BC: "I Don't Believe In Failure!"
FC: Oprah Gail Winfrey born: January 29, 1954 age: 56!
1: Table of Contents 1.Early life 2.Beginning 3.Secrets 4.Moving on 5.A new beginning 6.Blast off
2: Early Life Oprah Winfrey grew up in small country of Kosciusko, Mississippi. the same day Oprah was born the U.S supreme court declared that segregation in public schools was illegal. Oprah lived with her grandmother for the first few years. they didn't have much money and they lived on a farm far from town. "There were not many kids, no play mates, no toys except for my corncob doll, so i played with the cows." That wasn't the only problem Hattie Mae (Oprah's grandma) beat little Oprah as a kid but Hattie Mae loved Oprah to death but soon all this would change..When Oprah's mom Vernita Lee had to take her away because Hattie was dying
3: Beginning Milwaukee Wisconsin was tough as stone on 6 year old Oprah, with crowds of hurrying people on the way to school. That was just the half of it. Oprah had to share a tiny room with her mother and half sister. her mom could not play with Oprah because she worked two jobs so tired Vernita Lee went straight to bed after a hard days work. Oprah was lonely and missed the small town of Kosciusko. Oprah wanted a pet but her mother said there just was not enough room. So she caught cockroaches. "I would put them in a jar, name them and feed them like there my own. Oprah would usually stay home alone with the baby sitter and one tragic night, 9 year old Oprah was with her 19 year old cousin who was looking after her. Oprah was assulted that night and knew thats he could not tell anyone of what happened. Vernita saw Oprah's pain hiding like a fox so she moved Oprah to live with her father and step mom Vernon Lee and Zelma with secrets too big to keep...
4: Vernon and Zelma lived in a modest house on the east side of Nashville and poured all their heart and soul for Oprah's education. She had a real feeling for the community and helped her open up her eyes | Oprah was happy with her life until Vernita called saying things would get better. again Oprah was assulted and began to think nothing of it. It was at school that she found out about how babies were made and began to worry. She completely changed her attitude, she stole from her mother and had more encounters with boys. Vernita was not happy with this so she put Oprah in correctional counseling then sent her off back to her father with deep secrets waiting to be exposed
5: Vernon and Zelma did not know he girl they saw 4 years ago. Oprah was rude and said "sup Pops?" Vernon took control, layed down the rules, and made sure she had a good education. Oprah was on the road to healing except for one issue, she was 7 months pregnant. She tried to tell her father and the day she got up to talk, the baby was born, then killed from smoking, and disease. She was depressed but knew she had to keep her grades high. Now 14 she joined her new school, earned honor roll, and getting involved in extra curricular activities like drama club, public speaking on forensics, and the debate team, and president of the student council by senior year! Also being voted most popular in senior year to! Little did Oprah know her life career was ahead.
6: Oprah did a debate with one of her classmates on the radio and John Heidelberg, the disc jockey, asked her to run for Miss Fire Prevention Pageant in Nashville. Oprah entered and won. A few years later she entered Miss Black | Nashville pageant and won again. With all these extra curricular activities she got into college no problem with a amazing job at $100 a week on a radio station and now a talk show host on "People Are Talking" but Winfrey wanted to spread her wings and fly. She tried out for the show in Chicago "A.M Chicago" and got the job because of her outstanding grades, extra curricular, and jobs. not only did she get the job but a few years later it was chaNged to the Oprah Winfrey Show and is casted as the main
7: Character Sofia in "The Color Purple." Also it being nominated for Academy Award as "Best Supporting Actress" PLUS "The Oprah Winfrey Show" made there own company! Life was good for Winfrey and nothing could change that until she went back to Tennessee to finish college. While shes there she received a call saying "The Oprah Winfrey Show" was given several Emmy awards for "Amazing Talk Show Host" and named "Broadcaster of The Year" then once again put in another movie "The Women of Brewster Place." then awarded honorary doctorate from Morehouse College and wins best Talk Show and Talk Show Host in Daytime Emmy awards. Who knew one little girl could have so much passion?
8: after a couple of years Winfrey was the only African American who was in the list of 400 richest Americans and opens Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for | Girls in South Africa and contributes $10 million dollars. So how much can one girl have? Oprahs live had everything set straight from | growing up from getting beat to where she is now is a phenomenon and like Oprah says....
9: me and Oprah have some thing in common like we both want to be famous and both want a good education what we don't have in common is that i don't want to be a talk show host...thats basically it also, i dont want to go to Tennessee for college i would like to go to the U of A. what else we have in common is that is That i want to be in student council and voted most popular in highschool