I can’t tell you how many times people have introduced me to their best friends as, “She’s my Gayle.” The reason our friendship has worked for over 40 years, without arguments or fallouts, is that we’ve always been happy with our own lives. A true friend can’t be jealous of you, or want to take advantage of you in any way. Ever since we met in 1976, we’ve been doing the same thing. Listening. Talking. Laughing (a lot). Building dreams. Cheering. Being a shoulder to cry on. Speaking the truth. Being the truth. And now? Posing for our FIRST @oprahmagazine cover for September’s friendship issue. Link in bio for more. 📸: @ruvenafanador
In the beginning was the Word. Toni Morrison took the word and turned it into a Song…of Solomon, of Sula, Beloved, Mercy, Paradise Love, and more. She was our conscience. Our seer. Our truth-teller. She was a magician with language, who understood the Power of words. She used them to roil us, to wake us, to educate us and help us grapple with our deepest wounds and try to comprehend them. It is exhilarating and life-enhancing every time I read and share her work. This pic was her first appearance on the Oprah Show. She was Empress-Supreme among writers. Long may her WORDS reign!
Everyone’s safe including all the animals. Thank you for your service. 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾#mauipolicedepartment #mauifiredepartment #mauihumanesociety
This ever happen to y’all...You start out on one side and get edged out of your own bed. #3dognight 😂
Most comfortable show I’ve done EVER! IN SNEAKERS 👟👟 Almost burned last night’s heels but instead I gave them to an audience member in tonight’s show. All I have to say to her is: Wear them, put them in your closet, use them as sculpture…just bless your feet 🤣🤣 Thank you, Edmonton! Last stop: Vancouver! #PathMadeClear
Calgary I loved being with you tonite🇨🇦...but my feet died about 20 minutes into the show. Could you tell?! The pitch of the shoe was killing the balls of my feet and I could barely move. Looking for a fire pit to burn these shoes!🔥🔥 #PathMadeClear
Thank you Montreal. 3 cheers to you all and loved walking in your beautiful Mount Royal Park! Now off to Calgary tonight! If you’re coming to the show, I want to know: Where are you on your path and what is the dream you hold for yourself? Link in bio for tickets. #PathMadeClear 🇨🇦
Everyone says Canadians are kind and that was proven especially true in Montréal tonight. Thank you for giving me your Sunday night, I loved being with you. Enjoy the Toronto @raptors parade tomorrow! #PathMadeClear 🇨🇦
Look who came for dinner @chicagosmayor and wife Amy. Our first time meeting. #sweethomechicago
And what about this scene? @niecynash1 you killed it with @msisisking. Still haunted by @whentheyseeus. If you haven’t seen yet...please do. And for everyone who says it’s “hard to watch,” think about the people who still find it “hard to live.” All those families impacted! So proud of my sister friend @ava!
I don’t know who this guy is but he sure is happy to graduate! I shook hands with all 571 members of @coloradocollege's Class of 2019 and gave them a copy of The Path Made Clear. 📸: Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette
Today I accepted the @hollywoodreporter’s Empowerment in Entertainment Award in honor of their new inclusion initiative, The Young Executives Fellowship. Students in underserved schools will be given the chance to access the business, marketing, and filmmaking side of Hollywood, all with the intention of empowering this next generation. Check out my stories for more on the luncheon. #Empowerment 📸: @ruvenafanador
I’ve known these girls since they were 12 and 13 coming to my school. Graduating from college. Grad school. Now our first wedding. Looking for the perfect dress. #biglifemoment❣️
Maya would have been 91 today! This is my favorite picture of us. Even in death I feel the “unbroken continuity” of her mother-sister-friendship referenced in the Henry Scott Holland canon 🙏🏽❤️ Death is nothing at all. I have only slipped away to the next room. I am I and you are you. Whatever we were to each other, That, we still are. Call me by my old familiar name. Speak to me in the easy way which you always used. Put no difference into your tone. Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me. Pray for me. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was. Let it be spoken without effect. Without the trace of a shadow on it. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same that it ever was. There is absolute unbroken continuity. Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am but waiting for you. For an interval. Somewhere. Very near. Just around the corner. All is well.
Wanna get Lifted?!! So many of you are. It makes me so happy that 5 million downloads are resonating across the planet. I’ve been binge listening myself. And I declare, I still learn something new and rejuvenating every time. We’re halfway through our 10 part series. Come binge with me on #ANewEarth and feel the Lift!
Look who came for lunch director extraordinaire @nadinelabaki and her producer husband Khaled. I love their movie #Capernaum so much. If you get the chance , See it!
I’m so excited to share with you the first look at our new scripted drama #DavidMakesMan. I knew as soon as I heard the pitch from @octarell_again that this was something that the world needed to see.
Can’t stop thinking about this movie. #Capernaum Saw it 3 days ago. Didn’t know when I watched it that the cast members were real people. Including these 2 phenomenal kids. Story of a young boy who sues his parents to stop having children they can’t afford. It’s about that and so much more. Surviving the daily traumas of being poor,proving your existence matters with no “papers.” Was nominated for Golden Globes. Hope the same happens for Oscars so more people can see it. Really worthy of your time. #Capernaum means chaos.
I couldn’t think of a better way to show how powerful and intense this season of @iyanlavanzant is going to be, besides showing you this. Iyanla stirring that tea cup gives me chills ☕️Everybody, breathe. The new season of #FixMyLife starts Tonight, 9p|8c.
@EckhartTolle has had a profound influence on me. Join Eckhart Tolle and me for a very special 10-part @SuperSoul Podcast series. This is one of my all-time favorite things to talk about. Quiet your mind, get your ego in check, and live a fully present life. Join us every Monday, beginning TODAY. Find it on Apple Podcasts or wherever you like to listen.
What’s #MyWhy for being a proud @WW member? I’m looking for balance. I have a real appreciation for every day that I wake up with a healthy mind and body. Everybody has their own reason to get healthy. What's yours? Visit ww.com to join us. #WellnessThatWorks #ForEveryBody #OWandWW
Just met this wonderful South African artist @nelsonmakamo and did some art shopping. This painting is called “Naledi”reminded me of my younger self.
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.🙏🏾✝️
Look who I got to meet! Little @KaaviaJames, the miracle baby! Kaavia James, you are SO loved by your parents. Couldn’t be happier for @GabUnion and @DwyaneWade. I talk with them about their path to parenthood…this conversation is for every parent and anyone who became a family in their own way. Our television exclusive airs on OWN 12/8 at 8/7c.
A first: never seen this many Black directors in one room. All celebrating Ms. Cicely Tyson and her honorary Oscar!! Can you name them all?
Here at the Academy Governor’s Awards celebrating Royalty! Ms.Cicely Tyson’s getting a long overdue Oscar! And yes that IS THe Anita Hill standing behind chair!
Thanks @umasslowell for a great evening. And special thanks to scholarship students for your impressive letters.
Congratulations Chrishaunda on your new book. Hope it helps girls everywhere accept and love themselves.
Today we celebrated First Responders in our little town with a new commemorative stamp. It was an honor to thank them for their Bravery and service. True heroes all!
Ralph.. thanks for 50 yrs of designing dreams, telling stories,thru fashion. Loved celebrating #RL50 with you.
I still can’t believe how much bounty you get from a few seedlings. Anyone else growing tomatoes? Mine are poppin’ right now! #harvestday
Some people are hiking others have decided to shop! #HelloMontenegro
This new doc opens today it’s fearlessly revealing. Watched last night, woke up thinking about it.Footage we’ve never seen. Revelations we’ve never heard. A lot of questions answered. Excellent job @LisaErspamer and team!
One of the most incredible men I’ve ever met. Today on the @SuperSoul podcast, Anthony Ray Hinton’s gripping story. For more, pick up his memoir—my latest Book Club selection, ‘The Sun Does Shine’.