Oprah Throws Father Surprise Appreciation Day Barbecue To Give Him His ‘Flowers’
Oprah Winfrey is doing what we should all do more of: celebrate friends and family while they can still appreciate it.
Earlier this week, the media mogul reportedly threw her father, Vernon Winfrey, a surprise gathering with their closest family and friends to honor him. In a video posted on Instagram by Oprah and taken by her best friend Gayle King, she tells her followers that she wanted the chance to celebrate her ailing father, while he could still enjoy it.
“So, I’ve been planning a backyard barbecue that’s actually more than a backyard barbecue, it’s for Vernon Winfrey Appreciation Day,” the 68-year-old said to the camera as King recorded her while she stood in front of a banner reading, “Vernon Winfrey Appreciation Day.”
“Because my father is ill and so we wanted to be able to have all of his friends come and celebrate him while he is able to receive the joy, so that’s what we’re doing receiving the joy,” Winfrey added. “He doesn’t even know this is for him. He thinks it’s a Fourth of July thing he doesn’t even know it’s for him.”
Oprah and Gayle then walked around the party and pointed out the food spread, which included fried chicken, burgers, and brisket, before panning the camera to the guest of honor, who is seen sitting in a chair surrounded by guests.
“My dad’s a barber so we put him in the barber chair,” Oprah said.
Oprah also noted in the caption of the video post the importance of celebrating the people close to you and showing them how much you appreciate them.
“Giving my father his “flowers” while he’s still well enough to smell them,” she wrote. “Happy 4th of July as you gather with your family and friends. Remember to celebrate each other .”
The family celebration took place in Nashville, where Winfrey’s father lives. Additionally, she made another video post of her cooking breakfast.
Rhode Island Senator Tiara Mack Responds Following Intense Backlash
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Social media has been in an uproar regarding Rhode Island Senator Tiara Mack, who recently posted a risqué TikTok video. In an effort to secure votes, Tiara Mack decided to post a short video of herself twerking in a bikini upside down…and the response was likely the opposite of what she intended.
After being a hot topic for her unconventional methods to guarantee reelection, Tiara Mack responded on Twitter and seems to be unbothered by all the newfound attention:
“Damn. Twerking upside down really makes the conservative, unhinged internet accounts pop off on a Monday. Can the media cover any policy wins had by the youngest Black state senator in Rhode Island? As a Black, queer woman you all should know the answer. It’s no. Let’s them carry on their narrative. Me? I’m going to be joyful, free, and unbothered.”
After being contacted by local Rhode Island NBC affiliate, NBC 10 News, Mack spoke about the criticism. She told the outlet via phone “it’s disappointing what is considered newsworthy and that when it comes to coverage of her, the media errs on the side of racist and sexist tropes while her accomplishments in the legislature and as a national champion rugby player are not covered.”
Tiara Mack also posted another video on TikTok slamming her critics and stating that her video will likely help her achieve her ultimate goal of reelection. “My constituents’ fricking love that I’m a real person and fun and not a robot. I’m trying to determine which point of envy these people are mad at. Is it an Ivy League degree? Is it the sitting state senator? Is it the bodacious body? Because the hate is real and abundant,” she said.