Only Oprah Winfrey could bring together the group of people assembled inside Chicago's United Center last night.
From actors and athletes to teachers and students. If Winfrey didn’t realize it before, surely she now recognizes the impact of her 25 years on television.
Tom Hanks opened the evening, calling it a “mission impossible” (and on cue, Tom Cruise appears) to surprise Ms. Winfrey on her own show.
What followed can only be described as the Super Bowl of TV talk, with the star power of the Grammys and Oscars combined: Beyonce; Stevie Wonder; Madonna; Queen Latifah; Patti LaBelle; Aretha Franklin; Michael Jordan; Jerry Seinfeld; Jamie Foxx; Josh Groban; Diane Sawyer; Maya Angelou; Halle Berry; Will Smith; Jada Pinkett Smith. It would be a shorter list to tell you which top celebs weren’t there (Winfrey pals Barbra Streisand, Julia Roberts and John Travolta were notable absences for this audience member).
But for all the fame and fortune represented in the room, the real reason Winfrey has attracted millions of people to her show is because her program has reflected their own tales through the years: homelessness, racism, obesity, illiteracy, bankruptcy, abuse, marriage, divorce, job success and struggles for a quality education.
Hundreds of Morehouse men brought Winfrey to tears when they surrounded her on stage, grateful for her scholarship endowment that helped them become doctors, lawyers, hedge fund managers and military officers. Each alum carried a single small light, but as they gathered on stage, their combined energy was awe-inspiring.
And that’s what Oprah Winfrey does. She inspires. She empowers. She moves you to action.
I for one felt a sense of wonderment as I joined this audience in saluting 25 years of "The Oprah Winfrey Show." Wonderment at how far she’s come, how far we’ve come, and how much is possible when one person decides to make it her “mission possible," to affect positive change in our world.
I will never understand how this overblown windbag got to be perceived as an expert on everything.
If you need Oprah to feel good about yourself, you DEFINITELY need professional help!
O,You are great and always wlb.an angel that touched us.i lov u i remember when u came to africa ,zambia my country&@ chelston clinic.i ddnt go4wk jst 2hv a grimpse u.Wish u Gods speed
OWN...The Oprah Gay Network.
She made her mark, 25 years is a great career. She was blessed & has blessed others over the years. No one is perfect. She should be remembered & appreciated. OWN has some good shows too.
Good on oprah but what's up with the glowing demon eyes in the pic.
God bless you for everything you have done & i'm proud of you.
See you in HELL, Oprah.
One sure thing you can say about Oprah she puts her money where her mouth is.
Agreed...Oprah sure did eat alot and is a fatty piggy.
Congratulations on a great 25 years. To those negative people writing – please get a life. You had the choice not to watch and she did a lot of good with her program! I am glad that I retired 10 years ago and got a chance to see her program. I hope her new venture is successful, she is taking quite a chance and I hope that it works.
I think Orpah is a very good person with a beautiful heart, but her show was crap most days that not,
25 years you say.
I can count on my hands how many of her eps. Ive watched.
Errmmmm....I guess its more like If I had no hands I could count how many eps. ive watched
I dont think i missed much tho.
Thanks. Gone at last......
Congrats on 25 years of touching lives
Good riddance to Opa.
Is that Wilson Philips?
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