She is the first Black woman to own and produce her own talkshow, a self-made billionaire, and now the first woman to receive the Cecil B. DeMille award.
Winfrey's impassioned speech Sunday night at the Golden Globes sparked talk about whether she might follow in the footsteps of another wildly wealthy media star who jumped into politics by campaigning for the highest office in the land, Donald Trump.
Ivanka Trump shared in the near-universal praise for Oprah Winfrey's speech at the Golden Globes, but her opinion was still met with furious criticism. The philanthropist invoked the name of Recy Taylor, a black woman who was raped by six white man - one of them a U.S. Army private - in 1944 in Alabama. And, CNN reported Monday that Winfrey is "actively thinking" about a presidential run, citing two of her friends that the network didn't identify.
"I also know, after years of watching the Oprah show, you always have the right to change your mind", she said. She was born into a poor home in MS but broke through as a television news and talk show personality in the 1980s. "And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women and some pretty phenomenal men". So she would be appalled if I were to [have] worn black.
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Oprah Winfrey's powerful speech about female and black activism won the most attention, sparking calls by fans on social media for her to run for U.S. President in 2020.
The Los Angeles Times also quoted Stedman Graham, Ms Winfrey's long time business and life partner, as saying on Sunday: "It's up to the people... she would absolutely do it".
During her acceptance speech, Winfrey said, "What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have".
Tatna was interviewed by Entertainment Tonight ahead of the show and told reporter Kevin Frazier her reasoning behind choosing an embellished red gown with a matching jacket. She's a terrific woman.
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And it was notable that numerous men who won awards did not mention the current soul-searching that Hollywood is undergoing regarding sexual harassment and the role of women in entertainment. "I think there was a collective feeling that it wouldn't be business as usual".
"She could hold a front against hatred in this country".
Elsewhere, stories about women in dystopian saga The Handmaid's Tale and drama Big Little Lies also resonated, winning the top television honours. And for too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared speak their truth to the power of those men.
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