To celebrate the 10th anniversary of O magazine, Oprah Winfrey gave each employee Tuesday an Apple iPad, a leather iPad case with their initials, and a check for $10,000.
“These were personal gifts to the staff from Oprah to thank them for their hard work and dedication to the magazine,” said a spokeswoman for Hearst, the company that publishes the magazine.
Oprah Winfrey will give special attention to the crisis in Haiti Wednesday. Rihanna will sing Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song” and Maxwell will perform “Fistful of Tears.” Wyclef Jean will also give a first hand account of the devastation in his homeland and will show footage of the destruction. He will also address the recent concerns of fiscal mismanagement within his Yele Haiti organization.
Oprah Winfrey recently donated $1.5 million to a private inner-city school in Atlanta. The Ron Clark Academy will use the money to build a cafeteria, gymnasium and theater, reports the Huffington Post. The school has struggled to raise money from donors to pay for its $2.8 million operating budget. Ron Clark, the school’s founder, was featured on Winfrey’s show twice. He wrote the best-selling teaching book, “The Essential 55.” She also donated $365,000 to the school last year.
Oprah’s two-day interview with Whitney Houston ended with the diva singing her new song, “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength,” a song penned by R. Kelly.
Oprah checked in with BFF Gayle King’s radio show to discuss her interview this past weekend with Jay-Z for an upcoming issue of O Magazine. The two visited the rapper’s childhood home of Marcy Projects in Brooklyn, NY.
“He was so charming and delightful, and he smelled so good,” Winfrey said. “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.’ “
Tyler Perry and Oprah are flexing their muscle to help promote Lionsgate new film, “Precious,” which is based on the book “Push” by Sapphire. The movie centers on Princess, played by actress Gabourey “Gabby” Sidibe, an overweight and sexually abused teen who finds hope in alternative school. Mo’Nique plays her monster of a mother who is suffering from her own demons. The film also stars Paula Patton, Mariah Carey, Sherri Shepherd and Lenny Kravitz.
The movie will be released Nov. 6 and was screened at Cannes Film Festival Friday.
In the April issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, Oprah Winfrey will share the cover with First Lady Michelle Obama. Obama speaks to Winfrey about life in the White House, including decorating her new home.
“I want art that reflects contemporary and traditional, I want to bring in new American artisans,” Obama said.