August 1, 2022
Porter is an actor and singer who has won Tony, Grammy, and Emmy awards. To the public, his talent propelled him to the top, but Porter's memoir is about the rough road that he travelled to get there, in a world stacked against him as a gay Black man. As a young child, his voice was celebrated by the church his family attended, but that same church shunned him for his differences. Porter was bullied and beaten, and his stepfather sexually abused him, leaving him no refuge. Despite this, a powerful voice and a talent for auditioning helped him gain admission to the prestigious Carnegie Mellon Drama program. Porter's relentless work ethic kept him going through the vicissitudes of his career: a dream role in Kinky Boots, bankruptcy, HIV, and an award-winning turn in the television series Pose. Porter is the perfect narrator for the audiobook, telling his amazing story in his singular and magnetic voice. VERDICT Recommended for fans of Porter or the arts, and those who appreciate stories of overcoming obstacles.--Cynthia Jensen
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