The breakout star of Girl’s Trip is taking us on another journey.
Tiffany Haddish is adding another accomplishment to her list this year. The Girl’s Trip actress is officially a writer with the debut of her book “The Last Black Unicorn“.
In the book, a fearless collection of personal essays, Haddish recounts her life growing up in foster care and the road that led to her becoming a stand up comedian and the first black woman to host Saturday Night Live. In an exclusive except Haddish details the abuse she suffered after her mother suffered brain damage from a car accident.
“After the accident, oh my God, she would say the worst things to me, like ‘You look like your ugly ass daddy, I hate him. I hate you.’” Haddish writes. “She couldn’t get all her words out, so she’d just punch me. Just full on. Because of her I can take a punch like nobody’s business. Teachers would ask, ‘Why’s Tiffany’s lip busted?’ I didn’t say anything. As bad as she was to me, I still couldn’t help but love her.
When Haddish was 13, her mother got into an altercation with a neighbor that changed everything.
“The police ended up taking her to the hospital. The doctors decided she’s schizophrenic,” she explains in the book. “So my mom went into a mental facility and me and my four younger sisters and brothers went into foster care. I was in group homes for a while. I hate thinking about that. It was more like prison. My comedy skills came in really handy. I thought that if I made these girls laugh they wouldn’t beat me up. But bully girl said, ‘Ahh b–ch, we still going to beat your ass . . . but you funny.’”
“The Last Black Unicorn” is available beginning December 5th but you can pre-order here and watch her segment with Ellen DeGeneres below because SHE READY!
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