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Oprah and Tyler Perry are so excited about Tyler's shows coming to OWN, they just had to get their alter-egos together to celebrate. Oprah dressed up as Sofia from "The Color Purple" and Tyler put on the familiar face of Madea to film a promotional parody for the upcoming shows Love Thy Neighbor and The Haves and Have Nots.
Check out Oprah and Tyler, or rather, Sofia and Madea, on site in Atlanta, then watch the hilarious video clip here.Get more behind-the-scenes photos, exclusive sneak peeks and information about upcoming Tyler Perry projects on OWN.
Whether it's a cold and gloomy March 21 in your hometown or just another balmy day, spring has truly arrived.
Oprah found the evidence right outside her window and shared it on Instagram, posting, "Spring has come to my front yard."
We get it. The Harlem Shake has been done ... and done again.
Nevertheless, the team at Harpo decided to bust a move for all to see on YouTube. See what Oprah thinks of Harpo's contribution to the web sensation.
They're having a dance party!
Tyler Perry stopped by the studio this weekend to film promos with Oprah promoting his exciting new partnership with OWN. Tyler will be writing, directing and producing programs The Haves and Have Nots and Love Thy Neighbor, which are both coming to the network this May. Hit comedy For Better or Worse debuts this fall on OWN.
In the meantime, Oprah and Tyler are busting some impressive moves. Oprah posted a photo of the two on her Twitter feed.
Evidently, fitting in a little boogie time is a perfect way to celebrate "Super Soul Sunday."
Our America host Lisa Ling and her husband Dr. Paul Song welcomed their first child into the world today, a little girl named Jett Ling Song. Jett, who was born around 1:30 this afternoon in Santa Monica California, weighs in at 6 lbs. and 6oz.
Mom and baby are resting comfortably.
Congratulations to Lisa and Paul on the newest addition to their family, and to Lisa for another great season of Our America with Lisa Ling. The season finale airs this Tuesday at 10/9c.
As the only Dutch-certified journeyman miller in America, the only woman member of the Netherlands' professional corn millers guild, and the sole miller of a 251-year-old Dutch windmill in Holland, Michigan, Alisa Crawford is a singular presence in her field. Crawford uses the mill to grind flour, which involves scrambling up the windmill's staircase with 50-pound bags of wheat, which is fed into the mill to be processed.
"I don't need a gym membership," she says. "This work uses all my strength." It also dovetails with her love of historic craft, which was first ignited during a trip to Colonial Williamsburg at age 13. Enchanted by the visit, Crawford landed a job in her native Michigan at a historical reenactment village, which used a water-powered mill to produce flour. At 17 she apprenticed with the miller; by 19 she was running the mill herself.
In 2006 Crawford began more in-depth study: Enlisting a local Dutch professor to teach her the language, she made five trips to the Netherlands to learn the art of Dutch milling—and in the years since, Crawford's connection to that specialized corner of the past has only deepened. As she says, "History is so much more interesting when you live it."
Depressing, I know. But the article also shares the story of Namakula, a young woman who was denied schooling but took a catering class. She has since started a catering company called Allied Female Youth Initiative and said that "the training showed her that she had other options besides being dependent on a boyfriend or husband." Namakula now says that people treat her with respect; she is now a woman with a future—all because she's taken the trajectory of her life into her own hands.
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I once read that a house cat will go completely feral within a few days of living outside, a figure I think about every long weekend. It's a common symptom of a little extra time off that we get a bit, possibly overly, relaxed -- those back-to-work emails can be unintentionally snarky, or worse, sound angry when we mean to be jokey. (Or, even worse worse, when we're actually angry.)
We've all done it: written a friend or coworker an email in the heat of the moment, typed out in the garbled language of anger. Or else, sent the boss a note pounded into a smart phone while crossing the street, which you only later realize is characterized by a completely unintentional brusqueness. Thankfully, some smartypantses (smarties pants?) last year invented ToneCheck, a program that makes sure your emails don't sound angry. (That we're only figuring out this now? we're adding to the list of things we wish we were on top of.)
Still: One free download later, your emails will feature this handy key along the bottom:
As your note veers into the spittle-flecked screed territory, the "tone alert" bar increases in concerned red lines. Key phrases are called out, and helpfully labelled with corresponding emotions (over 200 of them, according to the ToneCheck site): "upsetting," "concerning," all the way up to "aggressive." The idea being you'll never accidentally start a digital feud with your sister because she thought you were mad and you thought she was mad and... well, you get the idea.
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The voice of NASA administrator Charles Bolden was radioed to the rover, to the surface of Mars, and back to Earth again, which is the first instance of the recorded human voice traveling to space and back again. Somehow he resisted the urge to just recite the opening lines of "Star Trek," and instead congratulated all those who had a part of making Curiosity a reality. Hear the message (and see the maybe-bored, maybe-subtly-inspired faces of listening NASA employees!) here.
Dave Lavery, NASA Curiosity program executive explained on CNN that, "We hope these words will be an inspiration to someone alive today who will become the first to stand upon the surface of Mars. And like the great Neil Armstrong, they will speak aloud of that next giant leap in human exploration."
While considering the deeply strange idea that a human voice is proclaiming the greatness of the United States to an uninhabited (probably) crater on Mars, let's also celebrate the fact that the human voice selected didn't belong to a reality-show star or Hollywood actress or even a political powerhouse, but a hard-working, intelligent employee. Go Charles!
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Even the, hm, less-globally-powerful among us can learn from these eminent figures, from Hilary Clinton to Beyonce. Forbes has helpfully culled some highlights:
It occurs to me that these are actually all part of the same thing, basically three ways of saying: Don't put up mental blocks in your way. It holds true in so many ways, in so many different corners of our lives. Even if we don't actually want to be the most powerful women in the world. Even if our wildest aspirations are actually to be the most powerful woman within a significantly smaller sphere of influence, even if -- maybe especially if -- the people we wish to lead and inspire are just the kids snoozing in the bedrooms down the hall.