Ashley Judd's recently released memoir, All That Is Bitter and Sweet, has stirred up quite a bit of attention.

And while most of the interest surrounding the book focused on Judd's shocking revelations about her past (drug use and sexual abuse while growing up,) she's also experiencing backlash around comments made in the book about the misogyny surrounding hip-hop artists including Diddy and Snoop Dogg.

On Friday, Judd spoke with pal Russell Simmons in an interview for Global Grind about the backlash. Russell asked the movie star and human rights activist what her intentions were when discussing hip-hop.

"My intention was to support artists to know that they have so much power. That they make incredible life changing impressions, particularly on the young. And we have choices everyday with our expressions, either empower and celebrate people or to re-enforce inequality and degradation," Judd said.