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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.”
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A free-lance writer, active in the area of little magazine” writing and publishing, and a member of the teaching staff of the Experiment in Higher Education at Southern Illinois University in East St. Louis, Henry Dumas had amassed a considerable body of work at the time of his death in 1968at the age of thirty-four. These two volumes (Ark of Bones and Other Stories and Poetry for my

People), comprise most of his work, published and unpublished. They amply show the sensitivity and skill with which he approached the themes of blackness and youth, the preoccupations of the stories, and, in the themes and techniques of the poems, demonstrate the awareness of what an African heritage can mean to an American writer.

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  • Gretna PD working to shake 'arrest capital' reputation

    02/19/17 ,via

    Scharf teamed up with author and activist Ameer Baraka. The two admit they're an unlikely pair. “Think about that. He's a Harvard graduate and I'm an ex-con,” Baraka said. “I only have a GED. I'm dyslexic, but there is a communication we have.” Baraka

  • How the Pain and Shame of Dyslexia Almost Destroyed a Promising Young Actor

    05/10/16 ,via ABC News

    "American Horror Story" actor Ameer Baraka's own mother called him “dumb and stupid.” His teachers humiliated him. And his dyslexia, which made it difficult for him to read, turned the young man into a "street thug" and a killer. Now an accomplished


@katiecouric Harvard criminologist talks about work partner Ex con Ameer Baraka with training police. 03/01/17, @LetTheHoodTalk
#Actor, #activist and #author Ameer Baraka attended #Franklin Junior High School 02/24/17, @Naturally_Neek
@Lawrence Ex con/ dyslexic, Ameer Baraka works with Harvard criminologist to train police on black interaction. 02/22/17, @AMEERBARAKA


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  • Concerns about possible gang activity

    02/15/17 ,via KPLC TV

    "These guys have no idea what they're doing. These guys are from the Byrd gang, the 3NG and there's even a gang back here," says Ameer Baraka. Baraka grew up in the B.W. Cooper Housing Development and once participated in the crime that surrounded his ...

  • Actor Ameer Baraka pushes for a B.W. Cooper-based series

    02/11/17 ,via Fox 8 WVUE-TV

    The old bricks of the B.W. Cooper get a little Hollywood treatment this week. Actor Ameer Baraka, who was once a troubled teen growing up in the projects, turned his life around. Now, he works to turn countless stories of hope into a TV series. "This is ...

  • Ameer Baraka

    01/20/17 ,via

    Born to humble beginnings in New Orleans, LA, Ameer, affectionately known to his friends and fans as Millie, had an early life that was as gloomy and as ill fated as a young life could have been. In and out of the "system" as a kid for transgressions ...


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Ameer Baraka, Actor: Just My Luck. Born to humble beginnings in New Orleans, LA, Ameer, affectionately known to his friends and fans as Millie, had an ...


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