Saturday, August 27, 2005

Diary Of An Angry Black Woman

Oprah knows what it takes to be one of the powerful, highly paid entertainers, and it isn't just recommending lousy books. It takes attention. And anger.

First, Oprah throws a hissy fit in Paris because a store called Hermes, which had closed for the day (hey, they put in their 35 hours that week), refused to re-open to sell loud mouthed American Oprah an overpriced watch for another wealthy black woman she hardly knew.

Now, Oprah apparently expects people to hold the funeral open until it fits her schedule.

Oprah Winfrey said she is "furious" at allegations that her absence at the recent funeral for Ebony and Jet magazines founder John H. Johnson was a snub of the pioneering black publisher.

Winfrey said she was in Hawaii when Johnson died and was unable to make it back for the services, according to Martin's column. Johnson died of heart failure Aug. 8 at the age of 87.

She said she sent notes to both Johnson's widow, Eunice, and his daughter, Linda Johnson Rice — even offering to provide Martin copies of the notes and a receipt of the flowers she sent to Johnson's downtown publishing company, according to the

Apparently, Oprah was held up in Hawii because a store refused to open its doors to sell Oprah some coconut bras. Actually, the store wasn't closed. The owner just didn't want to have to think of Oprah wearing them on the island.


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