Understanding Oprah

I’ve had the good fortune to interview a raft of fascinating folks during my 30-plus years as a journalist: Lionel Richie, Shirley Chisholm, Gwendolyn Brooks, Stokely Carmichael (aka Kwame Turé) and many more. But the one person I yearned above all to share time with, Oprah Winfrey, eluded me. I’ve long admired her as a woman who, despite meager beginnings, made it big and shared her wealth with others. Say what you want about Oprah, but you can’t deny that …

Paula Deen’s Teachable Moment: Can We Change Our Attitudes?

To nutritionists, the list of Paula Deen’s sins may still be topped by overuse of mayonnaise and a predilection for frying. But the celebrity chef’s empire is in free fall because of allegations that she used hurtful, racist language. Does Dean, 66, need to adjust some of her core beliefs, attitudes and behaviors? Can she, or for that matter, can any of us? And if so, how? Discussion: Is Paula Deen a Racist? Is Dr. Laura? There’s good news and bad …