Oprah Winfrey accepted her Cecil B. DeMille Award on at the Golden Globes with an inspiring message of hope to the young girls watching:
“A new day is on the horizon.“
At the first major award show since Hollywood first began addressing rampant sexual harassment against women in the entertainment industry wore black in solidarity and the anti-sexual harassment group Time’s Up, which led the night’s all-black fashion movement, has made it a point to highlight the fact that sexual harassment is not a problem unique to Hollywood.
“Speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have…
I want tonight to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue.
They’re the women whose names we’ll never know.“
In her speech, Oprah highlighted the story of Recy Taylor, a black woman whose 1944 rape by six men did not lead to any convictions. Taylor passed away last month at the age of 97.
“She lived –as we all have lived– in a culture broken by brutally powerful men. For too long women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men, but their time is up.“
Oprah is the first black woman to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award and she described being a little girl watching the Globes and Sidney Poitier, the first black man to ever receive the award.
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