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FLASH BACK | Jesus Showed Up At Oprah’s Legends Ball [WATCH VIDEO]

oprah-legends-ball-800x601Gosh, I know this happened over a decade ago, but I just got fresh inspiration watching it yesterday that I thought to share.

Oprah Winfrey’s Legends Ball was a three-day celebration held by Oprah Winfrey honoring twenty-five African American women in art, entertainment, and civil rights.

The celebration included a luncheon, white-tie ball, and a gospel brunch. The 25 women included:

  1. Maya Angelou
  2. Shirley Caesar
  3. Diahann Carroll
  4. Elizabeth Catlett
  5. Ruby Dee
  6. Katherine Dunham
  7. Roberta Flack
  8. Aretha Franklin
  9. Nikki Giovanni
  10. Dorothy Height
  11. Lena Horne
  12. Coretta Scott King
  13. Gladys Knight
  14. Patti LaBelle
  15. Toni Morrison
  16. Rosa Parks
  17. Leontyne Price
  18. Della Reese
  19. Diana Ross
  20. Naomi Sims
  21. Tina Turner
  22. Cicely Tyson
  23. Alice Walker
  24. Dionne Warwick
  25. Nancy Wilson

During the gospel brunch, Oprah gave the mic to gospel singer, Bebe Winans and what happened next was an explosion as Jesus showed up and showed out in Oprah’s words.

On May 22, 2006, a year after the celebration, a one-hour program about the weekend aired on ABC. It included celebrity interviews and behind-the-scenes moments.

ABC advertised its television program about this event by describing the luncheon as follows:

The historic weekend began Friday with a private luncheon at [Winfrey]’s Montecito home where the “legends” were greeted by the “young’uns” — acclaimed stars, including Alicia Keys, Ashanti, Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Mary J. Blige, Brandy, Naomi Campbell, Mariah Carey, Natalie Cole, Kimberly Elise, Missy Elliott, Tyra Banks, Iman, Janet Jackson, Phylicia Rashad, Debbie Allen and Alfre Woodard, among others. Throughout the weekend, the “young’uns” paid homage to the “legends” for their great contributions. World-renowned event planner Colin Cowie attended to every detail, and Grammy Award-winner John Legend performed his hit song, “Ordinary People.”

oprah-legends-ball-cvAt the end of the luncheon, Winfrey surprised her guests with a parting gift. The “legends” received diamond drop earrings and the “young’uns” received diamond hoop earrings.

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Source: YouTube | ABC | Wikipedia | Oprah.com

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