Oprah Hangs With Jay-Z in Brooklyn and Declares the Rapper is Her ‘New Best Friend’

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Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey may have been notorious for snubbing rappers on her television show but the mogul was hanging out with Jay-Z in his old hood, Brooklyn’s Marcy Projects, on Sunday and apparently loving every minute of it.

The media powerhouse called into her best friend Gayle King’s radio show on Monday and praised the rapper saying, “Oh, Jay-Z is my new best friend.”

“He was so charming and delightful, and he smelled so good! And it’s that kind of thing where you hug a guy, and the scent is sort of buried in them. When we went to the second location, I could still smell him on me. It was like, ‘Oh, this is wonderful.’ ”

Winfrey said her two-hour interview with Hova would be for her magazine O and not for her talk show.

“It was really a conversation, and at the end of the day, you feel like you get to know someone,” she said. “I feel like I met a new friend. It was really great.”

Blindie is hoping Oprah is just trying to keep a Jay-Z television special under wraps by throwing everyone off with talk about the magazine. How can you have a two-hour interview with Beyonce’s husband, and oh yeah, one of rap’s biggest artist, and not air it on your show? Maybe 50 Cent was right when he told the Associated Press, “I think she caters to older white women…So, I could care less about Oprah or her show.”

Anna Wintour Dishes on Telling Oprah Winfrey to Lose 20 Pounds for 1998 Vogue Cover

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Notorious Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour finally admitted to requesting Oprah to lose weight for her 1998 Vogue cover shoot.

Telling the talk show host to drop 20 pounds for her cover, Wintour revealed on 60 Minutes, “It was a very gentle suggestion. I went to Chicago to visit Oprah, and I suggested that it might be an idea that she lose a little bit of weight.”

Oprah appeared on the October 1998 cover with the headline: “Oprah! A Major Movie, An Amazing Makeover.”

“She was a trooper,” Wintour added. “She totally welcomed the idea, and she went on a very stringent diet. And it was one of our most successful covers ever.”

The Progress Report: Blindie Grades Michelle Obama, Oprah And Sherri Shepherd in New Weekly Column

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With Mother’s Day right around the corner it seems fitting that our inaugural edition of the Progress Report is all female. Our aim with the Progress Report is to highlight personalities and figures who are pushing people of color forward–and a few who are pulling us a few hundred back!

Time Names Michelle Obama, Oprah and the Women Of The View Among Their 100 Most Influential People for 2009

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Women of color are finally earning props (do we still say “props?”)! I doubt anyone can think of a recent First Lady who has as much style and control over the cultural zeitgeist as Michelle Obama. The women of The View, love ‘em or hate ‘em, have some of the most interesting daily conversations on current events.

Oprah is well…Oprah, and she’s been on the Time’s list since its inception! The media mogul heals us in a way that other media has never been able touch, and her generosity and progressiveness are well documented, which makes the next item in this week’s report that much more disturbing.

PROGRESS: 20 steps forward

Oprah Gives Away Free KFC Meals

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Earlier this week, Oprah partnered with KFC to promote the chicken giant’s new grilled chicken (KGC), where she handed out free coupons on her website. Ultimately, this venture caused something of a chicken riot as KFC was not able to keep up with the demand. In these hard economic times, a free meal is something anyone can get behind, but Oprah giving free KFC to her audience, feels a little like the queen giving the peasants her slop. Ok, maybe harsh, but Oprah doesn’t eat KFC.

If she wanted to help her audience to a free meal, why not get us a deal on something less likely to cause or aggravate health problems – stuff that rich people eat, Fresh Direct or WholeFoods? – or as it’s known around my house, WholePaycheck.

PROGRESS: 377 steps backward

Sherri Shepherd Doesn’t Believe in Evolution

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We’ve known for some time that Sherri Shepard doesn’t believe the world is round, but on Tuesday’s show she cited her faith in God as her reason to teach her son, Jeffery, creationism over evolution. She claimed that while she would inform Jeffery of evolution, she would teach him that creationism was accurate.

By Tuesday I imagine it was too late for Time to exclude Sherri from their prestigious list, so Shepherd stuck by her guns, even though the lone concurring voice on the panel belonged to Elisabeth Hasselbeck – that alone should make anyone rethink anything.

Faith is great for people who gain comfort from it and Creationism vs. Darwinism isn’t a new argument on The View, or anywhere else for that matter, but it always makes for a compelling debate and in the end you gain a pretty good measure of a person’s ability to deal with logic. So to be clear Sherri believes we live on a 6000-year-old flat rock floating in heaven.

PROGRESS: 777 steps backward

Oprah Experienced Meltdown When Writing Time Article on Michelle Obama

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We’d assume that not much can shake Queen of all Media Oprah Winfrey, but when the mogul was commissioned to write an essay on First Lady Michelle Obama for Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People issue, she had just that.

“I had written the whole piece on my BlackBerry, and I was feeling really so great about it,” Winfrey told the New York Daily News. “I wrote it in the memo section, and I went to hit save and I hit another key — and it disappeared. I lost the whole thing!”

“I had to start all over. I was panicked. It was an absolute deadline, so it was crazy,” she added. But in the end Oprah –who has appeared on the list every year since its inception–published her moving piece, which ended with Maya Angelou’s iconic poem, “Phenomenal Woman.”

Oprah Signs Jenny McCarthy To Multi-Year TV Deal With Harpo Productions

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Oprah Winfrey is bestowing former Playboy model turned autistism activist Jenny McCarthy with a production deal that could launch McCarthy as the next big media personality since well, Oprah’s other big media personality Dr. Phil.

McCarthy has already started a blog on Oprah.com called “Give It Up Before Summer” on which she expounds about PMSing and her “awesome husband” Jim Carrey, even thought the two aren’t officially married.

According to The Hollywood Reporter the multi-platform, multi-year deal includes a syndicated talk show that McCarthy would host.

Blindie hopes McCarthy’s talk show fares than her ill-fated 1997 variety show “The Jenny McCarthy Show,” because we’ve liked her ever since she was the man-handling co-host on MTV’s “Singled out”

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GIMME FIVE: Blindie’s Favorite Vogue Covers Starring Influential Black Women

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With another influential black beauty (Beyonce Knowles on April 2009 Shape Issue) landing a cover of Vogue, Blindie compiled a list of our favorite Vogue covers featuring phenomenal black women:

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1. Oprah Winfrey: Although she famously was told to lose weight for her October 1998 cover of Vogue, the world’s first black billionaire was hailed as a burgeoning movie star with her love project, the screen adaptation of Toni Morrison’s Beloved.

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2. Liya Kebede: The humanitarian supermodel and the first black face of Estee Lauder landed her first and only solo cover of Vogue in May 2005. But the model didn’t only model in the issue, she discussed her work on behalf of children around the world, “Cover Model with a Cause!”

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3. Beverly Johnson: The modeling legend broke the mold in August 1974 when she became the first black woman to land on the cover of Vogue. The magazine dubbed her beauty, “The Today Look.”

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4. Michelle Obama: Vogue dubbed the effortlessly fit and fashionable Michelle O. “The First Lady the World’s Been Waiting For” on their March 2009 cover–and we couldn’t agree anymore!

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5. Jennifer Hudson: On the eve of her Oscar win, the Dreamgirls star and American Idol reject took her curves to Vogue‘s Power Issue in March 2007. “To embrace Jennifer’s success and give her a cover that is absolutely historical and unique in the 115-year history of Vogue Magazine,” Editor-at-Large Andre Leon Talley said.

Oprah Winfrey Warns Rihanna that Chris Brown “Will Hit You Again”

Oprah Winfrey finally weighs in on the domestic violence saga that is Chris Brown and Rihanna, and her message is clear: “He will hit you again.”

“Love doesn’t hurt,” Oprah said on her show Friday, announcing she will discuss domestic violence in an upcoming show. “I want to do a show about it, dedicated to all the Rihannas of the world.”

Rihanna’s reconciliation with Brown after her February 8th beating from her superstar boyfriend (who was charged with two felonies last week) surprised her family and fans alike, sparking a public debate about whether he’ll do it again

Speaking directly into the camera, Oprah said, “If a man hits you once, he will hit you again. He will hit you again.”