OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network

An Early Review of The Oprah Winfrey Network

First, I have to say that I’m tremendously proud of Oprah Winfrey for having the courage to start her own network because she could have just went off the scene and basked in her great success. I do like the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) but I would like to see some significant improvements with the programming on the network. Although Gayle King is a member of this network, I want to see more of a Black presence on the network. As an African-American woman with over $2 billion, Oprah Winfrey has the opportunity to bring a greater Black presence into the homes of members of the dominant culture and non-members of the dominant culture. Right now, however, she has not capitalized on an opportunity to do this. Oprah also needs to make it much more affordable for more people, especially low-income people, to be able to purchase OWN.

Right now, the network looks too much like the Style and Food Network channels. I would expect Oprah to be much more creative than appearing nothing more than a mere copy or extension of the Style and Food Network channels. I understand that food and the type of programming on the Style channel are top interests of Oprah, but I would have expected her to give us more of the creativity that has made her other ventures such a success.

I’m a big fan of Oprah and not one of these people who just likes to negatively criticize people for no reason at all. This piece simply reflects my honest early reaction to OWN. No matter what Oprah does with OWN, I’m going to continue to love her and support her. I just want her to make significant improvements to her network. I know that her network is in its infancy and this is why I’m going to continue to follow her network to see how it evolves.

I very much encourage you to check out Oprah’s new network. For those who have had an opportunity to watch OWN, I’m interested in your early thoughts about it.

Antonio Maurice Daniels

University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Revolutionary Paideia 2010 Person of the Year: Oprah Winfrey

Revolutionary Paideia is proud to name Oprah Winfrey as its inaugural Person of the Year. Each year, Revolutionary Paideia will select a Person of the Year who embodies the spirit of “unsettling, unnerving, and unhousing” that founded this blog. The person has to comprehensively represent that spirit too. Oprah Winfrey is truly deserving of this award because she has achieved such greatness in the face of such opposition. Oprah has done things her way and has not focused on those who have been passionately trying to change her. Revolutionary Paideia is always proud of those who are willing to be themselves, especially when those people continue to be themselves when individuals harshly criticize and attack them for being themselves. In 25 years of service, Oprah has received some of the harshest criticism and most vicious attacks known to man. Her success has far surpassed harsh criticism and vicious attacks.

Oprah could end the final season of her unmatched The Oprah Winfrey Show and do nothing else and she would still be one of the greatest people to ever live. She has decided to take a significant risk and start her own network, The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). Although she acknowledges that starting her own network could end up being a colossal failure, she is not afraid to experience this potential colossal failure. This woman has to be applauded for her courage because when you’re at the top of your game it takes great courage to risk it all for yet another investment in potential greatness.

Oprah has been through so much in her life, but God has saw fit for her to experience the fullness of life in exchange for her being willing to not allow the Devil to defeat her.

People can say what they want to about Oprah but the key to her success has been her faith in God and her willingness to be a cheerful giver. This woman has helped people to launch successful careers (Dr. Phil, Rachel Ray, Dr. Oz, and etc.). Oprah has given her entire studio audience cars that have not even come out on the market for other consumers to purchase. Her audience members were ecstatic, of course. Oprah was even more excited than they were. She was happy to be in a position where she could give to so many people and make a significant difference in their lives. Being a cheerful giver and making a difference in the lives of others is what it’s all about.

I wish Oprah great success in all of her future endeavors. It is a great pleasure to name her The Revolutionary Paideia 2010 Person of the Year.

Antonio Maurice Daniels

University of Wisconsin-Madison