Meet… Oprah Winfrey

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The series Meet… allows teachers to take a break to introduce certain personalities to their students. Today, we are interested in an exceptional woman, Oprah Winfrey, and her particular interview technique.
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“We cannot ignore Oprah Winfrey, the first black woman billionaire. In the 1970s, at just 19, she became the first black woman to host the newscast in Nashville. She is also the first African-American woman to own her own production company. Finally, she set up a school for young girls in South Africa in 1997 in order to offer them the education necessary to help them emancipate themselves. » 


Indeed, the name of Oprah Winfrey is associated with several "firsts" for the community of Black women. Having hosted for 17 years the television show The Oprah Winfrey Show, she was a pioneer in the world of talk show and gradually took its place in the American Showbizz. In 2004, she hosted the concert alongside Tom Cruise where the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded. The businesswoman also publishes two magazines and has co-authored five books, in addition to owning a Web page with more than 70 million pages about her. She has been called the most powerful woman in the world by CNN and for the past few years! Even though her show is no longer airing, Oprah will remain a television great and a source of inspiration for many!

To learn more about Oprah (you can use DigiRead to purify the pages which present too many advertisements in order to facilitate the reading):

Here is also an episode that had made people talk, the one where Oprah receives a woman who has undergone more than 20 plastic surgeries. (The episode is in English!) Listening to it can serve as the premise for an interesting discussion, in French or in English.


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