Thando was part of the first graduating class of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy. Now, the South African native is living in the United States and has started her journey as a professional woman and a college graduate.
Oprah Winfrey does not allow quarantine to prevent her from enjoying Easter. We can see how she enjoyed the tradition of painting Easter eggs in a post on her Instagram. In the photo, she is seen in her house kitchen next to eggs, painting supplies, and Thando Dlomo.
In the post, there is also a video where Oprah proudly displays the results of the work they made. Beautiful, and colorful eggs sparkle creatively. Although she bought them and came in after Easter, she decided to paint them anyway, and not wait until the next year. In the Instagram post, Oprah wrote:
“You know it’s a LOCKDOWN when I (!!!) am coloring Easter eggs. Haven’t done this since the third grade. They didn’t arrive in time for Easter and we didn’t want to wait til next year!”
Oprah Winfrey speaks on stage at Rogers Arena on June 24, 2019 in Vancouver, Canada. I Image: Getty Images.
Oprah and her partner of recent years, Stedman Graham, have had no children together. However, for the past 12 years, they have dedicated themselves to changing the lives of hundreds of girls through the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls (OWLAG) which has provided study opportunities for girls from South Africa.
In the first class, 72 smart and talented girls graduated in 2011 and continued their studies at elite universities such as Oxford and Harvard. Thando is one of those girls, who completed her master's degree at the University of Southern California, and now works at Entertainment Tonight.
Lizhuwani Gloria Rapalalani was one of the first graduates from Oprah's girls’ leadership academy in South Africa and attended SCAD for designers starting in 2014. When she married her husband, the guests of the ceremony were surprised to see Oprah walk down the aisle next to the bride.
The trip to the wedding also allowed Oprah to spend Mother's Day with a number of girls from the academy. Mom O posted a video of herself on her Instagram with all the girls.
Oprah has commented that the coronavirus is 'devastating' the African American community and reveals concern for her own health after battling pneumonia six months ago. Even though her recovery period has ended, she knows she is part of the high-risk group.
The entertainment mogul warned African-Americans to take the coronavirus outbreak seriously because it is 'devastating our community'. She also emphasized that it is important for African-Americans to understand that pre-existing conditions, like diabetes and asthma, put them at greater risk today.
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