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Lions Roar : May 2011
SHAMBHALA SUN MAy 2011 81 women of all races, sizes, ages, and backgrounds. Between the covers of the ad-packed glossy magazine, readers would find Oprah-intoned advice on topics ranging from debt reduction to proper bra fittings to the purchase of “alligator-em- bossed leather notepads” and “black button sage honey.” It could be that I missed Win- frey’s announcement about her in- tention for O to vanquish The New Yo r k e r , Harper’s, and other periodicals that have been lauded for their stylish, timely, and probing coverage of the arts, culture, and politics. But I don’t believe Winfrey ever pitched her epony- mous magazine as a “must read” platform for investigative jour- nalism or rigorous intellectual debate. While I routinely pick up a free, outdated copy of O from the swap pile at my local recycling center, I have not purchased a single issue since its inaugural 2000 release. For me, the magazine evokes (without disappointment or rancor) the seventies soul hit by The Dramatics: “Whatcha See is Whatcha Get.” Asked to reflect on the events of September 11, 2001, I doubt that a reference to the queen of daytime television would leap from anyone’s lips. Yet Lofton suggests that in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks Winfrey emerged as a symbol of the nation’s starstruck sensibilities. She takes issue with Winfrey’s role as emcee at the interfaith “Prayer for America” service that was held at Yankee Stadium two weeks after the tragedy. “Who could best organize the assorted religious vestments and somber political suits into a soothing visual and spiritual clarity? Oprah Winfrey,” Lofton writes, “was America’s assembly, she was America’s love, she was America’s preacher queen.” “Preachers and saleswomen share the common ambition to convert the multitudes under their advertising slogans propos- ing exclusivity,” continues Lofton, contending that Winfrey “con- jures a religious space in regard to her country’s mythic dream, becoming a site of ritual and moral transaction for a nation pos- sessed by the idea of a plural marketplace for everyone’s dreams.” It seems that the massive impact of Winfrey’s fame and wealth overshadows the real hardships she once endured, and Lofton gives short shrift to the obstacles Winfrey faced as a black girl growing up in segregated Mississippi. I imagine that as Winfrey busily harvests pearls for her life and for the lives of others, she finds inspiration in zora Neale hurston, best known for her 1937 novel Their Eyes Were Watch- ing God (which Winfrey produced in 2005 as a television movie starring halle Berry). Writing in a 1928 essay, “how It Feels to Be Colored Me,” hurston declared: “I am not tragically colored. There is no great sorrow damned up in my soul, nor lurking in my eyes... No I do not weep at the world—I am too busy sharp- ening my oyster knife.” ♦