This book was great. Needed to take a break from politics for a bit. Tommy Davidson has always been a likable guy. I followed his career path since "In Living Color" as I assume most people did. For a while he disappeared from the limelight.
I love reading memoirs and biographies because it gives you a voyeuristic view of their lives. Especially when you remember them, as in this case when Davidson was active in "In Living Color". As a lot of other famous people, drugs and alcohol became a big part of their lives and Davidson was not different. He admits to having a bad substance abuse problem that affected his relationships. It's not a far departure given that he was literally found in a garbage pile where he had been abandoned by his biological mother. A White family, found him and took him in, subsequently adopting him. However the father-figure of that white family left his wife, two biological kids and Davidson to join a commune.
Davidson recalls his childhood and not really understanding skin color. In his naive mind as a very young child, he compared his skin color vs his family's to how dogs have different colors of puppies. I really wish we thought that way as adults. More and more, we seem to be self-segregating after all the battles to de-segregate. I guess history does in fact repeat itself.
Today Tommy Davidson enjoys doing charity work, doing voice work and more importantly, sobriety. I was happy to read that he is currently doing well and is in a good place. I think he is immensely talented and hope to see (and hear) him for a long time to come. He seems like a really good guy.
The book not only shines a light on Davidson but also on his contemporaries. Great names such as Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy, Jim Carry, Adam Sandler and many, many more. I recommend this book if you enjoy memoir. I am glad we did not lose him as so many others we have lost.
Congrats on sobriety Tommy. Keep up the good work.