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OPRAH SPEAKS: "The Butler" Star Responds To Jay-Z Vs. Harry Belafonte Drama & Paula Deen

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Oprah Winfrey has given her interesting take on the recent beef between Harry Belafonte & Jay-Z.  And you may be surprised about who she says is "right".


Find out what she said inside, plus her response to the Paula Deen controversy....

Oprah's close friends have been embroiled in hot topic issues lately.  So it's only natural the world would want to know her take as she has close personal relationships with these folks. 

While doing promo for The Butler, Lady O spoke to The Urban Daily about her good friends who are currently beefing, Harry Belafonte & Jay-Z. 

When asked if she would moderate a sit down between the two men, she said laughing:

"Oh wouldn't that be a great show. That's an "Oprah's Next Chapter"".

And when asked who's "right" in the war of public words taking place between Mr. Carter & Mr. Belafonte, Oprah drew a parallel with the clash of ideas in "The Butler" between father and son.  Cecil, the butler, and his pro-Black Power movement son were raised in two different eras and had different racial & human experiences and, therefore, fought "the fight" in two different ways.

Oprah concluded by saying:

So who's right, Harry Belafonte or Jay-Z?  Both are right.  For Harry Belafonte's day and his way of operating in the world and what was necessary in the marches and protests, and his way of warring and protesting.   His warrior, that was necessary for that time.  Jay-Z, does this through his music, his work and his art.  Also necessary.  Both are right.

Interesting.  And we completely agree. Check out the full video below:



And we've all been wondering what Oprah has to say about her good friend Paula Deen and her complete insensitivity toward the black community as of late.  From the N-word usage to the gross and disrespectful words she used within the past couple years to the black people who work with her (both caught on video and said in a deposition.

The 59-year-old told Entertainment Tonight:

"In the very first days I tried to reach her and then I decided to stay out of it as I saw it blowing up," Winfrey, 59, tells Entertainment Tonight. "In time she will be fine. For me, it all just felt kind of sad."


She said people need to let the dust settle before having a real conversation about racial relations in America.And she says she's suffered certain feelings of discrimination in the workplace, but hasn't suffered from it in her personal life in years:

"Nobody in their right mind is going to call me the N-word. You know, you see those fools on Twitter sometime say ridiculous things. But nobody in their right mind is going to do that to my face, because true racism is being able to have power over somebody else.  So that doesn't happen to me that way."

"It shows up for me if I'm in a boardroom or situations where I'm the only woman or I'm the only African American person within a hundred mile radius. I can see in the energy of the people there, they don't sense that I should be holding one of those seats. I can sense that. But I can never tell, 'Is it racism? Is it sexism?'"

But she wasn't so forthcoming when the folks at Extra asked her about her dear friend Paula.

"Oh my god! I don't have anything to do with Paula Deen," she insisted. "She is not the first white lady to use the N-word! Good lord!"

Guess there won't be anymore sleepovers at that "white lady" who used the N-word's house though...


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Meanwhile, this week the director and stars of Lee Daniels' "The Butler" -- Lee Daniels, Oprah Winfrey, Forest Whitaker, David Oyelowo, Danny Strong and Patrick Harrison -- attended The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for an official Academy member screening of the film at The Academy Theater in New York City. 

Loves it.


Photos: Getty



You better work Oprah...I see

You better work Oprah...I see you setting up the interviews (get those ratings)
afua's picture

Fuxx Okra two faced

Fuxx Okra two faced arse...how u gone compare Jay's BS as message of corruption to Harry's work! Thats Unacceptable, Example: Nicca's in Paris "ART" says he wants to fux his Bish, Ho, oops I mean wife like a prostitute and thinks its kid friendly!!!  Picasso baby my azz, when his agenda is that all races shud use it.., So why the exception now!! Anyhoo successful or not u look dumb as fux bcuz  (paula n J) acquire the same dam usage of the word about cho cooning arse..Baha  u aint sh!t and that's exactly why squeak went in on ur fat azzz!! Smhlol...*sips wine
Like Really's picture

why is she still friends with

why is she still friends with Jay Z. She said she wasn't going to be friends with anyone who uses the N word and he has not stopped? Hypocrite
lola69's picture

Get it right...She said folks

Get it right...She said folks couldn't say the word around her. It's about respect. You can't stop folks from doing what they want when they're out and about in the world away from you, but you damn sure can tell people to their faces what you will and will not tolerate in your presence.
MzTee's picture

I loves Harpo...lord knows I

I loves Harpo...lord knows I do! Lol. I definitely want to see this movie though. I love anything that's based on true accounts. This shall be interesting...

She didn't answer the

She didn't answer the question at all re: Harry & Hov. Good use of spin to plug her movie tho
JackieBroyer's picture

That's cause she's a smart

That's cause she's a smart cookie....Go Lady O
star's picture

Oprah, you are delusional if

Oprah, you are delusional if you think that no one would call you a nigger to your face. Shit, they still lynch our people down south and a true racist does not give a damn who you are, that word is about the illusion of wielding power over us so trust, if only for the fact of what you've managed to accomplish, some KKKracker will if given the chance spit that word in your face with pride!
Awwwww Shucks's picture

who cares what some backwood

who cares what some backwood KKK has to say. Saying it with pride doesn't take away her accomplishments, empty her bank account or make her less in the eyes of the god she serves. no one can make you feel inferior unless you think you're inferior. and if someone calls you out of your name, and you feel inferior, i think it resides with your parents, your upbringing and not that person. not society. it's deeper. it's your truth. if it's not your truth, then it's a laughable lie. i grew up with a half-bred grandmother calling me the "n" word so much i thought it was my name. She only used it on the ones who were dark and not my lighter cousins. It was to make those of us--who were darker feel inferior. And as Indie Arie would say, "no one can hurt you more than your kin. " As a result, i grew up to develop an inferiority complex. I had forgive that hurt to let it die. And why it hurt me. Because i even knew then, that a soul needs to breath, strentch, be limitless, to be with god. it's man and his/her insecurities that sometimes try dissuade the path. only inferior minds allow inferior intentions make them feel inferior in the eyes of a true god. I am not inferior. I am limitless. Liars will always be liars.
EmeraldCity's picture

Wait, hold on. I'm not saying

Wait, hold on. I'm not saying that she, or any of us should care what the racist bastards think about us. I'm simply saying that she's being naive to think that no one would ever call her that to her face because someone will. I've been called a nigger before and hell no it didn't make me feel less about myself because I know who I am and I'm sure Oprah does as well and that's my point. They believe that they hold power over us with that word, we know that they don't but they still use it with pride as if it does.
Awwwww Shucks's picture

Very, very good answer! I

Very, very good answer! I guess the interviewer thought Lady O was going to pick sides.
Dee35's picture

That was a very political

That was a very political answer to a basic question... notice O didnt really give any opinion on it just spun you in a circle and made sure to focus on the movie...

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