The Reality Of Oprah Winfrey Essay

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Oh! Oprah! Oprah Winfrey has dominated her industry and transcended into a household name through her self-titled television show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, owning her own television network, Harpo Productions Inc., and print publications, O, The Oprah Magazine and O at Home. Born into poverty and despair, she has overcome many obstacles from sexual abuse to racial profiling in order to defy the odds. She is the only African American on the Forbes 400 with a notable net worth of $3.2 billion. Oprah has enriched the lives of thousands though literacy programs, spiritual enlightenment, and feminine empowerment. Her life proves that with hard work and determination anyone can succeed if you dare to believe. A baby boomer, Oprah Winfrey was born to an unwed teenager on January 29th, 1954 in rural Kosciusko, Mississippi. She spent her first six years of life being raised by her maternal grandmother, Hattie Mae, who lived on a farm with scarce electricity and running water. Her grandmother cherished and supported her by taking her to the community church and teaching her how to read by the age of three. “By the time she reached kindergarten, it was apparent to Oprah that her great talents outstripped those of her classmates. Frustrated with the simple games and lessons in sharing, the young upstart penned a letter to her teacher. ‘Dear Miss New, I don’t think I belong here,’ she wrote. ‘Could I please go to the first grade?’”(Cotton and Springer 6). Oprah’s skill sets were…

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