At its heart, HBO’s new adaptation of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a story about trust: about earning it, sustaining it, deserving it and trampling it. It’s about what can result when tr… - From The Undefeated
While The Help, the 2009 novel by Kathryn Stockett, certainly enjoyed a boost thanks to a full-throated endorsement from Winfrey, it was never an official Oprah’s Book Club selection.
While the attention to The Help has long since passed, Cooper and her lawsuit surfaced something undeniable: the feeling of the injustice of having your own story snatched from under you, only to enrich someone else.
It’s the purview of the angry, the irrational and, in the case of Cofield, the dishonest.
As Deborah puts it in the movie when she’s recounting the trauma of being raped as a teenager and connecting it with the treatment of her mother, “Everybody taking things they ain’t got no right to take.” It can’t be easy to face the reality that your mother, in some way, now belongs to the world when, for generations, your ancestors didn’t even belong to themselves.
In the case of the Lacks family, the resulting spiritual scar tissue may never be fully resected but continue to live on — just like Henrietta Lacks’ unstoppable, perpetually multiplying cells.