LAS VEGAS (CNN) -- Since his shocking revelations of childhood sexual abuse, the world has waited to hear more from CNN's Don Lemon. Now at last, in "Transparent" (Farrah Gray Publishing), a poignant new memoir from the multiple Emmy-winning news anchor, Lemon reveals the horrific details of his experience with sexual abuse, its long term effects on his relationships, and how he found the courage to put that devastating chapter of his life behind him to become one of America's most recognized and successful journalists.
Through compelling storytelling and rich detail, Lemon reveals his own painful youth as a lonely and isolated child who knew his abuser had made him "different" from the other children to his current position at CNN. This unique memoir offers readers a frank look at the triple impacts of childhood trauma, colorism and racism, and then soars to inspirational heights as Lemon narrates how he beat a gauntlet of low expectations and daunting odds to rise to become one of the most prominent African American men in television news.
He digs beyond the surface and exposes his history with both wealth and the lack of, with family secrets and their painful revelations, and explains how enduring those early experiences shaped his ambitions and gave him the tools of empathy and courage that he brings to his work.
Lemon applies this same searing honesty to the news industry; taking the reader behind the scenes of September 11, 2001, the DC Snipers, the African AIDS epidemic, the death of Michael Jackson, Hurricane Katrina, and the election of Barack Obama. His personal experiences with Barack and Michelle Obama long before the Presidential campaign began, and his conversations with the Jackson family after the death of Michael, are all recounted in a lively, engaging and personal style.
Lemon draws upon many years of broadcast journalism experience during his extensive volunteer work and journalism lectures at Brooklyn College.