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Oprah Thanks Fans for Condolences After Her Mom's Death

Oprah Winfrey is speaking out to thank her fans and friends for their well-wishes following the death of her mother Vernita Lee.

Vernita passed away on Thanksgiving Day.

“Thank you all for your kind words and condolences regarding my mother Vernita Lee’s passing. It gives our family great comfort knowing she lived a good life and is now at Peace.🙏🏾✝️,” Oprah wrote on Instagram along with a family photo.

We continue to send our thoughts and condolences to Oprah and her loved ones during this difficult time.

Oprah's Mom Vernita Lee Dies at 83

Oprah Winfrey‘s mother, Vernita Lee, has sadly passed away at the age of 83, according to reports.

The news was reportedly confirmed by Oprah‘s niece Alisha Hayes via social media, TMZ reports. Vernita passed away on Thanksgiving Day.

Oprah was raised by her maternal grandmother until she was six years old, when she moved to Milwaukee to live with her mom.

Vernita is survived by Oprah, her other daughter Patricia, as well as numerous grand children and great grand children.

Our thoughts are with Oprah’s family during this time.

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Michelle Obama Launches Book Tour in Chicago with Oprah!

Michelle Obama gives her longtime friend Oprah Winfrey a hug while kicking off the Becoming Book Tour on Tuesday (November 13) at the United Center in Chicago, Ill.

The former First Lady of the United States is participating in conversations in arenas all around the country for the next month while promoting her new book, “Becoming.”

“One of the most remarkable stories I have ever witnessed is the becoming of Michelle Obama,” Oprah said in her introduction.

10 percent of ticket inventory from each stop are being given to local charities, schools, and community groups in each city the tour visits. The tour continues to Los Angeles on Thursday.

You can order the book now on Amazon!

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Michelle Obama Reveals Why She Goes to Marriage Counseling with Barack Obama

Michelle Obama is on the cover of Elle magazine’s December 2018 issue, on newsstands November 20.

Here’s what the former First Lady had to share with Oprah Winfrey, who also interviewed the “Becoming” author for her magazine as well. Here’s what she had to share…

On Donald Trump‘s birther claims: “In order for my children to have a normal life, even though they had security, they were in the world in a way that we weren’t. To think that some crazed person might be ginned up to think my husband was a threat to the country’s security; and to know that my children, every day, had to go to a school, and soccer games, parties, and travel; to think that this person would not take into account that this was not a game—that’s something that I want the country to understand. I want the country to take this in, in a way I didn’t say out loud, but I am saying now. It was reckless, it put my family in danger, and it wasn’t true. And he knew it wasn’t true.”

On going to counseling with Barack Obama: “It was about me exploring my sense of happiness. What clicked in me was that I need support and I need some from him. But I needed to figure out how to build my life in a way that works for me.”

On the pressure of being the first black family: “We felt the pressure from the minute we started to run. First of all, we had to convince our base that a black man could win. It wasn’t even winning over Iowa. We first had to win over black people. Because black people like my grandparents—they never believed this could happen. They wanted it for us. But their lives had told them, “No. Never.” Hillary was the safer bet for them, because she was known. Opening hearts up to the hope that America would put down its racism for a black man—I think that hurt too much. It wasn’t until Barack won Iowa that people thought, Okay. Maybe so.”

For more from Oprah‘s interview with Michelle Obama, visit

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Oprah Helps Honor Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson at Ambassadors for Humanity Gala!

Tom Hanks is all smiles as he poses in-between Oprah and his wife Rita Wilson at the 2018 Ambassadors For Humanity Gala Benefiting USC Shoah Foundation held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Monday (November 5) in Beverly Hills.

Steven Spielberg, founder of USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education, and his wife Kate Capshaw presented Tom, 62, and Rita, also 62, with the Institute’s 2018 Ambassadors for Humanity Award.

Also in attendance was Tom Ford,
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who hosted, and Melissa Etheridge who hit the stage for a special performance at the event. “We don’t know what’s going to happen [on election day],” Tom said during his speech, “but we do know that we have an engine, a motor, that gives us the guide to join in the mission of Shoah Foundation and form a more perfect union.”

Tom and Rita are champions of many vital efforts, they have been steadfast supporters of USC Shoah Foundation for more than two decades, helping to further the Institute’s mission to develop empathy, understanding and respect through eyewitness testimony.

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