Author Kitt Shapiro on her mom Eartha Kitt


We’re joined on the Starline by an author & daughter of an entertainment legend. Her book “Eartha and Kitt: A Daughter’s Love Story in Black & White” is available now, we welcome Kitt Shapiro.

Kitt, let’s go Beyond the Mic, your mom Eartha Kitt was “just a poor cotton picker from the South” but she was very complex. Singer, dancer, actor, activist she was more than Catwoman.

Your book dissects the complex life of your mother from her humble beginnings and exploitation to where she found peace. What is one thing you remember people couldn’t comprehend about your mom?

“I have taken all the manure that has been thrown on me and used it as fertilizer.” How would your mom handle social media today?

The Rockin’ 8:

Kitt Shapiro joins us Beyond the Mic and it’s time for the Rockin’ 8, 8 random questions; answer with the first thing that comes to your mind. There is no Pressure.

1. Which was worse, kidney stones or labor pains?

2. Favorite musical other than Porgy & Bess?

3. Favorite flower?

4. Of all the stars you met because of your mother, who were you most awed by?

5. One thing you do that causes you to say, “I’ve turned into my mother…”

6. First teen crush?

7. Best place to relax?

8. What went through your mind when Stabler came back to Law & Order?

One Big Question with Kitt Shapiro

What would your mom think of what you’ve been able to do raising 4 kids and keeping her memory alive?

Why should people read this book?

The Wrap:

She once went dumpster diving for a check, accidentally set off her panic alarm in her sleep, daughter of a Korean War vet and Eartha Kitt, we thank author Kitt Shapiro for taking the time to talk with us today!

And that my friends is Beyond the Mic.

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