What Is Real? the Life and Crimes of Darnell Riley explores the nine years he spent in the custody of California’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. On January 22, 2004, Darnell Riley broke into the home of Girls Gone Wild founder, Joe Francis. Throughout the night he filmed a blackmail video, and arranged for payment so that the video didn’t go viral. With neither self-pity nor self-aggrandizement, this memoir takes a cold hard look at a life of crime, the toll it takes, the reality of life inside California’s prisons, and the price paid by an inmate’s friends, family, and loved ones.
In this book, Riley confronts the question of which version of himself is real―the young, mild-mannered kid from Los Angeles, known to his friends and family as Riley Perez, or the man who pleaded guilty to robbery and attempted extortion, known to the State of California as Darnell Riley.
The GRYD Foundation knows him as a man who loves boxing, writing and producing and is using his gifts and talents to help us in our mission of creating a safer, stronger, healthier Los Angeles. To learn more, you’ll have to buy the book!