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Almost White: Forced Confessions of a Latino in Hollywood Paperback – September 16, 2013
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I LOVED how at every turn I was reminded of my roots and why I should keep a strong connection to my past. To never forget those who put in the work before me. At the same time, emphasizing the importance of family and the responsibility we have as Latinos to tell our truths.
The parallels in your history to my own are scary.
I also am "almost white" (Dominicans don't get any lighter than me - my last name is Blanco, c'mon) and that has given me a front row seat to the things that people say when they don't think any Latinos are around. Enlightening to say the least. But racism is just ignorance with an attitude and this book proves it on every page. People are afraid of what they don't know. This book is a proper step in the right direction.
I am so inspired by reading this book. The things I feel in my heart and know in my head about media , especially Spanish Language media, have never been so eloquently expressed as they are in "Almost White".
Rick has survived a lot and continues to fight because he knows this is it. No hay ma' na'. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Rick is the one eyed king in the land of the diversity blind. I hope he remains as compassionate and crazy about his family, his art, his history and the rest of the world. I love Rick and this book. And I say that truthfully not because I'm Latino but because I can read. Thank you for writing "Almost White", Rick. I'm recommending my close friends (and the not so close) to buy it but I'm saving this copy for my kids.
Pa' lante, loco.
Najera's tale affirms every student's journey toward self-acceptance and self-discovery. It instills a sense of pride for being Latino, and it celebrates and embraces our diverse Latino backgrounds. It sends a positive message of hope to young people who may not believe "goods things" can happen to them. It encourages them to continue the cause for greater awareness and visibility in our media and our society. It challenges them to be proactive and to be “soldiers” in their own communities and campuses where equality and justice might need to be addressed.
In my daily work with today's youth, I've found they are in a constant search for answers. Najera asks the questions as well as providing the answers. He weaves an entertaining tale with thought-provoking commentary ripe for study in any classroom. Najera’s book is rich with historical, philosophical and social commentary that transcends the “almost white” population. All students in my classes stand to benefit from studying Najera’s work.
Whether on a high school or a college campus, I’m finding it rewarding to share this book with my students. I’ve started compiling a study guide to compliment this book, hopefully creating a curriculum worthy of being on any schools’ bookshelf. My prediction: Almost White will soon become required reading across campuses nationwide.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
His book is so relevant to every single Latin person in show business. A MUST read for all of us. It not only elucidates our common past and helps to make clear how we need to... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Felipe Figueroa
I found Rick Najera's book to be compelling and realistic. Can't wait to see the movie version. Bravo, Mr. Najera!Published 20 months ago by Eliana Writes
I know this area of La Mesa,Logan Hights ,I have been here since 1952,3 children grew up and went to school in La Mesa all grads,high school,colledge. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Alfonso
Rick is an American actor and writer, a successful producer, and a family man. He is also a fair skinned Latino, that is the reason for the book's title. Read morePublished 22 months ago by SinTierra
I think I had no expectations for this book, I bought it because I met Rick at a charity fashion show and he highly recommended someone else's film and his own book. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Gabriela Wong
As a chicana who grew up in El Cajon, California, just a few miles from where Rick Najera grew up, I can definitely relate to this book (I even graduated from the same high school... Read morePublished 22 months ago by EarWaxDissertation
Almost White, a memoir written by Rick Najera, should be a must-read for all high school student curriculums, as it demonstrates the importance of pursuing our dreams, no matter... Read morePublished on July 15, 2014 by Jenna Jimenez
I felt the author did a credible attempt to share what it is like personally to become what so many irreverently say is becoming an American. Read morePublished on April 15, 2014 by Richard D. Reece