The Last Black Unicorn

The Last Black Unicorn

From stand-up comedian, actress, and breakout star of Girls Trip, Tiffany Haddish, comes The Last Black Unicorn, a sidesplitting, hysterical, edgy, and unflinching collection of (extremely) personal essays, as fearless as the author herself.Growing up in one of the poorest neighborhoods of South Central Los Angeles, Tiffany learned to survive by making people laugh. If she...

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  • Navessa

    Indomitable spirit. Which historical figures come to mind when you hear that phrase? Mother Teresa? Gandhi, maybe? Those are two of the people who pop into my head right away.

    And now, whenever I hear those words, I will also think of Tiffany Haddish.

    I was late to the Haddish fandom. I somehow missed her years of stand up. It wasn’t until I saw the preview for

    and was like, “WHO IS THAT HILARIOUS WOMAN?” that I became aware of her.

    Two days before the movie hit theaters, I saw her on Ji

    Indomitable spirit. Which historical figures come to mind when you hear that phrase? Mother Teresa? Gandhi, maybe? Those are two of the people who pop into my head right away.

    And now, whenever I hear those words, I will also think of Tiffany Haddish.

    I was late to the Haddish fandom. I somehow missed her years of stand up. It wasn’t until I saw the preview for

    and was like, “WHO IS THAT HILARIOUS WOMAN?” that I became aware of her.

    Two days before the movie hit theaters, I saw her on Jimmy Kimmel, talking about how she took Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith on a Groupon swamp tour. If you haven’t seen this interview, do yourself a favor and

    . Do not drink or eat anything while you do, because the threat of choking is REAL.

    So, this hilarious, witty, high-energy woman with an infectious smile was a large part of the reason I watched

    , second only to the desire to support this glorious comedy with an ensemble of super talented black women staring in a major motion picture (seriously, Golden Globes, how the hell did you

    )

    I’ll just come right out and say it:

    is the funniest movie I’ve ever seen. If you haven’t watched it yet, do so. We need to support women-driven movies. We need to support women of color in the industry, especially since the industry itself doesn’t. For more on this, check out Jada’s Twitter thread:

    Seriously, Haddish was robbed. If she doesn’t get nominated for an Oscar, I will lose what little faith remains in the Academy. For me, she stole every single scene that she appeared in. She’s one of those people that your eyes drift to, even when the whole ensemble is together. Because the whole time you’re wondering what she’ll do next.

    Okay, so this is supposed to be a book review, but I wanted to include all this background, because it’s what led me to

    .

    I listened to the audio version of this, and I recommend you do the same, because it’s an EXPERIENCE. Haddish herself is the narrator, and whenever you can listen to someone tell their own story, you should. She brings an emotion and realness to the narration that no one else could. And if you think this is one of those books that you’re just going to laugh your way through, be warned. You’re not.

    You’ll probably cry at some point. Hard. Like I did. Your face will probably burn with the strength of your blushes, because you know those horrifically embarrassing memories you have of your teen years? Those stories you’ll never tell anyone, because OMFG I WISH I COULD FORGET THAT HAPPENED? We all have those stories, including Haddish. And she tells them. Without sugar coating anything. I cringed

    so many times, because it brought up all those times I acted in ways that make me yearn for brain bleach.

    Lastly, you’ll probably get so angry while listening to this that you’ll want to punch someone.

    Me before this audio book:

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    Me after this audio book:

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    Tiffany Haddish’s childhood and early adult life were…rough. You need to prepare yourself for hearing what she went through. Child abuse, molestation, physically abusive romantic relationships. At one point, she was a pimp. Which all sounds pretty Dickensian and bleak. And it can be, at times. But those times are made bearable, because Haddish is a hell of a storyteller. One minute I found myself in a full rage about what was done to her, and the next, I was hysterically laughing.

    That is where my opening statement comes from.

    Indomitable spirit.

    Because after everything that she’s been through, the fact that she is so positive and hysterical and energetic is awe inspiring. This is grade A role model material right here.

    I can’t recommend this book enough. For literally everyone. Because I truly do believe there is something here for everyone. I truly do believe that men and women from all walks of life will find takeaways here. That they’ll be inspired by her story. That they’ll apply her lessons to their own lives.

    That it will help people going through a hard time to find the light.

  • Jenny (adultishbooks)

    I LOVE Tiffany Haddish. So, I’m totally biased.

    I laughed so hard at this book but it also had a great heart to it. Tiffany has been through a lot in her life but she chooses to see the good and positive in it. Tiffany is a great storyteller so she could make a mundane story interesting and funny. I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to everyone.

    I also found out that Tucker Max co-wrote the book and that’s is an interesting and perfect combo. A guilty pleasure of mine is Tucker Max and I f

    I LOVE Tiffany Haddish. So, I’m totally biased.

    I laughed so hard at this book but it also had a great heart to it. Tiffany has been through a lot in her life but she chooses to see the good and positive in it. Tiffany is a great storyteller so she could make a mundane story interesting and funny. I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to everyone.

    I also found out that Tucker Max co-wrote the book and that’s is an interesting and perfect combo. A guilty pleasure of mine is Tucker Max and I find him very funny. This sounded like her voice and his presence and help didn’t feel intrusive at all.

    I can’t stress enough that the audiobook is the only way to go. There’s an original song performed by Tiffany Haddish at the end called “The Last Black Unicorn.” And it’s amazing.

  • L.J. Shen

    So good it's not even funny.

    Well, actually, it is really, really funny.

    Listen to the audiobook if you can. I didn't know Tiffany Haddish's work before, but I try to listen to a variety of genres and this book had a great rating. I'm not surprised. This woman's story is inspiring and heartbreaking. She is hilarious and so, so real.

    5 stars.

  • Erin

    If you looked up the word Authentic on the internet, a giant picture of Tiffany Haddish should be next to it.

    A lot of people had never heard of Tiffany Haddish until her star making role in last years Girls Trip, but Tiffany has been on her grind for decades. Tiffany is an overnight sensation that was 20 plus years in the making. Tiffany like most great comedians has had a rough life. Abandoned by her father, raised by a mentally ill and abusive mother, she spent years in foster care, was molest

    If you looked up the word Authentic on the internet, a giant picture of Tiffany Haddish should be next to it.

    A lot of people had never heard of Tiffany Haddish until her star making role in last years Girls Trip, but Tiffany has been on her grind for decades. Tiffany is an overnight sensation that was 20 plus years in the making. Tiffany like most great comedians has had a rough life. Abandoned by her father, raised by a mentally ill and abusive mother, she spent years in foster care, was molested(even if she didn't realize it), married an abusive and controlling man twice( 2 marriages to the same man)and was homeless. Had most people experienced even one of these things, it would have broken their spirit, but not Tiffany. I don't think its possible to break Tiffany's spirit. She is so filled with happiness and joy, its contagious.

    I love Tiffany Haddish and I love that she doesn't tone down personality for anyone. I will warn you, this book is written the same way Tiffany talks and it took me a minute to get used to, but other than that I absolutely loved this book.

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  • Jessica Woodbury

    I was nervous that a Tiffany Haddish book wouldn't feel like Tiffany Haddish, but happily no one has tried to change her. This book is so clearly 100% Tiffany, which is wise. If you've seen her on screen you would know if there was any attempt to dress her up or change her voice.

    A lot of this book is funny, but a lot of it really isn't. A rough childhood, troubled relationships with men, and plenty of encounters with misogyny in comedy. What you get here is joy and pain, but always through Tiff

    I was nervous that a Tiffany Haddish book wouldn't feel like Tiffany Haddish, but happily no one has tried to change her. This book is so clearly 100% Tiffany, which is wise. If you've seen her on screen you would know if there was any attempt to dress her up or change her voice.

    A lot of this book is funny, but a lot of it really isn't. A rough childhood, troubled relationships with men, and plenty of encounters with misogyny in comedy. What you get here is joy and pain, but always through Tiffany's lens.

    Note: there's one chapter mostly about a co-worker who may have cognitive disabilities or another type of neurodiversity and while Tiffany clearly views him positively some readers may find it problematic. You may want to skip that chapter all together.

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    I knew I wanted to read this book the moment I watched

    . She seemed like such a fun, wonderful, crazy person. I watched

    recently, you know, for "research," and in that movie, I feel like Tiffany Haddish is channeling a lot of her own self for that character.

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    🌟 I read this for the Yule Bingo Challenge, for the category of

    . For more info on this challenge,

    . 🌟

    I knew I wanted to read this book the moment I watched

    . She seemed like such a fun, wonderful, crazy person. I watched

    recently, you know, for "research," and in that movie, I feel like Tiffany Haddish is channeling a lot of her own self for that character.

    THE LAST BLACK UNICORN is a celebrity memoir that actually lives up to the hype. It's one of those raw, honest memoirs that have become so rare these days, because I think the quick access to the internet makes it all easy for people - readers - to spread the dirt, and the outrage, and be all, "Oh my God, you'll never guess what

    said in her memoir! #boycott"

    These days, it's like we require celebrities to be saints in order to win our admiration. They have to be larger than life and elegant, but also play by all the rules we set for them. If they don't, they get torn apart in gossip magazines or called things like "tacky," "skanky," or "ungrateful." It really isn't fair to expect people to live like this, since most people

    live like this, and I'm glad that's changing at last. It certainly results in much more candid memoirs... like this one!

    In Tiffany's memoir, she portrays her authentic self and talks in the book the way she talks in real life. While reading the book, I could actually imagine her voice in my head. It added an extra level of enjoyment for me, because it made the book so personal. Most of the book is laugh out loud funny, either because she's laying out the scenes the way she does in her comedy routines, or because she's been through so many ridiculous situations that you can't help but let out a horrified giggle as you clutch your metaphorical pearls. My favorite example of this is when Tiffany decides to get back at a cheating ex (whose sex tape she scavenged out of a dumpster) by pooping in his shoes and then splicing a scene from the tape into bootlegged copies of

    and sending them all to his family for Christmas. Which they watched. And called her about. Angrily. She was not sorry. She also became a pimp just to undercut his own amateur attempts at pimping - and succeeded!

    But the book has a darker side too, with abuse in many different kinds of forms, ranging from neglect from her mom and foster mom, to abusive boyfriends and husbands, to molestation (from her foster grandparent), to the sexism that occurs from being a woman in comedy, and how people try to take advantage of women who are just starting out the same way they try to take advantage of starlets.

    THE LAST BLACK UNICORN is a really funny memoir, and if you don't mind darker scenarios being written about irreverently, and with a lot of cursing to boot, I think you'll probably enjoy this book, if not for the honesty, then for the way she has managed to channel a seemingly limitless amount of positivity for the negatives in her life and used humor as a way of coping.

    Thank you, Trevor Noah, for mentioning this book on your channel and bumping it up my to-read list.

    4 to 4.5 stars

  • Didi

    I definitely recommend listening to The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish. Firstly she's hysterical and can definitely tell a joke and/or a story. The memoir traces her life from her youth to current her success. Each story reveals something about her character and her growth into the woman she is today. Some of the stories are draw dropping and snatched my edges, but as a whole it's very interesting. The only real complaints I had with The Last Black Unicorn is that the story is told very q

    I definitely recommend listening to The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish. Firstly she's hysterical and can definitely tell a joke and/or a story. The memoir traces her life from her youth to current her success. Each story reveals something about her character and her growth into the woman she is today. Some of the stories are draw dropping and snatched my edges, but as a whole it's very interesting. The only real complaints I had with The Last Black Unicorn is that the story is told very quickly and in broken up short stories. It would have been nice if she had taken the time to go deeper on her thoughts about some of the things that had and have happened to her. We speed from one story to the next and barely have time to digest it to the fullest. Allyn from YupIReadIt on Booktube described it as hilariously depressing and that is the most accurate description. I wouldn't bother getting the book the audio is excellent because it's read by Tiffany Haddish herself.

  • Roxane

    This is definitely worth reading. Haddish is incredibly funny, smart and observant. She has lived a hard life which makes her success all the more admirable and deserved. There are places where I wanted more depth. The book is short and reads fast, sometimes too fast. But the funny parts will bring you to tears. So will the painful parts. I am not a fan of books by comedians is all. They just don’t work as cohesive narratives.

  • FrankieReads

    Please Note: I DNF'd this book at about the 40% mark. I listened to the audiobook version. This book was terrible. First, it wasn't written well at all. The story was extremely choppy and rushed. There were quite a few recountings of very ugly things that occurred in Haddish's life, but were told in an overly light-hearted manner that came across unseemly and inappropriate.

    The book detailed some of the obstacles that Haddish had to overcome prior to her current success. However, it also showed

    Please Note: I DNF'd this book at about the 40% mark. I listened to the audiobook version. This book was terrible. First, it wasn't written well at all. The story was extremely choppy and rushed. There were quite a few recountings of very ugly things that occurred in Haddish's life, but were told in an overly light-hearted manner that came across unseemly and inappropriate.

    The book detailed some of the obstacles that Haddish had to overcome prior to her current success. However, it also showed such an in-depth level of ugliness and ignorance that I couldn't get past it. Her descriptions of her encounters with a Jewish man who wanted her to emcee Bat/barmitzvahs, and her description of a differently abled co-worker were downright offensive. There didn't seem to be a lot in the way of acknowledgement of where this thinking was erroneous or how she grew from these moments. There just seemed to be a lot of "shucking and jiving" for laughs and attention that plays into a LOT of stereotypes about black women.

    I'm very happy for her success. I believe there is a need for more Black voices in Hollywood. I'm glad that other people connected to her story as I believe more POC stories need to be told. I wish her all the success, she's just not for me.

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