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The Oprah Effect

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The Oprah Effect
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“The Oprah Effect’ is article written by Carmen Wong Ulrich, the $1.4 billion woman influences pop culture, creates stars, and drivers entire industries. The Oprah Show is the most popular source of reality television viewed by many supporting fans. She broadcasts the topic of the days show and gives the audience a tease about the next guest: Our next guest has overcome extraordinary odds. Stay tuned; commercial break. Oprah effect introduces her leadership characteristics as evidenced from her shows, The Oprah Winfrey Show, O, The Oprah Magazine, and The Oprah Winfrey Foundation. A typical formula for a show plays out like this: a person or a couple is introduced; a problem or conflict between them or between the participant and an absent other is raised; the conflict is intensified; and a quasi-resolution or personal revelation is reached, usually through the intervention of an expert (Illouz 57).

American television host, actresses, producer, philanthropist. Oprah Gail Winfrey was born January 29, 1954, in Kosciusko, Mississippi. Oprah is the beloved daughter of Vernita Lee and Vernon Winfrey. Oprah had a mountain of obstacles already in front of her as a newborn baby, she was born to unwed teenage parents, and she was a black poor female. For 6 years of her life, Winfrey was raised on a farm in Mississippi by her grandmother. While Oprah was in her grandmother care, she was taught to read at an early age. From ages 6 to 13, Oprah resigned with her biological mother. She was raped at 9 years old by a cousin and later molested by a male friend of her mother and uncle. Instead, she held her abuse, anger, and pain she was suffering inside and she rebelled. Unfortunately, she was sent to live with her father in Nashville. She became pregnant and gave birth to a stillborn baby boy when she was fourteen. At the death of her baby she vowed turning her life around. Oprah landed her first job as a reporter for a radio station...

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