Oprah’s 2018 Golden Globe Speech

Transcript of Oprah’s entire life changing speech: (variety.com)

In 1964, I was a little girl sitting on the linoleum floor of my mother’s house in Milwaukee, watching Anne Bancroft present the Oscar for best actor at the 36th Academy Awards. She opened the envelope and said five words that literally made history: ‘The winner is Sidney Poitier.’

“Up to the stage came the most elegant man I had ever seen. I remember his tie was white, and of course his skin was black, and I’d never seen a black man being celebrated like that. I tried many, many times to explain what a moment like that means to a little girl, a kid watching from the cheap seats as my mom came through the door bone-tired from cleaning other people’s houses.

“But all I can do is quote and say that the explanation in Sidney’s performance in Lilies of the Field: ‘Amen, amen. Amen, amen.’

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“In 1982, Sidney received the Cecil B DeMille award right here at the Golden Globes and it is not lost on me that at this moment, there are some little girls watching as I become the first black woman to be given this same award.

“It is an honour: it is an honour and it is a privilege to share the evening with all of them and also with the incredible men and women who have inspired me, who have challenged me, who have sustained me and made my journey to this stage possible.

“Dennis Swanson who took a chance on me for AM Chicago. Quincy Jones who saw me on that show and said to Steven Spielberg ‘yes, she is Sofia in The Color Purple’. Gayle [King] who’s been the definition of what a friend is and Stedman [Graham] who’s been my rock.

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Steven Spielberg directed The Color Purple, in which Winfrey made her acting debut

“I’d like to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Because we all know the press is under siege these days. But we also know it is the insatiable dedication to uncovering the absolute truth that keeps us from turning a blind eye to corruption and to injustice. To tyrants and victims, and secrets and lies.

“I want to say that I value the press more than ever before as we try to navigate these complicated times, which brings me to this: what I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have. And I’m especially proud and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories. Each of us in this room are celebrated because of the stories that we tell, and this year we became the story.

“But it’s not just a story affecting the entertainment industry. It’s one that transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics or workplace. So I want tonight to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue.

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Winfrey received her special award from actress Reese Witherspoon

“They’re the women whose names we’ll never know. They are domestic workers and farm workers. They are working in factories and they work in restaurants and they’re in academia, engineering, medicine and science. They’re part of the world of tech and politics and business. They’re our athletes in the Olympics and they’re our soldiers in the military.

“And there’s someone else. Recy Taylor, a name I know and I think you should know too. In 1944, Recy Taylor was a young wife and a mother. She was just walking home from a church service she’d attended in Abbeville, Alabama, when she was abducted by six armed white men, raped and left blindfolded by the side of the road coming home from church. They threatened to kill her if she ever told anyone, but her story was reported to the NAACP where a young worker by the name of Rosa Parks became the lead investigator on her case and together they sought justice.

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Parks became an icon in 1955 after refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man

“But justice wasn’t an option in the era of Jim Crow. The men who tried to destroy her were never persecuted. Recy Taylor died 10 days ago, just shy of her 98th birthday. She lived as we all have lived, too many years in a culture broken by brutally powerful men. For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. Their time is up!

“Their time is up. And I just hope… I just hope that Recy Taylor died knowing that her truth, like the truth of so many other women who were tormented in those years, and even now tormented, goes marching on. It was somewhere in Rosa Parks’s heart almost 11 years later, when she made the decision to stay seated on that bus in Montgomery, and it’s here with every woman who chooses to say ‘Me too’. And every man, every man who chooses to listen.

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Cecil B DeMille (1881-1959) was a legendary Hollywood producer and director

“In my career, what I’ve always tried my best to do, whether on television or through film, is to say something about how men and women really behave. To say how we experience shame, how we love and how we rage, how we fail, how we retreat, persevere and how we overcome.

“I’ve interviewed and portrayed people who’ve withstood some of the ugliest things life can throw at you, but the one quality all of them seem to share is an ability to maintain hope for a brighter morning, even during our darkest nights.

“So I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon! And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say ‘me too’ again. Thank you

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I choose you…

  

“I choose you, not for endless fairytale love, but because you are the perfect person for me – to help me grow, realize my fears, and face my insecurities. 

I choose you because together, we are the perfect combination of beauty and pain – just enough to help each other evolve.

 I choose you because love is supposed to be real, raw, and honest – and when times are tough, that is when I’m challenged most to find my love and share it so that I may help you grow, realize your fears and face your insecurities. 
I choose you…

Your fears are boring

Your fears are boring.   It’s true!

None of our fears are original, nor unique. When you are about to pass through a portion of your life but find yourself stopped by the annoying voice that says “you’re not good enough” “people will hate it” or “this is no good”…. Laugh at it! Yes, laugh. Because your fears are boring.

Those little rants are just annoying barking dogs. Keep on moving. There is really nothing to see or hear there.

Be a unicorn 

 

You know that little mannerism you have? Or the way your laugh changes when you find something extremely funny? How about the way your voice sounds when you sing along to your favorite tune when you know no one is listening? The way you sneeze? …. 

These are what make you who you are. There is no other person like you. 

Usually when people criticize, it’s because they recognize a part of themselves they don’t like. Embrace who you are so that you give others permission to be who they are. 

A true unicorn does not lose sleep over the opinion of a horse. 

Never lost 

It’s all fun and games until someone loses an “I”. A cute play on words, and oh so true. 

We have all experienced, at one time or another, a feeling of losing oneself. Trying to be an apple when you’re a peach. Disconnected. Powerless. Anxious… The list goes on. 

While the journey home may seem so far away, know this: You are never lost. You can always find your way home, back to your souls’ essence. 

Close your eyes, feel what you feel, see what you see and allow yourself to be guided back to the beautiful and perfect being that you are. 

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Meditation

Meditation offers you space to connect with yourself. We usually think of meditation as someone sitting and entering an alternate state of mind, but it doesn’t have to be that. In fact, most people just end up trying to fight back their thoughts.

Don’t “try” to do or be anything. Just create time that you remove distraction, give yourself space to breathe, and can listen to your soul speak.

Then watch as a new you emerges. 💖

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Quote of the day: Lost in the world

So often we hear people (maybe even ourselves) complain that they feel lost. That they are merely going through the motions of day-to-day life. That there is an overwhelming feeling of being disconnected from others and from the person that they used to be. And the sad part is, it’s true. The good part is, you have the power to change that.

Seek inward towards your soul’s desires, and soon enough you will reconnect to the world, to yourself and to the inner peace that you possess. The entire universe resides within you. Everything you need is there when you need it. 🙏💖

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Quote of the day: When will you decide?

It’s your life. You decide how you want to live it. But the question is never about “how” you are going to live it. It is about “when”. When will you decide to start living the life you’ve always imagined.

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