Emmanuel Acho inspired the entire country this summer with his viral video series, "Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man." He has become a top diversity speaker, weekday afternoon national television host, and now a bestselling author.
His new book, named after the vlog series, was released on November 10, sold 18,000 copies on the first day and 50,000 editions in the first five days. This week, he hit his biggest milestone to date, reaching #3 on the New York Times bestseller list.
Acho has a clear vision for why his digital conversations have translated well to print.
"I believe the spoken word has sizzle, but the written word has substance," Acho told Texas Monthly. "And I wanted to make sure that these conversations would be substantive—not just get clicks, not just get retweets, but to be passed down from generation to generation."
Acho was brought into the book world by media mogul Oprah Winfrey, who had him publish through her branch of Macmillan, Flatiron Books. He is also going to release a children's book in March, "Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Boy."
The currently released book teaches people how to deal with difficult situations involving race. Topics like bias, interracial relationships, voter suppression, and more are discussed.
It is just the latest extension of his reach that includes the over 70 million who have seen his videos. He has already recorded episodes with heavy hitters like comedian Chelsea Handler, actor Matthew McConaughey and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
Before the videos hit, Acho was a promising, but lesser-known college football commentator for ESPN. Now, he is one of the co-hosts of Fox Sports' 1's headline afternoon show "Speak for Yourself."
Acho has also soared onto the radar of corporate groups, universities, non-profits, and others who are seeking a top diversity speaker. He is one of the most requested keynote speakers when it comes to Black History Month events in January.
The eventual top keynote speaker Emmanuel Acho originally gained notoriety as a talented prep star in Texas and started 26 games over four years at the University of Texas. He was selected in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft and played five pro seasons.
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