August 1, 2013

Oprah Winfrey: Her Friends Don’t Use The N-Word

Oprah Winfrey for Parade

Media mogul Oprah Winfrey is featured on the cover of Parade this Sunday with her “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” co-star Forest Whitaker.

In the interview, the 59-year-old network owner speaks about her disdain for the n-word.

“You cannot be my friend and use that word around me. It shows my age, but I feel strongly about it. … I always think of the millions of people who heard that as their last word as they were hanging from a tree,” said Winfrey.

Lee Daniels, also interviewed for the piece, admitted that he regularly used the n-word until Winfrey had a heart-to-heart with him.

“It’s a word I used quite a bit, until Oprah sat me down and talked to me about its power,” he confessed.

It’s no secret that despite Winfrey having recently become fond of hip-hop stars like Jay-Z, LL Cool J and 50 Cent, she has been very critical of rap music in the past because of the willingness of rappers to use the n-word. Winfrey believes the young generation is completely unaware of the civil rights movement.

“They don’t know diddly-squat. Diddly-squat,” she concluded.

Read the entire interview with Winfrey, Daniels and Oscar winner Whitaker when Parade hits newsstands this weekend.


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