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Dr Elaine Richardson writes with gut wrenching authenticity, and you are captured as a reader from the start This memoir is like none I ve read before If you are not moved, inspired, changed, or impacted in some way after reading this book, you need to check your pulse Nothing I ve read better illustrates the life of the streets, the poisonous, pervasive racism of our country, and the wretched outcomes that come about for our children But her story is one of hope, and that s why this book i Dr Elaine Richardson writes with gut wrenching authenticity, and you are captured as a reader from the start This memoir is like none I ve read before If you are not moved, inspired, changed, or impacted in some way after reading this book, you need to check your pulse Nothing I ve read better illustrates the life of the streets, the poisonous, pervasive racism of our country, and the wretched outcomes that come about for our children But her story is one of hope, and that s why this book is worth reading I know Dr E, and she is a woman full of love and life, and that love and life shine through in her story And if you are an educator, read this book to remember why you do what you do For me, it s been a long time between finishing this book and writing the review about two weeks I always have something to say about a book, but am careful to write an outline and decide which pages I want to point to and quote But this book has almost scared me out of writing anything I met Elaine Richardson at an education conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she was a keynote speaker She was electric, charming, and intelligent in a way that intimidated me despite my own schooling For me, it s been a long time between finishing this book and writing the review about two weeks I always have something to say about a book, but am careful to write an outline and decide which pages I want to point to and quote But this book has almost scared me out of writing anything I met Elaine Richardson at an education conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she was a keynote speaker She was electric, charming, and intelligent in a way that intimidated me despite my own schooling and experience as an adjunct professor When she signed my book, she was very kind and wrote, Melanie, thanks for teaching and loving Dr E PHD to Ph.D is Richardson s memoir about growing up a black girl in Cleveland She writes briefly about her parents, a mother from Jamaica with very little education and a father who played with Louis Armstrong and Bessie Smith, though he was never famous 7 Richardson has some girlfriends who help her get into trouble when she is a girl, and later starts dating a much older boy, which is when things get drastically worse He begins using her as a prostitute, and Richardson ends up prostituting until she is about 27 She has a baby with one of her pimps, and another baby whose father she doesn t know On many occasions, Richardson almost dies When she finally gets things together and decides to go back to school, she never could have imagined how education would save her from certain death The book is a compulsive read, but isn t balanced evenly between being a drugged out prostitute and a college student.Richardson made me care about the people in her memoir Her father isn t written about much, but I still remember how cool he was in his old neighborhood Richardson writes that her father dressed gangsta style When he wasn t going to work, he wore his brim broke down and carried his pool stick in a long black case.His pool shootin friends called him Bullwhip shawty from section 40 5 Her father was a Black Muslim, like Malcolm X, and he had a Black name meaning his Muslim name Gulam Jameel Abdul Rasheed 7 Richardson remembers how she felt about her father My brother and me cracked up at that name We didn t know any better Daddy was also into something called Mentalphysics He had his books and encyclopedias in a special place in the living room and couldn t nobody touch em 7 Richardson s dad is a textured guy gangsta, pool shooter, musician, Black Muslim, reader, and I liked how memorable he was I also like that Richardson maintains her childish voice it s mentalphysics as she remembers it, instead of metaphysics Her mother, too, was a vivid presence, though she is mentioned a lotthan the father It really stuck with me that when Richardson was on a drugs and prostituting that her mother would call the police anytime she saw her daughter on the streets 141 The mother doesn t necessarily want her daughter in trouble, but kept from dying.Richardson herself is someone I care about, even when she makes terrible choices and I want to dislike her While it may sound like Richardson writes herself in a sympathetic light, I didn t find that to be the case People live their lives and survive as best they can, period Richardson describes herself as a girl I was a good kid I played violin in the orchestra, sang in the choir, I was in the smart kids reading group, I was outgoing 24 But, she s also tormented, made fun of Other names people called me were chub, fat girl, liver lips, rubber lips, and bubble lips 21 Down and down her sense of self worth goes, and Richardson knows it s important to connect her self esteem to becoming a prostitute.In 7th grade about age 12 she is a victim of statutory rape and becomes pregnant Her mother helps her procure an abortion, and Richardson reflects on it She realizes she shouldn t have hung out with girls who knewthan her, and she shouldn t have gone into a room with a boy who was 19, because that meant that you wanted to have sex She says she didn t know these things at the time 43 We all know that hanging out with the cool, fast girls is a way to heal our broken self esteem.But, her new boyfriend, Andrew, understands nothing, and when they have intercourse, he comments on how loose she is Richardson breaks my heart when she writes, I had had an abortion in the second trimester The baby I would have had was developed Whatever the size of my vagina, it was the way it was because I had had a dead baby All he talked about was how huge I was down there 43 While dating Andrew, who is 17, Richardson continues to go to junior high, where she loves to learn She is leading a double life of intelligent girl at school, and girl with poor self esteem hanging out with older boys who pay attention to her Andrew eventually convinces Richardson that if she loves him she will work the street, and he becomes her pimp.I learned that pimps have favorite hos and treat that prostitute almost like a girlfriend When Richardson has intercourse with her second pimp, AC, she knows that she feels nothing from sex She believes it might be her experience in 7th grade or from having turned tricks for a while already, but it s like she s dead inside to sexual relationships 98 I felt terrible when I read her assessment Sexual intimacy is so important, but Richardson doesn t feel it anywhere in the book because sex is disconnected from love and partnership.Richardson still has dreams, even when she s drugged out and working as a prostitute for pimp 3, Mack They plan to save enough money to open a legitimate jewelry store, and it makes sense to her 19 year old mind 139 But not much later, Richardson is stabbed while escorting a trick 158 It s hard to read about the author nearly getting herself killed, and later almost abducted by a serial murderer rapist 170 , but juxtaposed with her dreams, the whole story created sympathy in me This is a woman who was broken as a girl, and she has no idea how to fix it.Almost all of PHD to Ph.D is written in various dialects I love the authenticity this adds to the story For instance, the black community in Cleveland makes fun of people who aren t from the city, and readers get a great dose of dialect Dat county ass nigga got dem big ass white wall tires, dat funny ass cucaracha horn and got da nerve to have air shocks on that raggedy ass green car Dat s a country muthafucka right dere 20 Some people in the book useslang that others not every sentence is written like the previous example Remember, Richardson s mother is Jamaican Mi ago kill yuh Yuh nuh want nuttin from life Before I mek a dutty nigga ruin yah life, mi will kill yuh mi self and walk downtown and tell the dyam police is mi kill yuh 75 Richarson s grad school advisor, also a black woman, tells her, You have to stay in da library You have to know the field like the back of your hand Knowwhatumsayin You cain t sing upon dis Ph.D You have to read, write and research up on dis bad boy 233 By getting how people talk and think in those people s own words, Richardson gives voices to those who are often told they re wrong Black folks in the book, from the educated to the illiterate, have a voice they re told is wrong because it doesn t sound white.Getting back into college after drugs and turning tricks happens quickly in fact, I have to comb through my memory to remember how she got herself clean, into support groups, and to Cleveland State University Everything about Richardson as a girl and later prostitute made me a compulsive reader I couldn t put this book down But everything about school seems rushed and not as clearly thought out Indeed, she goes to college on page 192, but the book is only 251 total pages Things start out interestingly Richardson is told she needs a lot of help with her writing and is sent to the writing center The professors and tutors are all white, and they can t figure out what to make of this black woman s voice, which is especially insulting because her first paper is about her own neighborhood The tutor keeps asking, Whadidya mean to say here 197 Richardson writes, I looked her dead in the eyes and said, I meant what I said 197 There s a great exchange here basically, the tutor has her own nasally Midwestern sound, but she gets to judge the author because Richardson doesn t sound white This is a fantastic, enlightening scene.The rest of the college section is rushed, though She flies through her bachelors, masters, and PhD She gets a teaching job at a university She moves to another university She studies the value of black voices and argues they are not incorrect or wrong, that closed minded white tutors and professors didn t see who we were or where we came from as an important part of the educational process 201 I wanted to know so muchhere There isn t nearly as much detail or specific anecdotes told about her time in school as there was from when she was a prostitute.This is the biggest flaw of the book I wish there were two books one for the first part of her life, and one for the transition into school and the process of earning degrees I wanted to read about her encounters with teachers, peers, tutors, and even her co workers and students when she starts to teach There are a couple of instances, but not nearly enough After Richardson gets that first college paper back with a D, she talks to another student, a black man who is also older He says, This chump don t know nothin about Black folks I was using Manchild in the Promised Land as my model, and he was trippin, crossin out every other word These lil tutors in here, too Please I ain t even worried about it, sis I got a wife and a family My wife takes classes at night We just need they little degrees so we can do what we got to do to take care of ourselves Knowwhatumsayin 200 I love this encounter It s as if Richardson and this man are in on a secret about some system or game that is college.Despite its too speedy ending, I highly recommend PHD to Ph.D..Review originally published at Grab the Lapels I really want to thank Dr Elaine Richardson for writing this book As I was reading, I made a mental list of all the girls women, with whom I wanted to share it willful teens starting to feel the pull of the streets, the mothers of those willful teen at their wits ends, other women professors dedicating their lives to black expression, friends afraid to share their life stories Richardson is a testament to possibility Each page reminds me that humanity is so resilient My heart hurt every tim I really want to thank Dr Elaine Richardson for writing this book As I was reading, I made a mental list of all the girls women, with whom I wanted to share it willful teens starting to feel the pull of the streets, the mothers of those willful teen at their wits ends, other women professors dedicating their lives to black expression, friends afraid to share their life stories Richardson is a testament to possibility Each page reminds me that humanity is so resilient My heart hurt every time she was beaten, dismissed, disrespected I rooted for her every time she decided to do something different I wanted her to win and I kept reading not to see if she would I mean, the title gives that away , but because I wanted to see how she would tell the story Richardson makes it plain Whether it s Jamaican patios or academic jargon she lays her entire life in plain English on the page And by plain English, I don t mean just the way white people talk I loved that she used black dialect throughout her entire story Quite frankly, I dug those moments where I thought, oh, that s how you spell booyahkah The story also isn t generically happy ever after She overcomes some trials and then she has somelike real women s lives Her honesty is refreshing The book is also powerful in its naming of pain Nonconsensual sex is always rape Pimping prostituting teenagers is human trafficking She calls out all the spades in such an important way without glorifying her past or shaming women who are still on the streets She s spiritual, but this isn t a preachy book She didn t wait for God to save her she decided to work at a new future for herself and her daughters Respect that Read this book and know that if you want it, you can have it too I am definitely passing on my copy I hope the cover and pages end up dog eared and damaged as it s passed from one woman s hand to another as they read her story and feel empowered to share their own Powerful and compelling memoir Stayed up until 2 00 am reading it. Songtress, educator, author and C.O.P.E member Docta E Richardson has written a new book, PHD Po H on Dope here is my review, it is a must read PHD to Ph.D Po H on Dope How Education Saved My lifeA compelling most fascinating, tale of self hatred woe, desperation, motivation and finally triumph Elaine Richardson s life from the streets of Cleveland, to the streets of New York City, back to Cleveland, a life full of domestic violence, drug abuse, self abuse, and total dislike and lack of Songtress, educator, author and C.O.P.E member Docta E Richardson has written a new book, PHD Po H on Dope here is my review, it is a must read PHD to Ph.D Po H on Dope How Education Saved My lifeA compelling most fascinating, tale of self hatred woe, desperation, motivation and finally triumph Elaine Richardson s life from the streets of Cleveland, to the streets of New York City, back to Cleveland, a life full of domestic violence, drug abuse, self abuse, and total dislike and lack of love for herself is at the least fascinating This book, this story needs to told, read, shared with EVERY black female who has and does struggle with low self esteem It is a story that many a brown, dark skinned sister can certainly identify with, in a world that is still failing to see that there is true beauty in all spectrum s of blackness Elaine takes us with her on her journey into the life of self destruction, prostitution drugs, junkies, pimps, murderers, baby mama, baby daddy it is all here, tears of sadness to tears of joy When she just cannot handle it any life leads her back to where she was meant to be, back on the right track, back to Education, her live saving redeemer Just when you think you can t go on, when you think to yourself, I m tired, should I continue to try someone drops a story that gives you hope, lights a fire, says to you don t you DARE quit PHD to Ph.D, Po H on Dope Dr Elaine Richardson does and gives hope, lights the fire, she did not quit, and I hope her story inspires other to keep the faith, not give up hope and never, ever quit PHD to Ph.D Po H on Dope Can be purchased at , and Barnes and Noble, get a copy you will not be disappointedIris S SmithSoul Patrol C.O.P.Eirisssmith live.com I highly recommend this captivating memoir by my friend, and fellow Clevelander, Dr Elaine Richardson also known as Docta E She tells a real story, for real folks, and does so with a spirit that will surely engage your own. This woman s story had me stuck in this book for hours what a great story of strength and triumph kudos to the author its good {Free Epub} ¸ PHD to Ph.D.: How Education Saved My Life ó There was a time when Elaine Richardson was one of the Negroes everybody pointed to as the Negroes you didn t want to become The title of this book is no metaphor or allusion, but a literal shorthand for a remarkable, unpredictable journey She inherits a plain way of talking about horrific pain from a mother who seemed impossible to shock The way too fast way she grew up was and is too common, but her will to remap her destiny is uncommon indeed To call her story inspiring would be itself too plain a thing, hers is a heroic life dream Hampton, writer and filmmaker ABOUT THE AUTHOR ELAINE RICHARDSON, Professor of Literacy Studies in the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University, is focused on literacy education of African American and African diasporic people, and specializes in critical language and literacy education for social equality RICHARDSON belongs to a global network of Hiphop activist educators for social transformation Richardson founded The Ohio State University Hiphop Literacies Conference and the SistaFriends Afterschool Program incurrently serving sixth to eighth grade girls at Sherwood Middle school RICHARDSON uses her story of recovery from human trafficking and drugs to becoming an award winning PhD and recording artist to motivate others RICHARDSON S bachelor s and master s degrees are from Cleveland State University and her doctorate from Michigan State University She has won awards from the National Council of Negro Women, City of Columbus, and Cleveland State University, and other organizations lots of typos cant tell if that was intentional but I don t think it was a heavy read, but definitely one that makes you think about the world.