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Oprah Winfrey’s Incredibly Powerful Speech receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award at 2018 #GoldenGlobes is a Must Watch



A couple of hours ago media mogul Oprah Winfrey was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille  award at the 2018 Golden Globes. Oprah becomes the first black woman to win the award.

After receiving the award Oprah gave the most incredible speech as she encouraged young girls, people of colour and women.

It was definitely one of the highlights of the ceremony.

Watch the speech below.

Read the full text below.

Hi. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you all. OK. OK. Thank you, Reese. In 1964, I was a little girl sitting on the linoleum floor of my mother’s house in Milwaukee watching Anne Bancroft present the Oscar for Best Actor at the 36th Academy Awards. She opened the envelope, and said five words that literally made history: “The winner is Sidney Poitier.” Up to the stage came the most elegant man I had ever seen. I remember his tie was white and, of course, his skin was black. And I’d never seen a black man being celebrated like that. And I have tried many, many, many times to explain what a moment like that means to a little girl, a kid watching from the cheap seats as my mom came through the door, bone tired from cleaning other people’s houses. But all I can do is quote and say that the explanation in Sidney’s performance in “Lilies of the Field,” ”Amen, amen. Amen, amen.”

In 1982, Sidney received the Cecil B. DeMille Award right here at the Golden Globes, and it is not lost on me that at this moment, there are some little girls watching as I become the first black woman to be given this same award.

It is an honor — it is an honor and it is a privilege to share the evening with all of them and also with the incredible men and women who inspire me, who challenge me, who sustain me, and made my journey to this stage possible. Dennis Swanson, who took a chance on me for “AM Chicago.” Quincy Jones, who saw me on that show and said to Steven Spielberg, “Yes, she is Sofia in ‘The Color Purple.'” Gayle, who has been the definition of what a friend is. And Stedman, who has been my rock. Just a few to name.

I’d like to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association because we all know that the press is under siege these days, but we also know that it is the insatiable dedication to uncovering the absolute truth that keeps us from turning a blind eye to corruption and to injustice —to tyrants and victims and secrets and lies. I want to say that I value the press more than ever before as we try to navigate these complicated times, which brings me to this: 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. Each of us in this room are celebrated because of the stories that we tell. And this year we became the story. But it’s not just a story affecting the entertainment industry. It’s one that transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics, or workplace. So I want tonight to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue.

They’re the women whose names we’ll never know. They are domestic workers and farm workers. They are working in factories, and they work in restaurants, and they’re in academia and engineering and medicine and science. They’re part of the word of tech and politics and business. They are athletes in the Olympics, and they are soldiers in the military. And there’s someone else: Recy Taylor, a name I know and I think you should know too. In 1944, Recy Taylor was a young wife and a mother. She was just walking home from the church service she’d attended in Abbeville, Alabama, when she was abducted by six armed white men, raped, and left blindfolded by the side of the road coming home from church. They threatened to kill her if she ever told anyone, but her story was reported to the NAACP, where a young worker by the name of Rosa Parks became the lead investigator on her case. And together they sought justice. But justice wasn’t an option in the era of Jim Crow. The men who tried to destroy her were never persecuted. Recy Taylor died 10 days ago, just shy of her 98th birthday. She lived as we all have lived, too many years in a culture broken by brutally powerful men. 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. Their time is up. And I just hope — I just hope that Recy Taylor died knowing that her truth, like the truth of so many other women who were tormented in those years and even now tormented, goes marching on. It was somewhere in Rosa Parks’ heart almost 11 years later when she made the decision to stay seated on that bus in Montgomery. And it’s here with every woman who chooses to say, “Me too” and every man, every man who chooses to listen. 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, to say how we experience shame, how we love and how we rage, how we fail, how we retreat, persevere, and how we overcome. I’ve interviewed and portrayed people who have withstood some of the ugliest things life can throw at you, but the one quality all of them seem to share is an ability to maintain hope for a brighter morning, even during our darkest nights. So 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. Thank you.

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  1. marlee

    January 8, 2018 at 9:24 am

    oh oh oh. i cried through all this. i love you Oprah. to to all the woman out there. speak your truth. stand up and we will follow. march on.

  2. sweets

    January 8, 2018 at 9:31 am

    Bless you Oprah ..what a powerful speech…


    January 8, 2018 at 9:49 am

    Well said… I so love the Hollywood movement, even though it is extremely plagued by powerful men and some women! For the upcoming acts, try not to devalue yourself or sell yourself short for a waka pass role, stand up for what you believe and try and try again till you get what you rightly deserve.

  4. Seriously

    January 8, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    What a beautiful speech. I love everything about Oprah, such an eloquent, insightful speaker. She embodies intelligence, elegance, and authenticity.

  5. Engoz

    January 8, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    Brilliant, brilliant speech. Hmmm, Oprah is a billionaire, and we also have a female billionaire in our country. Nigerian women that are wealthy or with some form of power or celebrity status (I will not call names, but you know yourself), THIS IS HOW YOU DO IT. Nobody, I repeat, nobody is interested in how your husband is the head of the home, or how you wash your husband’s boxers, or cook his meals. Nobody is interested! Keep it to yourself! Drop that NONSENSE in 2017! Wake up to the realities that womanhood continues to be threatened in Nigeria. If our illiterate journalists ask you such questions, ask them “how is my family dynamic your business, how is it of importance to you or I do not discuss my family with the public.” Your family is none of their business. Ask them how that is a pressing issue when the Nigerian military has stopped admission of combatant female cadets. Re-direct such questions to the plight of women in the country. Stand up for your daughters, you are the only voice they have. Stand up for rural women, stand up for the women who do not have the privileges you have. It is now or never. You have the resources, endeavor to use it for the betterment of womanhood. Stop retrogressive, backward, and Lord have mercy, brain killing speech in 2018.

  6. Deeqa

    January 8, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    What Engoz said!!

    We are, I think, witnessing a watershed moment (in 2018) in human cultural evolution.

    It IS well.


  7. JOS BOY

    January 8, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    Inspirational speech addressing the issue of victimising women I must say. But what was Presidential about the speech? This is just another famous inspirational speaker gingering people in a 9 minutes speech everyone will forget in another two months.

  8. cicimileko

    January 9, 2018 at 8:45 am

    On behalf of my sweet wonderful innocent 4yr old sister, who was shamelessly raped and assaulted by my stepbrother “ME TOO, TIME IS UP” !!!!!!!!!!

    • iijeoma

      January 10, 2018 at 3:59 pm

      wow thats i so sad. 4 years old. My heart bleads for her

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