“I believe my purpose is to bring joy to people, to make them laugh, and to share my story to help them. To show people that no matter what, they matter, and they can succeed. No matter how bad things go, no matter how dark your life is, there is a reason for it. You can find beauty in it, and you can get better. I know, because I’ve done it.”
The Last Black Unicorn is a memoir by the breakout star of the comedy Girl’s Trip, Tiffany Haddish. Tiffany shares both hilarious and heartbreaking stories from her life in this book.
I laughed so much while reading this one. I won’t spoil the funny parts for you, but I promise you want to check this book out. Her stories about being a hype woman at Bar Mitzvahs, how she got revenge on an ex-boyfriend who treated her poorly or her relationship with a coworker named Roscoe are all hysterical.
When she was young, her mother was involved in a car accident leaving her with brain damage that permanently altered her personality and ability to care for her children. After the accident, Tiffany suffered physical and verbal abuse from her mother. Her father nowhere to be found, she was placed in foster care at age thirteen. Though at the time she didn’t realize what was happening, she was molested by a man who lived in her foster home. Eventually, she went to live with her grandmother but stayed in the foster system so her grandmother could assistance in caring for her. She suffered violent verbal and physical abuse at the hand of a controlling, manipulative husband and there was a time when she was living out of her car.
Somehow, even with the unfortunate events of her life, she maintained confidence in herself that she could succeed and turn the dreams she had for herself into a reality. As a kid, she even once told a judge in court that she was going to be a world-famous comedian one day.
“This used to be my normal conversation with directors and producers:
Tiffany: “Hey, I would like to work with you one day.”
Producer: “Ha, yeah, you’re a good comedian”
Tiffany: “You best get on the Tiffany train while you can, because it’s about to take off.”
Then they all just blew me off.
Now those same directors and producers are blowing my phone up.”
In case you haven’t noticed, Tiffany Haddish is everywhere now.
Last November, she became the first black female comedian to host SNL.
This book is for anybody who has a dream. In the book, she tells stories about times she completely bombed on stage. She gives details of times when nobody laughed and people just looked back at her with blank stares. Sometimes, having such a bad show that the event organizers didn’t even want to pay her in full. Her life shows that the road to success isn’t always lined with daisies and it sure as hell isn’t easy, but just because its hard or you fail a few times doesn’t mean that whatever dream you have for yourself isn’t meant for you. It just means you have to keep working at it.
Somebody may have scoffed and laughed at your dreams or told you there’s no way it will ever happen for you or maybe you’ve talked yourself out it and given up on your dream altogether. If that is you, read this book. It will leave you both laughing and inspired. Tiffany proves that if put in that work then great things are possible regardless of your circumstances. Success takes time, patience, and hard work and nothing is handed to you nor should it be, but if you work hard it makes it all the more sweet and meaningful once you reach the top.
“I’m a survivor, and all this struggle I went through — while it sucked at the time —is really helping me now. It had helped me get to where I am, and it will help me continue to improve and do better. It didn’t always feel like it at times, but I truly believe I am blessed.”
PUBLICATION DETAILS: Gallery Books, December 5, 2017, 978-1501181825