But hosting a talk show wasn't all Winfrey had in mind. Although untrained as an actress, she was nominated for an Oscar for her powerful performance as a slave in Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple. (Two decades later Winfrey produced a musical version on Broadway.) She created Harpo productions to house her show and to produce socially relevant films. She also launched a monthly book segment on her show and her selections immediately became best sellers.
She is a poet, author, playwright, civil rights activist and teacher, and a fearless storyteller. So it is a testament to Angelou’s enduring intellect and curiosity that she has a staggering list of achievements. Her extraordinary powers of observation have guided her professional and personal life. Raised in St. Louis, Missouri, and Stamps, Arkansas, her molestation as a young child, yet didn’t hinder her. These early years were the subject of her bestselling memoir.
When Cher was young she was diagnosed with dyslexia but didn’t let that stop her from her dream in 1941 she saw the movie Dumbo q“and I pead my pants” she realized that she wanted to become a singer and a dancing animal. At the age of 16 Cher dropped out of Fresno high School and headed for Hollywood to start
Then she graduated from all- girls Preston high school in her hometown. (website #1) At the age of 19, she started paying for her singing and dancing lesson for herself. Film and Television Career: Jennifer’s career in film and television started to take off when she got her first role in the show called In Living Color. ( website#2) She was in more than 22 movies! Some movies she was in like My Little Girl, Nurses on the Line, The Crash of Flight 7, My family/ mi familiar, Money Train, Jack, Blood & Wine, Selena, Anaconda and many more.
* Thesis * Maggie Lena Walker a black woman, a teacher, an editor, an entrepreneur and a community activist would become of the most successful black woman of her time. II. BODY PARAGRAPH I Maggie Lenna Walker was born in Richmond, Virginia where a good life and education was hard to obtain. A. Early Life 1.
Her mom was a nurse trying to help the family. Edna’s mother encouraged her kids to be independent and appreciate books and music. When Edna was in high school, she was interested in theater. She performed many plays and even wrote a Halloween play that her classmates performed. When she was 20 she entered a poem called “Renascence” in a contest in which 100 poems were picked to be published.
Her first work was actually about her father and mother, her mother was a picture bride. She is also well known for starting a program in public schools where children from kindergarten to high school could learn and work with poets. She has won several prestigious awards for her works, and is still living in Hawaii with her family. The portrait was painted by Kitagawa Utamaro. Utamaro was well known and very famous for his wood block prints.
The artists were very close and they all loved to dance together and learned from each other. When they separated most of them created their own dance school, some of them became very popular and are still running today. A popular one would be Anna’s school at her house in California on her deck. Another school I think was interesting and important to the dance culture was the multi racial school she made. Which was the first multi racial in the U.S. and it was during a time when the United States still had racism.
Her own production company, Harpo productions, Oprah spelled backwards, has a film division for her movies (Oprah Winfrey's Biography). Her projects are based on classic and contemporary novels and literature. Television films Oprah produce include Tuesdays with Morrie, David and Lisa, Their Eyes Were Watching God, and Beloved, a film based on a Pulitzer prized novel which costarred Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover (Oprah Winfrey's Biography). Oprah Winfrey is the most successful African American woman in history. Winfrey is believed to be worth over $1.3 billion according to 2005 Forbes Magazine and is the first African American woman to reach the billionaire status (Wikipedia;
Famous Feminists Adams, Abigail (1744-1818). Adams was a prolific writer, patriot, abolitionist, and early feminist. In her famous correspondence to her husband, she spoke eloquently against slavery, many years before the abolitionist movement, and on behalf of women. Anthony, Susan B. 1820-1906.