Oprah Winfrey has been called out after arranging an interview with Ava DuVernay and The Exonerated Five. Labeled an opportunist hypocrite, social media users were quick to remind Winfrey she has dirty hands. The once revered “Queen of All Media” was a part of the firestorm that vilified the young boys in the press.
It requires a certain level of maneuvering and comfort with exploitation to make gains in hoarding such wealth. When the tactics used in financial moves are often employed in all facets of their lives, billionaires never amass their wealth unsullied. We would be remiss to believe that Oprah Winfrey would be exempt from that cutthroat behavior and curious to see that ways it has snaked through her life. Having once supported the arrest of the five Black and Latino boys that were snatched from Harlem and convicted of the rape of a White woman in Central Park, Oprah has changed her stance. But this recent outpouring of support has left millions wondering if Oprah has an ulterior motive.
Interviewing The Central Park Jogger
In 2002, the April edition of O, The Oprah Magazine, featured an interview with none other than the Central Park Jogger herself. Assaulted in 1989, the investment banker who experienced the brutality of a serial rapist and murderer Matias Reyes recounted the attack with Oprah. Shocked by her remarkable recovery, Oprah could not believe what the jogger had to say about how she came to terms with what she endured.
Central Park Jogger: “After reflecting on how amazing my recovery was, I thought, “There’s got to be something else going on here.” Another thing that may have helped my healing was that I didn’t harbor resentment toward the boys who attacked me.”
Oprah: “That seems impossible to me. I harbor resentment – and I just read about it in the paper.”O, The Oprah Magazine, April 2002
If this interview had taken place in the months immediately following the trial and unjust conviction of the now Exonerated Five, it would be almost understandable. However, Oprah expresses that she was actively harboring resentment toward McCray, Richardson, Salaam, Santana, and Wise in 2002, just eight months before they would be exonerated. Oprah went on, repeating the details of the jogger’s assault, almost in an effort to convince her to be outraged, yet the survivor maintained her stance.
Central Park Jogger: “I focused on all the positives. And I realized I has seen both the best and the worst of humanity.”
Oprah: “After you were raped, sodomized, beaten with a pipe, dragged, and left for dead, you can honestly say you looked at those boys in the courtroom and harbored no resentment?”
Central Park Jogger: “Right.”O, The Oprah Magazine, April 2002
So why, after holding such anger and resentment, would Oprah executive produce the Netflix limited series When They See Us? Calling her endorsement disingenuous, Oprah’s detractors say she’s just riding a wave. After being complicit in spreading malicious information surrounding the case, Oprah has suddenly decided to focus on the truth. But, until she owns her part in preaching the false narrative of The Exonerated Five’s guilt, many are unwilling to hear her speak. The pseudo-revolutionary act of amplifying the voices of the downtrodden 30 years after the damage has already been done is not worthy of applause.
Food for thought: Because people with wealth view each other with a different lense, is it possible Oprah’s change of heart is influenced by the net worth of The Exonerated Five? Does her decision to find value in their lives stem from their vindication and million-dollar payout for the gross injustice? Or has she just latched on because supporting the marginalized is “in” right now?
Back to Da Cell! ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ Alum Apollo Nida Arrested AGAIN After Violating Parole
Apollo Nida just celebrated his release from prison last week and now the RHOA alum is behind bars again! According to Page Six, US Marshals detained Apollo for breaking a technical condition of his release.
Having just finished five years behind bars, Nida was headed for a prison release program. But now he’ll have to postpone reuniting with his children and fiance because he violated his probation. According to a representative, Nida isn’t quite arrested, but there “was an order of the court bring him into custody”. While the terms of Apollo’s release aren’t public, he was allegedly detained for violating conditions of his release.
Apollo, who was released early due to credit for time served, was initially sentenced to 96-months behind bars. He was expected to complete a prison release program in Philadelphia. Now, it’s questionable what the future holds for the two-time felon.
Apollo’s fiance, Sherien Almufti hasn’t released a formal statement explaining what happened. However, she did post a recent photo of herself and Nida on Instagram with a scathing caption calling out his probation officer. Sherien said “For those who are confused @apollonida03 didn’t violate a goddamn thing. Another crime against a black man in the system. Jealousy is a disease and his PO will die mad!!”
Chris Brown Dragged For Insulting Victor Cruz, Karrueche Tran
Chris Brown’s recent behavior is a lesson that domestic violence has no limitations. The singer and proven abuser has shown his true colors again by leaving harassing comments beneath Victor Cruz’s Instagram post.
Targeting the fashion sense of Karrueche’s longtime boyfriend Victor Cruz, Chris Brown left several disparaging comments in close succession. Stating he needed a stylist and she should “upgrade ya man,” Chris Brown is still attacking his ex after five years of separation.
The one-time couple split in 2015 after a very public shouting match following Karrueche’s discovery that Chris fathered a love child with Nia Guzman, a stripper from Texas. During the lengthy argument, Chris forced himself into Karrueche’s vehicle and despite being dropped off at a different location, he arrived at her home to argue at 3 am. This led to Karrueche securing a restraining order against the singer in 2017, approved for 5 years.
During the hearing where Karrueche petitioned for a restraining order against Chris Brown, she provided evidence of threatening messages and testified that Chris had physically abused her. To make matters worse the physical violence took place while Chris Brown was on probation for the brutal abuse of Rihanna! The text messages Karrueche received contained threats like “Bitch I will beat the sh*t out of you” and “I will make your life hell.”
The comments Chris made beneath the photo of Karrueche and Victor were not light humor. In the past, Chris Brown left threatening messages beneath a photo of Tran and Michael B. Jordan. Stating “Imma kill blood”, Chris Brown threatened her and the actors lives, making good on his promise to “make you hate me even more.”
Fans of Karrueche were quick to point out how childish and threatening Chris Brown’s messages were. But what’s more important is that Chris Brown’s comments may violate the terms of his restraining order. If Karrueche’s terms include clauses for social media use, CB could be in trouble. Karrueche’s current order doesn’t expire until 2022, so maybe the singer should focus on backflips before he lands in jail.
Wendy Williams’ Gets Her Groove Back With 27-Year-Old Ex-Con
Spotted in the vehicle as TMZ ran up for a potentially staged paparazzi session, Wendy’s mystery man was been a hot topic. Fans of the talk show host and those supporting her best life as she divorces Kevin Hunter, want to know who her flavor of the month is. Thanks to Bossip, we now know that 54-year-old Williams is getting cozy with a 27-year old named Marc Tomblin.
Bossip discovered the identify of Wendy’s new man and quickly uncovered his criminal history. While Wendy is aware of his muddy past, she says she knows what she’s doing. Let’s hope, sis!
Wendy’s new beau is a convicted felon who claims to be a financial investigator and blogger according to his LinkedIn profile. But before he hooked up with Wendy, Tomblin was arrested for robbery with a dangerous weapon and breaking and entering. Still, Wendy doesn’t care about his past and is declaring it a hot girl summer with the rest of us.
Ms. Wendy Thee Show Pony called out Kevin for having “a full baby with a woman he was involved with for 15 years” while keeping her cooped up. Proud to be living her best life, Wendy is just enjoying Marc Tomblin’s company despite their May-December age difference.
As for whether things will ever get serious for her again, Wendy says not so fast! During a recent taping of The Wendy Williams Show, she gushed about her newfound freedom. Stating, “I don’t have a boyfriend, but I must admit I am rediscovering my love of men.”, Wendy has made it clear she’s not looking for a long time, just a good one.
Are you here for the new Wendy?