In the car on the way to the Prague airport, my dad asked if he could buy Czech crowns from me. He began explaining something that later, when I could listen, I apprehended was very simple: he would give me US dollars, I would give him Crowns. But before he had finished his question, my brain had completely flooded. I heard nothing but gibberish, or the “wah wah wah” spoken by grown ups on the Peanuts cartoons. I made the time out symbol with my hands. A frustrated look rumpled his face.
Dear Friends, July 15-21 I will be with my Clinton Global Initiative Lead cohort in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo. As I do on all my trips, I will keep a diary (my diaries from 13 countries are the basis for my book, All That Is Bitter and Sweet). As service permits, I will post some entries on my web site.
The outcry regarding my remarks, 2 paragraphs of my 400+ page book, regarding hip hop and rap, has been as astounding as it is out of context. As reactions continue to rage on Twitter and blogs, I am addressing it where I have more than 140 characters. The general theme is to express my gratitude for a chance to learn, to be corrected where I was wrong, to make amends, and hold firm and strong on the original intention and context of the points I made, with a commitment to try to do so less clumsily and with more sensitivity in the future.
It is my hope and prayer that media can now, after a crazy week including uncanny (and maybe even bizarre) media timing that only God could have orchestrated (my book, my mother and sister’s TV show, and Tennie McCarty’s TV show, the woman who introduced me to recovery, all debuting at the same time), place the focus where it belongs: feminist social justice, human rights, and public health. That is what All That Is Bitter & Sweet is about. The brief personal back-story was provided to help explain why I have dedicated so much of my life and soul, sometimes to my own detriment and at great emotional cost, to the welfare of others around the world. I wish I could take the word “memoir” off the cover, for it seems to have given a wildly false impression of the book, and replaced it with “travel diaries,” or something like that. Readers are discovering that, with each page. Hopefully, the media can, too.
Considering the best way to address some folks responding to viral spread of inaccurate information taken out of
context from my book, I phoned Russell Simmons, with whom I have been friends for 15 years. We chatted for a while about the situation, and within an hour, he sent me a typed transcript of our call, which he had recorded on his cell phone! He posted it on his web site, and here I also provide a copy.
In honor of International Women’s Day, I invoked the memory of a young Kenyan woman trapped in exploited prostition in the grim and seedy brothels of Nairobi. Take action on behalf of women victims of armed conflict and war! Visit Women for Women International and begin sponsoring a sister today.
To hear my name said in the same sentence as Desmond Tutu’s last night at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco gave me an opportunity to reflect on the richness of my life’s arc. Having been asked by fellow Kentuckian Owsley Brown and a dear local friend to help host this special event to raise money for Grace, an American icon of inclusive and compassionate Christian love, I was enormously pleased when Father responded to my e mail last October that indeed, although he is retired, he would fry from RSA to attend our occasion, and speak
It is official! I shall be starring in ABC TV’s new series, Missing! I came to my final decision with an intense amount of careful consideration. I have greatly enjoyed my semi-retirement from acting. The service work I do, the boards and leadership advisory councils on which I serve, and especially the international travel I […]
Really stinks Cats lost at Arkansas. I think that blows our chance at a 3 seed in the NCAA unless we sweep SEC tourney. I am trying to keep up from England and it’s hard, but news of an OT loss gets through, even without internet connection. (Subscing to Tom Leach’s “Leach Report” podcasts, and Coach Cal’s Call In Show, are highly advisable). In other news, shall start Tweeting soon, despite my better judgement!!!!! It will be good to let folks know about All That Is Bitter and Sweet, though.
Who Do You Think You Are? is one of the most wonderful experiences of all my born days. I have indeed been amazed, and as Dario predicted, I have wept my way through some of the revelations. The producer said he would bet his career on my episode, and yes, he gets to keep his career. It is a doozie.