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DD wrote:I find Josh Groban borderline unlistenable. His voice has really tanked since his early years and he is still young. He must not be doing something right.
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After 25 years on the air, Oprah Winfrey, the queen of daytime
television, brings her show to an end Wednesday. It's a bittersweet
moment for Chicago, the city where Winfrey brought plenty of attention —
Winfrey's Harpo Studios is a
landmark in Chicago's West Loop: The facility takes up a full block in a
neighborhood of loft condos, restaurants, art galleries and the
remnants of a Chicago market district of food processors and
Harpo opened in 1990, in a
neighborhood that had been on the decline for years, says Phil Ashton, a
professor of urban planning at University of Illinois-Chicago. The
studio was a cornerstone of the neighborhood's revival, and it
"introduced a population of employees and consumers who were there on a
day-by-day basis," Ashton says.
Pinkney, owner of Ina's Restaurant, a Harpo executive hangout, knows
full well the before-and-after Oprah effect. Before Pinkney moved her
restaurant into the West Loop, she used to buy produce in the area. "I
remember the neighborhood as incredibly rough," Pinkney says. "It was
just a place you came to buy your stuff and go home."
after Winfrey built Harpo, Pinkney says, the neighborhood underwent a
gradual metamorphosis. "She began to buy up some buildings right around
the neighborhood and she began to stake a claim," Pinkney says. Winfrey
was essentially saying, "I'm here, and everything is going to change."
was syndicated, people began pouring into the neighborhood: There were
hundreds of Harpo employees and crowds of audience members — more than a
million over the 25 years of the show as Winfrey became a media mogul
and international superstar. Oprah crowds have been out in full
force this month — more than 20,000 fans from across the country showed
up for the tapings of her last two shows.
put this place on the map more so than any other individual celebrity,"
says Chicago resident and Oprah fan Wade Childress. "Well, OK, Barack
[Obama] maybe," he concedes, "but she's done it over a longer period of
time and reinforced it over and over again like nobody could."
after Winfrey opened Harpo Studios in 1990, she said she would never
move her production facility or her show out of the city. Winfrey was
inducted into the Illinois Broadcasters Association's Hall of Fame in
early May. As she accepted the honor, she recounted her experience
coming to Chicago in 1983 to audition for what was then a local talk
show: "On my way to the audition [I was] just loving the vibe of the
city so much," she said. Winfrey says she told herself, "If I don't get
the job, I've got to find a way to get back."
she got the job and created a media empire, becoming a global brand
headquartered in Chicago. And an appreciative Chicago has been saying
thanks as Winfrey closes down her show. During the last days of his
tenure, Chicago's former mayor Richard Daley stood outside Harpo Studios
to present Winfrey with an honorary street sign: Oprah Winfrey Way.
"She's been a great ambassador for our city," Daley said. "It makes me
very, very proud to have your name on one of Chicago's city streets," he
Winfrey said the honor was better
than winning an Oscar ... or an Emmy. And then a woman who has won
plenty of Emmys lifted her very own Chicago street sign high: "This
place is my Tara," Winfrey told the crowd. "Scarlett O'Hara should have
known about Chicago."
soon be gone with the wind; the show officially ends Wednesday. Harpo
Studios will continue to be busy, though. Rosie O'Donnell will tape a
one-hour daytime talk show set to launch in the fall on the Oprah
Winfrey Network. Link
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Aretha Aretha! Couldn't someone have dressed her better? I mean look at Oprah, she knows what needs to be covered up...a single sleeve or whatever fashionistas call it... isn't going to work for Aretha. She needs to talk to Oprah's wardrobe manager... I cannot believe it. Soon she'll be dressing like Beyonce lol!
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collegegrad98 wrote:Did anyone happen to tape or dvr the last show today? Here in Memphis it was interrupted during the last 5 minutes for a freakin breaking weather alert that wasn't really all that important, so if you could post it to youtube or just post the last 5 minutes it would be fantastic. Although they are going to re-air the entire show tomorrow I don't particularly feel like watching the entire show over for the last 5 minutes...
May 25 11 10:06 PM
LoverForLife04 wrote:I saw the show, it was ok, it kind of left me cold. It felt like an inspirational seminar in places and preachy in others. So much build up it was kind of anti-climatic at the end. Touching moments though.
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