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Oprah's 'O'cademy

1/2/2007 4:24 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Just call it the Oprah Winfrey School for Girls.

The billionaire talk show diva opened a school in a small town south of Johannesburg, South Africa today. The school for underprivileged girls boasts computer and science laboratories, a library and theater, and was built as a result of a meeting between Winfrey and the country's former President, Nelson Mandela.

The event was attended in South Africa by celebs Mariah Carey, Tina Turner, Chris Tucker, Mary J. Blige and Spike Lee.

Of her decision to open a school in South Africa instead of the U.S., Winfrey dissed American kids by telling Newsweek, "If you ask the kids what they want or need, they will say an iPod or some sneakers. In South Africa, they don't ask for money or toys. They ask for uniforms so they can go to school."

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Diego    

While DaSceptic thinks that building a school in Africa is a good thing, he wonders why Oprah has created a segregated school that does not allow boys. DaSceptic also expects that the school curriculum will consist mostly of courses that teach the students how great Oprah is.

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SusieQ    

You know AFRICA is a poor COUNTRY? It's NOT a country, it's a CONTINENT. Countries in Africa include for instance Egypt, Morocco, Gambia, Tanzania and Sudan. You don't think Europe is a country as well, do you?

2849 days ago
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Millie    

Oprah is doing a great thing, they deserve it and more. Keep educating as many Africans as possble. Thanks Oprah, you show that you care.

2849 days ago
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liz    

I agree with Oprah 100%, but on the side of the American kids, they live in a country that idolizes the superficial over substance. Is anyone surprised?

2849 days ago
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Niki    

There are children just as poor in the United States. Go to the deep parts of the Appalachian Mountains in Tennessee, West Virginia and Kentucky. It looks like third world nations. The children there don't ask for ipods. They ask for food, running water, and a roof that doesn't leak. Oprah should work in the U.S. as should Angelina and Brad (who has). Jon Bon Jovi is a wonderful example of a celeb using his money and clout to help in the US.

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dee peterson    

You always been real, I find in life that people always look for something new to give credit to,and thier always talk , and some people are not the real thing , some just try to make money and tax purposes and have publicity but I learn everybody got to sh*t and die and they cant take nothing with them ! Amen !thier are people not the real thing! I rather see a bunch of children taken care of ,then just keeping on adopting. That s why I love U2, Hes trying to help where they can stay with thier Families ! And you too ! But , you and U2 , YOU try to help all, not to get Fame!

2849 days ago
22.

Canuck's pride    

How dare ppl dissing Oprah,she deserve mad RESPECT for her school. F*** all of you if you think otherwise, finaly someone who puts her millions to a good cause.

2849 days ago
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RJH    

Oprah is doing a really good thing in Africa but she is just basically copying my school in New York. She came and visited my highschool for ideas, I go to private school in NY, not in NYC but in the country and its an academy for everyone its socially and economically blind, sorta like Oprah's school. The Oprah foundation would hold all these meetings at my school too, its funny how she gets all the positive feed back when schools have been going on like this for a long time, even in this country.

2849 days ago
24.

dennis    

where i live in the U.S. there is a waiting list to put my kids in preschool. And she is spending 40mil for 152 girls?!!

2849 days ago
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RJH    

Also the founder of my school has not just put a few million into my school she has put almost a billion into the school!

2849 days ago
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dennis    

We can't even get our kids into preschool because there is not enough funding. This preschool covers at least 3 towns! But Oprah can spend 40mil on a school for 152 girls, why do they need a spa and yoga room?

2849 days ago
27.

Monroe    

Oprah is not JESUS. She can't fix the worlds problems. She's given MILLIONS to USA inner city charities. Everybody knows how many millions she's given to the Baltimore City (Maryland) Public School System. That system is more corrupt than the Bush Administration. Her money went down the drain! Writing a check doesn't solve the solution. Getting involved does. None of you on this board who have an Anti-Oprah agenda has done that. When was the last time you gave $1 to an inner city charity, child, etc? When was the last time you've volunteered? I have and let me tell you it was a waste. Those kids are disrespectful, attitude problems and can recite rap rhymes but don't know simple multiplication. And please note: HAVE NO DESIRE TO WANT TO LEARN! Do you want to give your time and money to this. Hell no!!! I quit after 6 months. Got fed up.

All you black folk out there. What has 50 cent done? What about Snoop? Any of those rappers who make millions of dollars. What are they doing for inner city children? Are these black athletes or entertainers doing anything for Katrina survivors? As much as the black rappers talk about police brutality. When was the last time you saw any of them doing anything about it. These black rappers are the biggest capitalistic rapist of the black community. Not Oprah!

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girly    

#12 I think it cost so much because it's a boarding school. The girls wiil be living their all year long! She made sure there would be nice living spaces for the girls! This is a amazing thig she is doing!

2849 days ago
29.

w    

I guess Im the only one that finds her even slightly hypocritical....

how can a woman who gives away free cars to members of her studio audience be surprised when her viewers children then also ask for luxury items?

Im just sayin'

2849 days ago
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CHARGERS TILL THE END    

WHY DONT YOU PEOPLE::THE ONES THAT ARE BASHING OPRAH::: LEAVE HER ALONE..SHE'S DOING SOMETHING GREAT IN A PLACE WHERE EVEN THEIR OWN GOVERMENT NEED HELP........ THE REASON SHE DONT HELP US KIDS IS THAT WE ACTUALLY HAVE A GOVERNMENT THAT CAN DO THAT...JUST CHOOSES NOT TO...INSTEAD THEY SPEND BILLIONS ON A USELESS WAR....K

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