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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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91.

Allred Tree    

#56 and #57 Mary and Linda - YOU ROCK! Oprah is an ego-maniac IMHO and soooo PHONY to boot!

2815 days ago
92.

Allred Tree    

YOGI#63- I agree! I happen to have attended Catholic schools (elementary, high school and college). The tuition at these establishments is outrageous. The schools are exempt from taxes to the best of my knowledge and the property has been owned for years. It costs them more to run them today just like it costs us more to run our own households but they are not paying the taxes and underpay the teachers in many cases. I just don't understand why they are allowed to charge so much for tuition!

2815 days ago
93.

Allred Tree    

Independentman #73 - Do not forget about her magazine that she copied from Martha Stewart, just like Rosie O'Donnell, IMO and "her favorite things."

2815 days ago
94.

homegirl101    

Posted at 3:27PM on Jan 2nd 2007 by nicole..
and a few other comments...
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FYI
Oprah has helped...and given to many in this country...her Angel Network raises millions every year. The houses..for Katrina victims ..she built , With Jon Bon Jovi and his million dollar donation they built 30 more homes......your comment regarding him helping the U.S. well it was with Oprah and the Angel Net.... that they built the additional homes...get your facts straight..(he also works with Habitat)..in Jersey....his personal contribution....

There are organizations in this country..(public assistance) to help the hungry. Regarding what's going on the the U S...do you help in this country???? Do you give or help in food pantry's, clothing center's..help the homeless..or are you just pointing fingers here.......Other countries do not have the same opportunities ..that we offer here....in our great Country...we have schools, hospitals, and help if you need it...even though it may not be the best...it's the best there is...(get out and vote)
We cannot turn our heads to other's ......we are more fortunate...than most.

In regards to her Academy in Africa....usually the boys attend school, that's priority..most families cannot afford uniforms and books for all of their children therefore, the boy's (maybe only one) go to school... almost never the girls...
So with that said...she is giving the girls an opportunity to do something with their lives...make a contribution. .........like she has....

It's not being partial or selfish....it has great meaning for her....maybe one day they will have successful, normal lives...like women in other parts of the world...
Go to school become Doctors, teachers...contribute to their society;and or the world.......
Oprah, Jon BonJovi, Bono...any person that gives to this world...It's a great...contribution and a blessing....for all !!!

Anyone hating on her for any reason...is just ignorant...
Oprah should be able to contribute when and where she chooses...on any level Negative comments should never be associated with her name...and charity
You are ignorant for posting...negative comments regarding.............

D.A.T.A.org
O.N.E.org
God Blesses those who can, and will !!!
Peace

2815 days ago
95.

Carolyn Garlington    

I know that this is a good thing that Oprah has done by opening a school is South Africa.
When some one is doing good, we as a people can always find something to criticize. Why had no one else came up with a solution to help. Oprah puts her money where her mouth is and people just hate to see her do well. May God continue to bless you Oprah as you bless others in need.

2755 days ago
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Funny    

To Number 82 - One Who Sees:

Did you know that most welfare recipients in the world are white! With that said, this is not about race. It's about being self-centered and arrogant! Oprah and many other celebrities hate the idea of America because it's the "Cool Thing to Do" abroad where many have homes. Anyone notice Oprah's new found South African accent? LOL, that idiot!

Of course our kids want iPods, Air Jordan's and Pontiac G6 cars. "O" only contributes to the problem that's too big for her tackle. Writing million dollar checks to school districts is irresponsible. Can you say tax deduction? : )
A hands on approach and 40 million will go a long way anywhere. She could have helped so many! Unfortuantely she built a school without government support. Where will the money come from? "O" is not Bill Gates or Warren Buffet rich. More importantly, a girl who leaves her school at 14 is not coming to an American university. (Gosh, I went to school 12 years to prepare for a 4 year university) She is going back to her village with 2 years of education under her belt and no way out.

For all you people saying it's Oprahs' money, she can do whatever she wants! Irresponsible! If I read correctly, she lived in places without running water here in the USA. She has a resposibility to give back to that community. Too bad she's running far away from it! She got rich through "US" but decided to turn her back on "US" by calling "US" materialistic and lazy. Thanks, "O"! God forbid a 2nd grade American girl ask for a Easy Bake Oven.


2815 days ago
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EMILY    

WHAT HAPPEN TO HELPING REBUILD NEW ORLEANS. OPRAH WAS THERE ON THE SEEN WITH HER CREW AND COMPLAINING THAT THIS SHOULD NEVER HAVE HAPPEN TO THESE PEOPLE. WELL 40 MILLION DOLLARS COULD HAVE REBUILT THIS TOWN. AND YES MOST WERE BLACKS JUST LIKE YOU MS. OPRAH. SORRY BUT I CAN'T UNDERSTAND WHAT ALL THE FUSE IS ABOUT HER.WERE THE ONES HERE IN AMERICA THAT MADE YOU RICH NOT IN AFRICA.WAS A FAN MANY YEARS AGO NOT ANYMORE. SHE'S NOT GOD. GOD IS WHITE.

2815 days ago
98.

HEIDI    

DON'T CARE WHAT OPRAH DOES, BUT NOT REALLY HAPPY WITH HER COMMENTS ON WHITE PEOPLE, IF A WHITE PERSON WOULD OF SAID IT THEY WOULD OF BEEN ALL OVER THE NEWS AND CAST OUT! NOT REALLY FAIR DO YOU THINK????

2815 days ago
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homegirl101    

Connie
Oprah built houses (neighborhoods) in New Orleans...where have you been, is she suppose to rebuild the entire state? Send a letter to your Prez...LA State Senator's, ...ask them what's going on? Why is it up to O to fix everyone's problems?
How did you make "O" rich ...did you purchase a magazine? She is paid by TV and their sponsors, producers...blah blah...
I see you are putting your education to good use.

excuse typos major keyboard problems.....peace

2815 days ago
100.

RJH    

I dont understand why you are all worrying so much about what is going on in America because if you all really cared why are you not doing anything about it. The issue of her not building a school like this in America is stupid because I am in highschool and I go to the school that she basically copied! I met her 2 years ago and she was telling me all about why she was at the school I attend and what she was doing. Last year my school had a trip to South Africa and everyone I knew who went on the trip said it was the most depressing thing you could ever witness because these people live so substandard to even the poor in the US. As for Katrina I dont think you should be yelling at Oprah to fix it, what about the government? You cannot do everything as a single person and you should'nt really hate on Oprah for opening a school. I completey agree with the importance of education and I think it has to be a standard all over the world. It might seem a little extravagant, but who would not be extravagant if they could? A type of enviorment like this really does foster a positive education! Also this will be only the first year that the school will be open, my school opened up 12 years ago with 2 girls and then it was an all girl school and now it is 600 kids co ed. As for it being an elitist school, thats highly doubtful, seeing these girls come from poor shanty towns living with almost nothing!
Also she will be spending alot more than 40 million dollars on that school, it takes alot of money and funding, teachers pay, food, maintenance, and etc. at my school it cost about 10 million a year for all of that!
You really just do not open a school for kicks though, its a commitment, the founder of my school has put over one billion dollars of her own money into my school!
Talking with Oprah and seeing that she spent so many years to get to this point and all the research she did, she is really doing a good job!

2815 days ago
101.

do something about it    

Who are you people to pass judgement on how SOMEONE ELSE SPENDS THEIR MONEY! I agree with some of the post make your own money and spend that how you please. COMPLAINTS ABOUT POOR AMERICA SHOULD BE ADDRESSED TO YOUR PRESIDENT NOT A TALK SHOW HOST YOU PEOPLE ARE DUMB. STOP HAVING BABIES IF YOU CANT TAKE CARE OF THEM. GET A JOB DO SOMETHING WITH YOUR LIFE. IF YOU DONT HAVE MONEY TO DONATE GO TO YOU LOCAL HOMELESS SHELTER AND HELP OUT

2815 days ago
102.

Funny    

Hey #115 - just another Springer moment:

I know it's not my cash! However, since "O" began to cater to one particular socioeconomic class, I left it up to people who fail to make a difference, by what did you say, "Pay taxes" like we're obligated to do, to condone her prodigal lifestyle!

Living abroad is a beautiful! After college, I lived in Spain, France, Germany, and Switzerland for a year and eight months. I've helped rebuild in Iran after the quake. I was in Phuket after the tsunami. In California, aside from working in soup kitchens at Thanksgiving since I was 16, Habitat for Humanity is life. See how I make a difference and I don't have $100,000? I don't give money to charites and pay taxes (I can't believe you said that) and then feel good about myself. It's about being active in the community that gave you life. If I had $40 million to give to Africa, I'd probably help vaccinate and start AIDS prevention campaigns. That's just me!

Kids will only help themselves when they have positve, strong, and passionate role models to lead them. Unfortunately we don't have enough. Now we have one who just gave up on them and ran away! Again, how will "O" maintain this school? She doesn't have the money, the support of the local community or government where she built the school. I'd love to see her plan.

2815 days ago
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Funny    

Homegirl101:

"O" is paid by how many viewers she has, how many people buy her magazine, how many people support her book club, how many people watch Dr. Phi, Rachael Ray, etc... If her ratings were in the tank would she be on TV? She has so many viewers she pushes products on her show, similar to a drug dealer, for other companies. How many people bought a G6's after General Motors gave her 200 to give away? Name a company that is not "people" powered!

You're right, it's not "Os" responsibility to save the world but she doesn't have to tell children that already have low self-esteem that they have no furture.

Stop calling names! Your education level shows homegirl101!

2815 days ago
104.

Funny    

Last but not least.....

When people say "call your representative" or "write the President" it shows the lack of understanding about how things work in America. America is owned and run by corporations and your elected rep. and President are puppets that make you feel structure is in place. If you haven't noticed, your vote doesn't count!

2815 days ago
105.

sara    

I take offense to her saying that she doesnt have to appease white people. I bet she would be pissed if someone opened a school in south africa that was just for white girls. Since South Afrida is 87% black, she should have 13% of her students be white. You dont hear of all white schools do you? The NAACP would be all over it......

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