O Oprah

Oh Oprah! I can’t believe that the end is almost here. On May 25th, the “Oprah Winfrey Show” will air it’s finale and the countdown is on. After 25 years we will be saying goodbye to the Queen of the Talk Show. Along with her beau Stedman Graham and her BFF Gail King, power couple Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith are scheduled to appear. So far though, that’s about all that has been revealed. I’m sure there will be a montage of some sort, although I think it would be awesome if Tom Cruise could come back and jump on the couch one more time, or perhaps Nelson Mandela could make another appearance?
Also – I’m curious if she plans on giving away any more gifts to her audience members. Although it’s getting harder and harder for her to top her past philanthropic acts  – how do you top cars or houses? …but a few hundred islands somewhere and pass them out? Vacations to space? (and if so, is anyone willing to sell me their ticket?)

There is no denying that she is real life 20th Century mover and shaker. Born into poverty in rural Mississippi and rising to become the richest African American in the 20th Century, she really represents the American dream. Arguably the world’s most powerful woman, she has been featured on TIME‘s “Most Influential People”  list eight times. As an actress, she’s moved us in various roles, like that of Sofia in Stephen Spielberg‘s “A Color Purple”. Her book club has millions of followers and one mention by her and any book hits the NY Times  Best Seller’s list. She revolutionized the Talk Show industry in the mid-90’s with her “Oprahfication”, starting the trend of public confession as a form of therapy. At one point her show was receiving 14 million daily views. Not only a woman with a razor-sharp mind who brings attention to social dilemmas, she is also highly compassionate and generous. Over the past 25 years she has put her heart into loving and healing the world, encouraging everyday people  to make their voices heard and believe in the power of positive thought, love and dreams.

So what’s next? Well, there is always her magazine “O” and now her own television network OWN, in between which she is still busy running her many philanthropic organizations like Oprah’s Angel Network, or her Academies for girls in South Africa. I have no doubt that although her show is coming off the air, it is by no means the end of Oprah. Maybe Professor Farnsworth of Futurama is on to something when he says “If only he had joined a mainstream religion like Oprah-ism or Voodoo.”…. ? Who knows.