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Preview: Rihanna on ‘Oprah’s Next Chapter’


 

On the next edition of Oprah’s Next Chapter, Oprah travels to Barbados to go one-on-one with Rihanna.  After winning five GRAMMYs and scoring eleven No. 1 singles, the “Birthday Cake” singer returns home to discuss her journey to becoming one of pop’s biggest stars.

RiRi previously appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2010 during Harpo’s special on the Haiti earthquake relief effort, where she covered Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song.”

The interview airs on August 19 at 9 p.m. on OWN. Watch the trailer below.

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Video: Oprah Talks Candidly About OWN Difficulties on ‘CBS This Morning’


For the first time since launching OWN, Oprah spoke candidly about the challenges of her young network during an appearance on CBS This Morning.

The TV icon spent several segments on the revamped morning show, co-anchored by her best friend Gayle King, Charlie Rose and Erica Hill, discussing the struggles of her cable network. O held no punches, saying, “Had I known it was this difficult, I would have done something else.”

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Oprah’s Bobbi Kristina Interview Sets OWN Ratings Record


Sunday’s episode of Oprah’s Next  Chapter featuring the family of Whitney Houston drew massive numbers for OWN.

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Watch: Oprah Interviews Whitney Houston’s Family (Video)


The family of Whitney Houston, including her 19-year-old daughter Bobbi Kristina, spoke out for the first time since her untimely death one month ago. In an emotional interview, Oprah traveled to the home of Patricia Houston, Whitney’s sister-in-law and manager, in Atlanta for the 90-minute special that aired last night on OWN.

“She’s always with me,” said Kristina, who is Whitney’s only child with Bobby Brown.  “Her spirit is strong, it’s a strong spirit. I feel her pass through me all the time.” She went on to say that while she has come to terms with the loss, she’s still has her moments.  “Sometimes, it’s so surreal. I still walk into the house like, ‘Mom?’ But I’ve accepted it.”

Watch the full interview below.

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Sneak Peek: Oprah Interviews Whitney Houston’s Family


Whitney Houston’s brother Gary Houston, sister-in-law/manager Patricia Houston, and daughter Bobbi Kristina sit down with Oprah to discuss the late singer for the first time since her death.  Bobbi Kristina shares personal memories of her mom and how she would like the iconic superstar to be remembered in an exclusive interview airing Sunday (March 11) at 9/8c, on OWN. The family also addresses the rumors and speculation surrounding Houston’s death. Watch a sneak preview below.

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First Lady Michelle Obama Covers Essence Magazine


 

First Lady Michelle Obama looks regal on the cover of the October issue of Essence Magazine, celebrating the 28 Most Influential Black Women. In the magazine, the First Lady shares her message of hard work to women and young girls. “My story to young people around this country and around the world is: Don’t look at me as the First Lady first; look at me as Michelle Obama, a girl who grew up on the South Side of Chicago. Because I was there, and this is attainable. There is no magic to this. It is hard work….

Available on newsstands September 12, the issue also highlights the magazine’s annual ‘2011 Power List,’ which features other top-ranking African-American women such as Oprah Winfrey, Valerie Jarrett, Iyanla Vanzant, Jada Pinkett Smith, Shonda Rhimes and more.

Oprah’s Last Show Draws Largest Audience in 18 Years


The Oprah Winfrey Show went out on a high note last month. The final episode of the famed talk show drew 16.4 million viewers, making it the most-watched show in more than 18 years, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

That makes it her most-watched show in more than 18 years. A February 1993 episode called “Why I Love Older Women” was watched by 17.3 million viewers.

Big O is taking a vacation before she dives full-time into work on her OWN Network. Her follow-up show, Oprah’s Next Chapter, will air in 2012.

Beyoncé, Usher & Alicia Keys Salute Oprah During Star-Studded Farewell Spectacular


Oprah’s closest celebrity friends came out in droves at Chicago’s United Center for “Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular,” a star-studded send-off to the talk show queen. Everyone from Madonna to Halle Berry was in the building to honor Oprah’s 25th and final season.

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