– blogged by: @ashleytearra
Last night, Oprah Winfrey became the first black woman to receive the honorable ‘Cecil B. DeMille Award’ at the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards.
The 63-year-old lit up the night when she delivered a thought-provoking acceptance speech that made the moment even more powerful.
Following the recent launch of the #TimesUp anti-sexual misconduct group, hundreds of industry heavy-hitter women graced the red carpet in all black as a silent scream for justice against sexual assault and abuse in Hollywood.
During her speech, Winfrey expressed how overwhelming it was to be granted such an esteemed award. But, she wasted no time in shedding light on something that it has often been dimmed on-abuse.
“It’s the insatiable dedication to uncovering the absolute truth that keeps us from turning a blind eye to corruption and to injustice. To tyrants and victims, and secrets and lies,” she says. “What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have.”
A victim of sexual abuse herself, Winfrey admits that she has been inspired by all of the stories of the women who have come forward. She later highlighted Recy Taylor, a woman of color who was brutally raped by six white men in 1944.
“She lived as we all have lived, too many years in a culture broken by brutally powerful men. For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. Their time is up.” Winfrey boasts.
However, Winfrey’s profound ending was the pinnacle of the night, bringing everyone to their feet, men and women.
“I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon! And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say ‘Me too’ again.”
Video via NBC