Stand by Your Truth: And Then Run for Your Life!

Stand by Your Truth: And Then Run for Your Life!

by Rickey Smiley


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Stand by Your Truth: And Then Run for Your Life! by Rickey Smiley

“I’m very passionate about everything that I do and I don’t play any games. I just keep it honest. I don’t put on airs. That’s the only way you can be. If you tell one lie, you’ve got to tell another lie. I’m cool with who I am. What you see is what you get.’’

Stand-up comic. Single dad. Radio personality. TV star. Prankster. Producer. Community activist. Man of faith.

Visit a church, comedy club, college campus, or barber shop, and you’ll find few people who aren’t familiar with, or fans of, Rickey Smiley. At least four million listeners in over seventy markets tune in every weekday morning to hear him banter with his radio show crew, hilariously prank call an unsuspecting listener, and perform skits featuring his one-man cast of characters including “Lil’ Darryl,’’ “Beauford,’’ and “Joe Willie.’’

But in between the rapid-fire jokes and celebrity dish are flashes of how Rickey views the world, from the challenges of raising children, to the importance of education, to the need to always stand by your own truth. After more than two decades in the spotlight, Rickey is finally ready to delve more deeply into the opinions he voices ever-so-briefly on the air, riffing on those issues that his listeners, viewers, and fans find most important. Stand By Your Truth is part memoir, part testimonial, and part life guide, mixing Rickey’s down-home humor with the values he learned from being raised by three generations of elders, steeped in the Baptist church, and mentored by some of the most celebrated comics in the entertainment industry today. Divided into four sections—On Family, On Self, On Community, and On Relationships—this collection of personal and powerful essays will speak to readers from all walks of life, and is sure to inspire you to Stand By Your Truth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501178603
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 10/24/2017
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 131,219
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Rickey Smiley is a stand-up comedian, television host, actor, and radio personality. He starred in the sitcom The Rickey Smiley Show which aired on TV One, is a featured columnist on the Fox-produced tabloid show Dish Nation, and in 2015 began filming Rickey Smiley for Real, a reality television series about his life as a single dad and entertainer, airing on TV One. He is currently the host of the nationally syndicated radio show The Rickey Smiley Morning Show, and has released eight chart-topping comedy CDs. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his family.

Table of Contents

To the Parents 1

To the Kids: Do the Right Thing 12

If You Spare the Rod, Take Off the Doors 25

The Myth of the Deadbeat Dad 46

It Takes a Village 63

You Are Not a Chicken: Breaking Out of Your Comfort Zone 84

On Forgiveness 97

You've Got to Dance with the One Who Brought You 119

That's Showbiz 146

Handle Your Business 174

On Redemption 194

Stand for Something 212

Pass the Baton 229

Acknowledgments 245

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Stand By Your Truth: And Then Run for Your Life! 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book will be an eye opener to a lot of different areas in your life. Very good read I just might read it again ?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very inspiring and told in a great tone with laughs throughout!