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“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.
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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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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 ?
Very inspiring and told in a great tone with laughs throughout!