Have you taken a look at Oprahâ€™s OWN? Naturally some critics are certainly having a good-ol-time cracking on the media mogulâ€™s new channel due to the lack of diversity, specifically Black faces.Â BET co-founder Sheila Johnson had a mouth full to say about it on NPRâ€™s â€œTell Me More.â€
â€œThe only advice that I say, letâ€™s open up your circle a little bit more. You know, we love the Dr. Phils. We love the Suze Ormans. Letâ€™s open up. There are other people. And thereâ€™s also African-American experts out there that I think she should start bringing on her show that can reach even a wider audience.â€
Host, Michel Martin commented about the Whiteness on the programming and lack of diversity is a bit confusing to some.
â€œNo. Yes,â€ replied Johnson. â€œAnd I think she really should do that and not be afraid to do it. Thereâ€™s really a lot of great experts out there that really know the businesses at hand. And Iâ€™d like to see her open up her circle to do that.â€
In the meantime, Oprah announced to her OWN team that sheâ€™s proud of the new venture and says this is â€œrevelatory for her.â€
â€œWe couldnâ€™t ask for more â€“ we built it and they came,â€ Winfrey told Multichannel News Thursday night during an OWN dinner party. â€œMy dream is that they continue to come. Itâ€™s a long process â€“ itâ€™s not about this weekend itâ€™s about sustainability long term, but Iâ€™m pleased with the start.â€
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