Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Oprah's Taking Over!

Oprah is getting her own network. Take that Roseanne! Some of ya'll truly creative black women need to get your show pitches and prospectus together. Maybe Oprah can do what BET never intended and what TV ONE is trying to do. If white folks got mad at Oprah over backing Obama, they should be a bit worried with her remarks about her own network.......

"This is an evolution of what I've been able to do every day, I will now have the opportunity to do this 24 hours a day on a platform that goes on forever."

Go On, Oprah Girl!


Miss Pinky January 15, 2008 at 9:35 PM  

I ran into that announcement while blogging elsewhere and wow...Lady O is taking no prisoners.

I don't always agree with her, but she is a powerhouse.

Get it O !


JerseyBred January 15, 2008 at 9:54 PM  

Props to Oprah! I'm a fan so I'll most def check for her :-)

quarter-life-crisis January 15, 2008 at 10:58 PM  

I love Oprah, but I hope that it caters to more than middle aged women with money.


Mari-Djata January 16, 2008 at 2:24 AM  

I really doubt that Oprah having her own network will counter-act anything BET has done in the black community at all. For one, Oprah doesn't only cater to black people, so she'll definitely have diverse shows, but they will be made for a wide audience (especially middle aged house wives, aka, white women). It will be positive, but it won't be the good version of BET.

Professor Tracey January 16, 2008 at 10:20 AM  

@Mari-djata -

I have to disagree with you on a myth that keeps being spread about Oprah's show. Plenty of black people watch that show regularly, not just white women. For all the black people (women) I hear talking about how her show caters to white women, they still seem to know every guest and show that Oprah has ever done. Why? Because that complaining black person is WATCHING Oprah's show daily!

When you have a show that has MILLIONS of viewers, of course you have white viewers, but black people need to stop acting like they are not watching her show in large numbers (millions) as well. Her guest today is Marion Jones and that's not for white women.

I can guarantee that Oprah will do more positive shows featuring black folk than BET has done in its entire history. And what exactly is a good version of BET? BET has always catered to one kind of audience and its attempts at show with broad appeal were always the first to go, so I can stand Oprah's version because at least she is presenting things I actually do and might have an interest in.

I can live with the black comedy sitcoms, I didn't watch on the primetime networks, the black face reality shows, and the music videos.

I'm going to wait and see before I start complaining.

SheCodes January 16, 2008 at 1:04 PM  

I agree Professor Tracey. I HATE it when black people imply that positive television is somehow 'not black'. I have seen PLENTY of shows about African Americans on Oprah -- and the only reason that I don't watch the show is that I rarely watch television anymore... I'm too busy.

It actually frightens me that black people think that her shows aren't intended for blacks. What, we don't have children? We don't read books? We don't cook? We don't listen to positive lifestyle advice? We don't need 'aha moments?'

Is it not enough to be fabulous... we need to morph it to 'ghetto-fabulous' a la Tyra Banks? Well I'll just take the fabulous, hold the 'ghetto', please.

SheCodes January 16, 2008 at 1:41 PM  

I can guarantee that Oprah will do more positive shows featuring black folk than BET has done in its entire history.

Actually, Oprah has ALREADY DONE more positive shows featuring black folk than BET has done in its entire history.

JerseyBred January 16, 2008 at 9:52 PM  

Thank you SheCodes. There are far too many Blk folks that have issues with Oprah not being "Blk enough." Many of them Blk men. What exactly constitutes for Blkness? Acting like a HAM on the reg? Speaking poorly? Inviting some dumb minstrel rapper to your show?

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