Monday, October 3, 2011


You might not like her Stead-man or her BFF Gail, but you can't deny the truth. Oprah has given voice to more intelligent and artistic people of color than any person on this earth. That list numbers in the thousands. From black politicians , black authors, black musical geniuses, black business owners, heads of foreign states, prominent black lawyers, doctors, chief cooks and bottle washers, Oprah has been the driving force in exposing them to the world, which opens a door for more to follow. Oh, should I mention her unmatched effort to highlight the ever- present struggles of the black female. Not to mention her nearly 1/2 billion dollars she's given to the needy.

Addendum: If you're visiting from S & A or RiPPa's blog, the Tyler Perry Post follows this one.

Thanks for stopping by.

Look, you may not like Oprah because of her fortune and fame, and you may not like her interviewing style, and I understand that, however, does that diminish her overall accomplishments? Well, I'm just asking because I know it does not. I also know some people are constitutionally incapable of seeing the truth, even when it smacks them in their face. And again, the truth does not lie.

Listen, so many times and so many ways, I've said Oprah Winfrey is probably the greatest black woman that has ever walked this earth. I say that because "great" is reserved for those that far exceed the accomplishments of others and spreads their "wealth" and "knowledge" along the way. Greatness is reserved for those that break through the glass ceiling and then puts that ceiling in the basement. Greatness is reserved for those that have the courage and wisdom to withstand attacks from the front & the back, from the rich & the poor, from BLACKS & WHITES. Great is reaching back to give back. Greatness is reaching back to a land that most blacks could call home. Some call it the motherland.

Although money is not the road to happiness, it's great that Oprah has given hundreds of millions of her dollars to causes that nobody else dared to attack or even mention. Great is a person that can win the approval of others in spite of their skin color. Oprah stands alone in her greatness. Although many women have done great things, those accomplishments pale in comparison to those of Oprah Winfrey's. You may not agree, but please tell me why?

One can not deny that her greatness extends beyond the boarders of America. Oprah is the GREATEST of them all. There are no challengers to her crown. Not yet anyway.

So please, why is it when one of our own reaches a place of comfort and success, so many POC hate them? Oprah is a fantastic role model for all our black children. Granted, there may be small titty-bits (yes, I said "titty"-bits) of personal indifference's one may have with Oprah, but in no way does that diminish her accomplishments. Some folks are just too busy smelling their own upper lip.

WHY? Well, I'll tell you why....

Because of the color of their skin. Some blacks folks are so envious, slothful, wrathful and jealous, that they'd kill themselves before they'd give another black person their proper due.

Do I hear a ball of confusion?

Run, run, run, but you sho' can't hide
An eye for an eye
A tooth for a tooth
Vote for me, and I'll set you free
Rap on brother, rap on
Well, the only person talkin Bout love thy brother is the preacher
And it seems, nobody is interested in learnin' but the teacher
Segregation, determination, demonstration, integration, aggravation, humiliation, obligation to our nation

Ball of Confusion

That's what the world is today
The sale of pills are at an all time high
Young folks walk around with their heads in the sky
Cities aflame in the summer time and the beat goes on
Air pollution, revolution, gun control, sound of soul
Shootin' rockets to the moon
Kids growin' up too soon
Politicians say more taxes will solve everything, and the band played on
So round 'n' round 'n' round we go, where the world's headed, nobody knows

Just a Ball of Confusion

Oh yea, that's what the world is today
Fear in the air, tension everywhere
And the band played on.
And the band played on.

Copyright 1970 Jobete Music Company, Inc.

In short, why all the hate on Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey? Really, specifically, what's your beef with Oprah? Why can't we champion the good and leave the hate behind? You tell me because I don't know.

And while you're at it, read the following post on Tyelr Perry's "For Colored Girls". I am not done yet.

Sample: OMG!!!! Some negros have become embarrassingly ridiculous. Black directors make movies they feel are relevant to their personal agendas and those of their targeted audience (which is generally black). White people have nothing to do with it. Negroes need to move past their paranoiac race fantasies of persecution and see reality for it is. The Negroes who were upset about Chris Rocks movie were embarrassed that non-whites would now know the astringent details of the difficulty of grooming and managing black hair (as if they didn’t already know!). Outside of the deep rooted shame and self loathing of their natural hair, there is no sane reason for Negroes to protest such movies as Good Hair, Precious and FCG. I personally heard two black women bitterly complain the Rock had “exposed black women’s secrets” (I know…I know, as pathetic as that sounds -I actually heard them say it!). Same can be said for the movie Precious. It was a hard core gritty story about a young black woman’s tragic life. All the trappings and characters in the movie are real and black America is filled with legions of Negroes who are carbon copies of every single character in the movie. So why all the histrionics and temper tantrums about situations, behavior and characters that are pandemic in black America? Makes no sense…….


A Free Spirit Butterfly said...

Good afternoon young man and Happy Tuesday. I absolutely love the post. Haters are insecure people who truly need a hug. I so wish I could spread some love through this blogosphere on any Haters of Oprah or Tyler.

What God has for you is for you and if you ain't got yours yet, be patient. He will "reward" you accordingly.

Oh, and BTW you have to put forth some effort.... it ain't just gonna fall in your lap (lol)

Love ya!

Continued peace and mutiple blessings my brother!

♫Hershey's Kiss♫ said...

I agree I love this blog. Haters are haters. I've learned that as a singer and entertainer. I wish people could learn to love and build up each other. People need to ditch the crap in a barrel syndrome

uglyblackjohn said...

Oprah's a'ight.

I just don't get what TP is trying to say.
Or maybe he isn't speaking to me.
Does every Black person HAVE to like TP's movies?
What about Spike Lee, John Singleton, F. Gary Gray or the Hughes bros.?
If a Black person doesn't find THEIR material to their liking are they wrong as well - or do they just have different tastes and sensibilities?

CareyCarey said...

UglyBlackjohn, I am not speaking of those that give specific reasons of why they do not like Oprah or Tyler's products, I am referring to those that give nondescript assaults on their character.

Here's a few that I copied:

"I'm so sick and tired of Tyler and folks of his ilk"

"I'm simply tired of Tyler Perry,Oprah and all of the other sell-outs pimping my community.
Both Tyler and Oprah have made enough money to do better by our community"

,"Tyler Perry is a Black dysfunction porn pimp"

"I think he's gay to be quite honest"

UBJ, as you can see, those types of comments are pure hater-aid, because for the most part, they lack substance and "dysfuntion porn pimp" is "whatever", you figure that out. And what does a person's sexual orientation have to do with anything?

And come on, to say that Tyler and Oprah has not given to their community is ridiculous.

Yet, those same people will support a movie of a drug doing, drug selling, murdering police officer, like we saw in Denzel's Training Day, or Terrence Howard's "Hustle & Flow". They will raise their hands in the air and holler like they just don't care, while they prance off to drop their money to see Sex In The City 1 & 2.

When a person's criticism is absent of facts to support their view, or their critcism reeks of cynicism, they are probably a do or die hater.

Hi Miss Butterfly! Love yu too.

Hello Hershey, boy I didn't know you were a singer. Are you on Youtube? I gotta get me some of that.

Moanerplicity said...

I don't hate TP or O. It would be pretty silly of me to hate someone I don't know personally, or has never tried to hurt me, personally.

The only thing I'd like to ask of Miss Winfrey is: are there no talented, charismatic, learned black, brown or people of color she can elevate & make into instant millionaires like she's done for Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz, Rachel Ray & the interior design cat?

Just wondering.


CareyCarey said...

Good morning Moan, how did I know you would drop by? :-)

Your wrote: The only thing I'd like to ask of Miss Winfrey is: are there no talented, charismatic, learned black, brown or people of color she can elevate & make into instant millionaires like she's done for Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz, Rachel Ray & the interior design cat?"

Well moan, I know hundreds of talented, charismatic, learned black, brown or people of color have been on her show, so do you have any suggestion? I mean, ask the black authors that have been on her show what it did for their book sales. You're a writer, so you probably know which authors I'm referring to.

See, everyone that has a talent is not a performer. Everyone that has a talent may not have the talent to carry a television show. So again, do you have any suggestions?

SLC said...

I like Moan's question since it's not hate, it's observation. Of course everyone has their own perspective.

I watch some TP movies for laughs, not enlightenment, but I can see that changing as he grows in his profession.

"Yet, those same people will support a movie of a drug doing, drug selling, murdering police officer, like we saw in Denzel's Training Day, or Terrence Howard's "Hustle & Flow". They will raise their hands in the air and holler like they just don't care, while they prance off to drop their money to see Sex In The City 1 & 2.

There's a lil bit of hypocrisy when they can celebrate Denzel playing the thug but ignore him (just like the Academy) when he plays an overcomer like The Hurricane.

Jealousy and hating stunts growth. I'm short enough without all that.


Rottnkid said...

Why they hating? Because those Negros have money and they got their money the "old fashion" way by NOT being a ball player or a rapper.

Moanerplicity said...

Nah Carey. You skated outta that one to easily, bruh.

I wasn't speaking on people who've appeared on O's show over the years (although she's missed quite a few who could have used the notice) but rather the people SHE has handpicked to have their OWN shows, & thus, helped to make THEM household names & cottage industries unto themselves.

Since an endorsement from O is tantamount to hitting the lottery, it would be nice, encouraging & fair-minded to see the same thing she's done for those people (Drs Phil & Oz, Rachel Ray, Nate Whathis face) done for people of color.

That would truly define not only a generosity of spirit, but more importantly: EQUALITY.

That's my point, mane.


Anonymous said...

There is no doubt, that Miss Winfrey is one of the most renowned, recognized black women on the planet, and there's no denying with her fortune she has given up millions for special causes, she also has given a voice to a number of prominent black folks. That being said, it's not about being a hater. She's "all that and a bag of chips", but, it's also about image and ratings which is how she made her millions, and because of image and ratings, she tends to play it safe, with whose on her show, & who she endorses, so
I agree with, Moanerplicity, she could elevate and give more of a voice to more charismatic, learned people of color. Case in point, a few years ago she had Iyanla Vanzant & Dr. Phil doing segments on her show once a week, Dr. Phil got the nod, because he related more to her white suburbia audience base. My point, she's a extradinary black woman, with the "midas touch" but she also understands that image & ratings play a bigger part in the business than the Ray Ray's, John John's or Shamika's in our communities,who aren't as safe.
Taking from your words, though, "the truth does not lie"
She's learned how to play the game, from her comfort zone, and you can't be mad at her for that.
It's business not personal.

CareyCarey said...

Okay, let me get Lil Bit off the table. :-)

Lil Bit, when the "yeah buts" and "howevers" over-shawdow the overwhelming and most dominate facts, we may be missing the central point. Consequently, your "yeah buts" (she "could have" done much more) tends to cloud the issue. However, you said it right. She made business decisions that concerns some folks. But lets no get it twisted, everyone you mentioned, still got paid! Oh, and she has several black faces getting paid (good money) off camera.

In short, if a person does not balance O's mega-accomplishments (give merit) with their perceived mis-steps of her, they may be unconsciously hating. they may not be a died and fried hater but they'd surely smell like one.

@ Moan, come on man, it's my blog so I can skate if I wanna. LMBAO

See, I have to watch what I say when you're around, cuz you will not let me drift into the shawdows. But that's what "we" do.

Anyway, I think I may have replied to your comment as I "spoke" to Lil Bit. And since she was biting off your jock "I agree with, Moanerplicity" I'll say I agree. She could elevate and give more of a voice to more charismatic, learned people of color.

Now moan, with your good writing ass, don't be coming up in here putting the old man in check... no mo'. If so, I'm gonna have to cut ya. *smile*

uglyblackjohn said...

Were not Maya Angelou's sales helped by her exposure on Oprah?
Was it not Oprah's support which enabled us to have our first Black president?
Doesn't Oprah help those who are helping others through her Angel Network?
The Big 'O' does more in a minute than most people do in their lifetimes for Blacks.
Just being herself (coming from the South and being fat, Black, less than attractive and still succeeding) does more than most people.
People always think of her billions in terms of actually having a billion dollars sitting in a bank.
But that is not the case - her 'Net Worth' is billions of dollars, not her bank account.
Most of her money is tied up making even more money and employing even more people.

TP - Whatever. I just don't like his material.

CareyCarey said...

@ SLC, I thought I saw you lurking in the background. You voiced an interesting point... "I watch some TP movies for laughs, not enlightenment, but I can see that changing as he grows in his profession"

Yes, it's about growth, change and entertainment. I see Tyler growing.

@ UBJ, I am glad you brought it home. I think you found the essence of this post.

@ Rottnkid, whatsup man. You'll have to come back and open up your comment. I mean, I don't quite understand where you at.

Moanerplicity said...

Yo Carey:

I was just expressing an opinion, an observation about a pattern of behavior that (as a black person), I find somewhat puzzling about Miss Winfrey's M.O.

But... ummmm... oTAY Carey! It's YO blog. So skate awn, mane! LOL.


Anonymous said...

Carey, Carey, Carey, Come on my brother, the "yeah butts or howevers" is a observation and opinion, nothing more, nothing less, let's keep it real, "O" deserves props for all her accomplishments.
But, if your going to look at the picture, let's look at the whole picture.
Your right everyone gets paid, but as Moan said, it would be more encouraging & fair minded to see more equality in her generosity of spirit, with who she endorses or has on her show, and that's not Hating at all, but a observation, you can't skate around.
In short if a person does not balance where "O" is by skating around the fact that she makes business decisions based on image and ratings, they just might not be smelling the coffee either. "Just another opinion"
We all have them.