Oprah continues to spread cheer and hope everywhere she goes, and this time she is changing the lives of Black women who are “doing it for themselves” and others.
The former Queen of Daytime just completed a successful eight-city tour that was billed “Live The Life You Want,” and she brought the usual suspects with her including life guru Iyanla Vanzant whose hit show Iyanla Fix My Life featured on OWN, is doing exactly what it professes and has viewers spellbound and hooked by the remarkable turnaround of the participants. Other spiritual leaders included, Elizabeth Gilbert who wrote Eat, Pray, Love, Deepak Chopra, who is world-renowned for his ability to successfully meld the mind and body, and Pastor Rob Bell.
Each stop of the tour produced waiting protégés who have managed to implement the themes of living, sharing, and giving back. Local women with thriving businesses who are committed to giving back to their communities were celebrated and lauded for their efforts. They also received a cash prize of $25,000 courtesy of Toyota as a way to encourage and extend their entrepreneurial spirit.
The recipients come from all works of life and industry, and their stories are refreshingly compelling. The list includes, the founders of Black Girls Run! Ashley Hicks & Toney Carey – Founded in 2009, both women wanted to establish an organization to help combat the plague of obesity that threatens the health of Black women. Kitchen Connect, founded by Devita Davidson was propelled to help home cooks take their skills to the next level by giving them the tools to build a business. The list goes on and those who were lucky enough to be selected proved their worthiness. It is also good to see Oprah excelling at what she does best – giving back.