Posts Tagged ‘Oprah Winfrey’

Oprah Winfrey’s brush with racism in Swiss boutique sparks international uproar after employee refused to show her $38K bag

Monday, August 12th, 2013

(NY Daily News) Switzerland is desperately trying to make peace with Oprah Winfrey.

A trip to a tony Zurich shop ended in a disturbing racial encounter for the billionaire media mogul — a national humiliation that forced the Swiss tourism board to issue a public apology.

Winfrey said she was in town for Tina Turner’s wedding last month and stopped in the posh Trois Pommes boutique where she asked a clerk to see a $38,000 Tom Ford bag behind a glass case.

“She says, ‘No, it’s too expensive,’” Winfrey, 59, recounted to Entertainment Tonight this week. 

“She said, ‘No, no, no you want to see this one because that one will cost too much. You won’t be able to afford that one.’”

“She refused to get it … she said, ‘I don’t want to hurt your feelings,’ and I said, ‘Okay, thank you so much, you’re probably right I can’t afford it.' Now why does she do that?”

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Oprah OWN Network may target African-American viewers

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

( The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) has been struggling as of late. That’s not breaking news. Desperate times call for desperate measures and that too is not breaking news. You can best be sure, OWN executives made the announcement of targeting African-American  viewers as a weather balloon, a message in the bottle, smoke signal… call it what you want. This information was released specifically so the network could gauge if there will be any initial uptick in chatter in Black media; how the move is perceived and whether it will translate to expanded viewership.

Be careful what you ask for…

With that in mind, know that Mo’Kelly’s thoughts will also be in their stack of press mentions. OWN president Erik Logan and Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav, I’m speaking to you. 

The inherent selling point of OWN was found in its name, the “Oprah Winfrey Network.” It was to be an extension and expansion of its mogul and namesake’s media vision. People literally the world over love Oprah Winfrey. The  assumption that such love extends to all things related to Oprah, yet not necessarily starring Oprah, has turned out to be a misguided one.

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Lisa Ling builds a certified green home

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

(Mother Nature Network) When she’s not traveling around the world as an investigative journalist, Lisa Ling can come home to a green house. “My husband and I are building the first carbon-neutral, LEED platinum certified home in Santa Monica. We buried a 5,000-gallon water tank, we have over 60 solar panels, we’re not having any grass — all succulents,” she says.

Ling, whose reports have aired on “National Geographic Explorer” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” has her own program on the Oprah Winfrey Network premiering Feb. 16 called “Our America with Lisa Ling,” in which she explores the lives of heroin addicts, sex offenders and faith healers, to name a few. “It’s sort of the expanded version of what I was doing for Oprah’s show, it’s so much deeper,” compares Ling, calling the show the most gratifying work experience and biggest honor of her life. “This has been the culmination of everything I’ve ever learned as a journalist. I think when you watch these shows, you will think differently about these issues. My hope is that people will watch and allow themselves to feel compassion for other human beings.”

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