Oprah calls him the reigning king of hope and just about the coolest guy on the planet. Grammy-winning rock star Bono has a new summer gig everyone should know about.
In July of 2007, Bono will be Vanity Fair magazine's first-ever guest editor. His theme of choice is Africa—a land close to his heart and to Oprah's. "All of us, Oprah and myself, you know, all of the activists who have been to Africa see it as a human rights issue," Bono says. "We tend to show pictures of just the tragedy of HIV/AIDS or extreme poverty. Africa is much more interesting than that. What we wanted with Vanity Fair was to describe Africa as an adventure. As an opportunity. Not just a burden."
As guest editor, Bono also wants to show how access to common medicines can create miracles in Africa. "I mean, you can be at death's door, and with two pills a day, [you're] back at work 40 days later, which is kind of miraculous," he says.