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You know what they say some people age like cheese and others, like fine wine. And looking at Oprah on the May issue of O Magazine, we’d say Oprah belongs in the latter group. For the issue, the media maven wears a purple gown, lying on the floor with her hair splayed out behind her.
She conducted the interview from that same position where she spoke about the regrets she has now that she’s getting older (Oprah turned 60 this past January.) and how she manages to remain youthful these days.
She says the best thing about aging.
“The absolute best part is being able to be free to be and do whatever you want. You can be and do whatever you want to, thanks to exercise and hair color.”
The hardest part and what she regrets she has from her younger years.
“I think the hardest part of aging really is recognizing the time that you wasted and the things that you worried about that really didn’t matter,” she said. “That’s really the hardest part, that’s really the only regret that I have.”
But Oprah is not worried about getting older:
“I’m not one to get hung up on numbers, but if you want to say 60 is the new 40, I’ll take that.”
And as far as the negative aspects of getting older, Oprah has the antidote, “Hair color: The greatest invention of all time for women. Thank you Miss Clairol.”
Alrighty girl! I don’t know what Oprah’s been doing recently but that waist is snatched. 60 looks good on her.
Check out the video from the cover shoot below.
If you saw Toni Braxton’s “Behind The Music,” you know that she didn’t think Oprah treated her well. When she went on her show, shortly after filing bankruptcy, she felt like Oprah wasn’t very sympathetic and instead tried to scold her for her financial irresponsibility. She recalled:
“She was so frickin’ mean to me, I was in shock. I couldn’t believe it because I loved her so much…She pretty much reprimanded me.
She says to me, ‘I heard you have Gucci flatware. I’m Oprah Winfrey and even I don’t have Gucci flatware.”
But that was years ago, over 15 years ago, to be exact. And it seems like the two have buried the hatchet because Toni is going to star in a new OWN movie.
Yesterday, during OWN Upfronts, Braxton and Winfrey took the stage together to announce their new collaboration for their project, “My Name is Love: The Darlene Love Story.” If you’ve seen the documentary, 20 Feet From Stardom you may have heard of Darlene’s story. She is the background singer from some of our favorite old school R&B and soul hits.
According to OWN,
“executive produced by Oprah Winfrey and Academy Award winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (Twenty Feet From Stardom), “My Name is Love: The Darlene Love Story” features the story of one of the 1960’s iconic musical voices, Darlene Love. Love began cutting records for producer Phil Spector right out of high school, and went on to work with some of the greatest musical talents in history, including Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra and Bruce Springsteen. Whether it was the wild parties Tom Jones used to throw, how Elvis came on to her backstage at his 1968 comeback special, or her love affair with Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers, Love holds nothing back as she recalls the exciting events that make up her life. This is the dishy and dramatic story of a woman who had it all, lost it all, but never, ever refused to give up. Love will also serve as an executive producer.”
The movie is set to premiere on OWN in December.
In a post-Oprah Winfrey Show era, Oprah’s still got a lot going on! She’s owning the month of March with several business ventures in the works: a book, movie, tea, and even an online meditation workshop. Of course, being coined up like Ms. Winfrey here doesn’t come without problems.
Here’s an update on what Oprah’s dealing with lately!
Oprah was a special guest at the Starbucks annual meeting this week, in which she and CEO Howard Schultz announced that a new Oprah Chai tea blend would be heading to Starbucks and Teavana shops in the US and Canada starting April 29.
Working with a Teavana teaologist, Naoko Tsunoda, the tea includes cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and cloves, and will be available to purchase in a prepared drink or in a take-home tin.
The Tea Association of America says tea is the second most consumed drink in the world, behind only water. Starbucks is banking on that popularity to continue to grow its business. Of course, the Oprah connection isn’t too bad either.
A portion of the proceeds will go to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation, her educational organization.
“You get a chai, you get a chai, you get a chai; everybody gets a chai,” Oprah told shareholders jokingly during the presentation.
For those of you who have been following the minimum wage battle, Schultz, also addressed the $15-per-hour issue during the meeting, saying that while he supports an increase in wages, he fears small businesses won’t be able to handle that level of pay.
““That would not be the case at Starbucks, but I suspect that most companies, especially small and midsized companies, would not be able to afford it,” he said.
But back to the tea: Are you excited to get a taste? A video of the making of the Oprah Chai below.
Last week, we told you that Kevin Hart was going to sit down with Oprah on “Oprah Prime” to discuss his current success and the path that brought him here.
In this clip from the interview, that will air this weekend, it seems that Hart holds nothing back. In addition to discussing how his social media presence has helped him reach out to fans, he talked about growing up in a single parent home with a drug addicted father.
And y’all already know Oprah is not one to shy away from the mess. She asked him about his infidelity in his first marriage.
Oprah asks, “Even your cheating was a teacher to you, how so?”
Kevin: “I did wrong but I don’t shy away from that.”
If you’ve seen Laugh At My Pain, you already know that’s the truth. Check out the clip from Sunday’s upcoming interview.
You can watch this episode of Oprah Prime on Sunday, March 23 at 9/8c.
Oprah Winfrey and her Harpo Studios are synonymous with Chicago. But that’s changing. Winfrey’s company just sold its last commercial real estate, a four-building campus in the once-obscure Near West Side of the city, to Sterling Bay Companies for $32 million. Harpo will stay on for another two years through a lease contract. OWN is headquartered in Los Angeles.
Winfrey first moved into the neighborhood in 1988.
According to Crain’s Chicago Business, the lease agreement is shorter than the three years that the company had sought.
“Portions of the property could maintain their current use as TV studios and editing rooms. Besides Harpo, two digital sports networks backed by White Sox offshoot Silver Chalice Ventures—120 Sports and Campus Insiders—have office and studio space in the complex,” the magazine notes.
Sterling Bay is a prominent presence in the neighborhood, having closed the deal that brought Google, Gogo and Twitter, among other companies, to the neighborhood.
Oprah still has a 9,625-square-foot condo that is valued $7.75 million in Chicago.
[h/t Chicago Tribune]
Oprah is just…everything.
How many times have you looked at a famous person dressed up fancy in a magazine or on a fashion post and thought, ‘she needs to let me have that!’ when it comes to a particular item of clothing they’re wearing? Well, in the case of a Twitter follower of Oprah, simply asking for a a super expensive and gorgeous gown the mogul was seen wearing helped her get it in a flash.
According to The Huffington Post, a follower was in love with the feathered gown Oprah wore on the cover of the February issue of Essence, the cover that featured her, Forest Whitaker, Michael B. Jordan and Chiwetel Ejiofor. The gown, is a stunning Brian Rennie for Basler gown.
“@oprah you look beautiful in that essence cover pic. WOW. CAN I please have that dress? Cuz I know u won’t wear again lol luv u“
Surprisingly, Oprah responded to the woman, saying:
“@snobaby28 you’re right I won’t wear ever again contact my asst. and show her this tweet.“
The follower wasn’t expecting a response, but as soon as she got won, she followed Oprah’s directions and hit up her people ASAP. Less than a week later, on February 21, the Atlanta native received the gown and took to Twitter to thank Lady O for her kindness:
“@Oprah THANK YOU! Recv beautiful dress. Plan to wear at my wedding when I find a groom lol but will twt pic wearing it soon. Luv u to life!“
Clearly I need to start hitting up Rihanna for all the freebies in her wardrobe if Ms. Brandi could get gifted such a fancy and pricey dress from the Queen of Talk. It just goes to show how giving Oprah is…and how lucky this Twitter follower is too!
It’s no secret that Kevin Hart’s star is on the rise right now. He’s making history, collecting awards and getting paaaaid. Where there was once a time where only black folk knew him, he’s quickly becoming a household name. Just the other day the Mrs. Obama said she saw his movie Ride Along and found it hilarious. And according to Kevin’s Instagram page, he’s showing no signs of slowing down.
The comedian posted this picture with Oprah with the following caption:
Wow…today was unbelievable, @oprah just came to my house & interviewed me for 2hrs. She is such a amazing woman!!! Her spirit is everything that I thought it would be. I know my mom is smiling from ear to ear right now! #Blessed #GoodTimesWithGreatPeople #Wow #STayTunedForTheTelevisedInterviewInformation
Good for Kevin!
Seems like these two have been running into each other quite a bit lately. Last month, when Kevin won an NAACP Image Award, Oprah gave him one of her famous hugs in a congratulatory gesture. Check it out below.
No word on when this will air but we’ll be sure to keep you posted.
Nia Long Says As A Single Mom, It’s Important To Introduce Your Kids To A Guy You Date “Kinda Early”
“I actually do have a funny story. My son was a bout two. I had just broken up with his dad and I said, ‘You know what? I’m going to go out and I am going to reclaim my sexy!’ This gentleman came and I said, let’s do a group date. I didn’t want to do a one-on-one thing. Let’s do a group date. So I called my sister and I said, ‘You’re going on my first date with me.’ I was living in New York at the time. We walk out of the apartment, he’s in this big truck like a Suburban, but it was a driver and a car. And I was like, ‘Oh he’s fancy.’ We get in the car and my 2-year-old goes, ‘My daddy has a big ol’ blue truck and it’s faster than this one!’ I just went ‘Oh my goodness.’ So they know. They know. Even when you try to hide it, when you try to pretend like, ‘This is just mommy’s friend’ they know. That guy didn’t last so him and his truck went bye bye, but what it did teach me was to introduce kind of early.”
For some time now we’ve known about Lindsay Lohan’s docu series coming to OWN. And while people attempted to warn Oprah that Lindsay was going to cause problems for her, she forged ahead. In their “Next Chapter,” sit down, Oprah told Lohan that she believes in her talent and is rooting for her. So perhaps, in that spirit, she decided to give Lindsay an opportunity to, as Oprah would say, “tell her truth.”
But in the trailer for the series that will air this Sunday, Lohan is up to her old stunts and shenanigans, canceling shoot dates, having minor freak outs and then when Oprah’s crew asks her Sober Coach whether or not he believes Lindsay is substance free, he hesitates before simply sighing.
But ish gets real when Mama O makes a special trip to speak to Lohan about her behavior. She says:
Oprah: My truth is that I really do want you to win. I really do. If that isn’t what you want, I’m ok with that. I will tell these guys to pack up and leave today.
Lindsay: No it’s not that I’m not ready to do that. I do want to.
Oprah: You need to cut the bullshit, you really do.
Church stomp and an amen. Hopefully, Lindsay will be able to receive the message this time around.
Check out the trailer in the video below.
The series premiere of Lindsay airs Sunday, March 9, at 10/9c only on OWN.
Will you watch?