The Blackness And Brilliance Of Oprah’s Cecil B. Demille Acceptance Speech

January 8, 2018  |  
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If I’m being honest, The Golden Globes were a bit of a disappointment for me. With the exception of Sterling K. Brown’s speech, Aziz Ansari’s win for “Master of None” and the discussion surrounding #MeToo and #TimesUp, it felt like much more of the status quo. White men winning.

But I’m so glad that I stayed tuned in long enough to watch Oprah accept her Cecil B. Demille honor, the first Black woman to ever do so. As we all know Oprah has made a career out of speaking publicly and passionately; so I knew that she would have something good to say. Still, when her speech was finished and she walked off of the stage, her arm wrapped around Reese Witherspoon, I sat there, staring at the screen, shaking my head, saying Oprah’s name over and over again, followed by the phrase “She did that.”

Check out the best, most brilliant and blackest moments from Oprah’s Golden Globes speech on the following pages.

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