An Open Letter to a Rising Star

January 16, 2015 6:50 PM

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As I watched you bring down the house with your American Idol audition, aired last night, there were so many things I wanted to tell you. While J Lo wiped away her tears on national television, and I did the same with more privacy, I wanted to praise you, thank you, and shout from the rooftops about you.

Thank you, Hollywood Anderson, for showing the world what I can only try to tell them: young people like you, who have come to Covenant House or are still suffering in bitter weather -- and, sometimes worse, the cold lonesomeness of the streets -- are gifted, brilliant, awesome, and ready to soar, l...

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