Posts Tagged ‘Oprah Winfrey Network’


In Griot, Movies, Networking, Self Improvement on January 16, 2011 at 4:21 pm

He’s been on my mind lately, so I thought I’d “call him up”…well not exactly on the telephone, but rather I’d “call him out” online. Mr. Sidney Poitier is undoubtedly “the man” when it comes to outstanding talent, effective skill and longevity in the film industries will. Is he not the best? He made the black in black & white films POP when he starred opposite of Jamie Lee Curtis’ dad in “THE DEFIANT ONES“. Remember that?

When thinking about the contributions that Mr. Poitier has given of himself, his talent and his time, I can’t help but to sum it up to: “The measure of a man: A spiritual autobiography” by Sidney Poitier. Surely you heard about this book a few years ago (at best). It was a headliner in OPRAHS BOOK CLUB and drew a boatload of outstanding reviews. Here’s an excerpt from the book that I found immediately relative to my own jouney:

Writers of a spiritual or metaphysical persuasion often convey their message through storytelling. They illustrate their points with parables drawn from great teachers of the past, whether it be Jesus of Nazareth, or Buddha, or the latest Arabic sage or Sufi mystic—the more exotic the better. Some take this natural tendency to great lengths, writing whole books devoted to finding the deep wisdom embedded in ancient folk tales, psychologically complex stories drawn from Africa, Scandinavia, East Asia, Latin America, and many other far-flung countries. They do this, it seems, to get as far away as possible from our contemporary mindset so that we can see modern, digitized, postindustrial life as if through new eyes (or, perhaps, through very ancient, very grounded eyes).”

About Sidney Poirtier

I remember seeing old movies of him and Bill Cosby – they ran the seventies.
You couldn’t tell me back then those two weren’t the thickest of thieves.
Need a refresher? Peep these:
Comedies w/Sid P. & Bill C.

Mr. P. has always been good looking to me,
so I did a little research on his roots/biography.

Born in Miami, while his parents vacationed from the Bahamas.
He’s been an American sensation every since – headlining in the heaviest dramas.

February 20th is his upcoming birthdate
born in 1927 makes him 84 all in yo’ face.
[by 2011 calculate]

He’s got six kids and has been married twice;
still married to the second Mrs. & their offspring is nice.

Perhaps you’ve heard of their eldest daughter Anika?
If not perhaps you’ve seen the baby of the family: Ms. Tamiia?

Either way the offspring have sprung and are making names of their own
I’m Qui
Still raving about their father because I’ve got a ‘black intellect’ jones. 🙂

No – I kid you – I bring him up because the weight of his life will always be relevant.
Sidney Poitier may be born of the Bahamas but his kids are of historical icon descent.
He’s ranked right up there with Dr. Martin Luther King & ‘nem.

F.Y.I.: The Defiant Ones will be on TURNER CLASSIC MOVIE Channel [TCM] TODAY – 1.17.11 11:15a/ 12:15p [noon] CST

God bless the child that’s got his OWN

In News, Self Improvement, TV Shows on April 8, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Oprah's got her OWN

Especially if thier ‘OWN‘ stands for the OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK. Right? God bless the Queen of Talk Show Hosts. We all know she’s retiring from her couched position on ABC in the Fall of 2011, but what then?

Oprah will actually continue to host, but this time it will be a multi-night program on her upcoming network OWN. Yes – She’s got ‘her own’. The show [Dubbed Oprah’s Next Chapter] will air two or three times a week and will feature Winfrey globe-trotting to interview prominent figures. It’s expected to premiere late next year, after Winfrey signs off of The Oprah Winfrey Show in September 2011. OWN is scheduled to launch Jan. 1, 2012 under the Discovery umbrella. Her vision for OWN “is to create a network that inspires our viewers and makes them want to be who they are on their best day.” So in essence, it’s an extension of what she’s already doing. Aren’t you always inspired to be better post an afternoon of O? I am.

The OWN Network will run a variety of shows in series, like:

Visionaries: Inside the Creative Mind
This show will highlight stars such as the Black Eyed Peas, Annie Leibovitz and Tom Ford giving viewers a look inside of their creative processes.

Your Own Show: Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star
The show’s focus will be on Oprah teaming up with reality guru Mark Burnett, goes on the prowl for the next big small-screen talent.

Gayle King Live!
(and NO. Larry King is not mad about being the titles inspriation) 🙂 O’s BFFL radio show will go visual. Not much will change in the format of how Gayle does her current radio show or interviews her guests; the only difference is, we’ll be able to see her.

Why Not? with Shania Twain
This series will chronicle Shania’s life since her marriage to music producer Robert “Mutt” Lange ended in 2008 amid reports that he had an affair.

Speaking of “affairs” Oprah dares not to close out her ABC relationship without hosting the mother of former Senator John Edwards illegitimate baby. Mm-mm-m. Television watchers are some nosey folks. I’ll be sure to document the details here on my site if any good juice should spring forth while I’m watching. lol!

Peace and Blessings,
I’m Qui
and it’s nothing like being open and telling.

You can call me ‘the Griot literal O’
I’ll always hook you up with the online flow.
…and now you know.