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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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Article written by:

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. Jenny Finney

    This is such a bold and powerful message to all of us women! I praise you for taking the stand and initiative to SPEAK YOUR TRUTH. This will be something I will have to work on.

  9. Sarah Honey

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

  10. 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.

  11. Marcie W.

    What an amazing book! While I know my daughters would enjoy it as well, I feel it is especially important that young black and brown girls learn more about the strong women that have specifically paved the way for them.

  12. valmg @ Mom Knows It All

    I don’t generally watch awards shows like the Golden Globes so I didn’t see Oprah’s speech. I did see a lot of mentions about it on social media so it must have been very impactful.

  13. Heather

    I absolutely love Oprah! She is so inspirational but more so for us women. I definitely need to get that book for my girls. I want them to grow up to be strong, leaders. Thank you for sharing!

  14. Ola

    I don’t usually watch the Golden Globes either. But I did watch Oprah speech. It was indeed very moving. I hope that it empowered some of the women and young girls affected by atrocities like the one experienced by Ms. Recy Taylor.

  15. Sarah Bailey

    I have to admit I didn’t watch the golden globes so I’ll have to try and look up Oprah’s speech now and see what she had to say. Thank you.

  16. Pam

    I keep hearing about Oprah’s speech but I haven’t watched it yet. I need to. I love your pos, and I’m going to buy a copy of that Little Leaders book for my granddaughter.

  17. Anosa Malanga VA

    I am also a fan of Oprah. I love how she tell and deliver words. Mostly words of encouragements. Its nice to see that you also have a quality time with your little girl to read stories together and discuss about it. Great way to keep the bond stronger.

    • MimiCuteLips

      Yes, the bond is so important. I want her to know about the amazing black women that have come before her. That are still shaking up the world now and that she can be next.

  18. ANOSA

    Great books for your little one. Why didn’t we have those in the early years. Haha But good thing we have this now for our future generations. I love Oprah too! Very empowering women.

  19. Brandi H

    I can’t believe I missed the Oprah speech. Everyone is talking about. Maybe I can find it online somewhere.

  20. Carissa

    Oprah is always so empowering!! I love that you added the quote to your coffee cup! I’ve seen that little leaders book everywhere and everyone has good stuff to say about it…let me go to Amazon now!

  21. Farrah Less G.

    Oprah is one the woman i look up to. She inspire a lot of people in every walks of life. This book is definitely worth buying for.

  22. Katherine G

    We could so use this book at my job. I remember it being so hard to find books that represented me as a kid. I made sure that my daughter and son had a great mixture of books when they were younger. Now they enjoy a variety of books as teenagers. I want to read this book myself.

  23. Natasha

    You already know that I love the book! We’ll be starting ours soon, and bringing out a new leader throughout Women’s History Month too! Knowing me, we’ll just read it daily for the entire year. Who am I kidding.

  24. Heather

    This is great! I love that saying. Oprah really does bring so much value to this world. I’m so glad she’s a voice to help empower women of all colors. What a great saying to keep around you to help you tackle those things in your life and speak your own truth.

  25. Amanda

    I’m not going to lie, I have listened to Oprah’s speech at least a few times since Sunday because it is so inspiring not just because I am a woman, but because I am a person. I really need to get that book for my boys–it will go right next to “She Persisted” on our bookshelf.

  26. Kita

    I got this book for my daughter. It is so good for both of us. As for Mother O, I printed out the transcript to her speech. Those words need to be visible daily for me.

  27. 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.

  28. 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!

  29. 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.

  30. 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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