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Ameer Baraka is a dyslexic who did not learn to read until he was an adult because his dyslexia was not diagnosed when he was a child.


As featured on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network, “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 of New Orleans and his ascent from that life to become a successful actor, producer, and mentor to youth throughout the country. “The Life I Chose…The Streets Lied to Me”, includes incredibly interesting and compelling material about the temptations and “traps” of growing up poor, Black, and illiterate in the streets of New Orleans, including Mr. Baraka having faced the possibility of decades behind bars for drug-related and other crimes he committed as a youth.


From dealing drugs to doing time in prison, this juvenile delinquent turned actor, author, and educator was showcased on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network for the life-transforming work he performs for wayward youth as chronicled in his new memoir which is taking schools across the nation by storm. The book is soon the be published in Spanish.

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