Kristen Chenoweth Hosts Storytelling Event to End Discrimation
USA Network and The Moth (a storytelling organization) gathered an impressive group of storytellers at the New York Public Library last night (December 6) for a special event to end violence and prejudice. Hosted by Kristen Chenoweth the event billed as “A More Perfect Union: Stories Of Prejudice and Power a Characters Unite Storytelling Event” offered guests an amazing window into lives of five amazing people, who through sheer perseverance were able to overcome racism, discrimination and find discover personal acceptance.
Attendees listened intently as rapper/actor Mos Def shared his experience with racism or “hasty notions” as it affected his family; but laughed as Simon Doonan humorously told of his “Nancy Boy” discovery much like they did when athlete Aimee Mullins shared her story of a broken wooden leg in second grade. According to Mullings her leg-less body was never a hindrance. And as she spoke of self-acceptance, Wes Moore (Rhodes Scholar and U.S. Army Veteran), spoke of self-reflection when he found the “other Wes Moore,” a downtrodden man whose decisions led him to a life in prison. Wes Moore moving speech, in particular when he discussed finding his father’s nearly lifeless body at age three, clearly affected some of the audience members. However, the most moving speech of the evening came from Sirdeaner Walker. Ms. Walker, whose son committed suicide at age 11, slowly and deliberately spoke of the day her son, “her baby,” took his life because of sever bullying. Guests sat in silence and listened as this woman shared an unimaginable painful story of losing a child, in the hopes that her story will help someone else.
Despite the share of somber stories the event was capped off with a wonderful after party that included food, drinks, D.J. Sky Nellor manning the D.J. booth and plenty of USA Network “Characters.” We spotted Kristin Chenoweth, Sendhil Ramamurthy (Covert Affairs), a very dreamy Matt Bomer (White Collar), Christopher Gorham (Covert Affairs), Frederick Weller (In Plain Sight), Tim DeKay (White Collar), Tiffani Thiessen (White Collar), Kari Matchett (Covert Affairs), Willie Garson (White Collar), Peter Gallagher (Covert Affairs), Anne Dudek (Covert Affaris), Sarah Shahi (Fairly Legal), Michael Trucco (Fairly Legal), Reshma Shetty (Royal Pains) and Dulé Hill (Psych).