Oprah Winfrey’s powerful speech at the Golden Globes now has people calling for her to run as president so it’s fair to say that Black Girl Magic was out in force at the awards show.
She tied her life story to America’s race and class issues before promising that the start of a new dawn was beginning for women all around the world in her already iconic speech.
Using her speech to highlight the relatively unknown story of Recy Taylor, a black woman abducted and raped by six men back in 1944, Oprah revealed just how long black women have been fighting to be heard and to see those who have abused and assaulted them receive the justice they deserve.
She explained how Recy’s refusal to keep quiet despite threats made against her life led to Rosa Parks being sent to investigate the brutal crime.
And we all know what happened next with Rosa as her refusal to give up her seat on a segregated bus in 1955 helped her to become known as ‘the first lady of civil rights’.
Oprah used her speech as a way to help us see just how powerful we can be when we work together and help on another in the long battle against injustice.
But at the very moment, Oprah herself wasn’t just inspiring little black girls and boys, but those of us who are ‘grown’ as well.
Being inspired by Aunty O – as she is fondly referred to by myself and many other fans – is nothing new.
She has been a trailblazer for her entire career and dedicated her life to ensuring everyone is able to live in their truth and leave their mark in this world.
I’ve watched the speech over and over again all day and shed tears every single time because her words move me to believe I have the power to make a change.
Whether it is in the workplace, in domestic situations or helping to further shape our society, it is our duty to fight for our voiced to be heard.
That’s why I also loved the fact actress Michelle Williams brought women’s right activist Tarana Burke as her date to the event.
Tarana famously founded the #MeToo movement meaning an African America woman provided the hashtag that has helped women across the globe to come together and fight to put an end to sexual abuse and assault in modern society.
We don’t all have to be media moguls in order to make a lasting difference in society.
But at 63, Oprah is still making history and continues to set standards for the rest of us to follow.
Magic is defined as ‘the power of apparently influencing the course of events by using mysterious or supernatural forces’ and that description isn’t too far off when it comes to the power of black girl magic.
The fact a woman who started her career as a local news presenter has managed to achieve so much success in the entertainment industry is a reminder to us all that the sky really is the limit.
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The fact she is the first black woman to receive the Cecil B DeMille award reminds us that ANYTHING is possible.
The best part of the Golden Globes is the fact it wasn’t just the women who made an impact, Sterling K Brown made history by becoming the first black man to win Best Actor in a TV series – a feat which hadn’t been achieved for 75 years.
Brown and Oprah were the only black winners on the night, but they were in great company when you looked at the nominations list.
Stars like Issa Rae, Mary J Blige, Octavia Spencer and Denzel Washington all earned nods for their work this year, while Get Out and Black-ish also received nominations.
Oprah’s speech has made me excited to see what black women will achieve this year and beyond, and even more excited to see them reach the levels of success they truly deserve.
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