#MondayMotivation | Oprah for President!
Last night, Oprah Winfrey received the Cecil B. de Mille Award during the 2018 Golden Globes awards ceremony. A monumental moment in which the mogul became the first Black woman to ever receive the lifetime achievement award. Oprah gave us LIFE during a nine minute accceptance speech (which was entirely too short) that inspired the masses and invoked a call to action.
In a potent opening, Oprah illustrated the poverty she grew up in and the dreams she had that no one ever thought she could achieve. In 1964, Winfrey recalled the transformation within her when she watched the incomparable Sidney Poitier win the Oscar for Best Actor, opening up possibilities she never even imaged before that moment. She would go on to singlehandedly take a sledgehammer to the barriers placed on a woman, let alone an African American woman, rising to the absolute pinnacle of power in Hollywood and across the media landscape.
Winfrey then highlighted the gut wrenching story of Recy Taylor, a 1944 gang rape victim, who never saw justice but stood up for empowerment all her life. Her comments on the lessons learned and the light ahead drew cheers from the crowd. “Recy Taylor died ten days ago, just shy of her 98th birthday. She lived as we all have lived, too many years in a culture broken by brutally powerful men. For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. Their time is up.”
If you haven’t watched the speech, you will want to. Have tissues nearby.
Oprah Winfrey Receives Cecil B. de Mille Award at the 2018 Golden Globes https://youtu.be/fN5HV79_8B8