Writings

Reflections: The Hip-Hop and Rap Remarks in All That Is Bitter & Sweet

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.

Reflections On Why I Wrote the Book, Including Some of my Personal Story

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.

Russell & Me

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 the Same Sentence as Demond Tutu

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

My Final Decision

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 […]

Keeping up with the Cats… and Twitter

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.

Missing

News that I am close to signing a deal to star in ABC’s new series, Missing, is circulating. Yikes! It seems that much more real, now that folks are talking about it. I am excited daunted. The material is fantastic. The people involved incredible. The premise, especially that is it only 10 episodes per season, but on network, and shot entirely in Europe, is one-of-a-kind.

Retreat

Ahhhh. Retreat! No way to describe them, just do one today. Seriously. Shades of Hope is the most incredible place to do recovery work in America. (I was lucky enough to actually host the full Shades of Hope experience at home, so I didn’t have to travel, but could still fully immerse myself in the routine of their 6 day intensive.)