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June 2013 (9 posts)
Oprah and Iyanla are prepping for tonight's tapings of all-new "Fatherless Sons" and "Daddyless Daughters" episodes of Oprah's Lifeclass. But, first they have to warm up!
"Warming up for #LifeClass w iyanlavanzant. ( freezing cold in studio) upload your pics #LifeClassStudents http://instagram.com/p/aq5eS-yS9I/ "
A special message from Oprah:
At Essence magazine's sixth annual Black Women in Hollywood pre-Oscars® luncheon, Gabrielle Union received the Fierce and Fearless Award. She started her acceptance speech: "We live in a town that rewards pretending" and had our rapt attention. A minute later my jaw literally dropped (I was sitting next to Iyanla who turned to me and whispered, "Close your mouth") when she said “I used to revel in gossip and rumors. I lived for the negativity inflicted upon my sister actresses or anyone who I felt, whose shine diminished my own. I took joy in people's pain and I tap danced on their misery.
I had never heard anyone be that honest in public or private about the competition and fierce drive to be seen and succeed in Hollywood.
That competition is even more charged for women of color because of the dearth of roles.
So I was inspired by Gabrielle's speech to break open the truth and have a real conversation.
This Sunday on Oprah's Next Chapter four of the world’s most accomplished actresses: Viola Davis, Alfre Woodard , Phylicia Rashad and Gabrielle Union join me to talk about their work. Getting roles; how the world sees them and they see themselves.
After Next Chapter we’re going even deeper airing Dark Girls—a phenomenal documentary from Bill Duke that opens the door on the light skinned/dark skinned issue around the world.
Watch Gabrielle’s poignant and powerfully self-reflective speech below. Tweet me your thoughts and join me this Sunday at 9/8c for a special night on OWN.
Get more details on the event by visiting the Black Women in Hollywood page.
I happen to love Charlotte Olympia accessories—the London-based designer’s creations are always witty, feminine and sexy. And her latest capsule collections don’t disappoint: Birthday Shoes features supersoft suede flats embellished with an enamel zodiac symbol and Swarovski crystals, a different design and color scheme for each of the 12 star signs. (Zodiac Pandora is a line of Perspex clutches that match each shoe.) I think they’re so fabulous; in fact, I’m getting a pair of the light gray Aquarius shoes for Oprah. Shoes, $695, bags $995; Charlotteolympia.com
Anyone who knows me knows I love animals, especially dogs. (Don’t believe me? Look at the cuties I cast in a skirt story last October). That's why I’m crazy about the new, expanded Our Cause for Paws collection from London Jewelers. With items like turquoise and yellow gold charm bracelets and sterling silver mini-paw earrings, each piece is not only beautiful—a portion of each sale benefits the Rescue Paw Foundation, a New York-based charity that funds no-kill animal shelters throughout the country. The most woof-worthy part? More than 3,000 dogs have been rescued so far. Prices start at $49; LondonJewelers.com
Oprah has been busy getting the freshest harvest for her homemade sorbet. See what she posted on Instagram and Twitter.
"Just had delicious Cuban lunch with @GloriaEstefan and Emilio. Then we danced the Conga!"—Oprah
Filled with gorgeous photography (just try to look at the shot of the ice cream studded with chocolate, cookies and fruit without your mouth watering), accessible recipes and smart articles on everything from a cheese-centric microbiologist to model Karlie Kloss’s burgeoning cookie empire, the new magazine Cherry Bombe is one delicious mix.
"Brunch with @iamTikaSumpter. She really is delightful. The role she plays is not so."—Oprah
(See Tika, who plays Candace on Tyler Perry's The Haves and Have Nots, tonight at 9/8c.)