Chris Rock: Comedian and Actor (Black Americans of by Anne M. Todd

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Through more than 80 programs, Safe Horizon serves more than 350,000 New Yorkers annually. One such program is a hotline that women can call to get advice and help. Around 700 women from the New York City area take advantage of this hotline daily. The group also offers shelters for women who escape domestic violence, youth programs, and court-based programs. Compton-Rock’s work with StyleWorks, her nonprofit company, helps to promote a woman’s sense of self, independence, and confidence. The organization assists women as they make the transition from welfare to work.

He wanted to get on a television series, but he was not getting any offers. Rock continued to take movie roles, but they were not of great quality; he took them to pay his bills—not to showcase his talent. In April 1995, Rock decided to leave his agent at the William Morris Agency. Unfortunately he had failed to get a new agent first—and now found himself with no representation. Every agent Rock visited turned down the chance to represent him. The year 1996, though, marked a turning point for Rock.

The Takoma Theatre first opened in 1923 and had flourished for many years as a cinema theater. In the 1980s it was sold to a new owner, who turned it into a stage for live performances. By 1996, however, the theater was presenting very few performances. Rock’s HBO special was Takoma’s first big show in a long time. Rock looked at this special as his last shot to get famous— he put his all into creating a show that people would talk about and remember. The title Bring the Pain came from a song by the rapper Method Man (Clifford Smith).

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