I am a little late to the party, I’ll admit.
I just hope that someone intervenes before the party is over, for Maia Campbell, that is.
In case you don’t know Maia Campbell’s name, just picture her as Black Hollywood’s Lindsay Lohan.
I reference Lohan because she too is a beautiful young star who rarely escapes trouble. The difference between Lindsay and Maia is that when Lindsay acts out, the news cameras of the world are on her; she is pressured to rehab, she is pressured to get her act together.
No one can outright steal Lindsay Lohan’s life away in the cloak of darkness, because too many eyes are on her--which brings me to Maia’s plight.
In her former life, Maia Campbell was the living Black Barbie Doll on the hit show, In the House with LL Cool J. Years later, she is now down and out in Los Angeles, allegedly strung out on meth and/or crack.
The once flawless ebony beauty has withered to skin and bones. Maia is dirty, apparently homeless, and there are scenes in the various YouTube videos where it’s obvious that she doesn’t even know where she is.
One video shows a man asking Maia to give him oral sex as she’s sitting
in the passenger’s seat of a car, furiously eating potato chip crumbs, and mumbling about trying to find her daughter.
Maia is someone’s daughter, too.
Maia’s mother, celebrated author Bebe Moore Campbell, spoke openly about a family member’s struggle with mental illness, and she penned revealing nonfiction books about divorce "Successful Women, Angry Men:
Backlash in the Two-Career Marriage" (1986), and Sweet Summer: Growing Up With and Without My Dad (1989).
Bebe Moore Campbell passed away in 2006 from brain cancer.
The tragic irony is that Maia’s mother was such a strong voice that addressed the plight of the African American community, and now her daughter is walking the streets without anyone to return the favor.
I am saddened and confused as to why no one from Black Hollywood has stepped up to the plate.
If the general public can view the YouTube videos of Maia getting disrespected by her pimp and smacked for talking back, why won’t those who know her, and who have worked with her, rescue her from certain death?
Perhaps Maia’s fans, or Bebe Moore Campbell’s legion of supporters, can force someone to take action.
So, who will be Maia’s angel?
Maia Campbell's comeback is a journey that deserves a beautiful Hollywood ending.