|Dimensions||6.5 x 9.25|
|Features||full-color photos, chronology, glossary, further reading, works consulted, index|
|Interest Level||Intermediate, Primary|
|Series||A Blue Banner Biography - More Contemporary Entertainer|
|Subject||Biography & Autobiography , General, Music , Popular - Juvenile Nonfiction , Juvenile Nonfiction|
Aliaune Thiams father was a famous drummer, and his mother was a well-known dancer. Those musical genes helped the boy become a performer in his own rightbut the road to stardom was not without twists and turns.
At first, Thiam was a small-time criminal who sold test answers and marijuana. Soon he became more daring, stealing cars and selling them to drug dealers. By his early twenties, he was head of a national auto-theft operation. Eventually the law caught up with him and he spent three years in prison. That time behind bars gave him a chance to think about his life and turn it around.
Now known as Akon, the former car thief has changed his ways to become one of the worlds most popularand controversialR&B artists. Hes got his own record label and clothing lines, and hes breaking into movies and television. But no matter how big he gets, Akon says hell never take his blessings for granted