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College Read 2020-21: Born a Crime

Guide to support instructors who are incorporating the College Read into their courses.

Born a Crime

The host of The Daily Show, Trevor Noah, tells the story of growing up half black, half white in South Africa under and after apartheid in this young readers' adaptation of his bestselling adult memoir Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood.  

Trevor Noah, the funny guy who hosts The Daily Show on Comedy Central, shares his remarkable story of growing up in South Africa with a black South African mother and a white European father at a time when it was against the law for a mixed-race child to exist. But he did exist--and from the beginning, the often-misbehaved Trevor used his keen smarts and humor to navigate a harsh life under a racist government.

This fascinating memoir blends drama, comedy, and tragedy to depict the day-to-day trials that turned a boy into a young man. In a country where racism barred blacks from social, educational, and economic opportunity, Trevor surmounted staggering obstacles and created a promising future for himself, thanks to his mom's unwavering love and indomitable will.

It's Trevor Noah: Born a Crime not only provides a fascinating and honest perspective on South Africa's racial history, but it will also astound and inspire young readers looking to improve their own lives.

BORN A CRIME IS SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING OSCAR WINNER LUPITA NYONG'O!

Trevor Noah is the most successful comedian in Africa and is the host of the Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central. Trevor joined “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” in 2014 as a contributor.

Born in South Africa to a black South African mother and a white European father, Noah has hosted numerous television shows including South Africa’s music, television and film awards, and two seasons of his own late-night talk show, “Tonight with Trevor Noah.”

Comedy

Trevor has written, produced, and starred in many comedy specials, including “Afraid of the Dark” on Netflix. Noah’s latest standup special “Trevor Noah: Son of Patricia” launched in November 2018 on Netflix. The special touches upon racism, immigration, camping and more. In 2016, Noah debuted his one-hour stand-up special, Trevor Noah: Lost in Translation, on Comedy Central. His Showtime comedy special, “Trevor Noah: African American” premiered in 2013.

Trevor's success has also spanned to sold out shows over 5 continents. Trevor is currently crossing North America on his first ever arena outing with the “Loud & Clear Tour 2019”.

Writing

In November 2016, Trevor released his first book “Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood,” which became an instant New York Times bestseller. The book received the Thurber Prize for American Humor and two NAACP Image Awards, one for Outstanding Literary Work by a Debut Author and another for Outstanding Literary Work in the Biography/Auto-Biography category. The Audible edition of “Born a Crime,” performed by Trevor, was produced by Audible and remains one of the top-selling, highest-rated, and most-commented-on Audible performances of all time.

Film & Television

Noah was the subject of David Paul Meyer's award-winning documentary film “You Laugh But It's True” which tells the story of his remarkable career in post-apartheid South Africa.

Trevor’s production company, Day Zero Productions, partnered with Viacom and to develop projects including the feature film adaptation of Born a Crime starring Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o, which is set up at Paramount Players, and a half-hour comedy with Roy Wood Jr. and Aaron McGruder at Comedy Central. 

Podcast

In 2019, Trevor launched a new podcast series “On Second Thought: The Trevor Noah Podcast” exclusively on Luminary.

Philanthropy

In April 2018, Noah launched The Trevor Noah Foundation, a youth development initiative that enhances youth preparedness for higher education or entry into the workforce. Noah’s vision is a South Africa that advances because each generation builds and must grow beyond its predecessor. Through a partnership with Microsoft, the foundation is able to provide under-resourced schools with the opportunity to use technology as a tool to enhance the learning experience, as well as increase digital literacy beyond the classroom.

E-book, audiobook CD, and e-audiobooks of Born a Crime are available through the Broward County Library. All Broward College students, faculty, and other employees are able to receive a public library card. 

You can apply for a library card online or you can visit the North or South Campus libraries or any other public library location