Wondering what Isaiah Washington’s been up to since leaving the cast of Grey’s Anatomy?
Well, the actor turned author rapped is explaining it all in his new book, “A Man From Another Land.” Since leaving his role as Dr. Burke on the ABC hit show, Washington has been on a journey for identity and self-awareness.
That journey took Washington back to his roots in Africa, when DNA testing revealed that he was descended from the Mende people, who today live in Sierra Leone. Since forging a relationship with the Mende, Washington has founded The Gondobay Manga Foundation, which seeks to support educational and infrastructure initiatives in the country. Washington was granted dual citizenship by Sierra Leone, making him the first person to gain dual citizenship from DNA testing.
Washington says that writing the “A Man From Another Land” allowed him to delve further into his love for Pan-Africanism, one he has felt since his days as a student at Howard University:
“If we can all agree that Africa is the cradle of humanity. Then in my opinion, Africa is the “oldest elder” responsible for ALL of us. So, why are we not listening to its cry for help and seeking its wealth of knowledge and resources to get us ALL back on track?”
In the months following the controversy of his departure from Grey’s, Washington an alumni of several Spike Lee films, writes that he struggled through the tribulations of the negative side of fame:
“I was in big trouble. I was now considered a monster. Everywhere I went; my car was trailed by photographers. I was eviscerated daily and at the same time could feel the hatred inside of my own organs. In a strange way evisceration started to feel humane.” It was in those moments that out death in a public senses Isaiah came to existence in the human sense.”
Washington’s journey is a remarkable one, and after tons of tabloid coverage, it will be interesting to hear his take on it all.
“A Man From Another Land” hits bookshelves on April 27, 2011.