My girl Oprah Winfrey had the audience on their feet and full of emotions during her acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Award (making history as the first for a black woman) at the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards!
She opened up her speech reminiscing about when she was a little girl and watched Sidney Poitier win the Oscar for Best Actor. She stated in that moment, it inspired her since an African-American won a prestigious award.
Oprah noted that she is the first black women to receive the Cecil B.Demille Award and her moment will inspire little black girls who are watching her speech tonight. She thanked the people who have helped her throughout her career such as Quincy Jones, Gayle King, Dennis Swanson, and longtime partner Stedman Graham.
Oprah emphasizes the importance of telling the truth instead of turning a blind eye as the media continues to get slandered for exposing the truth.
“What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we have”
She honors women who have suffered at the hands of abuse as the theme of the Golden Globes is to stand up for sexual harassment and abuse in Hollywood. Women who are in different industries such as technology, sports, academics, science, and medicine.
Oprah mentions a woman named Recy Taylor. Recy Taylor was abducted and brutally gang-raped by six white men while she was on her way home from church on September 3, 1944.Oprah continued Taylor’s story, stating she was threatened by the men if she ever said anything. Her case was one of the first to cause national protest of civil rights for African-Americans in the United States. She emphasized how the power structure of men has caused women to be silent and scared to speak their truths.
Ending her speech, Oprah acknowledges the women in the audience and states time is up for sexual predators.
“For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men — but their time is up. Their time is up!”
She hopes that all little girls do not have to utter the words “Me Too” ever again as people fight for their rights:
“I want all the girls watching to know 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 they are the leaders to take us to the time where nobody has to say ‘me too’ again.”
Watch the speech above and let us know how Oprah has inspired you.