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An Abstract of Oprah Winfrey

An Abstract of Oprah Winfrey | "Turn your wounds into wisdom." - Oprah Winfrey | Scoop.it

     Oprah Winfrey was the richest African-American of the 20th century. Her media career started as early as high school. She started at WVOL, a local radio station, reading the news. Later during college she was offered a job as co-anchor on the CBS television station. Later a boss of hers set her up to host a morning talk show called “People Are Talking”. After the first show she knew that this was what she wanted to do for the remainder of her life. She hosted this morning talk show for seven years, and then moved on.

     She soon got offered a job in Chicago for a new show, that if she accepted, the were to call “The Oprah Winfrey Show." Her first broadcast was on September 8, 1986. In the beginning her show targeted women, but it soon became obvious that all kinds of people were interested in the topics she discussed. She spoke about controversial issues, movies, books, and more. Everybody wanted Oprah’s opinion on everything. She has received several awards for her show, including 10 daytime Emmys and An Emmy Lifetime Acheivement award. She continued to expande her network by releasing a magazine called O: The Oprah Magazine. Her final episode was on May 25, 2011, after airing for 25 years!

     Oprah made her debut as an actress in 1985, in the movie The Color Purple. She has also taken part in the movies Beloved, Charlotte’s Web, Bee Movie, and The Princess And The Frog.

     So how has Oprah Winfrey influenced America with this great success? She has transformed talk shows, and has taught people accept those who are different from themselves.

     Oprah has revolutionized the genre of talk shows. She made topics that are normally very private, very public. She explained to her audience that we should celebrate our differences whether it be race, color, gender, or sexual orientation.

     Oprah “changed the nature of journalism” (McNamara), when she came out and said that she had been sexually abused in 1987. She continued her talk show and focused on therapeutic and inspiring themes, that were aimed to help people find their best selves.

     Her message of self-transformation resonated with America because of her network. She now has had a talk show, magazine and a book club. And she most recently created a network called OWN (more in a later post!).

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Oprah's Political Influence

Oprah's Political Influence | "Turn your wounds into wisdom." - Oprah Winfrey | Scoop.it

          There has been debate over whether or not celebrities can truly have an influence in politics based on support for a presidential candidate. But through research done by Craig Garthwaite it can be reasonalbly said that Oprah has had an effect on the Obama Campaign. Craig Garthwaite attempted to observe the influence of Oprah had in polls by looking at the number of O magazine subscriptions in a county and the correlating votes for Obama in the 2008 Primary Election. What he founds is amazing! He found that counties with more O subscriptions tended to have a stronger support for Obama than counties with less subscriptions. In the primary this was truly significant as Garthwaite calculated that Oprah brought Obama around 1 million voters. In the primary, Obama beat Hilary Cliton by just under 300,000 votes, so Oprah may have made a difference in who our president is today!

          She also contributed more than just votes by donating the maximum amount that can be given to an individual presidential candidate and also by hosted a fundraiser that may have brought in upwards of 3 million dollars!

          While the exact amount of influence Oprah has had in our recent elections may be questionable, it is undeniable that she did bring in a large group of voters for Obama.

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Oprah's TV Network and Book Club

Oprah's TV Network and Book Club | "Turn your wounds into wisdom." - Oprah Winfrey | Scoop.it

     After leaving her daily talk show, Oprah moved to her own TV network: OWN. The first two years of its exisistence did not have the effect that Oprah thought it might. Not all of her old viewers started to watch the new network and most people did not even know if they got her channel. This year it is looking promising that Oprah may actually make a profit off of her TV network.

     Oprah has also recenty started up her book club again after ending the other one when her talk show ended. She is calling her new book club Oprah's Book Club 2.0, so not to be confused with the old one. She has once again taken control of the best-selling list with her suggested reads. Oprah truly does influence the public opinion because every book that she puts on her book list instantly becomes a hit. It is a really good thing for publishers and authors to be recognized by Oprah.

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#20: The Little Rock Nine Forgive Their Tormentors - TV Guide's Top 25 - Oprah Winfrey Network

In the late '50s at Little Rock Central High School, the first group of African-American students integrated into the school faced torment from many of their...
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This is a very touching segment where the "Little Rock Nine" come to together with their tormentors on Oprah's show.

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Oprah Winfrey's Official Website - Live Your Best Life - Oprah.com

Oprah Winfrey's Official Website - Live Your Best Life - Oprah.com | "Turn your wounds into wisdom." - Oprah Winfrey | Scoop.it
Oprah.com is the official website for everything in Oprah's world.
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This is Oprah's official site. It has everything from recipes to information about her book club and articles about relationships and beauty. 

 

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How the 'Oprah Effect' changed publishing - USATODAY.com

How the 'Oprah Effect' changed publishing - USATODAY.com | "Turn your wounds into wisdom." - Oprah Winfrey | Scoop.it
As The Oprah Winfrey Show ends its 25-year run on Wednesday, its host says Oprah's Book Club will follow her to her fledgling cable network, OWN.
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This article discusses the “Oprah effect”. The "Oprah Effect" is the response after Oprah has recommended a book. The effect is very positive for the book because the public trusts Oprah's opinion.

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Oprah Winfrey's Early Life

Oprah Winfrey's Early Life | "Turn your wounds into wisdom." - Oprah Winfrey | Scoop.it

    Oprah Winfrey was born on January 29, 1954 in Kosciusko, Mississippi. Oprah’s original name was “Orpah” after the biblical character in the Book of Ruth, but her name was misspelled on her birth certificate, so she became Oprah. Her mother, Vernita Lee, was an unmarried teenager when she gave birth to Oprah. Her father is believed to be either Vernon Winfrey or Noah Robinson Sr.

    The first six years of her life she spent with her mother, in her grandmother’s home. She lived in rural poverty during these years. She often would wear potato sacks for clothes and the other children would make fun of her. Before age three, her grandmother taught her how to read, and she was soon nicknamed “The Preacher” because she would recite bible verses at church. Sadly her grandmother did not always have a positive in Oprah’s life. She would hit Oprah with a stick whenever she did not complete her chores or when she misbehaved.

    At age six she moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her mother, around the same time Oprah’s mother gave birth to a second daughter. This daughter was named Patricia and died in 2003 because of drug related abuse.

    Oprah’s mother was having a hard time raising both daughters, so in 1962 she sent Oprah to live with her father in Nashville, Tennessee. While she was in Tennessee her mother gave birth to a third daughter who was put up for adoption, whom Oprah did not learn about until 2010. When Oprah moved back in with her mother some years later, her mother had also given birth to a son, Jeffrey, who died of AIDS in 1989.

     At the age of nine, Oprah was molested by her cousin, uncle, and a family friend. She publically announced this on her talk show in 1986. At age 13, after years of abuse she ran away from home. And by age 14 she became pregnant with a son, who died shortly after birth. She then enrolled in Lincoln High School, and quickly excelled in class, so much so that she was transferred to Nicolet High School. Although her poverty was constantly rubbed in her face, and it was not long before she started to steal money from her mother to try to keep up with her peers.

    Her mother soon got frustrated and sent her back to Tennessee with her strict father, who encouraged her to make education a priority. She attended East Nashville High School and become an honors student, was voted Most Popular Girl, and was also a member of the speech team. She was granted a full scholarship to Tennessee State University throught an oratory contest. At Tennessee State University she studied communications and got her first job working at a local grocery store. Later she won the Miss Black Tennessee Beauty pageant and began work at a local black radio station, where her career in media began.

    Her grandmother would not be surprised by Oprah career choice, because she had once said that ever since Oprah could talk, she was on stage.

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GOD PROVIDES! WE SALUTE THIS ARTICLE ABOUT THE LIFE OF OPRAH AND OPRAH HERSELF BECAUSE SOMETIMES WE SEE WHERE A PERSON IS NOW AND FEEL A CERTIAN TYPE OF WAY BUT FAIL TO REALISE ALL THAT IT TOOK FOR THEM TO GET WHERE THEY ARE ALONG THE WAY. THIS IS ENCOURAGEMENT FOR THOSE OF US WHO ARE STILL IN THE DRIVING TO OUR DESTINATION MODE EVEN THE CHILDREN BECAUSE THEY KNOW WHO OPRAH IS AND SOME OF THEM CAN RELATE IN SOME WAY BECAUSE THEY TO HAVE YET TO ARRIVE AND SOME HAVE BUT FOUND THEMSELVES BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE THAT THEY THEMSELVES HAVE NO CONTROL OVER. WE SAY TO YOU THAT YOU TO ARE A OVERCOMER, KEEP THE FAITH, NEVER GIVE UP ON YOU OR YOUR DREAMS TRUST GOD AND KNOW YOU ARE VICTORIOUS ALSO. IF OPRAH DID SO CAN YOU IN OUR WAY , BECAUSE NOT EVERYTHING IS GOOD ENOUGH PER MAN BUT GOD DOES NOT REQUIRE YOU TO MEASURE UP TO MAN STANDARDS FOR HIM TO LOVE YOU HE LOVE OU JUST AS YOU ARE!!!

Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, May 7, 2015 5:30 AM

YES WE CAN!!!

Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, May 7, 2015 5:31 AM

YES WE CAN!!!

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Oprah's Angel Network

Oprah's Angel Network | "Turn your wounds into wisdom." - Oprah Winfrey | Scoop.it

       The Angel Network organization was founded by Oprah in 1998 with the original idea coming from an episode that she filmed. The original purpose of the foundation was to give out college scholarships. 150 $25,000 scholarships were distributed by the Boys and Girls Club.

        Soon later Oprah rounded up a team of 15,000 coluteers from across the country and built 200 new homes from coast to coast. This organization also start the "Use Your Life Award." This award was given to people who had made an exceptional effort to change the world in a small way. As Oprah called them the "real life angels." Soon later the program began to reach a global audience building close to 60 schools across 13 different countries.

        She also began extra work in the country of South Africa with the program ChristmasKindness that brought christmas presents to hundreds of kids and gave them a great experience. In 2007 she also made a great effort in the Katrina relief by donating $15.6 million to rebuild 300 homes up and down the coast. In 2007 she also began work on the Seven Fountains Primary School in South Africa and rebuilt their facilities.

         When she first visited students were using stone blocks as desks and there was no air conditioning but with a relatively small amount of money, $2 million dollars, she was able to turn it into a top notch facility for the students. She brought computers and SMART boards to students who had never seen a laptop. Unfortunately shortly afterwards the foundation closed in tandem with the end of Oprah's daily talk show, but her Oprah Winfrey Foundation still continues to aid students and families across the world. 

 

*The picture above is that of the renovated Seven Fountains Primary School.*

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Oprah's Best Moments

A montage of some of the best Oprah show moments of the past 25 years.
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Great clip showing many moments in which Oprah shower her personality and enthusiasm for changing lives. 

 

**Brought Cindi to tears!**

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Oprah is Tweeting!

Oprah is Tweeting! | "Turn your wounds into wisdom." - Oprah Winfrey | Scoop.it
Instantly connect to what's most important to you. Follow your friends, experts, favorite celebrities, and breaking news.
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This is Oprah's twitter acount. Just click the link and see what she is up to today!

15,790,813 followers and counting!

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Oprah Winfrey's Official Biography - Oprah.com

Oprah Winfrey's Official Biography - Oprah.com | "Turn your wounds into wisdom." - Oprah Winfrey | Scoop.it
The official biography about Oprah Winfrey includes an interactive timeline of Oprah's life and career, her production company and philanthropic efforts.
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This is a fun interactive website that lets you click on a specific year and shows you what happened that year in Oprah's life. Very cool!

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Oprah's Next Chapter - @OWNTV #Nextchapter

Oprah's Next Chapter - @OWNTV #Nextchapter | "Turn your wounds into wisdom." - Oprah Winfrey | Scoop.it
In this new primetime series, Oprah steps outside of the studio for enlightening conversations with newsmakers, celebrities, thought leaders and real-life families.
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This is the link to Oprah's new show on her network OWN. Has clips to interviews and show how she has moved on from her frist TV show.

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OWN's profits up, Oprah breathes sigh of relief - SheKnows.com

OWN's profits up, Oprah breathes sigh of relief - SheKnows.com | "Turn your wounds into wisdom." - Oprah Winfrey | Scoop.it
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OWN's profits up, Oprah breathes sigh of relief
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Two years ago, Oprah debuted the OWN TV network to terrible ratings and a rash of stories about how the talk icon's reach was faltering.
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Interesting article about the struggles Oprah has faced since leaving her daily talk show and the assumptions she made about her continued success. 

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