Vanity Fair | Africa

My phone rang mid morning this past Friday. It was Rocky. I was surprised to hear from her since she should have been on her way to the airport for a weekend trip to Vegas, and I wasn’t planning on talking to her until Monday. She was out of breath and sounding inspired, I should have known that no matter where Rocky is, her heart is never far from finding ways to help the children of Africa.

bono-nad-condi.pngShe had come across a copy of Vanity Fair at the airport entirely devoted to Africa. It is part of a special issue guest edited by Bono. The cover of the edition that I picked up, featured a photo of Condoleeza Rice and Bono together, one of 20 historic covers photographed by Annie Leibovitz. The 19 other covers include: Muhammad Ali, Maya Angelou, Warren Buffett, George W. Bush, Don Cheadle, George Clooney, Bill and Melinda Gates, Djimon Hounsou, Iman, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Madonna, Barck Obama, Brad Pitt, Queen Rania of Jordan, Chris Rock Archibishop Desmond Tutu, and Oprah Winfrey. You can see and purchase all 20 by clicking here to go to

I haven’t had a chance to read it from cover to cover yet, but everything I have read so far makes me think it should be required reading for all Americans. There is a world crying for our help, and all that most of us are willing to do is shake our heads and sigh… “poor Africa”.

Inspiration is a funny thing. It’s contagious.

Thank you, Vanity Fair, for shining the spotlight on the suffering of this continent, and all the corruption that fuels it. I pray for the inspiration that usually follows initiatives like these, and hope that the tiny seed that gets planted in the minds of those who hear these truths, will grow inside their hearts.

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One Response to “Vanity Fair | Africa”

  1. Shelley Seale July 7, 2007 at 5:15 am #

    Thank you, Julie, for sharing this information. I will definitely pick up the issue but would not have known about it otherwise.

    There is an interesting article on CNN about the recent list ranking countries on human trafficking. Condoleeza Rice makes some interesting comments in the article about why certain countries were or were not ranked higher on the list – basically, politics. Not wanting to “alienate” their governments even if they are one of the worst offenders of human rights.

    You can read the article at


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