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The Oprah Winfrey Show:This Day In History

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The Oprah Winfrey Show debuts Nationwide, September 8, 1986, making Oprah Winfrey the first African-American woman to host a nationally syndicated television talk show.

Oprah & Co: Celebration!

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Rapper/ Actor Common and Media Mogul Oprah Celebrating Living Legend Maya Angelou 85th Birthday!

 

Ophrah: Sunday Kind Of Girl!

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Lee Daniels: New Kind Of Action Film

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The acclaimed film director revealed in a recent interview that he’s planning the first-ever gay action hero movie.

Some of the actors from ‘The Butler’ have signed on

As Lee Daniels continues to ride high on the success of his summer blockbuster The Butler, the 53-year-old director is in the process of developing another project that will make film history.

In a recent interview with Out magazine, the $100 million man revealed his plans to create the first-ever gay action hero movie. Alex Pettyfer (The Butler) has already signed on to the project and Daniels is currently looking for his African-American love interest for his vision of an “interracial love affair action movie.”

Daniels describes the flick as a gay “Mr. and Mrs. Smith, but with the two good-looking guys as the action heroes.” And although he’s likely to have a few run-ins with critics, he says he’s not worried about getting the film off the ground.

“I don’t think I’m going to have a problem now. I made $100 million for The Butler,” he said. “I’m in a rare group. So this is something I feel good about.”

Oprah Winfrey: African Pride

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Billionaire, actress, author, and talk show host Oprah is giving $12 million to a museum being built on Washington’s National Mall that will document African-American history, officials said Tuesday.

The media mogul and former talk-show host previously gave $1 million to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the museum says her $13 million total contribution is its largest to date. As a result, the museum’s 350-seat theater will be named after Winfrey, who is also a member of its advisory council.

Construction on the $500 million museum began in early 2012. When it’s finished in 2015, the museum will be the 19th Smithsonian museum. The U.S. government is providing half of the funding. To date, about $140 million has been raised in private funds.

“I am deeply appreciative of those who paved the path for me and all who follow in their footsteps. By investing in this museum, I want to help ensure that we both honor and preserve our culture and history, so that the stories of who we are will live on for generations to come,” Winfrey said in a statement released by the museum.

Lonnie Bunch, the museum’s director, said that Winfrey has been very involved in the museum’s creation and that he wouldn’t be surprised if she was one day on the stage of the theater that will bear her name.

The museum is also in talks with Winfrey to acquire memorabilia from her career, Bunch said. He said he’d love to have a microphone used on her television show to add to the museum’s collection of over 22,000 objects.

Those objects help tell the story of African-American history from slavery to the post-Civil War period, the civil rights era, the Harlem Renaissance and the 21st century.

Some of the highlights of the collection include a lace shawl owned by abolitionist Harriet Tubman; a Jim Crow-era segregated railroad car; slave rebellion leader Nat Turner’s Bible; and the glass-topped casket that held the body of 14-year-old Emmett Till, whose 1955 murder in Mississippi for whistling at a white woman helped spark the civil rights movement.

The museum’s most recent big acquisition was a South Carolina slave cabin that dates from the 19th century. The cabin from Edisto Island was disassembled in May in preparation for its move to the museum.

Oprah: The Rx

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Biz Markie: Happy Birthday!

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