Mar 1, 2010

Soule Restaurant: Oprah Winfrey - SUPERWOMAN

Oprah Winfrey announced last year that she’s ending her 25-season run of The Oprah Winfrey Show on September 9, 2011.

This date will mark the end of an era.

An era where an African American woman received 48 daytime Emmy Awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998.

Of course her Lifetime Achievement wasn’t primarily for her talk show; Oprah has a reputation for using her money and influence to affect change.

She freely shares the story of her childhood; her abuse and molestation that caused her to run away from home.

She initiated a campaign to establish a national database of convicted child abusers, which was signed into law by President Clinton in 1993 and entitled the "Oprah Bill," establishing the national database she sought.

She opened an all-girls school in South Africa to nurture, educate and turn gifted girls from impoverished backgrounds into leaders.

She played Sofia in The Color Purple and captured the hearts of moviegoers everywhere, which motivated her to form a production company: HARPO Productions, Inc.

She subsequently acquired all rights to The Oprah Winfrey Show before expanding to produce The Women of Brewster Place miniseries and movies There are no Children Here, and Before Women had Wings.

When Oprah began the Oprah Book Club, her selections became immediate best sellers.
Oprah was named one of the 100 Most Influential People of the 20th Century by Time magazine, for obvious reasons.

She is a partner in Oxygen Media, and according to Forbes Magazine, is the first African American woman to become a billionaire.

In honor of Women’s History Month, we salute Oprah; not only for her financial accomplishments.

We salute her lifetime contributions to the world.

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