Tracy McMillan, the television writer and author of "I Love You and I'm Leaving You Anyway: a Memoir," needs a round of applause. Currently residing in Glendale with her young son, I hope someday she walks into my place of employment, and I can give her a proper handshake and say "thanks" for providing me a new mantra.
Born to a prostitute and a father who pimped and "drug-dealed" his way in and out of jail her entire life, McMillan has not only done well for herself, but has risen above a life that could've easily sucked her in, making a cliched statistic out of her existence.
She faced the challenges of being raised in foster homes and living in the Midwest where being half-black was an anomaly in a sea of blond Swedes. Her father is an ever-present factor in her life no matter what. Even when placed in the security and normalcy of a stable family, McMillan's father never lets her slip between his grasp.