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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; LRG edition (April 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461007097
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461007098
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,415,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Toni Newman is a 1985 graduate of Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. She is currently studying law with plans of becoming a lawyer defending the Transgenders and their rights. For the last twenty years, Toni has been making Male-to-Female (MTF) transformation. For ten years, she worked as a professional mistress with a female mistress and male master. They were known as THE EROTIC PROFESSIONALS with celebrity clients. Together with her business partner, Alton Willoughby, Toni has written a teleplay and screenplay about the trio's escapades as escorts. It would be her greatest wish to be the first African American Transgender to have her script made successfully into a feature film.

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Toni Newman is a 1985 graduate of Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. Studying law with plans of becoming a lawyer defending Transgenders (especiallly minorities)and their rights. For the last 25 years, Toni has been making Male-to-Female (MTF) transformation. For ten years, she worked as a professional mistress with a female mistress and male master. They were known as THE EROTIC PROFESSIONALS with celebrity clients. Together with her business partner, Alton Demore, and British Director Keith Holland, Toni has written a teleplay (The Erotic Professionals) and screenplay (Heart of a Woman) about the trio's escapades as escorts and life as a black transgender in America. Toni just recently produced comedy webisode, Douche Bros, with Executive Producers Alton Demore, David Veach and Laurent Hazout directed by British Director Keith Holland starring Chris Conrad and Jaime Zevallos. Her book I Rise-The Transformation of Toni Newman is available on Amazon.com now as hardcopy or kindle ebook.

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Samuel Rafael on April 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
I'll go along with Sally Sapphire and give it four stars (though I haven't read it) not wanting to destroy the rating. But, there is no way I'm going to pay $45.00 for this book. Why doesn't the author "get real" and bring it out on Kindle for under $10? I'd really love to read it, but it would need to be the greatest story ever told for me to pay that much, and I think that's already been written. Good luck!

On 5/5/11 Samuel Rafael added "TO UPDATE INTERESTED READERS: Please note, the author just repriced this book and it is now $9.99. Just search for "I Rise" under books and you will see both are listed now."
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Samuel Rafael on May 5, 2011
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After being the first to write a review questioning the $45.00 price tag that originally accompanied this book, I felt almost compelled to purchase it the moment I noticed the author seemingly had heeded my advice (and that of all the "seconds" by other interested folks) and repriced it at my suggested purchase point of $9.99. For the most part, although it was rather short in length and sometimes a bit repetitious, I wasn't sorry I did so.

The author's account held my interest as she described her gradual, impactful and almost inexorable march toward gender transition. This autobiographical narrative was a very moving, graphical and seemingly honest presentation of the author's journey from a male gender role to a female one. Along with her transformation, the author vividly describes the struggles of being transsexual in the context of the enhanced hardships she endured, just by virtue of being an African American transsexual, an exceptionally rare bird indeed. Her viewpoint, as a person of color, provides the reader with a much different and very unique perspective.

I found the account of the author's transition to be quite a refreshing change from the more common, almost cookie-cutter narratives of the similar journeys of white, middle class types, not that those transitions weren't unique and fraught with their own particular issues, it's just that no other account I've read about previously was by a black transgender person, and very few memoirs or autobiographies reveal such intimate details of what many would consider to be a rather sordid side of life.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Twinkle on May 4, 2011
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This book was enlightening, entertaining and downright funny. I definitely did not know that all mentioned were playing for the other team (no issues be be true to yourself). The author made me feel so proud that although she had to go through trial, thribulation, etc she was still true to herself and out winning in end. This is a good read, but no way in the world i would pay $45.00 for it. A co-worker of mines had it (do not know where she bought it from but i know as cheap as she is she did not pay $45.00). Good book, but definitely not worth $45.00.
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By Bianca on May 7, 2012
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I wish it were longer. I read this book over two days and it took me about 6 to 8 hours to read from cover to cover. This work is inspsiring and as an African American transsexual woman of color myself I must say I am absolutely estatic at this book. It is out for girls of color to read or any person to read to get a glimpse of what a transsexual woman of color endures in her daily life. She kept it positive and real, she covered pumping, hormones, discrimination. She started two businesses, developed and marked her own calendar, avoided drugs and alcohol. She finished school and was awarded a degree from one of the top universites in the nation. I wish her the best of luck with her law school aspirations. It was time for an African American transwoman to write a self biography. With all the bad press we get, she has shown a shinning light on how some of us "RISE" in the face of adversity. Even if some in society do not accept us, even if we are shunned by some, this work is an inspiration to keep your head up and tread on. I applaud you Toni. Keep up the good work.

Bianca Raigne Crown-Hazzard
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By Armistead on October 13, 2014
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It takes true courage for a person to tell their unfiltered truth with the purpose of helping others with a similar journey.

Bravo and God Bless!!!

A.D. Burks
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 29, 2011
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I Rise is a fresh (and refreshing) addition to the growing realm of transgender memoirs, being the story of someone who is proudly black, proudly gay, and proudly transsexual. What immediately strikes you when reading her story is that it is neither the story of a victim, nor that of a life fashioned out of the need to escape something or someone in her past. Instead, it's a story of simply becoming herself, of realizing who she always was inside.

Toni's story is exciting, full of drama, celebrity encounters, and a career that could just as easily have sprung from the pages of an erotic novel. It's also a story that is deeply moving, sometimes sorrowful, but always inspiring. Whether or not you agree with the choices she's made, you cannot help but admire her perseverance and her sense of purpose.

If you're at all interested in the transgender experience, or simply interesting in the story of a life that inspires, I cannot recommend this highly enough.
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