May 12th, 2011 16:04 EST
Norwood Young Speaks Out About Sexual Abuse, Drug Abuse and Self Mutilation
"Getting Back to My Me"...The Chronicles of Norwood Young (self-published via Norwood Publishing, available November 2010), this humble yet ever-fabulous personality seeks to set the record straight about his twisted past regarding sexual and drug abuse and self mutilation with the hope of helping others speak up about their pain to ensure their healing.
Behind the bravado of the man who stayed "dressed to kill" and whose court has included Phyllis Hyman, Jennifer Lopez, Loretta Devine, BeBe Winans, Niecy Nash, Jerry Springer, Michael Strahan, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Darius McCrary, Sherri Shepherd, Tichina Arnold and Tisha Campbell-Martin - lived a little boy ever in search of relief from keeping a burning secret... Known in friendly circles as the party king, His Royal Highness had his whole kingdom fooled. That world and existence attracted positive and negative people into his life.
On the negative side was author Karrine Steffans who, within her tawdry tell all "The Vixen Diaries" - in the opening chapter "A Man Named Norwood" no less - exploited a sincere friendship just to sell books. Norwood addresses this in his chapter "A Woman Called Superhead," On the positive side, Norwood is dear friends with superstar Natalie Cole.
On the day HE was being inducted as "The King of Hancock Park," Norwood took time to honor her with a lovingly sculpted crystal award she accepted at the event - her first public appearance while recovering from kidney disease. It was her father, Nat "King" Cole, who first integrated the "exclusive" Los Angeles neighborhood when he moved his family there back in 1949 - in a house four doors down from where Norwood lives now.
It is compassion, love and support such as this that has buoyed Norwood through harrowing episodes such as complete strangers on social networking sites anonymously writing malicious asides about him - painting him with scarlet monikers such as `Prince of Darkness,` `Butt Chin` and `Michael Jackson`s Lost Brother.`
"Getting Back to My Me" triumphantly reveals how Norwood has been able to overcome such incessant misunderstanding of who and what he is, ultimately ascending from victim to victorious. It took two years for Norwood to write his book but decades of his life to work through to arrive at the point where he could tell a story that would encourage and inspire, including a great story about how he flipped an initially apprehensive expose` interview with deep dish TV queen Wendy Williams into what he now describes as "a friendly relationship." Notorious Norwood Young intends for his tome to be as life-changing for others as the process of writing it has been for him."
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Judyth Piazza chats with Norwood Young, Musician and Author of "Getting Back to My Me" The Chronicles of Norwood Young on The American Perspective Radio Program