Award-winning Television Writer and Comedian, Rick Najera Releases Memoir ‘Almost White: Forced Confessions of a Latino in Hollywood’

Rick Najera takes an unapologetic and honest look at the depiction of Latino culture with his new thought-provoking and comedic memoir, Almost White: Forced Confessions of a Latino in Hollywood (SmileyBooks, September 16, 2013, ISBN: 978-1-4019-4312-7, $16.95, Trade Paperback). The book is set to be released nationwide on September 16th, during Hispanic Heritage month and on Mexican Independence Day.

In his memoir, Najera explores what it means to be Latino within the ever-changing backdrop of life as a Hollywood creative. California-born with Mexican-American roots, Najera offers an insider’s view into his life through an ironic yet comedic lens, from in front of the camera to behind, from the page to the stage and beyond.

“He is a brilliant reader of the social, political and ethnic strife with which we wrestle within our modern-day society. Like most brilliant comics, he has mastered the art of getting us to laugh first so that we might listen”

“Rick Najera is more than just a funnyman,” states Tavis Smiley, founder of SmileyBooks. “He is a brilliant reader of the social, political and ethnic strife with which we wrestle within our modern-day society. Like most brilliant comics, he has mastered the art of getting us to laugh first so that we might listen.”

Driven by a satirical stream of consciousness, Najera’s journey from his San Diego childhood to his Hollywood adulthood exposes universal lessons from a range of characters both real and imagined. Lessons like learning to confront the limits we place on our imaginations, the need to take ownership of our own stories instead of settling for being mere performers in someone else’s distorted vision, and the necessity of rising every day to press forward—no matter what. “In the end,” says Najera, “perhaps it will be the power of the people and art, not politicians and politics that will redefine the Latino American dream.”

Najera has worked in the entertainment business for more than 20 years. He has worked with and written for comedians and talent such as: Whoopi Goldberg, Sidney Poitier, Keenan Ivory Wayans, Jim Carrey, George Lopez, Jennifer Lopez, John Leguizamo, Debra Messing and many more.

Almost White: Forced Confessions of a Latino in Hollywood by Rick Najera is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com (http://amzn.to/17WjwzN ) and will be released nationwide on September 16, 2013.