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Barbara Walter’s Interview With Oprah Winfrey

In Entertainment on December 11, 2010 at 10:24 am

 

Being the fan that I am, there isn’t much I don’t know about Oprah Winfrey.  Besides, Oprah has been an open book.  But, in case you missed it, here are some main points from her interview with Barbara Walters which aired earlier this week: 

  • Oprah is not a lesbian.
  • Oprah loves Gayle King, her best friend, very much.
  • Oprah loves Stedman Graham, her beau, very much.
  • Oprah is not particularly close to her parents, but she sees to it that all of their needs are met.
  • Oprah is quickly nearing her last showing of The Oprah Winfrey Show.
  • Oprah is very proud of the school which she started in Africa; Soon, the first class of students will graduate and many are looking to attend college in The United States.
  • Once the Oprah Winfrey Show ends, Oprah will have OWN, her own network, to keep her busy.
  • Oprah wants God to use her up until He can’t use her anymore.

My take: If anybody has a chance of being labeled as a person who has achieved self-actualization, Oprah Winfrey will certainly be that person.  She truly is living life to her fullest potential by giving as much–if not more than–as she gets.

My Gratitude of the Day…

In Entertainment, gratitude on December 5, 2010 at 5:06 pm

 

This weekend I’ve been watching past episodes of The Mo’Nique Show—shows which I’ve refused to erase from the DVR until I watch them.  I love seeing Mo’Nique’s old school and new school guests. I, especially, appreciate seeing those guests who were very popular when I was a teen—like Anita Baker, BBD, Keith Sweat, etc.  I love seeing what my favorite musicians and actors, from the past, are doing these days; the show gets me reminiscing about the good old days.  So, thanks to The Mo’Nique Show for showing some love to those who meant so much to so many of us back in the day.

Informational Television Shows That I Really Enjoy…

In Entertainment on November 29, 2010 at 3:55 pm

1. The Oprah Winfrey Show

What can I say…I am going to truly miss The Oprah Winfrey Show.  I’ve been watching since I was 12–wow!  She and her staff have introduced us to so many books, people, and ideas over the years, and for that I am grateful.  Not to mention, Ms. Winfrey has brought Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil, and so many other experts–medical, financial, spiritual, etc.–into our lives as well.   

2. The Dr. Oz Show

I like Dr. Oz’s charismatic approach to health and wellness.  He guides us on how to become healthier–through healthy eating and exercise.  I love his visual demonstrations and his personal approach to making us aware of things we need to do (i.e. getting a colonoscopy) in order to prevent health issues and to maintain good health.

3. PBS

What a wealth of information! I enjoy The Tavis Smiley Show, shows that promote health and wellness (i.e. programs featuring Wayne Dyer and Brenda Watson), and a wide range of other shows.  More recently, I’ve been enjoying shows that focus on women’s health and Diabetes.

And, The Winner Is…Jennifer Grey.

In Entertainment on November 24, 2010 at 4:30 pm

 

 

I just love my DVR, especially when watching my shows like Dancing With the Stars—that DVR lets me cut right to the important stuff.  Last night, I skimmed through the two DWS shows that aired this week.  I just loved seeing Kyle jammin’ to Tootsie Roll, the perfect song for his personality.   

Then I got down to business, watching the grand finale.  I intentionally set the DVR, so I could rush past all of the commercials and so forth. 

Although I, along with so many others, say that Brandy was robbed of the finals, I was pleased with the results.  It went as I had predicted with Jennifer coming in as the winner, Kyle coming in at second place, and Bristol coming in at third place.  Had Brandy still been in the race, there certainly would have been a bit more nail-biting, anticipation.  But, hey…It was good enough.

As I watched the three finalists accept their places in DWS history, I got a little teary.  They [contestants and their partners] all worked so hard, and they achieved so much in different ways. 

Although Jennifer has danced and danced well (i.e. Dirty Dancing), she had some health issues to contend with, and she’s no spring chicken—I can’t believe she’s 50 with that body; you go girl!  But, she worked hard and persevered to win the big prize.  Charismatic Kyle started off with a lot to learn, and he ultimately became a good dancer.  I just love his exuberant personality.  That Bristol…I think she’s cute.  In all fairness, she improved drastically, and didn’t let haters—like the man who shot his television when she made it to the finals—get in her way.   And, I can’t leave out Ms. Brandy.  All I can say is that she’s a class act, indeed—very poised and elegant.    

In the past, I had never watched DWS with any level of seriousness.  I decided to watch this season—I didn’t watch every show, but I watched enough to be in the know—because I was a fan of Jennifer’s iconic character, Baby;  I grew up watching Brandy on T.V. and listening to her music; and, I had seen Kyle on a few shows.      

So, now I ask the question: Will I watch the next season of DWS?  Well, it depends on the talent…These guys will be a hard act to follow.

Kim Zolciak of The Housewives of Atlanta is Pregnant…

In Entertainment on November 22, 2010 at 5:11 pm

I’m confused…Yesterday on Watch What Happens Live, Kim Zolciak of The Housewives of Atlanta told host Andy Cohen that she isn’t pregnant—clearing up apparent rumors that she is with child.  

Then, lo and behold, I see that she is pregnant with Atlanta Falcon Kroy Biermann’s baby—last week’s airing of HWOA showed how the couple met.  For more, visit: http://www.popeater.com/2010/11/22/kim-zolciak-pregnant/?icid=maing%7Cmain5%7C2%7Clink5%7C27347

Phaedra Parks of The Housewives of Atlanta is Too Funny!

In Entertainment on November 22, 2010 at 4:18 pm

 

I had been patiently waiting to hear the deal about Phaedra Parks, the attorney on HWOA—she seemed to be “all confusing” about her due date.  Based on Parks’ comments, I knew—along with the other ATL ladies—that she had to be lying about her time of conception.  Turns out that she, obviously, got knocked up prior to marrying her hubby, Apollo.  Big deal, right? People have been getting knocked up before marriage since the beginning of time.

It’s just amazing that someone [Phaedra] could feel comfortable telling such a doozie, especially on  national television.  Parks claimed to be seven months pregnant, but her good old doctor let it be known that she was more like 40 weeks or full term. Can I just say this was totally hilarious to watch; Doc let the beans out right in front of Kandi and Phaedra’s mother, and her mother didn’t say anything.

Prior to delivering her bundle of joy, Phaedra told Kandi that “babies before marriage” weren’t allowed in her family.  Her mother nodded on that one.  But, moms didn’t say anything when doc set the record straight.  Surely, moms knew that her daughter had a bun in the oven before walking down the aisle.  So, according to mom’s rules, there are no babies before marriage.  But, I guess it’s okay to lie and lie big…Go figure?        

As I laughed and fussed about Phaedra’s obvious lie, my hubby said, “She is a lawyer.”   

Well, Phaedra is certainly funny.  I’ll be tuning in to see how she’ll top that whopper-of-a-story!

For Colored Girls

In Entertainment, Movies on November 20, 2010 at 7:17 pm

Tyler Perry has taken a walk on the dark side with For Colored Girls, a movie based on Ntozke Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf, a series of poems which were published in 1975.    

An all star cast included Janet Jackson, Kimberly Elise, Thandie Newton, Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose, Tessa Thompson, Kerry Washington, Whoopi Goldberg, Macy Gray, and Loretta Devine.  Each actress played the heck out of their role.  Seeing the talented actors in this film makes me remember just how many talented African-American actors are out there—hope to keep seeing more of them.

The darkness included scenes involving the heavy topics of rape, infidelity, domestic violence, and mental illness.  It’s interesting how the same issues that Shange wrote about in 1975 are, unfortunately, very much alive in our communities, today.

I give this film a B+.

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