Closing Remarks (from Dec. 19 episode of “Don’t sleep”)
On our premiere night of “Don’t Sleep,” I was given something that stayed in my dressing room the entire season. It’s a quote that reads … “you are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget that errand.”
I must admit: there were times I almost forgot my errand. Whether it was the stress of launching a new show, trying to appease TV critics, or doing what I thought was necessary to get ratings … at times, I felt like I was getting off course.
So, this is where I’d like to say ‘thank you’ to you, the audience, for not letting us forget our errand and for not letting us forget why we’re here.
We’re here because our community needs an outlet like this. A place where we can have a voice.
Make no mistake, we always intended to have fun. Along the way, we’ve had a couple of Olympic gold medalists, Brad Pitt showed us some love, Kevin Hart told me he’s had seven heart attacks, Hill Harper gave me a bottle of no-hater spray, Sherri Shepherd gave me some hair weave, and Montel Williams gave me some weed.
But, we also talked about the prison industrial complex and what the business of prisons is doing to our community. We debated the effectiveness of affirmative action. We even made 2 Chainz politically relevant. And, we spent an hourlong show on violence in Chicago. Your support and your response let us know that “Don’t Sleep” matters.
We learned along the way and got better along the way. We certainly haven’t been perfect. But, as my pastor reminds me, even if you’ve made mistakes, you’re far ahead of those who aren’t even trying.
It has been our privilege to have you support us.
Don’t you dare start sleeping now