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Act Like You Got Some Sense: And Other Things My Daughters Taught Me

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From Academy Award-winning multi-talent Jamie Foxx, a hilariously candid look at the joys and pitfalls of being the father of two daughters.

Jamie Foxx has won an Academy Award and a Grammy Award, laughed with sitting presidents, and partied with the biggest names in hip-hop. But he is most proud of his role as father to two very independent young women, Corinne and Anelise. Jamie might not always know what he’s doing when it comes to raising girls—especially when they talk to him about TikTok (PlikPlok?) and don’t share his enthusiasm for flashy Rolls Royces—but he does his best to show up for them every single day.

Luckily, he has a strong example to follow: his beloved late grandmother, Estelle Marie Talley. Jamie learned everything he knows about parenting from the fierce woman who raised him: As he puts it, she’s “Madea before Tyler Perry put on the pumps and the gray wig.”

In Act Like You Got Some Sense—a title inspired by Estelle—Jamie shares up close and personal stories about the tough love and old-school values he learned growing up in the small town of Terrell, Texas; his early days trying to make it in Hollywood; the joys and challenges of achieving stardom; and how each phase of his life shaped his parenting journey. Hilarious, poignant, and always brutally honest, this is Jamie Foxx like we’ve never seen him before.

ISBN-13: 9781538703281

Media Type: Hardcover

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Publication Date: 10-19-2021

Pages: 240

Product Dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Jamie Foxx is an award-winning actor, singer, and comedian. His accolades include an Academy Award for Best Actor, a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, and a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role. He's also a Grammy Award-winning musician, having produced four albums that charted in the top ten in the United States. Foxx received rave reviews for his standout performance in the 2019 Warner Bros. courtroom drama, Just Mercy. He has two daughters, Corinne and Anelise, and currently executive produces and hosts "Beat Shazam" on Fox with the former.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Parenting … You Ain't Ready for It 1

Granny 7

You Better Recognize 17

Dad Rule No. 1: You Gotta Show Up 31

The Switch from the Switch 45

Snitches Get Stitches 57

The Gift that Keeps on Giving 63

Less Money, Mo' Problems! 77

It Takes a Village 91

Give It Up for Not Giving It Up 101

Getting to the Pearly Gates 113

New Dad 119

The Tale of Two Parties 135

Getting Roasted 143

Guns vs. Gucci 147

The King's Gambit 153

Love & Basketball & Knowing When to Keep Your Mouth Shut 163

That Good Old Family Drama 171

Now I'm Raising My … Parents?! 179

Billie Eilish also Raises My Daughter 189

Trippin' Out 201

Feminism, Realism, and a Little Pole Dancing 209

Dad Stop Embarrassing Me! 217

Acknowledgments 223

About the Author 225