20 Things You Didn’t Know About Oprah Winfrey

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Oprah Winfrey may be ranked the richest African American of the 20th century and the most influential woman in the world, but she comes from really humble beginnings, so humble it might actually shock you. Here are 20 things you didn’t know about the media mogul:

20. Oscar Nomination

In 1985, she had a role in Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of Alice Walker’s novel The Color Purple. She played housewife Sofia. The film received positive reviews from critics and Winfrey received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her part in the film, but she lost out to Anjelica Huston who won for her role in Prizzi’s Honor.

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19. Hip-Hop Beff

In 2006, 50 Cent, Ludacris, and Ice Cube accused Oprah of being anti-hop. Ludacris alleged that some of his lyrics were edited out of her show when he went on to promote the movie Crash and that he wasn’t initially invited on her show along with the rest of the cast. Ice Cube said that Winfrey insulted him when she invited cast members of Barbershop on her progra but excluded him while 50 Cent claimed that she doesn’t make efforts to appeal to hip-hop fans. Winfrey responded to these criticisms by saying that she is opposed to rap lyrics that marginalize women. “I am a woman who has worked very hard for my status in the world and as a human being,” she said. “I don’t want to be marginalized by music or any form of art. … I feel rap is a form of expression, as is jazz. I’m not opposed to rap. I’m opposed to being marginalized as a woman.”

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