If Oprah misbehaved, her grandma would use a whip to beat her.
At age six, Winfrey moved to an inner-city neighborhood in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her mother. Her mother was less supportive/less encouraging than her grandmother had been. This is due in large part to the long hours Vernita Lee worked as a maid.
Vernon was strict, but encouraging and made her education a priority.
But thanks to that, Oprah became an honor student at East Nashville High School and was voted Most Popular Girl. She joined her high school speech team and placed second in the nation in dramatic interpretation.
She also won an oratory contest, which secured her a full scholarship to Tennessee State University, a historically black institution. She studied communication.
Oprah won the Miss Black Tennessee beauty pageant. She also attracted the attention of the local black radio station, WVOL, which hired her to do the news part-time.
Winfrey relocated to Chicago to host WLS-TV's low-rated half-hour morning talk show, AM Chicago . The first episode aired on January 2, 1984.
Within months after Winfrey took over, the show went from last place in the ratings to overtaking Donahue as the highest rated talk show in Chicago. It was renamed The Oprah Winfrey Show , expanded to a full hour, and broadcast nationally beginning September 8, 1986.
With Free The Children, Oprah’s Angel Network has built more than 55 schools in 12 countries, providing education for thousands of children in rural areas throughout the world.
In 2005, Oprah’s Angel Network provided more than $1 million worth of school supplies, including school uniforms and shoes, to 18,000 impoverished South African children
Oprah’s Angel Network built the Seven Fountains Primary School in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Opened in 2007, the school serves more than 1,000 boys and girls and serves as a model for teaching and learning throughout Africa.
Oprah’s Angel Network introduced the Use Your Life Award on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in 2000. From 2000 through 2003, more than 50 organizations that were making a difference in the lives of others received awards
Oprah Winfrey isnt just popular in being rich and famous but she is also smart and wise. She found away to connect with the world and help others. To show people that if you have a big heart you can use that big loving heart and make a difference, and not only just help others but help your self. Help your self understand that the sky is the limit, and theirs no one in the way of stoping you from being the best of the best. No one in the way of stoping you from becoming the number #1 star.
Oprah Gail Winfrey didnt just show us that with her success but with her life, her heart breaking but yet life teaching story. She showed us how to be strong and not to let anyone bring us down. Dont give up. Keeping on trying cause their will be an end of the road. And if you didnt give, well you have just reach your blessing.
Oprah isnt just rich, smart and beatifull she is much more than that, she also our inspireation our teacher our God sent.
Her impact is her life her understanding and her impact on us is that what ever you believing and you know its right you should go for and don't let anyone pull you down.