" A New Day is On the Horizon": Oprah and The Power of Speaking Your Truth
Last night history was made as Oprah Winfrey, AKA my pretend Godmother, accepted the Cecil B. Demille Award at the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards. This is a huge moment for us. Oprah is the first black woman to receive the honor and only the second African American to get the award. In her speech, she paid homage to her predecessor Sidney Poitier and the moment as a child when she watched him accept the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1962, the first for an African American. We love to see Black Excellence getting their due. We love to see women win.
It's not just that Oprah won this award for "outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment". It's what she said. Oprah used her used her platform to speak up for any one who has ever felt like they didn't have a voice. She used her time in the spotlight to thank the warriors like Recy Taylor, Rosa Parks, and the nameless other women who have endured abuse at the hands of power-hungry men. In her 9 minute speech, Oprah showed us once again why she is our hero and our champion. Here are some notable quotes from the Queen:
"...what I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have. And I'm especially proud and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories."
"For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. Their time is up."
"I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon! And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say "Me too" again."
What I got from Oprah's words is that I should not be afraid to open my mouth. I cannot stand by with my voice on mute as compassion, integrity, and grace fall the wayside. When we see our fellow human regardless of race, socio-economic level, or religion enduring pain, we have to show tenderness and bravery to stand with them and fight back. We also need to be our own champions and advocate for ourselves. Oprah reminds us that speaking our truth especially in the face of adversity is our power. It is our ticket freedom... the key to living in our light. A new horizon is upon us. Yes, indeed.