I bought the mag plus Essence. I thumbed through Essence first. Essence is Essence. [shrug] I move to Oprah's mag with hopes that it wouldn't be filled with ads of blond white women, articles about Martha's Vineyard and more of Oprah's favorite things. The first ad I see - Blond White Woman. [deep sigh] I didn't give up. I flipped and flipped the pages before reading anything. I wanted to see what O had to offer a 43 year old Black, single mother, living in the Midwest.
Give me something O.
I continue to flip and I see an article about the founders of the Rebecca Project, two awesome sistas serving women in the DC area.
I'm into it now. Let me flip some more. There's a brief article on Carla Boutin-Foster, Director of the Comprehensive Center of Excellence in Disparities Research and Community Engagement, a fabulous organization serving people in NYC by providing healthcare services like medical van tours to barbershops offering free on-site diabetes and blood pressure screenings. I'm beginning to love Oprah's mag.
I read an article about Asian mothers and about Mary Williams, the "daughter" of Jane Fonda and her life living with Jane as a young black woman. I had no idea.
The diversity of the magazine is to be appreciated. Oprah does try to give you a slice of life from the perspective of women...period. Some may still pass on it but I'd say, try it on for size just once.