By Ashley Judd
Ashley Judd is better often called the acclaimed actress in motion pictures such as De Lovely and Double Jeopardy, yet nowadays she is prone to be discovered wading via an African refugee camp or Asian brothel than on a movie set. for many of the previous decade Judd has been traveling human rights hotspots world wide to unfold the note of wish, healthiness, and gender equality on behalf of 1 of the top public well-being nonprofits, PSI/YouthAIDS. Her paintings has positioned her within the corporation of Bono, invoice Clinton, and different global leaders within the conflict opposed to affliction and poverty and in advocating grassroots courses to enhance the lives of ladies and children.
Memories of her personal painful formative years encouraged Judd to arrive out to these in determined want, specially abused and deserted ladies. She writes movingly of pals akin to Kausar, an AIDS patient within the slums of Mumbai who turns into an activist and peer-educator, and heroes resembling Dr. Rene, who lends his center and soul to...
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As a teenager, I took a friend to see my great-aunt Pauline’s farm. She passed away when I was in the fourth grade. Nevertheless, although I had not been there since I was ten years old, I navigated my car deep into the countryside, to her homestead on Little Cat Creek, without making a single wrong turn. More recently, after flying over catastrophic mountaintop removal coal-mining sites in Pike County, I drove to Black Log Hollow in Martin County, where my paternal grandmother was raised. When I pulled onto Black Log, something ineffable—without words and deeper than memory, from a place so primal that it transcends thought and conscious action—tugged at my soul.
Instead, Ashley Judd invites the cameras to join her as she tackles AIDS in Madagascar or sex trafficking in India. She uses her fame to focus attention on issues of vital importance to all of us, while giving voice to the voiceless around the world. After college, she almost entered the Peace Corps—in which case, she might today be working for, say, Population Services International in Cambodia. These days, what do you know, she is working for PSI in Cambodia—and in Nicaragua, South Africa, and everywhere in between, as a board member and global ambassador.
When Nana was nine years old, her dad was found in the bathroom with a bullet in his head; it looked like suicide, but everyone suspected Edie and her boyfriend. Edie took off soon after the funeral, dumping Nana and her two younger siblings with her rigid, intimidating grandmother, Cora Lee Burton. Nana raised herself and her brother and sister among a collection of maladjusted grown aunts and uncles who were still living at home, and she went to work at her grand-mommy Cora Lee’s restaurant, the locally loved Hamburger Inn.