How Sunny Hostin was influenced by 2 Supreme Court justices

The Emmy Award-winning co-host of “The View” and former federal prosecutor is out with her book, "I Am These Truths: A Memoir of Identity, Justice, and Living Between Worlds."
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Our next guest is an emmy-award winning co-host of the view and former federal prosecutor. She's author of a brand new book "I am these truths". Sunny is good enough to talk to us on "Gma." Congratulations. I'm a little bleary eyed. I read your book last night and thoroughly enjoyed it. Before we get to the book, sunny, I want to ask you about what you'll be talking about on "The view." That's justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. You honored her earlier this year. She received a major award. You did some of her readings from her writes throughout her career. What do you think her legacy is going to be, sunny? Well, robin, you know, we lost such a courageous and brave champion of civil rights and especially of women's rights. I think that will be her greatest legacy, what she did for women. When I honored her -- I was so humbled to have met her. She's a tiny woman, but so fierce. We read a lot of her opinions and her opinion in the lily Ledbetter case, she wrote the dissent. She wrote the court does not comprehend or is indifferent to the ways which women can be victims of discrimination. That led to president Obama signing the lily ledbetr act which led the way for women getting equal pay. That's her legacy. She fought. She fought for us. I cried when I heard she passed. She was so magnificent. In so many ways. U're a fighter too, sunny. I knew that about you. I learned more about that through reading your book. There was another supreme court justice O had a little influence on your book. Tell us about that. Yes. You know, I have the honor of knowing justice so that my your. We're both Puerto ricans from the south bronx projects. She said to me when are you writing yourbook. I said to her recently I'm writing that book, justice. She said make sure it's in Spanish and English. That way when there's a little girl or boy in a class and that person has English as a second language, as do you and as do I, they will no being bilingual is a gift, it's special and they will be proud of it. Justice, I did it. It's in English and in Spanish. I'm so happy she encouraged me to do that. I'm already getting wonderful feedback from people all over the world that are telling me, you know, gracias, you did it in Spanish and in English. I'm sure. I'm sure. I mean, you have -- oh my goodness. The way you've had to straddle, navigate two words, even changing your name sunny. Tell people your real name. Do you have any regrets? I have many regrets. My name is -- I'm named after my mother's mother's sister. I was on court TV with Nancy grace. At the break Nancy was having trouble pronouncing my name. She said can I say something to you? I said yes. She said no one can pronounce that. You should change it. I said when I was in school people called me sunny. I've been known as sunny ever since. My career blew up. I became popular. My grandmother never forgave me for doing that. It kind of changed the trajectory of my identity. People question, what are you? Where are you from? Had I not severed that tie, it wouldn't be such a question. I regret doing it, but I did it to sort of become more americanized in a sense. It's something a lot of people struggle with. Yeah. People -- it's going to resonate with so many people, sunny, your book especially in the times we're going through. Speaking of time, they're giving me the wrap. I'm like it's sunny. She's our girl. They're giving me the bum's rush. I wish I could talk to you more about that. So incredibly proud of you, sunny. "I am these truths" is out tomorrow. You can catch sunny on "The view" weekdays at 11:00 eastern. Sunny, be well. We're going to It is the chill in the air

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