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Oprah Winfrey & Prince Harry Team Up For New Documentary Series On Mental Health

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On Wednesday (April 10), it was announced that a new documentary series headed to Apple in 2020. Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry are teaming up to launch an untitled project set to focus on mental health issues. The pair will serve as co-creators and executive producers.

The dynamic multi-part documentary series will focus on both mental illness and mental wellness, inspiring viewers to have an honest conversation about the challenges each of us faces, and how to equip ourselves with the tools to not simply survive, but to thrive, according to the Sussex Royal Instagram page.

“I truly believe that good mental health – mental fitness – is the key to powerful leadership, productive communities, and a purpose-driven self,” Prince Harry said in a news release. “It is a huge responsibility to get this right as we bring you the facts, the science and the awareness of a subject that is so relevant during these times. Our hope is that this series will be positive, enlightening and inclusive – sharing global stories of unparalleled human spirit fighting back from the darkest places, and the opportunity for us to understand ourselves and those around us better. I am incredibly proud to be working alongside Oprah on this vital series which we have been developing together for several months.”

“Delighted to be partnering with you,” Winfrey wrote in the comments section. “Hope we shed a lot of Light. And change some lives!”

 

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We are excited to announce that The Duke of Sussex and Oprah Winfrey are partners, co-creators and executive producers on their forthcoming mental health series launching on Apple in 2020. The pair have been developing the series for several months and are looking forward to sharing such an important project on this global platform. The dynamic multi-part documentary series will focus on both mental illness and mental wellness, inspiring viewers to have an honest conversation about the challenges each of us faces, and how to equip ourselves with the tools to not simply survive, but to thrive. This commitment builds on The Duke of Sussex’s long-standing work on issues and initiatives regarding mental health, where he has candidly shared personal experience and advocated for those who silently suffer, empowering them to get the help and support they deserve. His Royal Highness has spent many years working with communities throughout the UK and young people across the Commonwealth to break the stigma surrounding mental illness and broaden the conversation of mental wellness to accelerate change for a more compassionate, connected and positive society. Quote from HRH: “I truly believe that good mental health – mental fitness – is the key to powerful leadership, productive communities and a purpose-driven self. It is a huge responsibility to get this right as we bring you the facts, the science and the awareness of a subject that is so relevant during these times. Our hope is that this series will be positive, enlightening and inclusive – sharing global stories of unparalleled human spirit fighting back from the darkest places, and the opportunity for us to understand ourselves and those around us better. I am incredibly proud to be working alongside Oprah on this vital series.”

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Oprah Winfrey Donates $2 Million To Puerto Rico For Disaster Relief

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The island of Puerto Rico has received a major donation from Oprah Winfrey. The philanthropist and media mogul has made a $2 million contribution towards Puerto Rico’s disaster relief efforts. The island is still recovering from two back-to-back hurricanes that hit in 2017.

According to the Huffington Post, Winfrey’s donation was announced on Monday (April 8) by the Hispanic Federation and the Flamboyan Arts Fund. Both were founded last year by Lin-Manuel Miranda, a Tony Award-winning actor and Hamilton creator. Miranda’s parents were born in Puerto Rico and he also visits his grandparents there.

After visiting San Juan last year and attending the production of Hamilton, Oprah Winfrey decided to donate $1 million to each organization for revitalization projects.

“I was so moved by Lin-Manuel Miranda’s commitment to bring ‘Hamilton’ to Puerto Rico and support the community that served him growing up that I wanted to join in the revitalization efforts of an island so rich in culture, beauty, and heritage,” Winfrey said in a statement. “The needs of Puerto Rico and our fellow American citizens following the tragic hurricanes are still very real.”

In the midst of trying to rebuild and restore what was left behind by the 2017 hurricanes, Lin-Manuel also took to Twitter to correct the misinformed President Donald Trump who continuously bashed Puerto Rico for seeking resources to recover from the hurricanes. Trump stated that Puerto Rico received $91 billion for disaster relief while “all of their local politicians do is complain and ask for more money.” Lin-Manuel corrected Trump stating that $91 billion was the estimated damage and that Puerto Rico is still waiting for most of their allocated relief funds.

 

Oprah & Gayle Offer Advice On Dating & Relationships In New Video Series ‘The OG Chronicles’

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Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King have launched a new video series called ‘The OG Chronicles.’ The new series, which is named after the first letters in Oprah and Gayle’s first names, will feature questions from Oprah Magazine readers. Each month, the lifelong besties will respond to these questions, offering their time-tested advice — and revealing fun tidbits about themselves.

January’s topic was all about dating and relationships. In the video clip below, Winfrey and King responded to questions on spicing things up in long-term relationships, should you have your significant other’s passcode, how to deal with a long-term relationship that hasn’t introduced the possibility of marriage and children, and more.

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Gabrielle Union & Dwyane Wade To Star In OWN Special With Newborn Daughter

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If you follow Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade on social media then you know the couple has been in a state of bliss since welcoming their beautiful baby girl Kaavia James Union Wade earlier this month.

Kaavia (pronounced Kah-Vee-Uh) was born via surrogate after Gabrielle opened up about her struggle with infertility. In her book, We’re Going To Need More Wine, Gabrielle revealed that she’d suffered multiple miscarriages in an attempt to have a child with her husband and NBA star Dwayne Wade.

“I have had eight or nine miscarriages,” Union writes. “For three years, my body has been a prisoner of trying to get pregnant — I’ve either been about to go into an IVF cycle, in the middle of an IVF cycle, or coming out of an IVF cycle.”

Baby Kaavia will be making her first guest appearance on the OWN network for a televised special with Union and Wade airing Saturday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. Oprah at Home with Gabrielle Union, Dwyane Wade & Their New Baby will be about the couple’s path to parenthood. Oprah describes the conversation as one “for every parent and anyone who became a family in their own way.”

Breaking down the meaning of their daughter’s name, which means “work of art” in the Sanskrit language, Gabrielle also says:

“We wanted to include my family in her name, so the ‘James’ is from my uncle James Francis Glass who is also my godfather.”

Congratulations to both Gabrielle and Dwayne.

Oprah Signs Multi-Year Partnership With Apple & Here’s What You Should Know About It

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In case you missed it, Apple recently took to their website to announce a multi-year content partnership with Oprah Winfrey. The tech giant and media mogul will create original content that will be released as part of a lineup from Apple. “Together, Winfrey and Apple will create original programs that embrace her incomparable ability to connect with audiences around the world,” says their official website.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the pact includes everything from film, TV, applications, books, and other content that could easily be distributed on Apple’s all-encompassing platform. However, the deal does not include podcasts, as Oprah has her own platform for that. Oprah will continue to serve as the chairman and CEO of the Discovery Communications-backed cable network, OWN. In December, Discovery reportedly paid Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo, Inc. $70 million to acquire an additional 24.5% stake in OWN, the companies’ joint venture.

Although Apple has shared no additional details regarding the deal, it has been said that Oprah’s Harpo Films will own any and all content produced under the Apple partnership.

Oprah Winfrey Exhibition Opens Friday At National Museum Of African American History and Culture

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Started from the bottom now she’s here! Oprah Winfrey’s rise to stardom wasn’t as easy as she makes it looks, and now we’re going to have the opportunity to see just how the daytime television host transformed into a media maven and self-made billionaire.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture will open an exhibit on Oprah Winfrey on Friday, June 8.

According to the museum’s website, the exhibit will explore her childhood in the ‘50s and ‘60s, her work on “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, her philanthropic work and influential book club. It will also feature artifacts from her Chicago studio and personal collection alongside video and photographs.

“We’re providing a context for understanding not only who she is, but how she became a global figure, and how she is connected to broader stories and themes,” explained Kathleen Kendrick, who worked with Winfrey’s team to get the items for the exhibition.

Winfrey is the museum’s largest benefactor, donating a $21 million. The museum’s theater is also named for her.

“Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture” opens Friday and runs through June 2019 at the museum, located at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue in Washington

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Oprah Winfrey’s Weight Watchers Stock Value Worth More Than $400 Million

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After purchasing a 10% stake in Weight Watchers for a total of $43.5 million, Oprah Winfrey’s 2015 investment in the weight loss program is now worth $400 million.

When Oprah announced her investment in Weight Watchers back in October 2015, shares reportedly rose more than 80%. Also, providing insight into her 26-pound weight loss journey with the program caused company stocks to rise 20%. However, according to Black Enterprise, just a few months later Weight Watchers saw shares drop 30% after the company announced a quarterly loss of $11 million.

Consistently reporting earnings and sales, Weight Watchers has managed to top forecasts over the past few quarters, as well as seeing a spike in subscribers. As a result, stock recently surged 5%.

“Our purpose is to inspire healthy habits for real life for people, families, communities, the world,” says CEO Mindy Grossman. She added that “we want to own the healthy kitchen” and “make healthy cooking accessible to everyone.”

Oprah, who is still on the company’s board, owns nearly 5.5 million shares. But she sold about 2 million in March at prices ranging from about $58 to $64 a share. Winfrey made $110 million in the process. She also donated more than 360,000 shares to her charitable organization.

Weight Watchers shares were trading around $75 Friday (May 4) and are up an astonishing 70% this year. Winfrey invested in the stock when it was trading for less than $7.

Oprah Winfrey Reveals The Key To Being Stress Free Is Logging Off and Who Are Her Personal ‘Oprahs’

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Oprah Winfrey, a woman at the top of almost everyone’s “goals” list, shares how she manages to remain cool, calm and collected during times of high stress. Her career has spanned decades and served as an example of poise and professionalism, while remaining true to herself. Oprah drop gems everytime she speaks yet in her latest interview with InStyle magzine, she reveals the keys to remaining stress free among other aspects of living an enjoyable life.`

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The interview covers everything from the now debunked rumour of an Oprah 2020 presidential run to empowering women and manifesting goals. Oprah, explores the moments in her career that made her career and how she has worked through low moments and identifying with the impact of the #TimesUp movement at the wake of Hollywood’s internal cleanse.

“It has seared into the consciouness a level of awareness that was not there before. That’s the most important thing to me. When Reese Witherspoon can tell her story at the same time as a farm worker in Iowa or a factory worker in Alabama, it says to a person, ‘Oh well, I’ve been putting up with that asshole supervisor for all these years. Maybe it’s time for me to do something to.’ You can see that you’re not alone. We don’t have to turn our heads to pretend something isn’t happening in order to keep going.”

Oprah who is called on for many things has the expected busy workload of a Hollywood media mogul. Even she can become overwhelmed by the exhausting news cycle and ability to constantly refresh for more on social media. Logging off is the first step Oprah takes in staying on top of it all.

“I have taken a step back and a couple notches down. I don’t get up and turn on the TV first thing in the morning. I spend quiet time. I try to center myself, and I’m conscious of what I allow in because there’s so much all day long. I have the app that has all the news stories, so I scroll through the 5 Things You Need To Know Today and then choose which of those things I want to explore more.  I try not to lean into the hysteria.

Oprah continues the lighthearted yet heavy hitting interview discussing food, life and more. She even credits Ava DuVernay, citing her as inspiration. When asked “Who’s your Oprah?” she responds with DuVernay and Maya Angelou.

“Ava [Duvernay] is my new one. She’s just burning up; she’s a light! I’m inspired by her. And I feel a real connection, still, to Maya.  Sometimes I can just hear her in my presence.”

Oprah’s full interview is full of inspring and heartfelt words. Read the full interview here.

 

 

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 Gets Honorary Doctorate Degree From Smith College

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Oprah Winfrey delivered the Commencement Address at Smith College today Monday, May 22nd. The global media leader, philanthropist, producer and actress urged Smith graduates to live with intention, and to seek fulfillment by “shifting the paradigm to service.”

“This understanding that there is an alignment between who you are and what you do is the real, true empowerment,” Winfrey said.

Winfrey continue as she mentioned a turning point in her career came when she decided that she would no longer be used by television.

“I would use television to create a platform that could be of service to its viewers. Shift the paradigm to service and the rewards will come. When you educate a girl, you are not just educating her, you are educating her to create opportunities for others,” she added.

Before ending, Smith College also took the time to honor Oprah Winfrey with an honorary Doctorate Degree.

Congrats Class of 2017, the world is yours!

Great day ended with an Honorary Doctorate from Smith Yes you can call me #Dr.Winfrey

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Oprah Winfrey To Become A Special Contributor To 60 Minutes

Oprah Winfrey does it all!

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!