I am so happy that The Roottook us back to our roots by showing us that “Yes We Can & Have”! Sometimes it is not just the rest of the world that has short term memory when it comes to Black achievement, this amnesia often effects Global Africans as well when it comes to self awareness & knowledge of the blueprint to do whatever we want to do in this world knowing that it has been done before or at the very least in a similar manner by someone who looked just like us facing even harder times, who refused to accept any association with the word impossible when it came to achieving their goals & dreams. There are those like Chuck Johnson, the pioneering broadcaster who owned Soul Beat Television Network based in Oakland California since 1978 & African media moguls like Raymond DokpesiAKA the Ted Turner of Nigeria & owner of African Independent Television, the first private television network in Nigeria-Africa’s most populous nation.
Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network is not the only wonderful achievement of its kind by a Global African, but just one of many that came before & will hopefully continue to come after. As much as I would love to see some more global African faces on OWN, OWN has raised the bar in showing that a Black owned network can service the mainstream population without the question of race just as White owned networks have serviced the minority populations without the question of race of ownership. Each achievement to control & showcase our own image should elevate us to the next level of achievement. Oprah is a force to reckon with, she continues to teach us that where there is a will & hard work there will always be a way, while motivating us all as global fusionists to step up !