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Living in Color

By: Tommy Davidson,Tom Teicholz - contributor
Narrated by: Tommy Davidson
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Abandoned as an infant on the streets of Greenville, Mississippi, and rescued by a loving white family, Tommy Davidson spent most of his childhood unaware that he was different from his brother and sister. All that changed as he came of age in a society of racial barriers - ones that he was soon to help break. On a fledgling network, Tommy joined the cast of In Living Color, alongside other relative newcomers including Jim Carrey, Rosie Perez, Jamie Foxx, and Jennifer Lopez - all united by an ingenious throng of Wayans siblings, poised to break new ground. 

Tommy gives listeners the never-before-told behind-the-scenes story of the first show born of the Hip Hop Nation: from its incredible rise, to his own creation of such unforgettable characters as Sweet Tooth Jones and appearing in such classic sketches as "Homie the Clown" and the unforgettable "Ugly Woman", through guest-star skirmishes to backstage tensions and the eventual fall of this pop-culture touchstone. And he also shares his very personal story of living with - and being inspired and empowered by - two distinct family histories. 

Told with humor and hard-won honesty by a singular voice whose family and friendships help him navigate a life of personal and professional highs and lows, Living in Color is a bracing, illuminating, and remarkable success story.

©2020 Tommy Davidson (P)2020 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Peek behind the curtain..

I very much enjoyed reading his biography. I've been a fan of his since seeing him on "Partners in Crime" and have followed his career since. He gives great stories on the Wayans, Jim Carey and how it was to work on "In Living Color". I found out a lot about one of my favorite comdians. I'm glad Tommy reads it, so you can feel his passion. Great read.

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Very well done.

Very well done. I am a 63 yr old white women. Not that matters , just wanted to share my demographics.
How interesting. I have done close to 50 biographies and memoirs ,
his is one that kept my attention from being to end.
Great job Tommy.

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Tommy!!!

I really enjoyed this book. This has made me love Tommy Davidson so much more.

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love love love your book thank you for sharing you

your story is awesome. I feel it's a good listen and it really makes me want the book in hard copy I enjoyed referencing back to the different episodes and keeping up. you guys as a group have an awesome story I'm sure. tou all need to get together and do some interviews. extraordinary!

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Name Dropping

It’s at least 4hrs worth of name dropping!! Smdh! It’s nauseating honestly, I’ll fast forward soon as he starts to tell who was there

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wow tommy

So I had the luxury of meeting Tommy Davidson as one of those troops he mentioned in Korea. He was hilarious. I am pleased with the book it was a good read.
We oftentimes get pressed to be entertained not realizing there is a story behind the gift that is awesome. Great read great answers to random questions and super bummer about in living color.

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Great Read

I just enjoyed his story and learned a lot about a man I only knew though tv.

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Getting sick and tired...

I've always liked Tommy Davidson. I don't consider him "a black entertainer". I've always considered him "an entertainer", but I am assailed within this book's every nook and cranny, that Mr. Davidson is a black man in racist America, and frankly, I am getting sick and tired of it.

By his own admission, he was a thug in high school. I was not. He stole to have things, while I did not. He caught some damn big breaks, and I did not, so now I am paying for his memoir, while he complains about being "a black entertainer" in America. Whatever.

He had some talent, and because HE WAS LIVING IN THESE UNITED STATES (and not some third world mudhole), he was able to rise above his circumstances to achieve success. FFS, try that same tactic in Ethiopia or Liverpool slums, or Tajikistan and see how it works for you.

I got fed up with his "culture", too. The N-Word here, there, everywhere. Dis and dat, Deez and doze. Get down wid it. Fine, that's how kids speak in the hood. You're a 55 year old man who has made millions and achieved (probably) more than your talent should have taken you. Be an example to someone LIKE you who is coming up the hard way.

But if you speak correctly (say, like Thomas Sowell), you cant complain about being "a black entertainer" in America.

Very disappointed and I don't recommend dis trash to nobody...

Just once I would like to pick up "a black entertainer's" memoir and have them say, "Thank GOD, I am American. It ain't perfect, but at least HERE, I stood a chance to achieve based on my abilities. That's more than I can say about almost any other country."

I won't hold my breath, but I'll keep trying.

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Good book

Once I understood his intentions of the book I began to enjoy it. There was a little too much info on the behind the scenes of some of the projects that made his career, but some of it was interesting. The continuity could have been a little better but all in all, I enjoyed the story.

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Lack Luster

I don't know what I expected but it wasn't this. Probably the most boring biography I ever read. It took me 4 months to finish the book. This book just lacked everything. Wasn't interesting.

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