Monday, December 24, 2007

Oprah Winfrey named Black Woman of the Year

There is not much else you can say about Oprah. She makes black people proud, white people comfortable, all women strong and all Americans better. She has built schools, cried on stage, made films, given away automobiles and risked all of her credibility to get behind a black presidential candidate. She is loved by many and hated by just as many. She is rich, strong, intelligent and relentless. Oprah just keeps on ticking.

Her endeavors are not without controversy, as some wondered why she chose to build a school in another country when she has troubled educational systems in her home city. Others have wondered if she has a problem with black men, as reflected in her beef with rappers 50 Cent, Ludacris and Ice Cube. Her Town Hall Meeting on hip hop was interpreted by some to be a staged platform allowing only those who agree with Oprah to have a voice in the debate. Even the lone rapper invited to the meeting, Common, has never uttered a sexist lyric in his career.

All the while, Winfrey's fortune grows and so does her legacy. She finds herself on top of the world, with all the power that lies in it. She is able to gather celebrities with one swoop and they all respond when she calls. Her magic is undeniable and her legacy is permanent. Oprah will die as one of the most significant Americans in history.

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