Winfrey gets exhibit in Smithsonian

It’s not often that someone gets to actually see an exhibit of their life, let alone actually have one dedicated to them. But for Oprah Winfrey, both of those just came true.

According to AOL, the famed journalist, TV personality and spiritual guru received her own exhibit dedicated to her life’s legacy in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. Called “Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture,” AOL reports that the exhibit “includes videos from the start of her career, personal mementos and more.”

Among some of the cool artifacts incorporated into the display is the red dress Winfrey wore in “the iconic Oprah Winfrey Show episode when she surprised the entire audience with a new car,” according to AOL, an outfit Winfrey herself explained she chose to match the ribbon on the cars she gave away.

Also included is a journal entry Winfrey wrote the night before the national debut of The Oprah Winfrey Show in 1986, says AOL, that wonders how her forthcoming show might affect her life:

“Exactly eight hours before the national first show,” it reads, according to AOL. “I keep wondering how my life will change. If it will change. What all this means. Why have I been so blessed? Maybe going national was to help me realize that I have an important work or that this work is important. I just know that I must be pressed to the work of the high calling.”

And change her life it did.

 

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Winfrey interviews Ross, Rhimes on ‘Time’s Up’

With the Time’s Up movement quickly gaining momentum, a recent interview brought it back to where it all began to shed light on the campaign’s inception — and it’s future.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Oprah Winfrey interviewed some of the movement’s founders — including Reese Witherspoon, Shonda Rhimes, Natalie Portman, America Ferrera and Tracee Ellis Ross — on CBS Sunday Morning this past week, discussing “the impact their campaign has had on the public, their devotion to raising awareness of sexual harassment and what they hope for the post-Weinstein culture.”

In the interview, Winfrey asked the group how our society can “have a mature, nuanced conversation about how men and women should be relating to each other,” says THR, as recent sexual misconduct allegations have disturbed a variety of industries. Natalie Portman was first to respond, reports THR, offering that the conversation that needs to take place hinges on accepting that we are all human.

“We’re humans. We’re all humans. And I think it’s treating people as fellow humans and — and it’s not because you have a daughter that you respect a woman, it’s not because you have a wife or a sister, it’s because we’re human beings, whether we’re related to a man or not. We deserve the same respect.”

Beyond this assertion, THR says Witherspoon offered that having a fruitful conversation about sexual assault and harassment may not always be possible for women (and men) in other industries; however, with their platform as public figures, they are hoping to break down those barriers to make productive conversation possible.

“You know, we have public voices. We have resources,” Witherspoon said. “But women who are workers in this country have nothing to gain in certain times by coming forward. But we want to help. It gives me strength to hopefully help other women.”

Watch the interview from this past Sunday right here.

Oprah to debut healthy comfort food line

If you’ve ever wished for creamy, rich mashed potatoes you gobble down on Thanksgiving to be healthy, Oprah is coming to your rescue.

According to Today, the legendary TV talk show host is set to launch a line “healthier spins on comfort food classics” in a partnership with Kraft Heinz that is also free of artificial dyes and additives. Appropriately called “O, That’s Good!“, Today says the line will take the form of refrigerated, prepared foods that are inspired by Oprah’s own attempts to cook healthy yet appetizing meals.

“I was sitting at my table in my own home and had whipped up some cauliflower, trying to make myself think I was eating mashed potatoes, but it was not working,” Oprah told USA Today, according to Today. “So I thought, ‘What if I used a portion of the mashed potatoes and added the cauliflower? Then, I would have a substantive mashed potato-cauli dish.'”

Thus spawned some of the dishes served up in Oprah’s new line, which Today says includes the mashed potato-cauliflower dish, as well as a broccoli-cheddar soup with butternut squash.

As if this line could not get any better (or tastier!), Today reports that 10 percent of the line’s proceeds will “go toward charities fighting to end world hunger.”

Ready for some O-mazingly yummy treats? The line will hit stores in Octobersays Today, with soups costing $4.99 and sides priced at $4.49.

Winfrey to join ’60 Minutes’

Oprah Winfrey just scored a brand-new job.

According to The Cut, Winfrey will return to her television journalism roots to be a special correspondent to CBS’s 60 Minutes. Winfrey will begin her post in fall 2017, says The Cut, joining the news magazine show for its 50th season.

As for the kinds of stories she’ll cover for 60 Minutes, The Cut says Winfrey will report on issues that will “help facilitate real conversations between people from different backgrounds.”

CBS This Morning anchor Gayle King spoke on her longtime friend’s new appointment, reports NPR, saying that Winfrey’s new gig will be a way for her to do what she loves: storytelling.

“She has said all the time that she doesn’t miss the day-to-day of the show, but what she does miss is storytelling and connecting with people, women in particular,” King said. “And being able to meet and talk to them and interact with them. That’s what she misses. So to me, this is a perfect marriage.”

 

 

Oprah’s publishing imprint launches in January 2017

If you’ve been longing for some interesting books, there may soon be a host of titles coming your way.

According to The Cut, everyone’s favorite former-talk-show-host-turned-network-executive Oprah Winfrey will be launching her very own publishing imprint in January 2017. Winfrey’s “Oprah Books” will debut in the new year, says The Cut, and it already has some interesting reads waiting to be released.

“An Oprah Book’s first release will be Winfrey’s very own cookbook, Food, Health and Happiness, on January 3,” reports The Cut, “with Maria Smilios’s The Black Angels: The Untold Story of the Nurses Who Helped Cure Tuberculosis to follow in 2018.”

Oprah’s memoir, The Life You Want, was supposed to make its debut in the coming year under Flatiron Books (a division of Macmillan), according to The Cut, however, no release date has been announced.

 

DuVernay and Winfrey team up for children’s classic

After working together on the movie Selma and collaborating again on a new series for OWN called Queen Sugar (set to premiere on September 6), Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay are set to work together for a third time, according to ELLE.

The pair is now taking on the children’s classic A Wrinkle in Timesays ELLE, part of a “science-fiction/fantasy series called the Time Quintet” that was penned by Madeleine L’Engle in 1963.

ELLE reports that Winfrey is in final negotiations to play the part of Mrs. Which, the “wisest of three mysterious characters who help two children find their lost father in another dimension.”

While ELLE says the character is portrayed as a light in the book, we’re pretty sure Winfrey will take the character to a whole new level — just as DuVernay will do the same to the entire film.

Be sure to keep an eye out for any further information about the film — THL certainly will!

FLOTUS and Oprah talk gender equality

This week’s United State of Women summit not only brought to light some of the most important issues for women, it also brought together some of the most important female figures of our time share their thoughts on these topics — namely, First Lady Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey.

According to the Huffington Post, Obama told the crowd gathered at the Tuesday, June 14 forum that a large part in helping women achieve gender equality comes from men’s efforts. Thus, men need to “be better” overall to facilitate the process.

“Be better fathers,” Obama offered, according to the Huffington Post. “Good lord, just being good fathers who love your daughters and are providing a solid example of what it means to be a good man in the world, showing them what it feels like to be loved. That is the greatest gift that the men in my life gave to me.”

But Obama told Winfrey that her advice to “be better” doesn’t just apply to those men who are fathers; instead, it applies to all men in whatever roles they happen to occupy.

The Huffington Post says the first lady expanded upon her advice this way:

“Men can be better husbands, which is — be a part of your family’s life. Do the dishes. Don’t babysit your children. You don’t babysit your own children. Be engaged. Don’t just think going to work and coming home makes you a man. Being a father, being engaged, all that stuff is important. Be a better employer. When you are sitting at a seat of power at a table of any kind and you look around you just see you, it’s just you and a bunch of men around a table, on a golf course, making deals, and you allow that to happen, and you’re OK with that — be better.”

Obama continued to offer her insight on some other topics throughout the summit, as well, including delivering some spot-on advice on how to handle any naysayers that may come your way. According to the Huffington Post, the first lady told Winfrey:

“People won’t remember what other people say about you, but they will remember what you do … So my strategy — and I’ve always been like this. When a teacher would come and tell me that I couldn’t do something, I would get so much satisfaction proving them wrong. I’d be like, OK, all right, oh, you don’t think I’m going to do X, Y and Z, well, I’m going to be the best X, Y, Z you can imagine.”

Summing up Obama’s strategy on ignoring any haters — “The best revenge is success… and good work. You don’t have to say anything to the haters. You don’t have to acknowledge them at all. You just wake up every morning and be the best you you can be. And that tends to shut them up.”

 

To watch Obama and Winfrey’s complete discussion, click here.

Nicole’s Favorites: Summer Reading Edition

Have you every read a book where, once you’ve finished it, you feel like you’ve just left a conversation with a good friend?

This is exactly how I felt upon completing The Mindy Project star Mindy Kaling’s first book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns). A compilation of essays about her childhood years, her friendships past and present and her rise to stardom (among other things), it felt like when I sat down to read the book, I was also sitting down for a long chat with Kaling.

Reading this funny, honest and relatable text felt as if I had asked Kaling only three questions — ‘What was your childhood like?’ ‘How did you get to your current career status? and ‘Tell me your thoughts on anything you’d like.’ — and what poured forth was the transcript from our conversation. I tried my best to read it as slowly as possible, attempting to savor every word, but her stories kept me wanting more, leaving me no choice but to plow through the text in a few short days. My only solace is that her next book, Why Not Me?, will be released in September.

But after I finally finished the book, it got me thinking. Since it felt like I had just sat down to talk with Kaling for a few days, I started to think of all the people I would love to sit down and talk with — I guess when you’re studying to be a journalist, your idea of a good time is making list of all the people you’d want to interview in your career!

So I decided to sit down and craft a list of all the successful women I look up to that I’d want to interview in my lifetime, which turned out to be a much longer list than I anticipated! It had everyone from chefs like Anne Burrell and Alex Guarnaschelli to journalists like Tamron Hall and Katie Couric. Of course, I can’t forget about the successful guys of the world who have influenced me, so they occupied a separate list, which was topped by people like Tim Gunn, Clinton Kelly and Steve Harvey.

But instead of just reprinting my long lists here for you to read, I thought it would be fun to create a top five list (*spoiler alert: there are really six on the list, since there’s a tie!*) of the people I’d most want to interview. Although compiling this list was difficult since there are so many people I’d love to get the chance to talk with, I narrowed it down to these specific people based on how much I relate to them and their stories, as well as how much I look up to them and admire their work. So, without further ado, the list of people I’d most want to interview:

5. Barbara Walters – To me, Barbara Walters is the definition of a world-class journalist. She was never afraid to ask difficult questions, and she did so with the utmost poise and respect. What’s more is that Walters has pretty much interviewed every politician, musician and general newsmaker known to man. She is, essentially, the human embodiment of the type of career every aspiring journalist dreams about; she is proof that it is possible to be both a bold and beloved journalist.

4. Wendy Williams – As the host of her own daily talk show, Wendy Williams has the gift of delivering daily pop culture headlines to her audience with a humor and honesty that is unmatched. Her easy, conversational tone with her audience (a.k.a her “co-hosts”) makes every show seem like you’re sitting down for your morning coffee with your best girlfriend, earning her the status of one of TV’s most beloved talk show hosts.

3. Oprah – Oprah Winfrey is the epitome of an inspirational woman. She not only has had a long career as talk show host, she also ventured off to spearhead her own television network. She has overcome many hardships to get to her current position in life, and to me, she is living proof that anything is possible not only if you believe in yourself, but also if you are willing to work harder than you’ve ever worked in your life.

2. Arianna Huffington – Arianna Huffington is the reason why I started my own website; seeing her success inspired me to take a chance on doing what I love. Seeing the growth of The Huffington Post, along with the growth of Huffington’s own career, fuels me each and every day to become the best journalist I possibly can be.

Now, here’s where things get interesting — there is absolutely no way I can decide who is the number one person I would give anything to interview, so I have to declare a tie. So, in no particular order, here are the number one people I would love to interview:

Mindy Kaling – Kaling is not only the star of her own show, but she also created the show and serves as a writer and producer for the show. And what astounds me is that she reached her current status by creating her own opportunities — she wrote a play with her best friend (Matt & Ben) that drew attention to her talents, and the rest, as they say, is history. To me, Kaling is a master of harnessing own destiny in order to create the life she desires — and there’s nothing more inspirational than that.

Stacy London – I have admired Stacy London since I was a poorly dressed, fashion-illiterate 12 year old, and she inspired me to take ownership of my style and create an accurate outward projection of my inner self (to read more about my style journey, check out my post on Medium). Since then, London has continued to be a significant influence in my life, showing me that it is possible to make a career out of doing what you love. She has carved out a space in the fashion world as the stylist with a big heart, teaching women (and men) to love themselves for who they are.

So there you have it — the top *six* people I would love to interview most. Although I have yet to officially begin a career in journalism, I can only hope that my career will be graced by interviews with these lovely ladies, as well as all the others on my long lists.

That’s all for now!

XO,

Nicole