Oprah Winfrey's Humanitarians

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As 2017 came to an end and the new year began citizens of The United States of America began focusing on the negative instead of the positive because of what was happening in the world. What these citizens missed was that there have been some really great things to happen amongst the chaos. For example, both Ellen Degeneres and Oprah Winfrey have been important figures of positive change throughout their careers and have also been extremely important humanitarians. These women are household names not only because of their respective talk shows but because of their humanitarian efforts as well. What is a humanitarian? As defined by dictionary.com a humanitarian is, “a person actively engaged in promoting human welfare and social reforms, as…show more content…
Because of Oprah’s charming and friend like personality she shot up in the television industry. Jill Disis, the author, and writer for CNNMoney wrote, “That February, she became the first black woman on Forbes magazine 's "World 's Richest People" list. Her listed net worth: $1 billion” This was victory has turned out to only be a blimp on Oprah’s radar for all of the things she has accomplished. Oprah’s net worth is now $2.8 billion according to Forbes Magazine (2018). As she continued to grow she created her own magazine, created a segment on her show called “Oprah’s Book Club” which now skyrockets any piece of literature that is featured, as well as launching her very own network The Oprah Winfrey Network (Disis). All of these accomplishments have made Oprah a very wealthy woman and what she does with that money is no less wonderful than she is. With her fortune this entrepreneur has donated to multiple charities and even spent time in Africa as the school “Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls” in Meyerton, Gauteng had its grand…show more content…
Bryan Alexander, the author of the article Finding Dory star Ellen DeGeneres still breaks down barriers quotes Ellen by saying, "I just want to be someone who is known for being kind and making people laugh. That 's all I have ever wanted to do" (Alexander). This has been more than accomplished throughout her career and is evident in possibly the most important award Ellen has received, in November of 2016 President Barack Obama presented her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her contribution to the arts (Ellen Bio). Ellen’s continuous hard work, support of people despite their differences, and charitable actions have won her many other awards such as; Favorite Humanitarian at the People’s Choice Awards, USA in 2016, Freedom of Expression an award for her work against bullying at the CinEuphoria Awards in 2015, as well as in 1998 she won the Stephen F. Kolzak Award at the GLAAD Media Awards by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (“Awards”). Her hard work has also won her a plethora of other awards for her work in television, in movies, as well as in comedy. In October of 2012, Ellen was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor which according to Brett Zongker, the author of this article, is the “nation 's highest humor prize” (Zongker). This award titled Ellen as a “trailblazer” for her courage to be completely and uniquely
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