Who isn't inspired by Oprah right? Seriously though, I really admire Oprah's story. She is literally someone who started from the bottom and made her way to the top (sorry Drake, no hate intended). Starting out as a talk show host who's show was the highest rated talk show in history and it was in syndication nationally. I loved her as Sofia in the Color Purple, her character inspired many women. The fact that for a long time she was the first black billionaire and that she was an African American woman did a lot for the self-esteem of many African American women who looked up to her.
My grandmother would watch her talk show everyday and I along with her. I can remember wondering what the topic would be on her show and sit watching it with my grandmother intently, trying to understand what the adults were discussing. Some things I understood and some I didn't. Without a doubt Oprah is probably one of the most influential women in the world.
Another thing (among countless others) that I admire about Oprah is the fact that she challenged rap music and the way that rap had changed so much over the years; all of it's violent, sexually charged lyrics, the use of the N word and the B word to refer to women, really fired me up and made me really look at what rap music had become. So many rappers would argue that it's their real lives their rapping about but Oprah called them out on it and I am glad that she did. Although, Oprah hasn't been quite as vocal about her dislike for the music; her being one of the few to come out and speak against it, really made me respect her a whole lot more.
I also loved that Oprah got more in touch with her spiritual side, having Deepak Chopra and host of other spiritualist on her show, showed me a whole different side of her. Also, I would have never known about The Secret had it not been featured on her show. During the time, I was looking for more spirituality than religion and in many ways Oprah's show helped with that.
I think what is most awesome about Oprah is how much she gives back to her community. Not just to African Americans but to Africans in Africa. She built a school their for girls and I just thought that this was probably the greatest gift anyone could give to another person; giving them a chance to receive a great education. Whether you're a fan or not, one thing you can't say about Oprah is that she's not a fighter. She's overcome so many issues in her life and to see that is such a blessing
Oprah in her own words:
" Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher."
" When I look into the future, it's so bright it burns my eyes."
" It does not matter how you came into the world, what matters is that you are here."