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Born Bright : A young girl's journey from nothing to something in america (Unabridged) (CD/Spoken Word)
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Born in the 1970s in Los Angeles, California, C. Nicole Mason was raised by a beautiful but volatile sixteen-year-old single mother. Early on, she learned to navigate between an unpredictable home life and school where she excelled. By high school, Mason was seamlessly straddling two worlds. The first, a cocoon of familiarity where street smarts, toughness, and the ability to survive won the day. The other, foreign and unfamiliar with its own set of rules, not designed for her success. In her Advanced Placement classes and outside of her neighborhood, she felt judged because of the way she talked, dressed, and wore her hair. After moving to Las Vegas to live with her grandmother, she worked nights at a food court in one of the Mega Casinos while finishing school. Having figured out the college application process by eavesdropping on the few white kids in her predominantly black and latino school, Mason eventually boarded a plane for Howard University, alone and with $200 in her pocket. While showing us her own path out of poverty, Mason examines the conditions that make it nearly impossible to escape and exposes the presumption harbored by many-that the poor don't help themselves enough.
Number of Pages: 785
Genre: Biography + Autobiography, Social Science
Publisher: Tantor Media Inc
Author: Ph.D. C. Nicole Mason
Street Date: August 16, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-21-7632
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