It Will Never Be Goodbye, Oprah

After 25 amazing seasons, 4,561 shows, over $80 million dollars raised for charity, and 47 Emmy awards, The Oprah Winfrey Show has come to an end.

Over 13 million viewers tuned in to see Oprah celebrate the success of her show with some of her favorite friends and guests.  If you saw the Surprise Spectacular last week, you know that every major actor, singer, and sports player was involved in sending Oprah off in someway.  Her producers are amazing, they pulled all of this off without Oprah knowing anything, and she went out with a BANG.  But then again, I would not expect anything less of this amazing program.  If you recall, a lot of people were saying that the Heat vs. Bulls game was postponed because of Oprah, well that’s because she filled the entire United Center in Chicago to celebrate with some of her biggest fans.  I’m sure from watching Oprah’s expression throughout the event, it was truly a night to remember.  There were performances from Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle, Jamie Foxx, Usher, Maya Angelou and many more.

If you did not enjoy the performances, the staff made sure that at least one of your favorite celebrities was there to show Oprah how much she means to them and the entire world.  There were appearances by Will and Jada, Queen Latifah, Halle Berry, Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, Gayle King, Dakota Fanning, Micheal Jordan, Madonna, John Legend, and many more.  Oprah seemed to enjoy the surprise as much as the millions of viewers who tuned in did.


I think one of my favorite parts of the show was when hundreds of Morehouse men walked down the aisles and onto the stage to stand behind the woman that paid for their education.  The Oprah Winfrey Scholarship has funded the education of 415 black men so far, all of these men graduated and were thankful for the opportunity to have a better life.  My sister and I teared up, how inspiring.

I literally grew up watching this show, it’s actually older than me, because I’m not even 21 yet!  However, for as long as I can remember, I have always had an intense admiration for Oprah.  Other than my mother and a few other women, her opinion and viewpoint have always had a strong influence in my own life.  Now, you may think I’m being dramatic, but it’s true.  What makes her different from most talk show hosts is her huge heart and her genuine intentions to make the world a better place.  Even if you have never seen one episode of the show, you probably know about her charity work, or her school for girls in Africa, or her scholarship programs, or at least one person who has been inspired to give back and change themselves for the better after watching.  In my opinion, people are connected to Oprah because she represents hope and sincerity in a nation where these qualities are seemingly diminishing with each decade.  Oprah is more than just a talk show host, she is a humanitarian, a Queen, a teacher, an inspiration, a motivator, an egalitarian, and most importantly, someone who is not afraid to dream big, and then make those dreams become a reality.

For those of you who really know me know that I look up to Oprah, she is one of my role models.  When asked about my career plans, I always say that my ultimate goal is to have my own talk show empire, similar to Oprah.  When I meet Oprah, and yes I said when, the first thing I am going to say is thank you.  Thank you for inspiring your viewers, but most importantly black women everywhere, to dream big and do the impossible.  Without Oprah, my dreams, as well as many other young people I know, would probably be scaled back.  During her final show last Wednesday, she talked to viewers about what she wants them to take away from her and the show.  She talked about her favorite moments and how the show was the love of her life (did you know she never missed a day of work?!?! That’s commitment man), but she also talked about taking control of your own destiny and knowing your calling.  One of my favorite quotes from the show was:

“Live from the heart of yourself…  You have to know what sparks the light in you, so you in your own way can illuminate the world.”

As I was sitting there taking notes and being in awe of all that is Oprah, I could not help but think… Gosh, this is perfect timing.  As we all grow older and graduate, we have to decide what it is we want to do in life.  No one I know wants to wake up and do something they can’t stand doing everyday, so if you have a dream, create a plan, meet your goals, and make it happen!  I know that it’s easier said than done, but if a poor little colored girl from the backwoods of Mississippi can have her OWN network and become one of the most influential people in the world, dreamers aren’t as crazy as they may seem.

So dream on dreamers… dream on ❤

Stay beautiful,

Gia

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