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By Jennifer Harris, Elwood Watson

Her photo is iconic: Oprah Winfrey has equipped an empire on her skill to hook up with and encourage her viewers. now not only a identify, "Oprah" has turn into a model representing the debate exhibit host's particular sort of self-actualizing individualism. The cultural and financial energy wielded by way of Winfrey benefits severe assessment. The individuals to The Oprah Phenomenon research the origins of her public photograph and its vast impression on politics, leisure, and well known opinion. individuals handle compliment from her many supporters and weigh criticisms from her detractors. Winfrey's skill to create a sense of intimacy along with her viewers has lengthy been brought up as one of many foundations of her attractiveness. She has again and again made nationwide headlines via attractive and informing her viewers with recognize to her own relationships to race, gender, feminism, and New Age tradition. The Oprah Phenomenon explores those relationships intimately. on the root of Winfrey's message to her significant viewers is her statement that any one could be a good fortune despite history or upbringing. The members scrutinize this message: What does this good fortune entail? Is the inducement at the back of self-actualization, in reality, basically the desire of replicating Winfrey's paying for strength? Is it only a prescription to shop for the goods she recommends and heed the recommendation of individuals she admires, or is it a way of life switch of significant non secular profit? The Oprah Phenomenon asks those and lots of different tough inquiries to advertise a better figuring out of Winfrey's effect at the American attention. Elwood Watson, affiliate professor of background at East Tennessee nation collage, is the editor of a number of books, together with "There She Is, pass over America": The Politics of intercourse, good looks, and Race in America's most renowned competition and looking out The Soul of best friend McBeal: serious Essays.

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But that is not what I believe. ” Winfrey’s language was telling. In her repeated use throughout the show of the pronoun “I,” she asserted her anger, her sense of betrayal, and, above all, her displeasure at the position Frey had placed her in. For Winfrey, trust and truth are key to her brand; to be placed in a position that caused her—however inadvertently—to let her audience be duped is to undermine the basis of her relationship with her viewers, a relationship of which she is fiercely protective.

Winfrey’s body becomes the surrogate body, reminiscent of the bodies of slave women that were used to produce milk, food, labor, and more workers. She has made millions of dollars selling the idea of buying “Oprah” as one method of being fulfilled. Once again, it is the body of a black woman that acts as feed and seed for the ideological body of the dominant society. In addition, a number of careers and businesses have been launched, and a number of books have been sold, because Winfrey promoted them on her show.

She writes, “We do more than resist . . ”2 Consequently, critical black female spectatorship often comprehends the historical, patriarchal, cultural, commercial, racial, sexual, and gendered reproductions of their own imagery. What is fascinating about hooks’s critique is that her multipositioning of the black woman’s sight can be perceived as a strength rather than a fragmentation. Critical black female spectatorship is a conscious creativity that can be co-opted as a weapon of both deconstruction and revision and allows a black woman to read well beyond the composition on the screen.

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