Laugh If You Likeby Lurma Rackley
Ralph "Petey" Greene was a comic genius who spent years "clowning around" and spiraling to life's lowest depths. Then he conned, rhymed, and "speechified" his way to heights he hardly dared imagine, using lessons from his unconventional grandmother. He gained national recognition with "Petey Greene's Washington," on cable (BET), and when he signed off with, "I'll tell it to the hot, I'll tell it to the cold, I'll tell it to the young, I'll tell it to the old, I don't want no laughin', I don't want no cryin', and most of all, no signifyin' ...," viewers asked, "Who IS this man?"
Laugh ... answers and introduces two characters destined to capture hearts.
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Petey Green was a hilarious dude with some serious stuff on his mind. And he knew how to 'work' The System, especially when the decision-makers underestimated him, as is usually their failing with men of color. In this fabulous read, Ms. Rackley has revealed the essence of a man born to fail and the forces that shaped the character and guile that helped him defy the odds. Her storytelling is smooth, stylish and compelling/ Her affection for the subject is obvious. While Petey was a regional personality, his story is universal. People of color in Iraq would immediately understand the early self-flagellation that, curiously, made him stronger. The book deserves wide exposure to inspire the many at the bottom of the food chain to learn how to wrest influence and control over their lives from the few who anoint themselves Masters of the Universe. John H. Britton