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

January 8, 2018  |  
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Representation

After spending a good 15 seconds thanking the crowd for their applause, Oprah evoked the image of herself as a little girl in 1964, watching Sidney Poitier, “the most elegant man” she’d ever seen accept an Oscar. She said, ‘His tie was white and, of course, his skin was Black.” Oprah said she’d never seen a Black man be celebrated in that way. Representation…it matters.

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