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Inspiring Golden Globes 2018 speech From Oprah Winfrey

“I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon!”
Winfrey said this while accepting the ‘Cecil B. DeMille Award’ at the Golden Globes for her career achievement, which is basically the equivalent to a lifetime award.

Actor, author, entrepreneur, and humanitarian, Oprah Winfrey took the stage with a storm that left the media in a frenzy with the #Oprah2020 

Here are the key takeaways from her mesmerizing speech:

1. Emphasis on the past and present 

Oprah started off her speech, by recalling how when she was a little girl sitting on the mother’s linoleum floor watching the academy awards when Sidney Poitier, a black man was awarded the Cecil B. DeMille Award for the Best Actor in 1964. 54 years later, who knew, Oprah Winfrey would be the first black woman to be given the same prestigious award.

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Oprah, however, did not fail to mention an incident that shook her. She spoke about a remarkable activist, Recy Taylor, who was raped by 6 white men on her way back from church. Recy was told, that if she ever told anyone about them, she would be killed. That didn't stop her, she reported it to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People an organisation that deals to eliminate race-based discrimination. Guess who the lead investigator was - the legendary Rosa Parks. However, the men were never persecuted during Recy’s lifetime.

“She lived as we all have lived, too many years in a culture broken by brutally powerful men. And she died 10 days before her 98th birthday." Oprah made it a point to mention this will not continue.

2. ‘Time’s up’ for all the terrible and powerful men out there 

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“ For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. Their time is up.”

Time’s up is an organisation set up on 1st January 2018 to fight against harassment across all boards which was not only limited to the entertainment industry but in her words

“It’s one that transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics, or workplace”

300 powerful women decided that time was up for these men and that, no more will women be tormented any further by their own silence. To bring this initiative into the light, most of the attendees wore black.
Many well-known activists attended the Golden Globe Awards such as the director of National Domestic Workers Alliance, Ai-Jen Poo and the founder of the #MeToomovement, Tarana Burke.

3. Hope for a brighter future

Self-made billionaire says that she has worked a variety of jobs and always has tried to maintain this internal consistency no matter what.

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“In my career, what I’ve always tried my best to do, whether on television or through film, is to say something about how men and women really behave  how we experience shame, how we love and how we rage, how we fail, how we retreat, persevere, and how we overcome.”

She further goes on to say that she has had the opportunity to interview people who have faced some of life's ugliest of challenges and they all had one thing in common which was the “ability to maintain hope for a brighter morning, even during our darkest nights.”

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Oprah while delivering this received a standing ovation and thunderous claps and I can not end this any better way than quoting Oprah, herself
“So I want all the girls watching here and 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. Thank you."

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Written by
Payal Singh

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