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Lupita Nyong’o Named Glamour’s ‘Woman of The Year’

Glamour has named Lupita Nyong’o its “Woman of The Year.” The 31-year-old Academy Award winner graces the cover of the magazine’s December issue, looking f-ing amazing as always.

Inside the issue, Nyong’o discusses a wide variety of subjects. She explains that Oprah was a big influence on her; reveals that a teacher once asked her how she could possibly find a husband when her skin was so dark; says that she depends on her mother to keep her humble, and much more.

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Oprah Poses in Cashmere Catsuit Because She’s Oprah

The latest cover of O, The Oprah Magazine features Oprah in a cashmere catsuit.

Why? Because she’s Oprah, and Oprah does whatever the hell Oprah wants to do. So if she says “Not only am I going to appear on the cover of my own magazine for the one billionth time in a row, I’m going to rock a cashmere catsuit,” you don’t question her. You just nod and reply, “You’re damn right you are.”

Oprah Will Send You a Birthday Card for $200

The staff behind O, The Oprah Magazine are doing something extremely smart. They’re taking advantage of people who are so obsessed with Oprah that they’d be willing to shell out cash for the illusion of being close to her. That’s the premise for O’s premium subscription model, titled “Circle of Friends.”

Circle of Friends has three levels. According to Adweek, readers can pay $39 a year for a newsletter and discounts on Oprah-curated products; $99 a year for a box of luxury items selected by the glossy’s editors; and $199 a year for tickets to Oprah’s “Life You Want Tour, a chance to test products for the magazine, and best of all — a birthday card from Oprah.

Lucy Kaylin, O’s editor, came up with the idea for Circle of Friends. “We quickly realized that this could be something incredibly special because there’s such a personal and passionate and almost idiosyncratic nature to the O brand with Oprah at its center,” she told Adweek.

That’s the nice way of saying “Oprah fans can be loopy, so why not squeeze some money out of them?”

[Image: Joe Seer / Shutterstock.com]

Cover Battle: Popular Mechanics or O, The Oprah Magazine

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round features two Hearst titles — Popular Mechanics versus O, The Oprah Magazine. We chose PopMech because the cover reminded us of the GI Joe action figures we used to play with as kids. Don’t even get us started on who is better — Snake Eyes or Storm Shadow. Seriously, don’t!

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Old Dan | Your Friend, O | Sound Advice

dan-rather_304x200TVNewser: Dan Rather says journalists have “lost their guts.” He later added, “Get off my lawn,” “Kids these days are lazy,” “In my day we had to walk uphill both to and from work,” etc.

GalleyCat: Oprah will narrate her audio book. That means you can have it on in the background while talking on the phone and just be like “Oh, her? That’s Big O. She stopped by. Again.”

AgencySpy: If a bear tells you to conserve energy, do it.

Oprah Considers Buying LA Clippers

Now that Donald Sterling is banned for life from the NBA for making racist comments, the list of people who want to purchase the Los Angeles Clippers is steadily growing. Of course Sterling won’t go down without a long, annoying legal fight, but nevertheless, everyone seems to have interest in the franchise if and when it gets put up for sale. Our favorite potential owner so far? None other Big O.

According to ESPN, Oprah is considering buying the Clippers. The media maven would be part of a team that includes David Geffen and Larry Ellison. If the trio ends up buying the team, we’re setting the over/under for average number of fans who show up to Clippers games with signs that read “You get a win! You get a win! You get a win!” at 455.

Others interested in buying the Clippers include Diddy (He even created his own hashtag #DiddyBuyTheClippers) and Floyd Mayweather, who for some odd reason felt it was necessary to speak of his interest by stating “Do we want to buy the Clippers? Yes we do.”

[Image: Joe Seer / Shutterstock.com]

Let’s Make Fun of Media Elite’s First Tweets

Twitter has launched a great site — first-tweet.com — that will embarrass any user. Naturally we thought this would be a great opportunity to make fun of some media elite.

First-tweet is self-explanatory — it allows you to see any public users’ first tweet. Most of them are boring, but some — like the ones below — are worth pointing out. Oh, and in case you’re wondering — your FishbowlNY editors’ first tweets were fantastic.

First Tweets from Media Mavens

Rupert Murdoch was still grappling with basic English when he sent his first tweet.

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Starbucks to Give Oprah Her Own Tea Blend

oprah-ownStarting April 29, Oprah fans can get a little closer to the media maven by drinking tea bearing her name. Starbucks has announced that Teavana Oprah Chai Tea will be sold in Starbucks and Teavana locations across the country at the end of next month.

Oprah worked with a teaologist (kids, don’t tell your parents this is what you’re studying at college) to create the blend, which is described as “a bold infusion of cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and cloves, blended with loose-leaf black tea and rooibos.” Who doesn’t love rooibos?

A portion of the sales of Teavana Oprah Chai will go to Oprah’s Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation.

If each bag of the tea doesn’t feature Oprah’s face, Starbucks made a big mistake.

[h/t: GrubStreet]

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Berkshire to Buy TV Station From Graham in $1.1 Billion Swap (Bloomberg Businessweek)
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. reached a deal to acquire a Miami television station and some of the company’s own shares in a $1.1 billion swap for Graham Holdings Co. stock that Warren Buffett held for more than four decades. Deadline New York Buffett’s stake accounted for about 23 percent of the voting shares in Graham as of the last proxy, out early last year. He will receive the ABC affiliate plus an unspecified amount of cash and shares that Graham owns in Berkshire Hathaway. Variety The pact marks a turning point for Berkshire and the Graham Holdings, the publicly held firm that changed its name from the Washington Post Co. after it sold its flagship newspaper to Amazon mogul Jeff Bezos last year. Berkshire had been an investor in Washington Post Co. since the 1970s, with Buffett having served as a board member of the publishing and TV station conglomerate. Poynter / MediaWire Berkshire Hathaway purchased most of Media General’s newspapers in 2012, and it’s added lots of newspapers since. Reuters reported in February that Berkshire Hathaway was in talks with Graham Holdings “to trade the shares it owns in the education and media company for control of a yet-to-be-formed unit of Graham.” Graham Holdings still owns TV stations in Detroit and Houston. NYT / DealBook Buffett has embarked on a late-in-life run as a media mogul of sorts, assembling a prospering portfolio that includes his hometown newspaper, The Omaha World-Herald. The deal will bring Berkshire its first television station, whose call sign refers to Philip L. Graham, Katharine Graham’s husband and her predecessor as the publisher of the Post. Perhaps most notably, however, the deal sharply curtails Buffett’s business ties to the Graham family. TVSpy “Warren Buffett’s 40-year association with our company has been extremely good for our shareholders. Naturally, the deal that we have put together is one that will be good for both companies,” said Donald E. Graham, chairman and CEO of Graham Holdings.

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Oprah to Publish Book of Magazine Columns

oprah-ownEach issue of O, The Oprah Magazine closes with the “What I Know for Sure” column penned by Oprah. Readers love them, so Oprah is taking those columns and stuffing them inside a new book by the same name.

What I Know for Sure will be published in September by Macmillan’s new non-fiction imprint, Flatiron Books. The columns inside will be updated and organized around very Oprah-sounding themes like joy, gratitude, awe and possibility.

The new book — the media maven’s fifth — will be further proof that Oprah knows more than you. Or at the very least, is good at faking it.

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