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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Gets Real About His Battle With Depression On ‘Oprah’s Master Class’

November 15th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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Dwayne ‘The Rock” Johnson is undeniably one of Hollywood’s talented and hottest hunks.

But for those that don’t know too much about Johnson’s backstory, he faced lots of losses before striking gold and becoming an action movie star.

The 43-year-old is the next up to tackle Oprah’s awe-inspiring Master Class, a series where celebrities share their stories of success ranging from topics like pivotal moments that have shaped their lives and even the greatest lessons they’ve learned during their journey.

In a preview of the upcoming episode, Johnson gets real about his past demons, revealing his struggles with depression that stemmed from being passed on by the NFL after a successful four-year football career at the University Miami that was stumped by an injury.

A visibly teary-eyed Johnson (seen in the preview) also talks about his transition from football player to wrestler to actor, family life and more during his Master Class session.

While the show has yet to air, just from the preview I have to commend Johnson. Depression, especially when it comes to males, is very much under-reported. It’s almost as if when men express their feelings it’s seen as a sign of weakness. However, even the toughest of them all a.k.a. “The Rock” has hit rock bottom and isn’t scared to share his battles. That’s the best gift of all I think he could ever give his fans: motivation.

“I found that with depression one of the most important things you could realize is that you’re not alone. You’re not the first to go through it,” he says. “I wish I had someone at that time who could just pull me aside and [say], ‘Hey, it’s going to be okay.’”

Watch Oprah’s Master Class with Dwayne Johnson on Sunday at 8/7c.

Does Oprah’s “Secret Son” Want A Second Chance?

November 1st, 2015 - By Toya Sharee
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Fool me one time, shame on you. Someone caught wind of Oprah’s recent Weight Loss Watcher’s come-up  and tried to make amends after once taking her kindness for weakness. VIBE reports the Ms. Winfrey had an unwarranted run-in with a man after taping an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last month.

The individual considers himself to be the media mogul’s son. Oprah sat down with Entertainment Tonight to set the record straight on the rumored ambush.

She shares that she met Calvin Mitchell while filming a 90’s television movie titled There Are No Children Here. Once she heard about his family’s unfortunate background, Oprah took the opportunity to rescue the Mitchell family from the projects and give them an opportunity at a better life. Oprah enrolled Mitchell into a private school and moved his family into a better living situation, but it wasn’t long before she learned no good deed goes unpunished.

Mitchell began to be repeatedly absent from school and was threatened with expulsion. Oprah then decided to give him a second chance by enrolling him into a private Mississippi boarding school, but Mitchell expressed he was unhappy in the unfamiliar environment. Oprah shares her disappointment with the situation:

“I had a long conversation with him about how disappointed I was, but I was going to give him another chance.”

“I found a school in Mississippi that was a private boarding school because I thought if I could remove him from the environment that he’d been accustomed to growing up in, that maybe that would be helpful to him.”

But Mitchell only showed his gratitude by sharing his story to tabloids after what would be their final conversation. Oprah says it was then, she realized she was being taken advantage of:

“When I realized the whole thing was a setup, I was no longer interested in speaking to him.”

Oprah said the whole situation did teach her one thing:

“I learned from that experience, if you really want to change somebody’s life, you gotta be able to spend enough time with them to change the way they think about what their life can be.”

“It isn’t enough to give a person a new life or money or a new car, you have to teach them how to fish themselves.”

Calvin recently interviewed with Daily Mail and expressed his regret about the situation:

“I actually had to stare in the mirror just to see myself…I’ve thought about ending it all at one point. I felt like she did go above and beyond for me. She did that. She did that for me…She had tried to help me help myself. And that really bothered me that I let her down.”

It just goes to show you that you can take someone out the ‘hood, but you can’t take the ‘hood out of some people. This man had Oprah in his corner and he sold her out for a tabloid headline? His priorities clearly weren’t in order. We’re glad to see Oprah hasn’t allowed this situation to make her bitter and hopefully Calvin learned a valuable lesson from all of this.

Oprah Talks Weight Watchers Investment and If It’s Working

October 24th, 2015 - By Toya Sharee
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We’ve all forgiven Oprah after she dropped the bomb about investing $43.2 million dollars into Weight Watchers without giving her faithful fans a heads up. The media mogul went on to make $45 million in a single day thanks to the power move and went on to later make $700 million.

The Grio reports Oprah’s recent appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in which she explained why she chose to invest in the weight loss company. The host opened with a joke about how Oprah wouldn’t let her in on the deal:

“Now had she made one phone call to me, I couldn’t have put $40 million in but I could have put a little bit of money in.”

Oprah fired back:

“No, but we want to stay out of jail!”

She then talked about how the company contacted her in summer about becoming involved with the brand to take their image to the next level as far as “self-empowerment and self-enrichment.” Oprah says she wanted to see how Weight Watchers worked before she got in business with the company and went on to discuss the success she’s experienced:

“Since August 12 I have lost 15 pounds, but I am excited about Weight Watchers being able to bring a healthier more holistic approach for everybody.”

Losing weight and making millions. Sounds like Oprah is winning to me. Check out her appearance on the show below:

Oprah Buys Stake In Weight Watchers For $43.2 Million

October 19th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Now that she’s making it do what it do with her television network, Oprah Winfrey has moved on to her next major project.

According to the Associated Press, the media maven recently purchased a 10 percent stake at Weight Watchers for approximately $43.2 million. The acquisition scored the businesswoman nearly 6.4 million shares of the company.

As a result of the five-year partnership, Weight Watchers has earned the right to use Winfrey’s name, image, likeness and endorsement for the brand’s programs, products and services with her approval. Oprah has also received the right to use the Weight Watchers brand and logo for collaborative promotional efforts.

Winfrey will also be joining the weight loss and maintenance company’s board of directors. With the television personality’s recent inclusion, the Weight Watchers board has expanded from nine to ten members.

The five-year agreement includes one-year renewal terms.

Oprah Just Heard T.I.’s Sexist Commentary And Had A Hilarious Response

October 15th, 2015 - By Brande Victorian
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T.I.’s sexist explanation for why Hillary Clinton shouldn’t be president has just landed on the ears of one of the richest and most powerful Black woman in America and, as you can imagine, she’s not having it. TMZ caught up with Oprah in the midst of signing autographs and asked her what she thought about the rapper saying women are too emotional to lead the free world and her response of disbelief was hilarious.

“Nobody said that in this [day and age]…, Oprah started before the cameraman asked what she has to say to that. “Well, you know what I say to that. I want to say, Honey child, hush your mouth. You don’t know what you’re talking about. That’s what I would say.”

Asked of she buy’s the rapper’s silly explanation, Oprah added:

“I don’t buy it, you know, it’s not true. I think people just like to talk.”



Powerful And Fabulous Women We Wish We Could Add To Our Friend Circle

September 9th, 2015 - By Cynthia L. Dorsey
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We all have a group of friends we love to hang out and share our lives with. Whether it’s the friend you go to for advice or the friend who will turn up with you anywhere at any time, Black women build long-lasting friendships and cherish the memories we create with our BFFs. And from time to time, you come to admire women who, if you were very lucky, could be a great addition to your circle of friends. Here are some notable and admirable Black women I would definitely want to call a friend.

Marilyn Mosby

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Some of our friends can’t be touched. No matter the obstacle, they are prepared. That’s totally Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. Most of us got to know her during her televised announcement of her decision to indict the six officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray. She tactfully read the charges and compassionately addressed the youth of Baltimore with a word of hope and promise that she was working hard on their behalf to seek justice. After the press conference, she was criticized, and naysayers wanted her taken off the case, but the detractors couldn’t have their way. Don’t mess with her!

15 Sistas That Have Graced The Cover Of ‘Vogue’ Magazine

August 15th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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According to Vogue Magazine, “There’s only on September issue, and there’s only one Beyoncé.” So it makes sense that the fashion bible of style and sartorial enthusiasts snagged the leader of the Beyhive to grace their popular September issue. A historical moment in itself as Beyoncé is the third Black woman to cover their September issue, following Naomi Campbell in 1989 and Halle Berry in 2010.

Amongst the trio, there have been a handful of other Black beauties spreading their #BlackGirlMagic on the cover of Vogue and it’s various international editions.

Continue clicking to check out 15 sistas that have graced the cover of the highly coveted, Vogue Magazine



The Ultimate Read: 15 Celebs Who Need To Write A Tell-All

June 9th, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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This promises to be a big year for Black autobiographies. With Issa Rae’s book of short essays in stores everywhere, Amber Rose preparing her scandalous tell-all, and the announcements of memoirs coming from Shonda Rhimes and Gabourey Sidibe, we are hype. But we would be even more excited if the following stars shared their stories. Here are 15 celebs who need to write tell-all books!

Michelle Obama, Oprah & Beyonce Make ‘Forbes’ List Of 25 Most Powerful Women

May 26th, 2015 - By Tonya Garcia
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Michelle Obama has placed in the number 10 spot on the Forbes list of 25 Most Powerful Women in the World, the highest position for a Black woman on the list. The list, which includes women in politics, media, entertainment and more, is assessed based on financial resources, media mentions around the global and “sphere of influence,” which includes pop culture sway, philanthropy and other areas of influence.

“The concept of power can be nebulous — especially when it comes to gender,” the magazine writes, noting that as of January 2015, there were only 10 women serving as heads of state, 23 female CEOs at the S&P 500 companies and 197 women on the list of international billionaires.

“But there’s hardly a void of powerful women – and the numbers are growing. That is, if we enlarge our focus from just who owns the greatest wealth or the heaviest corporate hammer to include the women whose influence and impact may be greater than the sum of their title,” Forbes continues.

But in terms of cold-hard cash, Oprah comes in first, the top–ranking billionaire on the list at number 12. And Beyonce comes in at number 21.

The top three women on the list are, in order, German Chancellor Angela Merkel; former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton; and Melinda Gates, the co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

For the full list of all 100 most powerful women, click here.

Janet Mock Sits Down With Oprah For Super Soul Sunday

April 29th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Bruce Jenner is not the person educating the world and giving voice to an often ignored and misunderstood community. Janet Mock, the former website editor for People turned author and activist, is sitting down with Oprah for an episode of Super Soul Sunday this weekend to talk about her own personal journey.

For those of you who may not know Mock’s story, she was living in New York City, working her dream job. She kept the truth of her past life private. Then in 2011, Mock shared her story with Marie Claire magazine. Though she later took issue with the piece, specifically the title “I Was Born A Boy,” the story opened up a world of possibilities for her.

She quickly became one of the most visible and influential trans women in the world. Today, she hosts a show on MSNBC and has written a memoir called Redefining Realness. 

During her sit down with Oprah, Mock will discuss knowing at as early as five-years-old, that she was a girl. She says:

“As a young person, you don’t have much agency or decision-making. And so you just go wherever people pick you up and take you, and say that this is the way the world is,” she says. “And something internal inside of me told me constantly that what they’re saying is wrong. And so it creates this dissonance with who can you trust if you know that inside, as a 5-year-old, that this is how you know yourself to be.”

Check out the clips from the upcoming interview in the videos below.

You can catch Mock’s interview on OWN at Sunday, May 3 at 11 am ET/PT.