Take Your Best Shot

Actress Holly Robinson-Peete urges us to make the most of every opportunity

big executive.” But the executive said, “No, no, no. I was on episode 555 on March 1, 1972.” If the former star had been nice to him, when he came to him later in life, the exec would have helped him. I always remember that story because [it] taught me a lesson that I’ve never forgotten.

From the book Sepia Dreams: A Celebration of Black Achievement Through Words and Images. Copyright 2001 by Matthew Jordan Smith. Reprinted by arrangement with St. Martin’s Press L.L.C., New York, NY.

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How, exactly, do ordinary people grow up to be a Samuel L. Jackson, a Tyra Banks, or a Gordon Parks? And what do they gain–and more importantly, give up–along the way? That is what celebrity photographer Matthew Jordan Smith attempts to reveal in Sepia Dreams: A Celebration of Black Achievement Through Words and Images (St. Martin’s Press, $29.95). A collection of 50 photographs accompanied by the life lessons of Smith’s famous subjects, Sepia Dreams offers personal accounts of the life lessons along the road to wealth, fame, and success. Part coffee-table book and part motivational guide, Sepia Dreams is a classy, uplifting gift idea.

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