Oprah Winfrey gives commencement speech to Harvard Class of 2013

“You will find true success and happiness if you have only one goal: To fulfill the highest, most truthful expression of yourself as a human being. You want to max out your humanity by using your energy to lift yourself up, your family, and the people around you.” – Oprah Winfrey, Harvard Commencement Speech

Oprah Winfrey, who has used her success as a talk show host and media entrepreneur to promote education, civic engagement, and charitable works, addresses graduates at Harvard’s 362nd Commencement on May 30, 2013 at Tercentenary Theatre.

Oprah Super Soul Sunday

Gay marriage was the topic Sunday on
Super Soul Sunday: The Bigger Picture, the Oprah Winfrey Networks’s roundtable
panel hosted by Oprah Winfrey herself.

Oprah hosts three guests and discusses the “dominance of marriage equality” and what it could mean for marriage in America.

Oprah’s guests included Los Angeles episcopal priest, Reverend Ed Bacon, Elizabeth Lesser, founder of the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in New York and author of Broken Open, and poet/philosopher Mark Nepo.

We need to see more intelligent people having these discussions. THIS helps society.

(h/t OnTop)

Trailer: “The Butler”

Last September Oprah published the above photo to her Instagram account from the set of The Butler, which she was filming at the time. With her are the film’s director Lee Daniels (Precious), Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan, and Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan.  The cast also includes Cuba Gooding Jr, John Cusack, Robin Williams, and more huge stars.

The film is based on the life of Eugene Allen who served eight presidents as the head butler at the White House from 1952-1986.

Just take a look at the trailer. This is clearly something I will not be missing… 🙂

(via david mixner)

Lance Armstrong confesses to Oprah

This interview has so much news around it.

Basically – “Yes, I doped, and it wasn’t humanly possible to win seven Tour de France titles without it.”

No matter how you approach it, you can’t help but feel sad. Every question Lance Armstrong answers – and they’re all “yes” here – kind of diminishes the spirit of achievement that we all want to see in our athletic heroes.

And – as a cancer survivor myself – the voice and visibility Lance has brought to the cancer discussion has been so important. I think his sense of invincibility inspired so many. And I really don’t want that lost somehow.

Livestrong released a statement after Armstrong’s confession:

“We at the Livestrong Foundation
are disappointed by the news that Lance Armstrong misled people during
and after his cycling career, including us,” the statement posted to its website began.
“We accepted his apology in order
to move on and chart a strong, independent course,” Livestrong
continued. “We look forward to devoting our full energy to our mission
of helping people not only fight and survive cancer, but also thrive in
life after cancer.”

The Rosie Show cancelled after one season

The Rosie Show, Rosie O’Donnell’s talk series, has been canceled by OWN after one season with the final episode scheduled to air on March 30, reports Deadline.

“I thank Rosie from the bottom of my heart for joining me on this journey. She has been an incredible partner, working to deliver the best possible show every single day,” Oprah Winfrey says in a statement. “As I have learned in the last 15 months, a new network launch is always a challenge and ratings grow over time as you continue to gather an audience. I’m grateful to Rosie and the dedicated Rosie Show team for giving it their all.”

The series, which premiered last October, frequently covered LGBT issues, including the recent Kirk Cameron controversy, but struggled in the ratings.

“I loved working with Oprah in the amazing city of Chicago,” O’Donnell says. “I was welcomed with open arms and will never forget the kindness of all I encountered. It was a great year for me – I wish the show was able to attract more viewers – but it did not. So I am headed back to my home in New York – with gratitude. On we go!”

Oprah Winfrey to return to television with new show

After only a few months of “retirement” from hosting TV, Oprah is poised to return with a new show in an effort to resuscitate her troubled network.

The 57-year-old television personality’s next small screen venture will involve her leaving the studio and visiting celebs at their homes.

“After 25 years I got myself out of the studio chairs. I moved into the next chapter, and I am having more fun than ever – moving around the country and the world talking to people I’m really interested in getting to know and I think viewers will be, too,” Oprah said in a statement.

Oprah’s first episode will air January 1, and apparently feature a visit with Steven Tyler at his home on Lake Sunapee, NH.

Oprah to become CEO and Chief Creative Officer at OWN

Oprah Winfrey will become the chief executive of OWN this fall, according to The Wall Street Journal.

She’ll also become chief creative officer, expanding on her previous role as chairman of the network.

The station has struggled since it launched this spring, bringing in fewer viewers than the Discovery Health channel that it replaced.

The channel fired its original chief executive Christina Norman in May, after ratings at the four-month-old cable channel fell below the expectations of its backers.

The channel has been a disappointment to Discovery. The company had spent $216 million on the channel through March 31, according to filings. Norman failed to deliver the ratings Discovery CEO David Zaslav wanted.