Posts tagged with "Oprah Winfrey"

‘Royal expert’: Meghan Markle is hindering détente between Princes Harry and William

April 8, 2024

The intricacies of royal relationships have once again come under scrutiny as the rift between Prince Harry/Meghan Markle and Prince William/Kate Middleton, persists. Despite attempts at reconciliation, the specter of estrangement looms large, with royal expert Tom Quinn shedding light on the ongoing saga, reports Marca, Spain’s national daily sport newspaper.

Quinn suggests that while efforts have been made from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge‘s side to extend an olive branch, Meghan Markle’s purported grievances on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s side are proving to be a stumbling block.

In an interview with Britain’s The Mirror, Quinn remarked on the challenge faced by Prince William and Kate Middleton in their bid to mend fences—particularly in light of Kate’s recent illness, which traditionally tends to bring families together.

There has been a shift here since Kate’s illness. Harry and Meghan do feel they need to extend an olive branch, but Meghan’s sense of grievance is still preventing anything really meaningful happening,” Quinn remarked.

Despite Prince Harry’s purported desire for reconciliation, Quinn underscores Meghan’s influence—suggesting that until she feels adequately appeased by the Royal Family’s actions and apologies, any meaningful progress may remain elusive.

Quinn also revealed recent attempts by William and Kate to bridge the gap—including a suggestion to bring together both families and their children, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet, for a visit to the UK. However, Meghan’s reported reluctance to entertain the idea has hindered progress.

There is no way Meghan would bring the children to the UK. William and Kate have suggested that Meghan and Harry bring the children and that the two couples and their families try to make up, but the suggestion is not leading anywhere so far,” Quinn stated.

The strained relations stem from a series of public disagreements, including the Sussexes’ revelations in their Netflix docuseries and their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey. Prince Harry’s memoir, Spare, further exacerbated tensions, with detailed accounts of heated exchanges and accusations against his brother and sister-in-law.

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Oprah Magazine features Breonna Taylor on cover of September issue

August 3, 2020

O: The Oprah Magazine has covered a wide swath of American culture since it started 20 years ago, but all of its 241 issues have had one thing in common: Oprah Winfrey—the publication’s founder and America’s reigning queen of all media—has been on the cover.

That will change with the September issue, which will be available on newsstands August 11, The New York Times reports. The new cover, unveiled Thursday, features a portrait of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman who was shot and killed by the police when they erroneously conducted a drug raid at her home in Louisville, Kentucky, in March.

Winfrey started an essay for the issue with her name, writing: “Breonna Taylor. “She was just like me. She was just like you.”

She ended the essay by explaining why she had decided to give up the cover spot of her namesake magazine: “What I know for sure: We can’t be silent. We have to use whatever megaphone we have to cry for justice.

“And that is why Breonna Taylor is on the cover of O magazine.”

No criminal charges have been filed against the three Louisville Metro Police Department officers who entered the home of Taylor, an emergency medical technician, shortly after midnight on March 13.

Last month, Brett Hankison, one of the three officers, was fired. The police chief, Robert Schroeder, accused him of violating the department’s policy on the use of deadly force, saying he had “wantonly and blindly” fired ten shots into Taylor’s home. The other two officers were reassigned.

Indeed, Taylor was shot at least eight times. She did not receive medical attention for more than 20 minutes after she was struck, The Courier Journal reported, citing police logs. The officers involved in the case have said they identified themselves when they entered; however, Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, who was present, said the police did not identify themselves.

The Louisville police said that Walker shot and wounded one officer in the leg and charged him with the attempted murder of a police officer. That charge was dismissed in May.

The idea of putting Ms. Taylor on the O cover was the brainchild of Deirdre Read, the magazine’s visual research editor, said Lucy Kaylin, the editor in chief of O, in an email to the Times.

“I brought the idea to Oprah, who immediately said ‘YES,’” Kaylin said.

The cover image is a selfie taken by Taylor and then rereated by the digital portrait artist Alexis Franklin.

On Wednesday, July 29,  O’s publisher, Hearst Magazines, and Oprah Winfrey, herself,  announced that O would discontinue regular print editions and become more digitally focused. “This is a natural progression for the brand,” Kristen O’Hara, the Hearst Magazines chief business officer, said in a statement. The company added that the December issue will be O’s last regular monthly print edition.

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey chips in 28% of his personal wealth, $1B, to COVID-19 relief fund

April 9, 2020

“I hope this inspires others to do something similar,” Jack Dorsey, chief executive of Twitter and Square, said on Tuesday, April 7, of his plans to donate $1 billion—or just under one-third of his total wealth, to relief programs for the novel coronavirus, The New York Times reported.

Dorsey said he would put 28% of his fortune, in the form of shares in his mobile payments company Square, into a limited liability company that he had created, called Start Small. The new company would make grants to beneficiaries, he said, with the expenditures to be recorded in a publicly accessible Google document.

“Why now? The needs are increasingly urgent, and I want to see the impact in my lifetime,” Mr. Dorsey said—fittingly enough, in a series of tweets announcing his plans.

“ After we disarm this pandemic,” he tweeted, “the focus will shift to girl’s health and education, and UBI [universal basic income]. It will operate transparently, all flows tracked here: …

According to the Times, Dorsey, 43, joins a growing list of celebrities, world leaders, and techies who are earmarking some portion of their wealth to fighting the spread of the coronavirus and its effects.

Oprah Winfrey has donated more than $10 million of her personal wealth to COVID-19 relief efforts, while other Hollywood personalities — including Justin Timberlake, Dolly Parton, and Rihanna — have also made contributions. Last week, the Amazon chief executive, Jeff Bezos, said he would donate $100 million to American food banks through a nonprofit, Feeding America. And Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive of Facebook, also has organized relief campaigns through Facebook and his own philanthropic organization with his wife Priscilla Chan, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

Even so, the Times notes, Dorsey’s contribution stands out for the sum he is putting in and for how much of his net worth that represents.

He said the first $100,000 donation would be to America’s Food Fund, a high-profile effort committed to feeding the hungry. It was started in a GoFundMe page last week collectively by Leonardo DiCaprio, Laurene Powell Jobs, and Apple. To date, $13.4 million has been raised toward the goal of $15 million, contributed by 7,500 donors.

“Life is too short, so let’s do everything we can today to help people now,” Dorsey tweeted, followed by an emoji of a peace sign hand gesture.

Square declined a request for an interview with Dorsey. Twitter declined to comment.

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What would Oprah do? Winfrey and BFF Gayle King give off-the-cuff advice in new video series

January 10, 2019

Oprah Winfrey only may rank as number two on the Gallup Poll’s Most Admired Woman list for 2018, after the respected and relate-able former First Lady Michelle Obama—but combine her with her “bestie” of 40 years Gayle King (who also is a household name, as co-anchor of CBS This Morning) and they are almost unbeatable.

Indeed, when you combine their life experience with their talk-show smarts, who would you rather ask for advice?

Now, in a new video series, called the OG Chronicles, , the dynamic duo will respond to questions from readers, offering their time-tested advice—and revealing fun tidbits about themselves in the process. January’s topic: Dating, because who wouldn’t want relationship advice from these two?

Winfrey and King, both 64, discuss relationships, get real about sharing passcodes with significant others, and debate whether you should sleep with someone on the first date.

“We cannot promise any miracles—there are none—but we can promise some opinions,” Winfrey says in a six-minute promotional clip.

According to a report by MSN, When the friends answer a fan’s question about how to spice up a long-term relationship, Oprah admits that she has tried “the whole negligee thing” with disappointing results.

“I’m standing on the stairs when [Stedman Graham, her partner] walks in and he literally comes in [and] walks right past me and goes, ‘What are you doing?’” Winfrey says of her failed attempt at seduction.

King added her own story, explaining she had tried to seduce former husband William Bumpus. “I got one better. [I] wrapped myself up in saran wrap when I was married, put on the trench coat and when he walked in, I went, ‘Ta-da!’” she said while mimicking opening her coat. “He went, ‘What is that?’ So that’s not good for your ego.”

Winfrey shared that she’d discovered what works for her—baking. “For me, I gotta say making cornbread kinda serves the purpose,” she said, laughing. “I made some cornbread yesterday and you would have thought I stripped myself naked. Like, a little cornbread and black-eyed peas goes a long way in my house!”

When it comes to sleeping with someone on the first date, both friends adamantly said, “No!”

The new show launched on on January 9.

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Oprah campaigns with Stacey Abrams in tight Georgia governor’s race

November 2, 2018

American icon Oprah Winfrey—whom a May 2018 Zogby Analytics poll found to be popular among 53% of likely voters; compared to President Donald Trump, who only would have garnered 47% of the vote in that matchup—campaigned for Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacy Abrams (D)  on November 1.

If elected, in the tight battle against current Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R), Abrams –a former state House Minority Leader—would become the nation’s first black female governor.

Declaring herself inspired to rally behind the “bold” and “bodacious” campaigning for Stacy Abrams, Oprah jumped into the 2018 midterm elections, saying she wanted to be part of the historic campaign, according to a same-day report by CBS News.

Although rumors flew about her own candidacy for higher office after she gave a rousing speech at the Golden Globe Awards last January, Winfrey this week reiterated,  “I don’t want to run,” at a rally in Georgia. “I’m here today to support a change-maker.”

Aptly backed by Aretha Franklin’s “Sisters Are Doin’ it for Themselves,” Oprah boldly hit the hustings, and asked women in the state to rally behind a “Georgia warrior.”

Abrams “is someone who dared to believe she can change the state,” Winfrey said, according to the network news report. The entertainment mogul stressed that she is a registered Independent, not beholden to any political party, but was called to support Abrams because she stands for issues that she cares about. “She cares about Medicaid expansion, keeping families together, and environmental protection for our children so they’ll have clean water and won’t be wearing oxygen masks,” Winfrey said.

At a separate rally for Abrams’ Republican opponent in Georgia, Brian Kemp, Vice President Mike Pence alluded to the Winfrey event and suggested it wasn’t appropriate for the state’s voters.

“This ain’t Hollywood,” Pence said. “I’ve got a message for all of Abrams’s liberal Hollywood friends.” He continued, “This is Georgia, and Georgia wants a governor that is going to put Georgia values and Georgia first.”

The Georgia governor’s race has gained national attention because of extreme ideological differences between Abrams and Kemp as well as allegations of voter suppression. An NBC News/Marist College poll released on October 24 found that Abrams and Kemp are virtually tied in the Georgia gubernatorial race, with Kemp leading Abrams among likely voters—46% to to 45%. Libertarian Ted Metz garnered support from 4% of likely voters.

At the Abrams rally, Winfrey stressed that supporting the campaign was her idea. “Nobody even asked for me to come here,” she said. She planned to go door-to-door to campaign on a personal level for the candidate after they staged two rallies.

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Biden takes modest lead for 2020

January 18, 2018

Former Vice President Joe Biden has taken a modest lead, with 26% support, over the field of potential Democratic presidential candidates for 2020, based on survey results released by RABA Research, The Hill reports.

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), whose provocative and popular challenge to Hillary Clinton turned him into a progressive icon, is ensconced in second place, at 21%.

Coming in third? Oprah Winfrey, whose Golden Globes speech on January 7 sparked rumors that she might throw her hat in the ring, has taken 20% of the likely voters. She is followed by Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren (D) at 18%—still a mainstream candidate, despite her falling poll numbers in her home state.

Fifteen percent of respondents said they either are unsure at this point or would pick someone else.

According to the report by The Hill, Biden also has the highest favorability rating in the field, at 76% positive. Winfrey and Sanders register at 67% favorable, while 58% of Democrats have a positive opinion of Warren.

The RABA online survey of 345 Democrats nationwide was conducted last week.

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Will Oprah hit the presidential trail?

January 11, 2018

President Donald Trump told reporters on January 9 that he not only knows movie star and TV tycoon Oprah Winfrey, but he likes her. Were she to be nominated for president on the Democratic ticket in 2020, the POTUS said, “Yeah, I’ll beat Oprah. Oprah will be lots of fun. I don’t think she’s going to run.”

However, following Oprah’s acceptance speech for the Cecille B. DeMille award at the Golden Globes in Beverly Hills on January 7, rumors were rife that she might just put her hat in the ring.

And none of those close to her disavowed the idea. Even best friend and CBS This Morning Co-host Gayle King said that Oprah was “very intrigued by the idea.” Longtime romantic partner Stedman Graham also commented that Oprah “would absolutely” run for president if she were the people’s choice.

Now, a poll conducted by Rasmussen Reports and released on January 10 finds that, if Oprah were to make a White House run against Trump, she would be the likely winner.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 48% of likely U.S. Voters would opt for Winfrey, while 38% would choose Trump. But a sizable 14% are undecided.

Winfrey has the support of 76% of Democrats, 22% of Republicans and 44% of voters not affiliated with either major political party. The president earns 66% of the vote from Republicans, 12% of Democrats and 38% of those who are unaffiliated.

Twelve percent (12%) of both Republicans and Democrats are undecided given this matchup. One-in-five unaffiliated voters (19%) aren’t sure which candidate they would support.

Fifty-five percent (55%) of all voters view Winfrey favorably, including 27% with a “very favorable” view of the media personality and entrepreneur. That’s little changed from 2011, Nielsen said—after Winfrey announced she was ending her TV talk show after 25 years on the air. Thirty-four percent (34%) admitted to an unfavorable view of her, with 18% who have a “very unfavorable” opinion of the star.

The survey of 1,000 U.S. voters was conducted by Pulse Opinion Research on behalf of Rasmussen..

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