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Born a Crime

Trevor Noah

Born a Crime

by Trevor Noah

Born a Crime

Trevor Noah

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Detailing Trevor Noah's experience growing up as a mixed-race child in South Africa, Born a Crime's inspirational outlook encourages us to take hold of the reins of our own life. We're all capable of greatness, no matter the circumstances we're born into.

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Born a Crime

by Trevor Noah

Born a Crime

Trevor Noah

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We all know Trevor Noah from his helm at the Daily Show desk, but not many are familiar with this talented comedian's inspiring backstory.

Noah was born in apartheid South Africa, where his very existence was a crime because he was the child of a white father and a black mother. Noah's mother had to go to extraordinary lengths to protect him. Through poverty, violence, and abuse, Noah's mother was committed to forging a better life for her son.

Born a Crime walks us through Trevor Noah's isolated upbringing as a curious and mischievous boy, into discovering himself and his new freedom as a teen at the end of apartheid. Noah retains his wit and warmth even through stories of such dangerous times, deepening our appreciation of his character.

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"Whilst my mother couldn't give me access to the world, she at least made sure to let me know it existed. A kid cannot dream of being an astronaut if he does not know about space."

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