Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey is an American talk show host as well as a bussineswoman, humanitarian, producer, actress and a media administrator. She is very best known for her self-titleded multi-award winning talk show ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ which is the highest rated program of its kind in history. As everyone knows, she is still not only the richest African-American of the 20th century but she is also considered to be one of the World’s Most Powerful People and Women in the World.

Oprah was born into poverty in rural Mississippi to a teenage single mother, who couldn’t support her properly, and so she spent her time living in turn with her grandmother and her father.  At the age of 13, Oprah was sexual abused by her cousin, this resulted in an unexpected pregnancy making her attempt to run away from home, causing tension with her mother.

After moving with her father, she became immersed in her schooling, in that she began participating school activities and working at a local radio station, which was her first job. These experiences led her to want to help others who were living in adversity like that in which she grew up in. eventually giving her the drive to start a talk show that had influence over citizens that had the ability to help others. Giving people advise, hope and most importantly to her and her audience, encouragement.

With her show, she has dedicated her whole life to inproving other people’s lives, she gives her best selflessly and doesnt expect anything in return when she helps and contributes to a good cause and even though she has had a tough childhood, she stilll treats everyone with love and care. Unlike others who could hate everyone because of the terrible things that have happened in the past. She teaches us to pick ourselves up through hard times and to forgive but most of all she teaches us to believe, to believe in ourselves and in our dreams, which made her a great role model to everyone especially to women around the world. The contributions that Oprah has made to socity is that she made a network called Angel Network which is for raising money for charitable causes around the world and to inspiring people to make a difference in there lives of others, she opened a  40 million dollar school for disadvantaged girls in South Africa which is call The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls- to provide educational and leadership opportunities for academically gifted girls from impoverished backgrounds in South Africa who exhibited leadership qualities for making a difference in the world.

Oprah Winfrey is a good person who uses her power and personaility to influence others to do good things and not being afraid of doing what you want, or being what you want to be. Oprah always say, “No matter what, you are here for a reason” – she’s teaching us become more than our failure and fight for what we love.  Oprah is an influence on every woman around the world to fight for their rights and the ability to voice their opinions.

– by Malvinder Gill, 11ENG

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3 thoughts on “Oprah Winfrey

  1. I wonder what she actually did about the unexpected pregnancy and if she ever told anyone that her cousin was the culprit and what would have happened to him. I agree that she is a good person because she refused to give up when life gave her a bad hand.

  2. This was a very informative peice, i had no idea of what hardships Oprah had to go through at a young age. I agree that oprah is a good person, who did her best to help people who have not been fortunate in life, Everyday she helps a range of people and doesnt expect anything back. She is an inspiration.

    • Though it is not endorsed, I found the kitty kelly bio pretty balanced and accurate. It had all the material on Oprah’s hardships and her obsession with fame and her early show career that was not nearly so benign and much more tabloid like as well. Oprah is very good person but she is also pretty enamored with power, imposing her own spiritual and political point of view on the world. Obama was a brand new charismatic freshmen senator with virtually no experience and Hillary the presumptive nominee when Oprah, at the height of her fame and the climactic close of her talk show Oprah used her huge authentic clout to introduce then baby new Senator Obama. I am not saying that Obama is bad or good, simply that Oprah was instrumental in getting him elected first term. I am glad she is a good person and not an atheist but if anyone has seen her spiritual offerings they are often hiding some major assumptions. On one show with Ayanla, Ayanla speaks about how our souls choose our lives. And Oprah agrees but shushes her saying that it is a more advanced topic. I am paraphrasing her. But i found it disturbing that a previously troubled shrink was suddenly going from counseling to the theology of reincarnation. And more that Oprah will not be more transparent with her own spiritual and philosophic beliefs since she makes a living teaching them without tracing their basis. Again, i find Oprah well intended and wise but i think its scary to preach a belief system without being clear on their basis and their implications. Like the example I cited such as chosen reincarnation. Last but not least, I am sad that Oprah has focused on celebrities as much as she has instead if the original focus on stellar teachers, committed community volunteers and huge heroes like that british lady Dr. Catherine Hamlin who treated female damage to vaginas and uteruses (fistulas) for no cost. That woman is the closest i have seen to a real life colloquial saint, that woman is a hero and yet she was only a Nobel prize nominee. But got tons if funding after Oprah featured her and that was great. But now those types types of examples are rarely features over celebrities. Also Oprah does virtually nothing for men. And even less for white men. I think she cares about all and had rewarded some over weight males that lost a bunch of weight in earlier times, but has had an increasingly tight tribal and gender focus as she has gotten more powerful and less in need of a more general viewership. So if one wants to look at areas of concern. Those are it, as of Obama very political from the back ground, is not very up front about theological grounding if her beliefs though she preaches their advice and focuses to much on celebrity. I personally think she is still a very positive person for the world and US but I wish she would be a bit more focused on The genders working together than she is. That said for someone who is so public she is very clean living and well meaning even if one does look at possible areas of concern.

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