This month's issue of Redbook has a great cover story with Ashley Judd talking about how her faith fuels her passion for social justice issues like AIDS awareness and sex trafficking in India.
The article really inspired me because A.) I've been a fan of Judd's acting career for a while, Where the Heart Is is my favorite movie, and it's nice to get a glimpse into what really matters to her and B.) India calls to my heart. I've been interested in the culture since high school. I'd love to travel to Mumbai and make some Bollywood films one day.
Judd also talked about her new "cruelty-free" clothing line at Goody's, a Southern chain store, that will be featuring "products made by survivors of human trafficking" as well as her promise to provide quality health care programs for the factory workers unlike some big companies who have gotten flack for their near sweatshop conditions.
She also has an upcoming documentary called India's Hidden Plague that will be airing Nov. 30th on the National Geographic Channel. I only caught a little bit of her previous effort, Confronting the Pandemic, that she did with Salma Hayek about AIDS effect in Central America and it was pretty heart-stirring. So get your TiVo ready, this is one program you don't want to miss.
And lastly, with all the crap that gets over-saturated in the media about what celebrities are doing wrong (i.e. Spears and Lohan), it's good to know that there are those like Judd doing something that really counts.
(Hat tip to www.ashley-judd.com)