looked for causes. The causes found them'). In the closing chapter, he concludes, 'Comedy might not be able to change minds but it can certainly expose truths and knock down fallacies.' Ditto for this book, which provides that much-needed wakeup call." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
D.L. HUGHLEY is one of the most popular and highly recognized standup comedians on the road today. D.L. serves as a weekly contributor to The Tom Joyner Morning Show. D.L. hosted his own late night talk show on CNN, D.L. Hughley Breaks the News. Recently, D.L. starred in his own one-hour special (his fourth for HBO) entitled Unapologetic. As the star and producer of his namesake television show that ran on ABC and UPN, The Hughleys, D.L. is also well known as one of the standout comedians on the hit comedy docu-film The Original Kings of Comedy. He is a regular on the late-night talk show circuit, including appearances on Real Time with Bill Maher, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Conan. He has even guest-hosted on such shows as The View and Live with Regis & Kelly.