As we wrap up Black History Month, Elliman Insider sat down with CNN Prime Time News Anchor Don Lemon, engaged to Douglas Elliman agent Tim Malone, to ask him about his new book This Is the Fire, What I Say to My Friends About Racism. We learned everything from how the experience of writing and researching has changed him to what he hopes readers will take away from his book.
Elliman Insider: What made you decide to write this book and how long did it take you?
EI: You have a powerful platform as a prime-time news anchor, guiding so many viewers through current events. Do you view your career as a calling?
EI: What is it like to speak out against racism through the form of writing? What kinds of emotions came up as you were completing this book?
EI: Who do you think would gain most from reading this book and why?
EI: You’re engaged to Douglas Elliman agent Timothy Malone. How has Timothy been supportive throughout the process of you writing this book?
EI: If someone were to take one thing away from your book what would it be?
DL: I want people to stop approaching conversations around race and racism because they perceive them as “difficult” or “tough.” All anyone needs are the tools and the language to facilitate the conversation. This book will help with that tremendously.