"Guilty By Color" Brings Together Diverse Talents, Proves Hollywood Love Affair With Mafia Continues

Giovanni Gambino and Richard Pryor, Jr. collaborate on timely, hard-hitting tale of racism and police injustice

Nov 05, 2015, 08:30 ET from Giovanni Gambino and Richard Pryor, Jr.

NEW YORK, Nov. 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Author Giovanni Gambino, together with Richard Pryor, Jr., have penned an emotional page-turner of a story that is as relevant today as it's ever been. "Guilty By Color" examines the effects that institutional prejudice can have on individuals, a phenomenon that the late comedian Richard Pryor experienced firsthand. "Guilty By Color" is available at Barnes & Noble and available today on Amazon.

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"Giovanni Gambino is the real deal. He's not just a Gambino. He is The Gambino," says long-time friend and associate Joseph David Savoy.

Incidents of police brutality make headlines today, thanks in part to social media, but they're nothing new for many people in underprivileged communities. Richard Pryor witnessed racial prejudice his entire life, and he weaved this sad reality into some of his best-known bits. His son carries on that tradition in the medium of fiction. Pryor, Jr.'s collaboration with Gambino brings together a stand-up comedy empire and one of the nation's most infamous crime families – all for a powerful and important cause.

"Guilty By Color" follows the plight of an African American farmer falsely accused of the murder of a white woman. Set in Mississippi in 1982, the region has yet to recover from the upheaval of the civil rights era. The trial draws national attention, and many believe a guilty verdict is inevitable. "Guilty By Color" is successful as both a courtroom procedural drama and a penetrating look at how simmering racial prejudice can lead to the worst sorts of injustice.

The late Richard Pryor's story will soon be retold in the form of a major motion picture. The Weinstein Company plans to start production in March 2016. A bevy of A-list actors has already been tapped for the feature. Mike Epps earned the role of Pryor, while Kate Hudson will play his widow, Jennifer Lee Pryor. Oprah Winfrey will play Pryor's grandmother, who raised the comic in the brothel she operated. Eddie Murphy rounds out the cast as Leroy "Buck" Pryor, Richard's father.

With "Guilty By Color," Gambino and Pryor, Jr. hope to keep part of Richard Pryor's legacy alive – namely, his insightful and provocative window into how people of color often remain marginalized, despite civil rights legislation.

About the Author

Giovanni Gambino was born in the province of Palermo in Sicily. He grew up in Torretta, located in a mountainous area overlooking Palermo. He is the youngest in a family that included four sisters and a brother. His family moved to the neighborhood known as Bensonhurst in southwest Brooklyn in 1988. Over the years, Giovanni has developed a passion for writing, including screenwriting. Giovanni has fostered relationships with major movie producers, and he is on his way to building a highly respected career in Hollywood.


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