The Life I Chose: The Streets Lied to Me by Ameer Baraka (2 star ratings)Ameer Baraka’s “The Life I Chose…The Streets Lied to Me”, is a vivid, instructive and true to life account of a young man’s descent into the criminal life in New Orleans and his ascent to become a successful actor, producer and mentor to youth in the city. The Life I Chose…The Streets Lied to Me,” includes interesting and compelling material regarding the temptations and “traps” of growing up poor, Black and illiterate in the streets of New Orleans, including a murder of another youth and a long prison sentence. Mr. Baraka effectively tells his story of redemption, including how he taught himself to read, his entry into the film industry and his work as a mentor to at risk youth. The role that faith and reading plays in his recovery, from life in the streets, reflects what psychologists understand to be the pathway from street and prison to success. It is at once humorous, tragic, objective and emotional. It is a terrific read with a number of themes that will be of importance to general readers of memoirs, Black experience, and true to life crime. There are several books that describe similar pathways, but none I know are told as well as The Life I Chose…The Streets Lied to Me”, tells its tale.” -Dr. Peter Scharf Criminologist and Professor – Tulane University New Orleans, LA
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It is available on Amazon and Kindle. Baraka uses the book as a teaching tool to show readers how he overcame having been incarcerated as a youth, diagnosed with dyslexia, raised in an impoverished single-parent household, inducted into a vicious street gang, and introduced to drug use by his own absentee father who would later spend decades behind bars. His no-holds-barred account of bypassing adolescence and being forced from childhood directly into adulthood without mentoring or parental guidance is an homage to perseverance and self determination if ever there was one. Garcia of New Kingdom Pictures. Baraka will appear in all media in support of the book and is currently on a national speaking tour that includes churches and other houses of worship throughout the U.
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