Hope Plus Determination Equal Inspirational,A Playlist Profile of Oprah Winfrey

When we think of inspirational or influential we think of someone who is a hero. Maybe even someone who has converted another group, who influenced someone, or who is impossible to live up to their life experiences. But the people who motivate us daily are the people we can relate to. Oprah has had her share of ups and downs through the years.  We are inspired by Oprah’s childhood and teen years and continue to be inspired by her today. She has encouraged us with grace and kindness making her one of America’s 100 most influential people. Oprah Winfrey is an inspiration to all of us in one form or another.

Track #1: I am Women

Reddy, Helen. “I am Women”. Almost Pop: Just Like Eddie. Capital Records, 2006

When Oprah was in her early teen years, she was using drugs, skipping school and ended up getting pregnant at the age of 14. Oprah did not tell her father she was pregnant until she was in her seventh month of pregnancy. Shortly after telling her father she had her baby. Though she had messed up she had continued on and did not let it get her down. She got back on track, and went on to win Elks Club speaking contest (2). This later helped her get a full four year scholarship to Tennessee State University. This proves that when times were hard on Oprah she was never broken. In other words, “You bend but never break me ‘cause it only serves to make more determined to achieve my final goal” Oprah is an inspiration because nothing will stop her to reach her final goal.

Track #2: Lean on me

Withers, Bill. “Lean on me”. Lean on me – Bill Winters. Sussex Records, 1972

Oprah has had numerous ups and downs throughout her life. Her father was there to support and to get her back on track. He was very strict and made her read all the time. This helped her go onto college and focusing on a future for herself that is not destructive to her wellbeing (1). She ended up having to lean on her father for support. In other word “Lean on me when you’re not strong”. These lyrics really show her relationship with her father. Though time can be tough she got through it and it inspires us to do the same.

Track #3: I’m a Women

Lee, Peggy. “I’m a Women”. Bette Midler Sings the Peggy Lee Songbook

“If you come to me hungry you know I’m gonna fill you of grits” Oprah wants to help people in many different ways, and she especially has a deep care for women, children, and families well-being. Through her want for people to have the opportunity to strive Oprah made her Oprah’s angle network (1). This network gives all American the opportunity to donate money to help others who are less fortunate then they are. She has inspired many people to give and she influences and encourages people to think of others. With the money she has received she has been able to give toys to schools that did not have the money for them, young women money for college gave and give money to single mother that could not afford a house for their family to live in.

Track #4: Greatest Love of All

Houston, Whitney. “Greatest Love of All”. Arista Records, 1986

Oprah believes and that the “children are our future”.  She demonstrates this by her support for schools. She is founder of a school in Africa for girls. These girls were people who are very smart girls with families that could not put them through school.  Through this Oprah show us that education will get us where “we want to go”. Education is the key to success since Opera attended Tennessee State University. Her doors were opened and with this she was able to make a life for herself that did not have to rely on another for her success.  Which then lead her to becoming the first successful African-American women talk show host.

Track #5: Respect

Franklin, Aretha “Respect”. Aretha Franklin: 30 Greatest Hits, 1967

“Ain’t gonna do you wrong ‘cause I don’t want to All I’m askin’ is for a little respect” Oprah would never intend on making up lies about a group or a person. When mad cow disease first was presented to American, then Oprah wanted to talk about it and inform her viewers on an episode of her show. The ranchers were not happy about her television episode that they decided to take her to court. Oprah intentions were to make the American people informed about disease that may kill them. She did not bend her views and stance on the issue.  The American Beef Industry presented a lawsuit against Oprah and she won the lawsuit ruling out that it was not slander.  Therefore because Oprah stands up for what she believes in it inspires us to do the same.  Oprah has received a lot of credibility and respect from the law suit.

(1)”Oprah Winfrey’s Official Biography – Oprah.com.” Oprah.com. N.p., 7 May 2011. Web. 09 Sept. 2012. <http://www.oprah.com/pressroom/Oprah-Winfreys-Official-Biography&gt;.

(2)”World Biography.” Oprah Winfrey Biography. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Nov. 2012. <http://www.notablebiographies.com/We-Z/Winfrey-Oprah.html&gt;.

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