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Oprah Told Me To Conquer The World And Speak My Truth

Hey Cuties,

On Sunday, I watched the Golden Globes, now usually I’m only here for the red carpet but this time I watched almost all of it. I was excited about This Is Us and Sterling K Brown. I also wanted to see how Issa Rae did with her nomination and a few others. In true fashion, Auntie Oprah took the stage and set my whole entire soul on fire.  I’m all about being intentional.

I don’t know why I decided to watch all the Golden Globes this year but it was clearly by design. I need to hear a word and Auntie Oprah would be the vessel. Oprah was given the Cecil B. DeMille Award; an honorary Golden Globe Award is given by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment. We all know Oprah is worth of such an award.

Oprah Winfrey Golden Globes

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In Oprah’s speech, she mentioned Recy Taylor, she was a woman who was kidnapped, blindfolded and brutally gang-raped at gunpoint by six white men while walking home from church.  One of the men admitted to the rape and named the other attackers, yet no charges were ever brought against them.  After Recy spoke out against her attackers, the lawyers representing the white men offered to pay her off if she would “forget” the rape.  The men were tried by an all-white jury and they got off.  Recy’s story is said to be a jump start for the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s.

Then Oprah said this…

“What I know for sure is that speaking YOUR TRUTH is the most powerful tool we have.”

Little Leaders Bold Women In Black History

The next day I wrote part of Oprah’s message on the sleeve of my tea cup. I needed the visual reminder. I was ready to get my life in order, I had my super cute planner out writing my dreams down. Along with my dope 2018 Calendar by Nubian Rock Chick.

Little Leaders Bold Women In Black History

Did you hear that? Speaking YOUR TRUTH is the most powerful tool we have. I hear that and I get that but I don’t think I’m living that. I will be intentional about that going forward. Sometimes we need people to give us permission to do what we know we should be doing. Doing so won’t be easy and everyone won’t agree but your truth is your truth.  I didn’t know Recy Taylor’s story until Oprah mentioned it on Sunday.

Little Leaders Bold Women In Black History

For Christmas, I purchased the Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History book for LittleCuteLips. It is a book by Vashti Harrison filled with the stories of 40 black women. Some of the stories we know but there are so many unsung women that we don’t hear much about like Recy Taylor. After the book arrived I loved it so much I purchased additional copies to give to other little girls I know.

Little Leaders Bold Women In Black History

LittleCuteLips and I started reading her book, and every day we will read a new story until we finish the book. We discuss each story and talk about the person and the details of the story.

Little Leaders Bold Women In Black History

Some of the women I hadn’t heard about so we were learning together.

Little Leaders Bold Women In Black History

The truth is growing up I didn’t have books to read with brown girls in them that looked like me. Yes, I enjoyed Judy Blume and the Babysitters club but none of those girls looked like me.  The world isn’t all one thing, so it is essential to have books, movies, and dolls that look like us. For me that is brown for you that could be red hair or whatever. Representation is important. I am proud that this won’t be my daughters story. While we laugh and love her Amelia Bedelia books she also has books like Little Leaders Bold Women in Black History to read as well. I want her to know that speaking HER truth is the most powerful tool she has.

Also note, because she/we/me/us speak OUR truth it has nothing to do with you and YOUR truth. If MY truth makes YOU uncomfortable please know that, that reflects on YOU and NOT me! I won’t hide MY truth to make you feel comfortable and you shouldn’t have to do that either.

Lifestyle Media Correspondent MimiCuteLips shares the Little Leaders Bold Women In Black History book by Vashti Harrison while discussing Oprah's Golden Globe speech on why speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we have. This book has 40 stories of black women in history.

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Mimi Green is the Lifestyle Media Correspondent and editor behind MimiCuteLips®. She is a mother of two and a girlfriend to one. You can find Mimi working media at your favorite events, traveling and trying out new adventures, or working on a dope DIY project.

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  1. Eva

    I didn’t have those books growing up either! It is so cool that our kids have more options to see themselves reflected in books now.

  2. Sheena Steward

    Her speech was pure magic! It was something in it for all of us. The quote you referred to definitely struck a cord with me. My Truth Tuesday blog posts are awesome for me. It allows me to speak my truth.

  3. Iman

    Mimi, I love this post!! I didn’t watch the Golden Globes but I did watch O’s speech on YouTube!! Writing the quote on your coffee cup was such an amazing idea because we all need visual reminders sometimes to remind us of how special we really are!! LittleCuteLips is so adorable!!

  4. Crystal Nicole

    Yes! Speaking my truth is definitely another focus of mine for the year. Being who I am authentically no matter how uncomfortable that makes me and the people around me. I’ve been used to keeping things “politically correct” or doing things because I was raised this way or told to do things that way, but not anymore.

  5. Terri

    I wish I had those books growing up. And I”m mad I didn’t watch the Golden Globes. I actually never watched them but after hearing how great it was, I wish I did.

    • MimiCuteLips

      Me too, but at least I get to read them now.
      There are good moments, but overall they are boring. You can watch all the good parts online now.

  6. Victoria

    It’s amazing how a phrase can hold so much power. I’m in the process of creating a vision board for this year and this is a message that I’m going to have to put on it.

  7. Amber Myers

    Oprah is pretty fabulous. I need to get this book for my daughter. It sounds like one she needs.

  8. Sarah Honey

    Her speech was for sure empowering for women! We can all learn a lesson and speak our truth!

  9. candy

    Refuse to watch awards and hear extremely wealthy people tell me what I’m suppose to be doing. Be nice if everyone treated each other with dignity and respect and helped one another.

  10. Courtney CJ

    My mom recently asked me if I wanted to keep my books from when I was little and I blurted out “KEEP THE BLACK BOOKS”! I don’t have any kids but I know between my nieces/nephews/cousins, someone can eventually benefit. That is the gift I give to each baby for a birthday. A good book (or 3), lol. I appreciate you also breaking down the purpose of the award because in transparency, I hadn’t done my research, I just wanted to applaud Auntie Oprah. And yes to being intentional and even writing the quote on the sleeve! Smart thinking. I usually do that in the blank space of my planner page for the day.

  11. Ashleigh

    I watched Oprah’s speech on Youtube after seeing so many posts on Facebook about it. You could tell the women there truly felt + were inspired by what she was saying. I hope those who saw her were motivated to speak their truth regardless of what it is!

  12. Jay Colby

    Great post! Speaking our truth is so important especially since we’re currently living in a time where truth always seems to go missing.

  13. Danasia Fantastic

    I think anytime Auntie O speaks, it’s natural to just stop what you’re doing and listen. I going to look up the book so I can give to my family.

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