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She's -- star of film television music and Broadway and his mother for.
And now has an -- -- college you have no idea here she is Miss America Vanessa Williams join -- -- insider co author and mother.
Helen DeLeon thanks so much for joining you and me and the reason why I started that way -- -- that because.
-- just ran into someone at coworker who thought it had no idea about your Miss America and that.
But you know but that passed and I -- bear with you when you you've made me so proud becoming the first -- you know Miss America who happens to be black men.
But then there's you know this scandal was supposed scandal broke in your mom was right there alongside -- you in protecting you and she always had its.
Tell me some of the things that we're going on we saw what was what it was happening in the headlines that -- or death threats and letters and things clicked on your doorstep.
Talk about that for me Helen first and then how you protect your daughter from those.
It PM there was always there's a series of letters that we would -- with disgusting things and -- you know pubic hair in all kinds of other stuff that I would get.
There -- letters McCain had death threats and what they revenue due to us that they were going to -- to her.
Those kinds of things were not easy to.
Lived with plenty here.
My hand to hand the FBI come in and show me how to open manners and give us some guidance as to how do reaction people with all.
Where -- get something like that -- at her homecoming.
Parade in our hometown we had sharpshooters on the rooftops because there are local police -- simply afraid of what was gonna happen and it could happen.
And that's why I Tennessee called the book you have no idea you have no idea at twenty years old this is what I had to deal -- He had no idea what I was being protected from I have no idea of the magnitude.
Of the threat that was going on behind the scenes I was out there every day doing my appearances.
As Miss America as a -- hurled.
So it's it's kind of dispelling perceptions -- now.
Talk about growing up I wasn't the in I was an average kid who did a lot of things.
That a twenty year old would do -- -- that time which all are revealed in and the book.
And then -- -- the things that you revealed in the book I thought was surprising but understanding what you guys are teaching in this book that.
He talked about when you're a senior in high school.
In your head in abortion -- what what it -- include it.
Because again I wanted to illustrate that I had lived a lot of things.
Until my whole life but at a at a young age I had gone through a lot of things by myself.
So I was hiding things -- my parents you have no idea what I've already dealt -- -- so it was it was complex and I also wanna to illustrate what what was happening with.
People that wanted me to fight for the crown people that wanted me to felt that I had I had another.
When it's AM.
Victory to win and I wanted to get a lot count my life at 21 I -- a lot.
And you guided -- and enclosing you got it from both sides you've got that that death threats because you were the first black woman who.
Was Miss America and you also got it from the -- African American community and I'd like half a small portion not.
On the on the larger -- they're very supportive but there -- a few.
And small minority but there -- some and it hurts record I -- his mother but she's a great mother -- -- -- -- -- And she you know she they have they have a good life.
President Clinton said to her and my next life I want it to be my mother.
And you can give her the look yes I -- I give it though very good.
Again but -- you had no idea at the net today and Helen Williams hammered down -- thanks for joining us.
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