2006 Black Movie Awards - A Celebration of Black Cinema: Past, Present & Future 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)
Michael Jackson Talks... To Oprah -- 90 Primetime Minutes With the King of Pop 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)
A one-woman multi-media empire simultaneously embraced as a relatable "friend" figure by millions of loyal fans, Oprah Winfrey's business acumen and personal accessibility made her one of the most powerful and beloved figures in America. Winfrey's daytime television staple "The Oprah Winfrey Show" (syndicated, 1986-) was the number one daytime talk show for over 20 years, and positioned Winfrey as a powerful, inspiring, voice unafraid to be candid about her own personal hurdles to encourage women to rise above setbacks and reach their own potential. Winfrey's heartfelt agenda spilled over into her film career; both as a producer of inspirational stories of women courageously rising from adversity, and with her own Academy Award-nominated performance in the screen adaptation of Alice Walker's "The Color Purple" (1985). Through her many philanthropic efforts, including Oprah's Angel Network and the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, Winfrey generated millions of dollars to improve the lives of women, children and minorities. Meanwhile, the cultural tastemaker's stamp of approval or disapproval could turn the classic John Steinbeck novel East of Eden into a bestseller or elicit fear from the critiqued beef industry. Exposure on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" helped launch the careers of several lucky recipients, including counselor Dr. Phil McGraw, financial guru Suze Orman and no-frills chef Rachael Ray. With Winfrey's O: The Oprah Magazine, her television and film production studios, her multiple Emmys and NAACP Image Awards, she expanded commonly held notions of how far both women and African-Americans could go in the entertainment arena, and was deemed one of the most influential women in the world.