Raising The Bar

 Oprah Winfrey at the 2018 Golden Globes. Photo courtesy of Google Images

Oprah Winfrey at the 2018 Golden Globes. Photo courtesy of Google Images

Oprah Winfrey officially raised the bar Sunday evening at the Golden Globes with her acceptance speech for the Cecil B DeMille Award. It’s safe to say that we probably all expected something phenomenal to come out of her mouth. But I don’t think we were expecting her words to be as touching as they were. Ms. Winfrey boldly declared what seemed like a new revolution of power, calling out injustices such as the wage gap and sexual assault.

Winfrey proclaimed that instead of bashing the media for “fake news”, that she is instead relying on the media more than ever before. With years under her belt as a public figure, and the host The Oprah Winfrey Show, many may have forgotten her journalistic roots. It was her passion for telling stories and giving others a platform to share their voice that pushed Oprah to create iconic platforms like the Oprah Winfrey Show, O Magazine, and now The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). The outspoken media mogul literally made people stand up and cheer as she addressed the social issues that have been swept under the rug for so long, and boldly shouted “Their Time Is Up!”. Her call for justice was met with tears, applause, awe, and even the hashtag #Oprah2020


“What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we have”
— Oprah Winfrey

Now, I’m not exactly sure Oprah even has a desire to run for Presidential office, but what that outpouring of support did tell us was that people are still feeling a strong need for inspiration, support, and a motivating message; even ones with large bank accounts. I watched as women in the entertainment industry stood up and cheered at the words coming from Oprah, and I was reminded that although the world throws everything at us to cause division and strife, that deep down inside we all still hurt the same way. At that moment I didn’t see a room full of stuffy rich Hollywood actors. I saw a room full of PEOPLE. Men and women who in some way or another could understand and empathize with what Oprah was saying. People nodded in agreement as she called out farm workers, tech professionals, athletes, and countless others whose names we will never hear.

Today I sit in reflection and introspection; wondering what it is that I can do to empower others. I think of my little 15 minutes spent with Oprah, and the amount of inspiration she gave me. The feeling of endless possibility is almost overwhelming. I see the power of movement, and the people who are tired of sitting down waiting for something to happen.

 Billingslea Media Owner & Operator Evelyne Billingslea meeting Oprah Winfrey December 2016

Billingslea Media Owner & Operator Evelyne Billingslea meeting Oprah Winfrey December 2016

 

What will you do? How will you help keep the movement going? Time is up. A new day is on the horizon.

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