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Memoir of I Rise-The Transformation of Toni Newman

A True Tale Of Rags To Riches of African American Transgender

I Rise, the controversial coming of age novel by Toni Newman will bring tears of joy and perseverance

I Rise, is the true story of Toni Newman’s transformation from an effeminate, conflicted male to a proud, educated transsexual.  You will follow Toni on her rise from a “sissy boy,” a scholarship student, a business professional, an escort, a drag queen, a NYC prostitute, an LA dominatrix, and finally, a transsexual attending law school in order to help her transsexual sisters in need. Along Toni’s journey you will see the highs and lows, as well as life-long quest for self-acceptance….

Toni is ex playgirl magazine model and male fitness model turned Transgender to lose it all.  Toni graduated from Wake Forest University in 1985 with BA degree.  In the late 90’s, Toni was the CEO of MPI Productions, producer of male/female fitness calendars, sold all over the United States and abroad.

An outcast to society, Toni fell from grace landing on the streets of New York City.  Living in a crack house, and eating from a trash can, Toni’s life had spiraled out of control.  Fallen, but not beaten, Toni Newman decided to RISE.  In the footsteps Ted Williams, Toni Newman is a true testament of determination.

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.”
Maya Angelou

To find out more about Toni Newman, The Erotic Professionals, and I Rise, please visit The agent to the book is Kevin Hogan at 310.666.6468.  For press and media opportunities please email Kayo Anderson at  310.405.9839

In support of LGBT feature film Heart of a Woman (true story about African-American transwoman overcoming obstacles and becoming authentic). The Equality bracelets simply states Equality for All regardess of race, sex and gender. SPI Productions consist of British Director Keith Holland, Actor/Producer Alton Demore and Writer/Author Toni Newman.

Toni Newman is the author of memoir I Rise-The Transformation of Toni Newman. The LGBT feature Heart of a Woman is based off Chapter 7 of memoir I Rise. The story showcases the obstacles, hurdles and difficulties of an minority transwoman.

In order to further transgender equality .50 cents for each bracelet will go to transgender advocacy group fighting for transgender equality. To support Equality for All and LGBT feature Heart of a Woman send $2 for each bracelet plus $2 for shipping and handling for total of $4.00 per bracelet to:
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Chapter 7 (The Erotic Professionals) within book I Rise has been turned into Feature film:  Heart of a Woman (
Directed by British Film Director Keith Holland and Executive Producer Alton Demore starring Angelica Ross, Rachel Sterling, Justin Berti, Isis King and Jason Stuart.


Book was Edited by Kevin Hogan and Foreword of the Book was written by Dr. Marc Weiss. The Cover of the Book was photographed by Eric Scot. Technical Assistance was given by Alton Demore, my business partner. The Title of the Book was inspired by the Poem I Rise written by Dr. Maya Angelou, Reynolds Professor at Wake Forest University, my alma mater, where I graduated in the class of 1985.  Studying Law to obtain Juris of Doctorate degree.





Heart of a Woman Film