Oprah Gave A Speech At The Golden Globes That's Inspiring Everyone

At the Golden Globes on Sunday night, Oprah received the Cecil B. DeMille Award, which is given by the Hollywood Foreign Press to acknowledge “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.” She was the first black women to ever receive the honor, and she really prepared on hell of of a speech.

Late in 2017, famous producer Harvey Weinstein was exposed as a predator, and accused of sexual assault and harassment by a staggering number of women. The shocking case opened the floodgates; women everywhere were hashtagging their own experiences with sexual harassment and assault with #MeToo, a phrase created by activist Tarana Burke and boosted by actress Alyssa Milano. 

Burke was in the audience of the Golden Globes Sunday, as were a number of other organizer’s of the new political group Time’s Up, which seeks to eradicate sexual assault and harassment in the workplace. They were the guests of actresses who wore black on the red carpet in solidarity with all the victims who have been speaking out on their experiences.

All that is to say that the night was already electric. The audience likely expected for Oprah to light things up. She’s an incredible speaker. But what she actually delivered was above and beyond.

Oprah began by saying how much it meant to her to see Sidney Poitier win Best Actor at the Academy Awards as a child. It was the first time she saw a black man celebrated in such a way.

“I tried many, many times to explain what a moment like that means to a little girl, a kid watching from the cheap seats as my mom came through the door bone tired from cleaning other people’s houses. But all I can do is quote and say that the explanation in Sidney’s performance in Lilies of the Field: ‘Amen, amen, amen, amen.'”

Poitier went on to win the Cecille B. DeMille award in 1982, and Oprah expressed how meaningful it was to her that somewhere, little girls were seeing a back women receive it for the first time.

She then thanked people in the entertainment industry who helped her along in her career, but continued to thank all the women who have been coming forward to share their experiences. Not just women in the entertainment industry, but everywhere.

She then shared the story of Recy Taylor, a young black mother who was raped on her way home from church in 1944, by six white men who were never prosecuted for their crime. She died ten days before Sunday’s award show at almost 98. Oprah explained that Taylor fought for justice with the NAACP and the lead investigator was a young Rosa Parks, who is most widely known as a prominent figure in the Civil Rights movement. Taylor was also a Civil Rights activist, sharing her story as part of her work.

Of Taylor, Oprah said, “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.”

HELL YES.

Oprah’s speech had many people crying before she was even halfway through:

After saying declaring that “speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have,” Oprah had one last thing to say to the people at home.

And some people are suggesting she be the next celebrity to run for president:

Hey, we made it through a year with—you know what, I’m not even gonna bring his name into this. Let’s just enjoy being in the presence of Oprah instead.

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This College Student Went Viral For Having A Last Name That's Hard To Wedding Hashtag

Fear of not being able to have an adorable wedding hashtag is real, and the sum of those fears is here. I present: college student Steven Kleinschmidt. 

Kleinschmidt joins me and many other cursed souls in having a last name that doesn’t exactly conjure romance.

But other Twitter users started thinking up some actually ingenious hashtags. 

Including lots of “smitten” puns, which Kleinschmidt told BuzzFeed were his favorite. “Everything else was clever but nothing you’d ever really use for a wedding hashtag,” he said. 

What, Steven, you don’t think these would make good wedding hashtags? 

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People Are Freaking Out Over This Fish That's Flailing After Being Cut In Half

You’ve probably seen a few of those terrifying videos of fish seemingly coming back from the dead and flopping around on a dinner plate. Twitter was horrified when a user from Japan uploaded a video of a tuna fish that had already been cut in half flopping around for a solid two minutes. 

The clip was posted to Twitter by Yutaka Suzuki along with the caption: “The vitality of the fish is amazing.” 

We do have some good news, though. The fish is long dead, and not feeling any pain at all. According to Christie Wilcox of Scientific American, the muscles of a fish that was just killed are so fresh that its neurons are still completely in tact. Add some sodium ions from salt to the exposed muscles and you’ll trigger the neurons, which will signal to the muscles to contract. And the very dead fish will continue to flip around until its use the last of its energy stores. 

It works with squid, as well. 

But that didn’t stop Twitter from being any less terrified. 

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Freckle Tattoos Are The Latest Trend That's Puzzling The Internet

Yeah, so this is really something people are really doing: getting freckles tattooed on their face, in the same vein of cosmetic tattooing as eyebrow tattoos. Eyebrow tattoos seemed to really catch on, so this could genuinely sweep the country. Get used to the thought: the freckles you’re seeing on that stylish girl in front of you might be an expensive facade!

The tattooed freckles usually look very cute, which is good, because they’re semi-permanent—meaning they can last three years (some of the tattoos are, in fact, completely permanent, BuzzFeed warns).

Warning, however, if you’re thinking of getting tattooed freckles—when they’re first applied, they’re extremely dark, which can look weird until the ink fades.

Many people are really skeptical about the trend, of course, and I totally include myself in that group.

Like many of these people, I’ve had freckles all my life, and I haven’t always enjoyed them. But then I remembered that as I’ve gotten older, my freckles have faded a lot, to the point where they’re not even noticeable if it isn’t summer. I do genuinely wish they were darker again!

Enough to get them tattooed back on? Well, maybe not.

I might not have consistent freckles, but at least no one is poking my face with a needle.

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This Garden Is Going To Smell Like Dead Bodies Tonight, And That's A Good Thing

It isn’t often that not being able to smell a dead body in the room is a cause for concern.

But that was the case last week at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, when the much anticipated and incredibly pungent bloom of the Corpse Flower (real name Amorphophallus Titanum) didn’t happen as scheduled.

After waiting nearly ten years for this particular one to bloom, the concern is understandable, though luckily things went smoothly today as the flower revealed its striking red interior and utterly foul stench.

The NYBG website gives us an idea as to how rare of a view this is:

“Each day of careful tending and feeding has led up to this moment: a brief yet glorious window in which the enormous plant (up to eight feet high) will unfurl, displaying the striking red interior and uncanny scent to which it owes its name. This is the first time that a blooming titan-arum has been put on display at the Garden since 1939.”

The event only lasts 24 to 36 hours, and the NYBG has extended their visiting hours and set up a livestream so no one would miss it


They will undoubtedly post a time-lapse video after the event

The first Corpse Flower found its way into their garden in 1932 and bloomed five years later.  It was adopted as the borough of the Bronx’ official flower soon after in honor of the bloom, and remained the official flower until it was replaced by the Daylily in 2001.

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