The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish
My initial thought going in to The Last Black Unicorn is that she’s a comedian. Comedians are writers so it’s a slam dunk…this is going to be funny. Although it did make me laugh, let’s be honest, Tiffany is not about to win any awards for her literary prose. As far as the writing goes, I would put this a couple steps below 50 Shades of Grey and a couple above Everybody Poops. It’s not good. That being said, I still really enjoyed reading about her life. I had already fallen in love with her comedic persona and as I read on I could see that this book was written as if she was telling her stories to a good friend. She writes like she talks, no bullshit, no fluff. It follows right along with her image and after digging more into her personality, I get it. This is who she is.
So her story is one of survival, hard work, overcoming insane obstacles and outside forces that are seriously working against her and as you read on she becomes an amazing example of how you can rise above your trials and move forward. There are two paths you can take in life when presented with rough terrain. One path being the crazy, self-destruction path and the other path being the resilient determined for success path and I would say Tiffany made the choice to take the latter. She overcomes a mentally ill and abusive mother to be abandoned by family and sent to foster care to then being rescued and then later abandoned again by grandma, she continues to push on. One thing I noticed throughout the book and that she never really holds a grudge or resentment toward anyone in her family, not even the man who molested her while in foster care. She experienced trials that would make most people curl up in the fetal position, but she triumphs and follows her dreams of being a comedian and still today she wants to take care of her mom and she wanted so much to take care of her dad and neither were there to take care of her. I find that amazing because I would be pissed. I don’t know if I would be so gracious and forgiving. It’s extremely interesting that many, not all but I’d say most comedians have some dark past and they find their way out, whether mentally or financially, by making other people laugh. I would think that comedians would be some of the happiest and most fulfill people on earth, but they’re not. They are often times the saddest.
Over and over Tiffany says how she was told she was stupid or ugly…I mean, if you’ve seen her, you know she isn’t ugly…not even close and I know that I mentioned how juvenile the book was written, but it makes sense given the fact that she didn’t really learn to read until high school, but despite that revelation, there is nothing about Tiffany Haddish that makes me think she is stupid. She might not be book smart, but she knows how to read people and entertain, and I truly believe it takes a huge amount of mental toughness and rational thought to live through what she did and not go bat-shit crazy. That’s a different kind of intelligence and in some circumstances, much more valuable than book smarts. I will say when it comes to her choice in men…yea she’s stupid. It’s clear she has some insecurities that lead her to pick men who build her up just to break her down again and I truly believe that it takes a strong man to handle a strong successful woman and that’s what she needs because she is a force and most men are going to want to tame her. Fu** that.
I loved reading about Tiffany hanging out with Jada Pinkett Smith, oh to be a fly on the wall. She writes about taking Jada and Will on a gator tour with a Groupon, because in case you didn’t know, Tiff loves Groupon. She also writes about Jada trying to give her a Hollywood makeover. Don’t do it Tiff, I like you just the way you are, down to earth and relateable. We don’t need another Jada, we’ve already got one, but I get where she is coming from. If you want to attract a certain business you have to command a certain presence and I suppose shopping at Marshalls isn’t going to get it for you, but I truly think Tiffany knows herself and she’s going to be just fine either way.
So when I finished the book I watched Girls Trip right after. There has been some talk online about Tiffany being snubbed for her roll in the movie and so I had to see what it was all about. It’s hilarious. Girls you should crack some wine and rent this movie with your friends. I loved it and it’s completely true, Tiffany steals every scene she is in. Was it Oscar worthy? Probably not, but I am not worried. She will get another chance and I bet she earns a statue of some sort in the near future. She is sure popping up all over the place, I am sure you saw her Groupon commercial during the super bowl. Funny how that works, you mention something you love in your book and in your stand up and when you catch a little bit of a following, now you’re their spokesperson. I don’t blame her though. A girl has to get paid and She’s Ready.
Friends, it is now time to reveal the next book. Rose McGowan’s Brave…First off, this is going to be a reading that parallels Last Black Unicorn but exists on the complete opposite side of the spectrum. It has cults, it has punk rock and a whole lot of #metoo…I am also hoping for a little dish on Marilyn Manson. Fingers crossed!
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See you next month when we discuss Rose McGowan’s Brave, Happy reading!