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Oprah Shows Changing Lives-O-Meter

  • Doing an amazing show with 200 men who brave the TV cameras to talk about their childhood sexual abuse

    Producers Pull Off Surprising Oprah

    • This Week: Jackie Jackson Oprah’s Teen Dream Crush

    Celeb Show Appearances

    • Portia De Rossi
    • Ellen
    • Ricky Martin
    • Jose Stone
    • Gayle
    • Jackie Jackson
    • Shaun Cassidy
    • All 5 Backstreet Boys
    • Peter Frampton
    • Tyler Perry

    Show Segments Ripped From The Wires

    • Ricky Martin Is Out Of The Closest

    Week 8 Show Breakdown


    11/05/2010 A Two-Day Oprah Show Event – 200 Men Who Were Molested Come Forward
    11/04/2010 Teen Heartthrob Surprises
    11/03/2010 Oprah and Gayle’s Big Yosemite Camping Adventure, Part 2
    11/02/2010 First Television Interview – Ricky Martin Coming Out as a Gay Man
    11/01/2010 Portia de Rossi and the Secret That Nearly Killed Her




    Air Date: November 2, 2010

    Ricky Martin is ready to reveal to the world his inner most thoughts about his life and his sexuality. Beside promoting his book on Oprah, the hot latin pop singer talks about being gay and his twin boys. Sadly, for many years Ricky says he felt his emotions were evil. He says he felt as he was not enough. Oprah points out to her viewers that feeling is universal. Everyone feels feel “I’m not good enough.”  Oprah says, “I think if everybody who’s gay would come out, it would change the world!” The audiences applauds as Ricky agrees.

    Ricky is parenting his two twin toddlers, and I think a lot of his coming out had to do with them. In his book he writes, “I want to open my heart to them fully and absolutely so that in the future they will never be afraid to do the same.”

    Don’t miss Ricky & Joss Stone sing their latest tune  “The Best Thing About Me Is You”

    Get Ricky’s new book Me

    Oprah Shows Changing Lives-O-Meter

    • Hopefully anyone who is living with the secret of being sexually abused

    Producers Pull Off Surprising Oprah

    • This Week: none

    Celeb Show Appearances

    • Tyler Perry
    • Lisa Marie Presley
    • Susan Boyle
    • Debby Boone

    Show Segments Ripped From The Wires

    • Teen Boy Lives With Killing His Molester
    • The Youngest Opera Singer Jackie Evancho
    • Female convicted killers

    Week  6 Show Breakdown

    10/22/2010 When Your Own Mother Is a Notorious Killer
    10/21/2010 Lisa Marie Presley Speaks Out About the Death of Michael Jackson
    10/20/2010 First TV Interview – Tyler Perry Speaks Out About Being Molested
    10/19/2010 Susan Boyle, Jackie Evancho, Debby Boone – The Next Big Thing
    10/18/2010 Exclusive: The 16-Year-Old Boy Who Killed His Molester

    Air Date: October 20, 2010

    An amazing hour with the talented Tyler Perry. It’s like no other hour of reality television because Tyler shares the most intimate details of his abuse. What a gift this show is for those who have been sexually abused. It really shocked me what comes out of his mouth. Bless Tyler.

    After his mother’s death Tyler Perry is talking about his tormented childhood, and the sexual abuse he had to endure.

    The physical abuse came from his father. “It’s hard for me to look at those pictures. I feel like I died as a child.” His aunt Jerry talks about pointing a gun at his father after his father beat him with a vacuum cord. Tyler would escape in his mind to a park. At one point Tyler says, he was suicidal (he slit his wrists.)

    Today he is 41 years old, talking about a male neighbor molesting him. There was a man he describes in his past he knew from church. This man from church was his first sexual experience (he performed oral sex on Tyler as a boy.) Another incident happens at age 10. This time it is a female neighbor. “This is so disgusting what these people did to this little boy.”

    “My mother was not strong like my aunt.” Tyler talks about loving his mother.

    What helped him along the way was he learned “What you feed will grow in your life. And what you don’t will starve.”

    Oprah tells the audience that his father is still alive. Tyler provides for his father today by sending him monthly checks, and he pays for his father’s housing. Tyler says, I don’t care what he thinks about this show.

    On November 5th, Oprah and Tyler will have a much need discussion with a mostly male studio audience. Together they will help others confront their own truth of sexual abuse.

    Air Date: October 1, 2010

    JK Rowlings The BILLION dollar Harry Potter creator says, she knows for sure that love is the most powerful thing of all. Rowling tears up thinking of 9/11 and the many who phoned their loved ones before they passed that day. 9/11 was the day when she knew love was the most powerful. This is her first interview with Oprah, which took place in Scotland. Oprah also asks the goddess of all things Harry Potter, what is your dream of happiness? The reply is “I’m pretty close.”

    We have a lot of things in common says Oprah.


    On the show they show a clip of Ms. Rowling’s Harvard commencement speech from 2008. If you have a some time to spare it is worth watching!


    I found this interview to one of the best this season and I admit to never reading any of the Potter books. I found the conversation delightful and intelligent.  Thank you Oprah and JK Rowling!

    Air Date: September 23, 2010

    The Push For Freedom

    Two American families are looking for your support to bring home two captured men in Iraq. Both Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal are being held hostage after hiking one day in the Iraqi Kurdistan mountains. Sarah Shourd was also with them during that hike, but she was released after 14 months for medical reasons. Shourd talks to Oprah about her experiences and how she will not experience every pleasure in life until her friends return home.  To find out more go to

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    Regaining Power

    The journey of Oprah’s next guest also named Sarah really shocked me. Sarah is recovering from the emotional terror her ex boyfriend created by posting a Craigslist ad. The date ad he placed called out to aggressive men and listed Sarah’s personal information including her home address. Sarah was brutally raped in her own home. 161 people replied to the ad.

    What you should know is that Sarah’s ex pulled a picture off her MySpace and used it to post on this sick Craigslist ad. Once you post photos or personal information online they can be used against you. Today, Sarah has moved on and is married.  She told Oprah, “I want that power back.” Sarah’s ex and her attacker are living out their 60 year prison sentence.

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    Life After 9/11 For A Walstreet Mom

    The final piece on the show that day featured Lauren Manning.  Manning’s story is an inspiration because on 9/11 she was left to fight back from over 80 percent of her body being burned.  Today she speaks words we can all use to hear, “I’ve learned to give myself a break, never let up, never stop reaching forward, but do it with patiences.” Manning first appeared on the show in 2002 and at that time feared she would not be able to have another child. Since then, the Manning family added a new member to their family, little Jagger.

    “The return makes one love the farewell.”

    ~Alfred de Musset

    I’m sure I feel like many Oprah fans who are already hoping for a BIG return from the talk show legend after the completion of her Farewell Season (September 2011.) Although, there are over 100 shows yet to be taped in the final season, I’m hoping, wishing and praying the queen of daytime television will fill a time slot or two on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN.) But until then I will enjoy the ride! Read the rest of this entry »