Oprah Winfrey Rumors
Tarik Black: I have a lot of fond memories of my adventures volunteering for the museum for its various events. I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet Oprah Winfrey, Nelson Mandela and Dr. Paul Rusesabagina at the annual Freedom Awards (an awards gala the museum has every year to celebrate national and international touchstones of philanthropy and people who fight against social injustice). When I was 12 years old or so, I was attending the Freedom Awards as an aspiring athlete watching Magic Johnson speak about his works in giving back. He spoke of his basketball legacy as a vehicle and platform to reach those who are in need. He told of how basketball did not define him but enabled his greater calling of philanthropy. That inspired me so much and has been my creed since I’ve flourished in basketball.
Ever wondered what Shaquille O’Neal’s name meant? If you didn’t know the story, you will now: Shaq will appear on Saturday’s episode of Oprah’s Master Class on OWN, and in this exclusive clip, O’Neal explains where his name comes from: “My mother is my best friend. My mother had me when she was very young. Her mother was so religious that when she had me out of wedlock, the family kind of turned a cold shoulder. We were alone for a while, just going from place to place. … “One day I finally asked my mother, I said, ‘We have Brians and Kennys and Mikes and Gregs in our family, why did you name me Shaquille?’ She said, ‘I wanted to name you something that meant something.’ “My name is Shaquille Rashaun O’Neal. Shaquille is an Islamic name that means ‘little,’ Rashaun means ‘warrior.’ She said, ‘You’re my little warrior. I’ve fought with you, I’ve fought for you.'”
The co-founder of investment bank Guggenheim Partners and its president are helping billionaire media executive David Geffen put together a group to bid on the Los Angeles Clippers professional basketball team. Guggenheim said in a statement on Wednesday that co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Mark Walter and President Todd Boehly are joining Geffen’s existing group of bidders, which includes television icon Oprah Winfrey and Oracle Chief Executive Officer Larry Ellison. Among competing bidders are former Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer and billionaire Anthony Ressler.
Oprah Winfrey’s best friend Gayle King has said she would place a bet on the veteran talk show host buying the embattled LA Clippers basketball team in the near future. The CBS ‘This Morning’ presenter, 59, who has long been a confidante and business partner of Ms Winfrey, said ‘If I was a betting man I’d say yes’, when asked if her friend would buy the team. Since current Clippers owner Donald Sterling was banned for life by NBA commissioner Adam Silver for making racist remarks, a number of high profile figures have been linked with the purchase of the club – including Floyd Mayweather, Oscar De La Hoya and Magic Johnson.
Winfrey’s spokesperson, Nicole Nichols, issued a statement later Wednesday, confirming Geffen’s claim. “Oprah Winfrey is in discussions with David Geffen and Larry Ellison to make a bid for the Los Angeles Clippers should the team become available,” Nichols said in the statement.
Geffen said he and Ellison would run the team, while Winfrey would be an investor. “Oprah is not interested in running the team,” Geffen told Schaap. “She thinks it would be a great thing for an important black American to own [another] franchise. The team deserves a better group of owners who want to win. Larry would sooner die than fail. I would sooner die than fail. Larry’s a sportsman. We’ve talked about this for a long time. Between the three of us, we have a good shot.”