After [Oprah’s] parents separated from each other and from her,
she was left in the care of a grandmother
who believed in the laying on of hands in all ways.
– Maya Angelou, “Poetic Passage,”
Even the Stars Look Lonesome
Oprah Winfrey revealed on her show that her infamous food issues have their roots in her grandmother’s whippings.
Yet, this October, her magazine has two articles about breast cancer and not one drop of ink about domestic violence.
“Gotta Talk About It,” Oprah!
Oprah has turned herself into a pretzel trying to resolve her food issues. Ironically, the Queen of Talk won’t do the one thing that will heal her: she’s gotta talk about her grandmother’s whippings. They are at the root of her disease to please and her food issues.
If anybody can get Oprah to talk about it, I believe it is L.Y. Marlow. She’s going to be in Chicago at the Old Orchard Mall on Octber 16.
L.Y. Marlow Is a Protective Grandmother
Why did L.Y. launch the Saving Promise “Gotta Talk About It” national road tour? She wants to protect her granddaughter Promise from experiencing the domestic violence that has been in her family for generations.
L.Y. knows that domestic violence and child abuse aren’t going to stop until we talk about it.
Oprah, Invite L.Y. to Be a Guest on Your Show
You know how Oprah says first we get hit with a pebble. . .then we get hit with a brick? Well, Oprah, this blogger and day-one ultimate viewer has tossed the pebble. Her good buddy Tyler Perry tossed another pebble when he asked her to co-produce Precious.
Now, it is time for the proverbial brick. I’m going to keep asking my readers to blitz her producers until L.Y. is invited on Oprah to get her to talk about her experiences with child abuse.
To this end, the Saving Promise campaign is doing another Oprah blitz today. Before midnight tonight, I want everyone to heed this call:
I servived domestic vilence. As a body and mind with scares. No one wants to talk about it, is right. Not grown children,not parents who were told by their daughters they were married to someone who was abusive. I think it is guilt,sham,imbarrisment all around is the reason,but,these people who abuse others TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE
I hear you, Brenda. I hope you’ll be able to go to one of L.Y.’s rallies. (See the previous post for dates and locations.)
L.Y. is totally awesome.
Hi Anne Caroline,
Thanks for the post. I like the group. I love the butterfly theme. So I joined. Sometimes there isn’t anyone to tell, nobody to talk about abuse with. People say move on, forget the past, and blah blah blah.
I haven’t figured out how to forget the past. I just don’t talk about it. But it’s there, just like the sun shining in my window today. I can turn my head but the light is still shining even if I’m not looking.
Wow! You have such a beautiful way of expressing yourself. Iyanla Vanzant’s books helped me a lot. I recently finished Maya Angelou’s Even the Stars Look Lonesome which I can’t recommend highly enough.
And, I’m totally psyched about Saving Promise. I heard about it from Vernetta Cockerham ~ not sure you know her ~ she’s in Yadkin County. You write so beautifully that I hope you will talk about it. If you don’t mind, I’m going to quote you because you’ve totally captured how most survivors feel.
Sending hugs and thanks,
Hi Anne Caroline,
Thanks for your sweet compliment. And I am of course honored that you would quote me 🙂
I don’t know Vernetta. I love Maya Angelou’s writing though and haven’t read any of her work in a long time. I need to start reading again, so I’ll check out that book. I’m already collecting books for the change of seasons and shorter days.
I hope you are doing well. I’ve been struggling, but writing some. I did write part of my story about the relationship I had with a narcissist for an online magazine that was published today. One of the editors is encouraging me to write more about it and try to submit it, but it sure is hard going back over what happened.
I enjoy writing as a creative outlet and also as a way to heal.
I must go tend to my dinner now. ‘talk soon I hope.