On Wednesday, November 20th, President Barack Obama awarded Oprah Winfrey with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He bestowed the honor upon sixteen others including former President Bill Clinton. The ceremony took place in the East Room of the White House. Before presenting the OWN founder, President Obama praised her by saying:
“In more than 4,500 episodes of her show, her message was always, ‘You can.’”
Obama also noted that Oprah was urged to change her name to “Susie” in the beginning of her career. He related the suggestion to his own personal experience saying:
“I got the same advice... They didn’t say I should be named Susie, but they suggested I should change my name. People can relate to Susie, that’s what they said. It turned out, surprisingly, that people could relate to Oprah just fine.”
Congratulations to Oprah for adding this prestigious award which happens to be the highest award that the U.S. gives a civilian to her already impressive résumé!
Solange Knowles’ incredible sense of fashion and creativity will be put to great use as she serves as the new Art Director and Creative Consultant of athletic wear brand Puma! The 27-year-old mother of one announced the news via her Instagram account by posting a photo showing a pair of legs sticking out of a pool, flamingo style, in a pair of multi-colored Disc sneakers from the label. Her first project in the new position will launch in February 2014 and is called Girls of Blaze. It seems that the fashionista could hardly contain her excitement as she shared the venture on Facebook by saying:
“After years of art directing my own projects and visuals, including music videos, photo shoots, album artwork and web content among many others, I am extremely excited to announce that I am now able to apply my passion for all things design into my new role as Art Director for the iconic PUMA!!!”
Usain Bolt is the fastest man in the world and by the looks of his Twitter, he hopes to win the race to Rihanna’s heart. After seeing a twerk video of RiRi doing the dutty wine in a hotel room, Bolt tweeted:
“I clearly am in love from this dancing. If you’re not Caribbean you may not understand. #sexy”
And just in case Bolt’s tweet was lost in the midst of Rihanna’s 33 million followers, he took to TMZ to continue his campaign by saying that he is in love with the Bajan beauty!
Real Housewives of Atlanta star Nene Leakes was recently hospitalized for blood clots. Nene posted photos in a hospital bed with IV’s hooked into her arms saying that she was “blessed to be alive.” And she also wrote a letter to her fans saying:
“Late last week I wasn’t feeling a little short of breath. I know my body and I know when I should be concerned so I went to the hospital to get checked out. After some routine tests I was diagnosed with blood clots in my lung. I’m told this happened to me because of the constant traveling around the country that I do for my job. I’m thankful to be alive as the doctor advised me that most people don’t recognize the symptoms of blood clots and don’t go to the doctor and that’s when the big problems start happening.”
Nene also cleared up some rumors by saying that contrary to published reports, she did not have a heart attack. We’re lifting Mrs. Leakes up in our prayers and should all take notes on seeing a doctor immediately before serious problems can occur regarding our health.
We don’t have to watch Keeping Up With the Kardashians to know that lately, drama and issues have consumed Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom’s marriage. We can simply open up the Internet on our laptops or smart phones and Lamar’s latest antics and battle with drug addiction is on public display on every blog and tabloid site around. It seems that things may have gotten worse. A newly leaked tape of an intoxicated Lamar shows him freestyling with a “friend.” Much of what the two were saying was hard to make out with the slurred speech, but Lamar made two things clear: he discussed his well-known drug addiction and hinted that he smokes to “make the pain go away” and he also insinuated something that wasn’t so apparent. In a hushed whisper, he bragged about cheating on his wife! It seems that his “friend” is the one who leaked the video, perhaps for some extra dollars or to further tarnish Lamar’s reputation and marriage. A good friend is clearly hard to find.