Star Jones Reynolds is back with an exciting new show. It airs Monday at 3 p.m on Court TV. I’m glad to see her back in front of the cameras.
I interviewed Mrs. Reynolds after her last book release (Shine: A Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Journey to Finding Love) and she was pleasant to speak with and she made me proud to say she’s a sister 🙂
Below is an excerpt from the interview:
Shelia Goss: Do you ever miss being in the courtroom?
Star Jones Reynolds: In some ways I do. The thing I used to love about my courtroom experience was working with the victims. The ability to impact on their lives and see justice for them is what really got me involved and interested in criminal law from the beginning. That I miss. The adrenaline rush of being in front of a jury is the same you get from being on TV—just a bigger jury.
Shelia: When did you decide to make the transition from attorney to talk show host?
Star: I don’t think I really actually decided to make a transition. I think it was made for me. People liked how I approached the law. It was an easy transition. I was never required to be a day to day reporter. On Court TV, I just talked about the things that I knew and loved—the law.
Shelia: Although you’re already in the public eye was it hard opening yourself up to write a book (Shine: A Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Journey to Finding Love)?
Star: One of the dedications in Shine speaks to making yourself vulnerable. I really attribute that to my husband. He convinced me that being vulnerable in print was not a sign of weakness, instead it was a sign of strength and you grow with every new experience. I think in some ways it was cathartic for me because it really meant that I had grown.
I think it has helped other people. So many women out there who think their own struggles (physical, emotional, spiritual, financial, or professional) are isolated and the sense you’re by yourself can be depressing; especially when you think their is nobody there that understands. When in reality that’s not true. You have sisters across the country and the world that face similar struggles everyday.
On paper, to look at me three years ago, everybody would have said, “she has it going on”, but what they didn’t know is that I was struggling internally physically, emotionally and spiritually and I didn’t know how to get myself out of it. I had to seek help in every area. There’s no shame in seeking help. The shame is in hiding it. The moment I started seeking help on this journey of self improvement, my life started opening up.
Shelia: What motivated you to write Shine?
Star: My story is a back drop for other women to find their story. It is not a memoir, because I say 90 percent of the book is of how I learned from my mistakes. I’m on this journey to shine and if you want to come with me—let’s do it together.
When you read Shine, you immediately take time to self assess. You immediately look at yourself and say, “Hmm what part of this book is speaking to me?” If you know you’re having real credit issues and you’re unable to get out of it, then that part speaks to you. If you know that you’re been that strong independent woman and you’ve always said, “I don’t need a man;” “I don’t want a man, what are you talking about,” but in reality the little girl in you goes home and you’re alone and you realize success is nothing without someone you love to share it with, that part of the book is going to speak to you. If you’ve lost your way spiritually and you realize that you can seek comfort with a relationship with God, that part of the book is going to speak to you. And that was my goal. I wanted every woman to find a part of the book that spoke directly to them.
Watch the show; get the book.