She’s a broadcaster, producer, an actress, a philanthropist, and now, she will become a special contributor to CBS’s 60 Minutes.
Jeff Fager, the executive producer announced on Tuesday (January 31st) that Oprah would be joining the team.
“There is only one Oprah Winfrey. She has achieved excellence in everything she has touched. Her body of work is extraordinary, including thousands of interviews with people from all walks of life, says Fager.” “She is a remarkable and talented woman with a level of integrity that sets her apart and makes her a perfect fit for 60 Minutes. I am thrilled that she will be bringing her unique and powerful voice to our broadcast.”
Winfrey mentions that she’s been a “big admirer” of 60 Minutes since her days as a young reporter.
“I’m so excited and proud to join forces with this historic news program, which for me represents the bastion of journalistic storytelling. At a time when people are so divided, my intention is to bring relevant insight and perspective, to look at what separates us, and help facilitate real conversations between people from different backgrounds.”
Congratulations Oprah, we can’t wait to see your great contribution on CBS’s 60 Minutes!
Back in 2006 Morgan Freeman interviewed with Mike Wallace for CBS’s tv show 60-Minutes. From that interview a polarizing and wildly popular soundbite emerged where Freeman states that he is against the idea of Black History Month, saying, “You’re gonna relegate my history to a month?” Check it out below:
Every year since it aired, this clip has made it’s rounds on the internet, ironically during Black History Month. From this interview Freeman has received both commendation and criticism, especially where his remarks about how to end racism are concerned. In an article written by Axiom Amnesia, the author feels Freeman was wrong for stating his solution to ending racism is to stop talking about. She cited the reason for her difference of opinion is that racism should be discussed and on a more specific level, bringing an awareness, and in turn acceptance, of differences. The thing is, I think her and Morgan are saying the same thing.
In the segment, which is only about 50 seconds long mind you, Morgan makes the comment “You know me as Morgan Freeman and I know you as Mike Wallace“. This to me is in line with Axiom’s point that we need to explore the roots of racism beyond just skin color because it’s making the exchange personal and specific to that individual, defining them as more than a “white man” or a “black man”. When Freeman said to stop talking about racism I don’t think he meant that we should ignore it, but that the discussions we’ve been having and the way we’ve been having them are no longer productive. Yes racists acts occur on a daily basis, and those should be addressed as such, but so long as we continue to focus on celebrating the “first [insert minority here]” instead of focusing on creating the space for those minorities to exist, we’re depriving ourselves of the very progress we wish to see.
A great example is Saturday Night Live’s most recent cast addition Sasheer Zamata. When the new cast of players debuted this year viewers made their dissatisfaction with the lack of black women comics known. Not only did SNL do a brilliant job expressing that they heard us (Kerry Washington’s White House Skit) they added Sasheer to the line-up, as well as two new Black writers Lakendra Tookes and Leslie Jones. It’s been two episodes since the newcomers have joined and we’re excited to see what comes of these additions, but in my mind this is exactly what Morgan was expressing. See a (race) problem, address it specifically, move on. How do YOU guys feel about the concept of Black History Month in 2014 and beyond, should we continue it or should it reconsidered. Sound off in the comments.