His autobiography "You Only Live Twice" is unforgiving and yet humorous. His recollections of childhood incidents due to his rebelliousnesss are remarkable. The official book release date is Feb 17, 2010. A book reading will be broadcast on the Internet radio at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/
The 190 page book has stories and images relating to the times that he grew up in the 1960's and 1970's. He remembers playing street games of the most dangerous variety. Jumping roofs and gang fighting. Games that he played an 8 year old alcoholic. He then graduates to the role of heroin addict at age 13 shooting drugs into his young veins. He had become another young lost junkie buried alive in the South Bronx hellhole. The book explores the 41st Pct (Fort Apache) that was corrupt as well as racist against the residents of the poor Black and Latino neighborhood. He accounts his personal experiences of racism and violence inflicted upon him by the local police officers.
He boxed as a member of the Police Athletic league boxing program and used that experience to work towards pulling himself up out of the dark hole where he had been laying for years. He discovered there that not all cops were bad. That all white cops were not racist. That everybody didn't hate him because he was a Puerto Pican. A story where Love indeed saved his life and eventually gave him a 2nd chance to try and get it right. The book does have some surprises and dark humor. But it is very honest and accessible by everyone.
As rebellious as he was, he was a good person inside. He was always fighting to be better and to help his community. Even longing to be a Police Officer even after being assaulted by them as a kid. He has revealed a journey that many others who grew up in poor neighborhoods as minorities had experienced. He has tapped into the commonality of a shared experience. So his story is the story of many. A book tour is in the process of being put together and by checking the website you can get any updates or you can contact us direct for info.
Gumersindo has partnered with Emmitt Thrower Founder and President of his not for profit production company based out of New York, Wabi Sabi Productions Inc a 501 (c) 3. His company specializes in producing theater events, video, performances and programs around community issues relating to health, political and other social conditions. Focusing especially on at risk youth to help them survive through these difficult times. The program they are developing is called the Y.O.L.T. "Youth Survival Project." The program will be a national help resource project based on a performance model. Life skills training, education and referrals to agencies that support at risk youth issues will be a mainstay of the program. The book "You Only Live Twice" is central to the development of the project.
Emmitt Thrower a former NYC Police Officer and now a Producer, Director, Actor and Writer believes that with so much violence among youth nationwide, in the poorest sections of our communities, we need to step up and do something. The government is not giving us resources. So we must begin working together with other individuals and organization. This can and will be a successful strategy to tackle these enormous issues. Joining with the youth and giving them the opportunity to help determine their future is another key element of the developing program.
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The book will be available for sale on the website http://www.yoltbooks.com and later at Amazon and other outlets. For booking of author or more info contact
Media: Emmitt Thrower, http://www.wabisabiproductions.com/
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