Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations Taping At The Apollo Theater Featured Conversation With Yara Shahidi, Jordan Peele And More

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Oprah Winfrey was in Harlem today along with actress Salma Hayek, late night talk show host Stephen Colbert, Broadway star Lin-Manuel Miranda, actress Yara Shahidi, host/comedian Trevor Noah and actor/comedian/director Jordan Peele.

This panel full of immense talent and knowledge will be apart of Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations podcast and the taping happened in the heart of Harlem on 125th st. at the Apollo Theater.

The hosts of the popular 2 Dope Queens podcast, Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson kicked off the event and afterward, Oprah Winfrey took over to host a one-on-one conversation.

The one-on-one conversation happened in front of a live audience and the topic of discussion was, ”How we can live a life filled with values, character, purpose, and meaning during the turbulent times we live in.”

We can not wait to see what gems were dropped when the special airs on Tuesday, February 27 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. The audio will also be available on “Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations” podcast.

“Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations” Podcast features conversations top thinkers, teachers, and luminaries. New episodes are uploaded every Sunday for free on Apple Podcasts.

Oprah Winfrey May Consider A 2020 Presidential Campaign

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During the 2017 Golden Globes, Oprah Winfrey became the first black woman to recieve the coveted Cecil B. DeMille award for her work in television, film and media. Winfrey delivered an impassioned speech which left many viewers feeling hopeful and inspired. The speech also lead many to share their ‘Oprah 2020’ wishes via social media and to their surprise, the mogul may already be two steps ahead.

According to CNN, two close friends of Winfrey confirm she is “actively thinking” about running for president. The two friends offered this information under the safety of anonymity to have the opportunity to speak freely.  Winfrey’s friends also revealed that those close to the multi-media mogul are pushing her to make the leap into politics and run for the top seat in the oval office.

One of the sources attributes the beginning of these active thoughts of running a presidential campaign to conversations over a month old however Oprah has not confirmed that she will submit.  She has worked closely with other presidential candidates, advocating and campaigning for both Barack Obama in 2008 and Hillary Clinton in 2016.

She may be the dream candidate of many yet Winfrey’s representative has not yet responded with an official update.

Golden Globes: Oprah Winfrey to Receive Cecil B. DeMille Award

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Oprah Winfrey will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the upcoming Golden Globes, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced Wednesday.

The previously nominated actress and entertainment mogul most recently starred in the Emmy-nominated The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks from HBO Films, and next plays Mrs. Which in Ava DuVernay’s Wrinkle in Time adaptation, which Disney will release in March. 

Winfrey, who hosted the award-winning talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show for 25 years, is the chairman and CEO of the cable network OWN. She is also the founder of O, The Oprah Magazine and oversees Harpo Films. This year marks the 10th anniversary of The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa, which Winfrey established in 2007 to provide education for academically gifted girls from disadvantaged backgrounds. Graduates of the school have continued on to higher education both in South Africa and at colleges and universities around the world.

The annual DeMille award honors those with “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.” Recent recipients include Meryl Streep, Denzel Washington, George Clooney, Woody Allen, Jodie Foster, Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and Warren Beatty.

“As a global media leader, philanthropist, producer and actress, she has created an unparalleled connection with people around the world, making her one of the most respected and admired figures today,” stated HFPA president Meher Tatna. “For generations, Oprah has celebrated strong female characters on and off screen, and has been a role model for women and young girls for decades. Holding titles such as Chairman, CEO and Founder, Oprah is one of the most influential women of our time, and this honor is well deserved especially in this 75th anniversary year of the Golden Globe Awards.”

The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards will air live on Jan. 7 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on NBC.

Oprah Winfrey Celebrates New Book ‘Wisdom Of Sundays’ With Gospel Brunch

Media icon and global standard of success Oprah Winfrey takes brunch to a new level to celebrate the release of new book,  “Wisdom Of Sundays: Life-Changing Insights from Super Soul Conversations. The star studded event took place at a private California home and guests enjoyed gospel music and good company.

MONTECITO, CA – OCTOBER 15: Actors Kerry Washington and Angela Bassett attend Oprah Winfrey’s Gospel Brunch celebrating her new book “Wisdom of Sundays” on October 15, 2017 in Montecito, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

The guest list included some of Hollywood’s elite including actress Angela Basset, musician Alicia Keys, rapper Common, director Ava Duvernay and actress Niecy Nash.  Performances included gospel powerhouse Yolanda Adams,  Erica Campbell, Bebe Winans and more.  The positive spiritual ambiance provide the perfect setting for her new book about “awakening your spirit“.

“My prayer is that this book becomes a companion for you. That at any point in your own lifelong adventure, you’ll be able to open The Wisdom of Sundays and find—as I do in the cherished books on my bedside table—just the right words of comfort and clarity” says Oprah on her website.

Oprah also appeared on The Ellen Degeneres Show to discuss the motivation behind her new uplifiting book.  “Wisdom On Sundays” lead by an inspriring introduction written by Oprah herself, compiles quotes from a variety of sources to help readers grow and develop throughout a lifelong and sprititual journey.

 

 

Oprah Winfrey Praises Hillary Clinton, Says She’s “Shattering The Glass Ceiling For All Time”

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During a recent sit down with T.D. Jakes on his syndicated talk show, the iconic and legendary Oprah Winfrey praises our soon-to-be president, Hillary Clinton and had some remarkable things to say.

When asked about the several women in the world that continue to break barriers and make history, Oprah took a moment to declare her confidence in the outcome of the Presidential Election.

“I see that we’re about to have a woman President,” Oprah says to an applauding crowd. “When you can look at somebody who has done something like what Hillary is about to do, that is extraordinary.” She continues, “What it speaks to is what it is within yourself that can do the same. She will stand forever as this beacon of possibility for all women.”

The full 1-hour episode will premiere on Thursday, October 27th on T.D. Jakes. Check out some pictures and a short clip from the interview below.

Oprah Has The Perfect Response For Tip’s Recent Comments About A Female President

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As most of us know by now, Tip, formerly (and still) known as T.I., had some not so pleasant comments about the idea of the U.S. having a female president. The rapper has since apologized for his “insensitive comments,” though the bashing he’s receving on social media has only subsided a bit.

One of the most powerful women in entertainment, Oprah Winfrey, was baffled to hear of such wild comments that she almost didn’t believe they were true. “Nobody said that, in this day and age,” Oprah tells TMZ. When asked what she would say to Tip, Oprah nailed it: “Honey child, hush your mouth.” Simple, to the point.

Watch Oprah’s reaction below and let this be a lesson to be careful what you say on camera.

A Swiss Boutique Just Made a Huge Mistake Not Recognizing Oprah Winfrey

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It’s safe to say the unemployment rate in Switzerland experienced a slight increase this morning. A Swiss shop is being accused of racism after refusing to show a black woman a fancy handbag because it was deemed “too expensive” for her. That woman? Oprah.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Oprah felt she was discriminated against while shopping in Zürich when the clerk turned her away when she asked to see a Tom Ford purse worth $38,000. Clearly, the clerk didn’t recognize the OWN mogul because $38,000 is a drop in the bucket considering Oprah earned more than $70 million over the last year.

The Swiss tourism board is trying to clean up this PR nightmare, issuing a public apology and stating that the clerk in question “acted terribly wrong.” Reps from store itself say the whole thing is a misunderstanding, that the clerk offered to show Oprah similar yet less expensive handbags because the sales associate was “a little embarrassed” by the outrageous price tag of the purse in question. (Apparently the Swiss shop didn’t learn anything from that Hermes snafu eight years ago.)

Either way, Oprah’s earned the right to one of these moments:

Oprah’s OWN Begins to See a Profit Only Two Years After Launch + Tyler Perry Instrumental In The Shift

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When Oprah Winfrey’s OWN channel took over Discovery Health Network back in 2011 officials at Discovery made the radical claim that they would be able to see a return on their investment within it’s first year. Unfortunately, and to everyone’s surprise, OWN didn’t do nearly as well as everyone anticipated and instead of seeing that immediate return, Discovery began paying more money to help ensure the success of this new project, totaling in $510 Million in loans.

After some reconsideration, soul searching restructuring by Discovery’s Chief Executive, David M. Zaslav and Oprah herself, Discovery released a more tangible outlook that forecast OWN turning a profit in the second half of 2013. Well proudly, just short of their predictions, Zaslav went on record to say that OWN was “ahead of the originally anticipated second half of the year goal of cash flow break even.”

In addition to axing Rosie O’Donnell’s elaborate talk show and some internal lay-offs, a great deal of this turn-around goes to the investment in new sitcoms such as Tyler Perry’s “Have and Havenots” and “Love Thy Neighbor” which lead to more ad sales and better subscriber fees from cable and satellite providers.

While officials say it could still be a few years before Discovery’s full investment is recuped, it’s anticipated that OWN will be “tens of millions” of dollars ahead of schedule for the full year. Great news no doubt for Oprah’s team and a huge step for Mr. Tyler Perry. With things finally going in the right direction we’re excited to see what new programming we’ll get to see with the new freedoms OWN will be able to operate within.

Lindsay Lohan Is Giving Oprah a Post-Rehab Interview — and a Reality Series

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Oprah Winfrey has scored another very big interview.

EW reports that the talk show host has landed the first exclusive sit-down interview with Lindsay Lohan when she finishes up her rehab stint later this summer. But wait — there’s more!

Winfrey’s cable network OWN has also signed Lohan to an eight-episode docuseries that will follow the actress as she attempts to stay on the straight and narrow (again). The interview with LiLo will air in August, with the reality series slated for sometime in 2014.

Lohan is currently serving a 90-day court ordered stint in rehab. This latest visit marks the 27-year-old actress’ third stay at a rehab facility. Lohan has attempted a career revival in recent years, starring in Lifetime’s Elizabeth Taylor biopic Liz & Dick, FX’s Anger Management, and the buzzy new indie drama The Canyons.

Are you looking forward to seeing Oprah chat it up with Lindsay Lohan? What tough questions do you hope she’ll ask? Hit the comments with your suggestions.

‘Dark Girls’ Documentary To Premiere on OWN Network

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It looks like Bill Duke’s documentary, Dark Girls is heading to Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network  this June.

It’s been traveling the film festival circuit since its TIFF debut in the fall of 2011, and, at one time, seemed like it would get a theatrical release, but that never happened.

It was a year ago when Bull Duke announced that he was developing 2 feature documentary follow-ups to Dark Girls, after a screening of that film at the Pan African Film Festival in 2012.

Sharing with the audience during a Q&A after the screening, Duke said that the two follow-up films would include: Yellow Brick Road, which will look at the *colorism* issue from the fairer-skinned black woman’s point of view (Dark Girls was from the darker-skinned black woman’s POV); and the other would be titled What Is A Man, which will explore what masculinity and manhood is, from the beginning of humanity to the present.

Dark Girls will premiere on OWN on SundayJune 23rd, at 10pm ET.