Long before Emmy awards and Manhattan apartments, Trevor Noah was born to parents of different races in a time when interracial relationships were not only a taboo, but against the law.

The widely received autobiography landed on the top of New York Times Bestseller list and was also named one of the best books of 2016 by Newsday and Esquire. The book did so well that the richest man in the world, Bill Gates named it as one of his top five books.

I was five years old, nearly six, when Nelson Mandela was released from prison. I remember seeing it on TV and everyone being happy. I didn't know why we were happy, just that we were. I was aware of the fact that there was a thing called apartheid and it was ending and that was a big deal. But I didn't understand the intricacies of it. What I do remember, what I will never forget, is the violence that followed. The triumph of democracy over apartheid is sometimes called the Bloodless Revolution. It is called that because very little white blood was spilled. Black blood ran down the streets.

Trevor Noah