Acclaimed Black Female celebrity, Oprah Winfrey has admonished American people to keep hopes alive as they come into terms with Trump’s victory.
Many of Americans probably wish Black female celebrity, Oprah Winfrey, would’ve surprised us all by interrupting Donald Trump’s victory speech to exclaim, “You get a Hillary presidency! You get a Hillary presidency! You get a Hillary presidency!,” Huffington Post states.
Alas, Trump is the president-elect and many of us need Oprah now more than ever.
After watching Obama welcome Trump to the White House on Thursday, she told AP that “hope is still alive,” as the current president and first lady met with Trump and wife Melania to discuss a peaceful transition of power.
In a new interview with The Associated Press, Winfrey, who supported Clinton throughout her campaign, expressed her disbelief that America actually elected Trump, while also offering the promise of hope for the future.
ATLANTA (AP) — As Oprah Winfrey reflected Thursday on this week’s election, she said she was initially in disbelief after learned Donald Trump was elected president of the United States, reported by The Associated Press.
But the Black female celebrity and media mogul, who was vocal in her support for Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton, found some comfort in watching President Barack Obama and president-elect Trump meet with each other at the White House on Thursday.
In an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday, Winfrey said “hope is still alive” after Obama said he was encouraged by Trump’s willingness to work with his team during the transition of power. The meeting between Obama and Trump lasted nearly 90 minutes.
Winfrey didn’t think Trump being elected was a repudiation of Obama. She credits Trump’s victory to his millions of supporters who felt like their voices had not been heard.
“I could sense, maybe I’m wrong, but I could sense from Donald Trump’s body language even when he came out for the acceptance speech, that brotha has been humbled by this whole thing. I think it’s a humbling process that now you literally have the weight of the world on your shoulders,” she said.
Everybody take a deep breath! #HopeLives! pic.twitter.com/YqNJSUab3a
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) November 10, 2016
Oprah Gail Winfrey (born Orpah Gail Winfrey; January 29, 1954) is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist, according to Wikipedia. She is best known for her talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, which was the highest-rated television program of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011. Dubbed the “Queen of All Media”, she has been ranked the richest African-American of the 20th century, the greatest Black philanthropist in American history, and is currently North America’s first and only multi-billionaire Black person. Several assessments regard her as the most influential woman in the world. In 2013, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama and honorary doctorate degrees from Duke and Harvard.
Winfrey was born into poverty in rural Mississippi to a teenage single mother and later raised in an inner-city Milwaukee neighborhood. She has stated that she was molested during her childhood and early teens and became pregnant at 14; her son died in infancy. Sent to live with the man she calls her father, a barber in Tennessee, Winfrey landed a job in radio while still in high school and began co-anchoring the local evening news at the age of 19. Her emotional ad-lib delivery eventually got her transferred to the daytime-talk-show arena, and after boosting a third-rated local Chicago talk show to first place, she launched her own production company and became internationally syndicated.
Winfrey was named “Oprah” on her birth certificate after the biblical figure in the Book of Ruth, but people mispronounced it regularly and “Oprah” stuck.
Born in rural poverty, and raised by a mother dependent on government welfare payments in a poor urban neighborhood, Winfrey became a millionaire at the age of 32 when her talk show received national syndication. Winfrey negotiated ownership rights to the television program and started her own production company. At the age of 41, Winfrey had a net worth of $340 million and replaced Bill Cosby as the only African American on the Forbes 400. With a 2000 net worth of $800 million, Winfrey is believed to be the richest African American of the 20th century. There has been a course taught at the University of Illinois focusing on Winfrey’s business acumen, namely: “History 298: Oprah Winfrey, the Tycoon”. Winfrey was the highest paid TV entertainer in the United States in 2006, earning an estimated $260 million during the year, five times the sum earned by second-place music executive Simon Cowell. By 2008, her yearly income had increased to $275 million.
Forbes’ international rich list has listed Winfrey as the world’s only black billionaire from 2004 to 2006 and as the first black woman billionaire in world history. As of 2014, Winfrey has a net worth in excess of 2.9 billion dollars and has overtaken former eBay CEO Meg Whitman as the richest self-made woman in America.
Oprah Winfrey is no doubt one of the very successful female celebrities in world. A Black female celebrity who has risen through financial obscurity into a multi billionaire and now helps several underprivileged people around the world is someone worth listening to. Her message is timely and will surely restore hope to many who are devastated by the outcome of the just ended presidential elections.