Some celebs took to their social media pages to send out Christmas wishes, share photos from their holiday with their families, and show off their gifts. Here are a few:
Rihanna went home to Barbados to be with her family for Christmas. She received a special gift from her mother. She posted: “Got my grandmother Dolly’s leather backed bible with all her handwritten notes! That’ll make any grown woman cry! Idc idc idc!”
Oprah Winfrey sent out her holiday wishes: “Merry Merry from our house to yours .. Gayle, son William, Stedman,me, Kirby.” Read more
Oprah Winfrey is featured on the cover of The Hollywood Reporter and the media mogul talks about various topics including having no regrets over not having kids, advice for those following in her footsteps and managing wealth.
On not having kids: “Gayle [now a mother of two] was the kind of kid who, in seventh grade Home Ec class, was writing down her name and the names of her children. While she was having those kind of daydreams, I was having daydreams about how I could be Martin Luther King…If I had kids, my kids would hate me. They would have ended up on the equivalent of the Oprah show talking about me; because something [in my life] would have had to suffer and it would’ve probably been them.”
On what advice she has for new talk show hosts like Queen Latifah and Steve Harvey: She talked with Latifah for an hour about her new show and told her, “Don’t do it until you have 100 percent creative control to be yourself.”
She called up Steve after watching his show one day to tell him: “I saw you in a chocolate factory trying to do that routine that Lucy and Ethel did. That’s not you. Don’t let people talk you into what they think is you.”
On managing success and the wealth that can accompany it: “When you’re the most successful person in your family, in your neighborhood and in your town, everybody thinks you’re the First National Bank and you have to figure out for yourself where those boundaries are…I got to the point where nobody ever asked me for anything less than $5,000. I felt pressured for a long time to say yes, because I thought, ‘I can’t lie and say I don’t have it. My salary is printed in the paper,’ ” she laughs, looking back at all her charity: “I’ve bought more houses and cars than I can even tell you.”
In related news, she has just been nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award.
Oprah Winfrey was one of sixteen people honored with The Presidential Medal of Freedom today. The Presidential Medal of Freedom, established 50 years ago by President John F. Kennedy, is the nation’s highest civilian honor. The medal has been to individuals who have made especially “meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”
Oprah’s longtime partner Stedman Graham and her bff Gayle King was there to support her. Read more
Oprah Winfrey attended a party at Jimmy Iovine’s house on Saturday, that was also attended by Diddy, Kanye West and his baby mama Kim Kardashian. Both Oprah and Kim posted pictures. Oprah captioned hers: “Party Ovah Here! @jimmy iovine’s. Late nite with the Fellas!”
Oprah Winfrey cover the latest issue of Jet magazine as she promotes her new movie, The Butler. The media mogul has not starred in a movie since Beloved, 15 years ago. She explains to the magazine why she decided to do this movie:
The Butler is a tribute to the working class Negro of that time and all of the unsung heroes whose names never made a history book. Through their perseverance, stability, drive and willingness to create a better life for their family, they became the foundation for the civil rights movement.
The issue is on newsstands now.
Oprah Winfrey has taken her network into the black. The media mogul has seen her network, OWN, turn a profit in the second quarter. David Zaslav, CEO of Discovery Communications, half-owner of the network says this happened six months ahead of schedule.
He adds that OWN has pulled down big ratings thanks to Tyler Perry shows, Have and Have Nots and Love Thy Neighbor. Oprah’s big interviews have also drawn good ratings. New advertisers have signed up and commitments from distribution companies is also up.
The network’s target audience, women aged 25-54 years old, has increased, bumping up viewership by 39 percent.