First, shout out to my beloved Howard University’s own Michelle Miller who conducted a wonderful interview this morning on “CBS Sunday Morning” with Trevor Noah of “The Daily Show.” Bison always show up and show out. Michelle we (especially the School of C.) love and appreciate you and your work. HUUUUUUU…!!!
Two of my favorite Sunday morning shows are “CBS Sunday Morning” and Oprah’s “Super Soul Sunday” on OWN. To be honest, I discovered “CBS Sunday Morning” in the past year. Both programs provide very interesting, informative, in depth, entertaining, uplifting, thought provoking, and thoughtful stories about life and people. They are shows feeding me with the uplifting beauty of life through grace. I learn from each program about the ever evolving human experience that I’m either learning for the first time or from a different and more open lens. They both offer refreshing programming feeding me mentally, physically, and spiritually. This in the midst of the many distractions that do not.
The human experience is a mixed bag of beauty and trauma. Trevor Noah’s story of growing up biracial (black mother and white father) in South Africa during Apartheid and also at a time when it was illegal to engage in interracial relationships is an interesting one. And, a childhood that could have taken him (and his mother) out from an emotional perspective if not physically. Yet, he has risen and is seemingly grounded as a human being, son, comedian, and talented host of “The Daily Show” which he inherited from the big shoes to fill Jon Stewart (Who I just found out shares MY BIRTHDAY!).
This morning as I tuned in to the interview, was my first time getting a brief glimpse into Trevor’s “🎶Do you hear me, do you feel me? We gon’ be alright…🎶 life. (Heeeeyyy Kendrick!) And, the excerpt (see link below) from his book “Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood” provides a look into the beauty of a strong family unit even when it’s not in its perceived traditional form. It’s about how we can be each other’s loving ride or dies. And, even in the most frightful and damaging moments we can agree to disagree, forgive, persevere in to greatness, and find the humor in it all in order to get through the heaviness of the moment. Trevor’s and his mother’s relationship during his childhood was all about moving through each moment with love, pride, perseverance, and fun. And, the book is to honor his mother and their relationship. Thank you Trevor for being you and for sharing your beautiful gift with the world. And, thank you for being a reflection of the love, hope, and strength of your mother who did the best she could when raising you. And, reinforcing for me that although it wasn’t always pretty when I was growing up, my parents did the best they could with what they knew and had, because ultimately they loved me and wanted the best for me.
Through Trevor’s story, I am reminded that life will be filled with challenges that can render me with sadness and hopelessness at times. However, the beauty in that are the relationships divinely placed before me that feed and sustain me during those uncertain and painful times.
Whether, with God, my angels, my family or friends who are now family, a loving tribe of ride or dies are essential to elevate me through the human experience one moment after the next. All with the healing of finding humor in unsuspecting experiences, which create gut busting laughter. And, with the all knowing pride in myself that I am enough and matter. A pride which catapults me to embody and walk with the love, faith, grace, and joy of my SoulFULL purpose. I wish all of these life components for us all, now and forever. Amen! Namaste. #BeDoLove #BornACrime #FindYourZen #SuperSoulSunday #WomenWhoColorOutsideTheLines
Here is the link of Trevor’s interview on “CBS Sunday Morning.” Enjoy. http://www.cbsnews.com/live/video/host-trevor-noah-on-his-late-night-show/
This is an excerpt from Trevor’s book titled “Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood.” http://www.cbsnews.com/news/excerpt-trevor-noahs-born-a-crime/
And, here is a recent “Washington Post” article. https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/how-trevor-noah-went-from-biracial-youth-in-s-africa-to-leading-light-on-us-tv/2016/11/10/6fdab1e6-a13e-11e6-8d63-3e0a660f1f04_story.html
https://youtu.be/Z-48u_uWMHY – Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright”