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Standing on the stage, I felt exposed and like an intruder In these professional settings, my personal experiences with hunger, poverty, and episodic homelessness, often go undetected I had worked hard to learn the rules and disguise my beginning in life So begins Born Bright, C Nicole Mason s powerful memoir, a story of reconciliation, constrained choices and life on the other side of the tracks Born in the 1970s in Los Angeles, California, Mason was raised by a beautiful, but volatile16 year old single mother Early on, she learned to navigate between an unpredictable home life and school where she excelled By high school, Mason was seamlessly straddling two worlds The first, a cocoon of familiarity where street smarts, toughness and the ability to survive won the day The other, foreign and unfamiliar with its own set of rules, not designed for her success In her Advanced Placement classes and outside of her neighborhood, she felt unwelcomed and judged because of the way she talked, dressed and wore her hair After moving to Las Vegas to live with her paternal grandmother, she worked nights at a food court in one of the Mega Casinos while finishing school Having figured out the college application process by eavesdropping on the few white kids in her predominantly Black and Latino school along with the help of a long ago high school counselor, Mason eventually boarded a plane for Howard University, alone and with 200 in her pocket.While showing us her own path out of poverty, Mason examines the conditions that make it nearly impossible to escape and exposes the presumption harbored by many that the poor don t help themselves enough....

Title : Born Bright: A Young Girl's Journey from Nothing to Something in America
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ISBN : 1250069920
Format Type : Hardcover
Language : English
Publisher : St Martin s Press August 16, 2016
Number of Pages : 256 pages
File Size : 878 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Born Bright: A Young Girl's Journey from Nothing to Something in America Reviews

  • Angelia Vernon Menchan
    2019-03-03 13:30

    I thoroughly enjoyed Born Bright. There were many resonant moments of my childhood and one in particular that stood out and that was the teachers wanting to skip me a grade and my mom saying no. I'm not sure that I like Dr. Mason has recovered from that yet and I'm much older. There were so many similarities in other ways as well. Smart kid with attitude, home life off course, younger sibling, in my case a sister who accepted the status quo. Thanks. C. Nicole Mason for writing our story.

  • saltee1
    2019-03-19 15:38

    It was excellent and I truly enjoyed it! What a sad but wonderful story of overcoming all of the obstacles with the world stacked against you... However it was also a look into the realizations of some of many of our black youth and the just some of the factors that effect their outlook.. Their actions.. And behaviors!! Well written!!

  • ABW
    2019-03-19 13:50

    Really appreciated the authors candor about her life and the reality of life for young people living in disadvantaged communities.

  • Sherece Y. West
    2019-03-21 15:53

    Outstanding story told with bravery and courage that adds to the policy discourse on poverty. Systems have to change to work effectively on behalf of children and families. Dr. Mason tells her transformational change story in the context of policy and system reform. Excelllent

  • Martha S.
    2019-03-03 15:52

    I've read other books on the subject of the injustice of inequality, but Ms. Mason's story really touched me. I recommend it to anyone looking to make a difference.

  • George F. Laun
    2019-03-17 13:51

    This is a compelling story about an determined young lady who has accomplished much against much adversity.

  • althea birch
    2019-03-22 11:45

    Wonderful insight on the obstacles children raised in poverty face and how difficult it is to make it out. It was very touching and beautifully written.

  • J. Lowe
    2019-03-16 12:39

    This is an important book, both for what it tells the world about how poverty looks from the inside out and for the problems attributed to poverty that should be categorized under life problems. Hearing how Nicole rose above the continuing put downs from her family, her schools and her community is really wrenching. What she doesn't know is that some of these things happen to middle class children as well and leave equally lasting scars. I think this diminishes the impact of her description of what poverty does - for example, hunger is certainly poverty related but her frequent moves while in her case the result of poverty in part also result from the choices her parents made just as they are for children whose parents focus on advancement in business with frequent moves or children of military parents.