Ameer Baraka leaves groups inspired about the ability to choose their own futures.”
– Oprah Winfrey’s “Blackboard Wars”
A vivid, instructive and true to life account of a young man’s descent into the criminal life in New Orleans.
(New 2018 Revised Edition Now Available)
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 city. “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,
Click here to see the Oprah Winfrey feature story about Mr. Baraka and his work.
“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”. Now an accomplished actor, Baraka was only a few words away from a life in prison, all because he couldn’t read.
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