Hail to the Queen!!

Column: Doorway to Diversity,
by: Darold Ingram

Ok, for the record…….I’m NOT a fan of Oprah Winfrey. Wrong gender and demographic. And to be honest, I just flat out dislike her show.

But I’m here to give Oprah credit where credit is due.

I remember growing up in the mid 80’s where practically every women I knew were glued to their TVs at 9am to watch the Oprah Winfrey show. All women made references to her show and topics. They made references to her hairstyle, her weight, why she wasnt married, and “how can a woman have a talk show so popular” (remember these were the days of Phil Donahue).

Oprah was a story all her own, even apart from the show. All women looked up to her, black women in particular saw her as the very defnintion of what a woman sould be, outspoken, wealthy and independent.

This week, the Oprah Winfrey show comes to a close. And after so many years its clear to me why she was so successful with her show, and her business. Oprah wasn’t much of a host, or even an interviewer. If you look at alot of her shows with major stars, she did more schmoozing than asking difficult compelling questions. No, Oprah’s great talent was to inspire a generation of women through her personality and just being successful. And through her inspiration, she generated a tremendous fanbase of femals that seldom missed an episode. They propelled her to heights that she probably never thought possible.

I think that one of the great things about her success is she was able to do this while carrying a diverse group of women. Young old black white, American and non-American; women from around the globe were avid followers of herself and her show, making her the queen ofthe daytime talkshow circuit for nearly twenty years.

So here’s to you Oprah. As a male, I certainly wont miss you show, but I’m sure there are millions of inspired women who will.

-Darold Ingram

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~ by daroldingram on May 25, 2011.

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