In a rare, revealing moment on television, CNN's Don Lemon admitted for the first time in public that he was a victim of sexual abuse as a child. While conducting a televised discussion with a group of Bishop Eddie Long supporters Saturday, Lemon recalled abuse that started when he was six-years-old. As reported on Richard Prince's Journal-ism's blog for the Maynard Institute, Lemon said he hid the secret of his abuse until he was 30 years old because of shame.
A defiant Bishop Eddie Long said today he'll be back next week, beaming, unphased from the pulpit as he beat back recent allegations that he sexually coerced young men, then teens, at his church and youth program. Long said this was an "extremely difficult time" for him, his family and his church, but that he was going to "fight."
Saturday night I was at Cramton Auditorium on the campus of Howard University to attend a concert featuring singer Chico DeBarge (one of the younger DeBarges), who was opening for headliner Vivian Green. I was backstage where I got to interview him (as well as several other people, including the awesome editor of SoulBounce). The experience was, needless to say, surreal in the sense that this is a story about a guy from a famous family, who's had his troubles, but is amazingly humble to the point that he put up with way more hot mess from complete strangers than I ever would have.
After that night I told my friends I was ready to start a group called PETD -- People for the Ethical Treatment of DeBarges.