Oprah has done it once again. She’s broken the Internet and dropped the mic all at the same time. Not sure how many of you actually watched the Golden Globes, but that’s where YouTube becomes an amazing tool. Last night, during the 75th Golden Globes, Oprah Winfrey became the first black woman to win the Cecil B DeMille award. She won it for all of her contribution to the world of entertainment. It was about time that a black woman was honored with the DeMille award. What took so long?
Oprah began her historic and inspiring acceptance speech by sharing a little of her personal story of when she watched Sidney Poitier win his first Oscar. It was the first time she had ever seen a black man be honored in such fashion. Just like Mr. Poitier did in 1982, she won the same award last night, but as the first black woman.
Oprah continued her speech by offering praise to the constantly battered press for helping to navigate during these rough times. A quote from Oprah about the press, “it is the insatiable dedication to uncovering the absolute truth that keeps us from turning a blind eye to corruption and to injustice, to tyrants and victims and secrets and lies.” (Psst…she’s talking about your administration and you, Trump).
She moved on to a topic that has taken Hollywood by storm, the sexual harassments, and assault accusations. She accurately says that this problem “Transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics, or workplace.” She brought to attention the many people that were brave enough to stand up against these crimes. She encouraged them with this quote, “Speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have.” Recy Taylor spoke her truth.
In 1944, Recy Taylor was a young woman that had just been walking home from church in Alabama. She was kidnapped and raped by six white men. She was left blindfolded by the side of the road as if she were just a piece of trash. She died nearly two weeks ago, just shy of her 98th birthday. She never received justice in Jim Crow’s era. “She lived, as we all have lived, too many years in a culture broken by brutally powerful men.” For way too long, women have not been believed or able to speak u against these men. “But their time is up!”
“I want all the girls to know that a new day is in the horizon, and when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women…and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard…to make sure that nobody has to say #MeToo again!”
Wowzers! What an amazingly jaw-dropping hard-hitting speech. Oprah has just single-handedly dealt out to all Americans a bit of hope back into our lives. Perhaps, this may be the beginning of an Oprah presidency? Who is up for that kind of hope?