Oprah's Advice Before Ga. College Graduation
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A day before more than 550 women graduating from Spelman College heard from media icon Oprah Winfrey, she sat down for an interview with Spelman President Beverly Tatum. (May 21)


[Location - Date:ATLANTA - MAY 19, 2012][Source:AP][VO:][SOT/:OPRAH WINFREY/CHAIR, CEO, CCO OF OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK](" What I learnt is that there really aren't any mistakes, there are no mistakes, if everytime you make a wrong turn, you learn how to make a right one, and many times the wrong turns particularly in transitions are there to help you figure out whoop I'm going the wrong way.") (" My advice is to always come back to who you really are. Come back to who you really are, and what that means in the deepest, most profound and spirtual sense of the word, meaning, all of the people that have come before you that made your life possible. When you actually sit down and think about that, that will knock you socks off. As I say knock you spanx right off. Blow your Spanx right off. When you think about what it took to get you to be you, and all the people that came before you, and to think about literally all the prayers that were prayed for a day that your grandfathers, grandmothers , ancestors could not have even imagined possible. You think about that, I think about that all the time. I don't know anybody more blessed than I am on the planet, and I don't know anybody who appreciates it more.") [Notes:WIRE COPY:] ATLANTA (AP) _ More than 550 women graduating from Spelman College this weekend heard from media icon Oprah Winfrey. Winfrey on Sunday delivered the commencement address to the Class of 2012 and received the historically black women's college's National Community Service Award. Winfrey was recognized for her philanthropic efforts, especially those aimed at education. Three students from her Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa have been accepted to Spelman and will start classes this fall. Winfrey also sat down Saturday for an interview with Spelman President Beverly Tatum this weekend. She referred to the Spelman women as "sisters," and sang with them part of the song, "I Surrender All." Her advice to the audience was "to always come back to who you really are."(****END****) VIDEO PRODUCER: BOB MCCALL ---------------------------VIDEO SOURCE: AP -----------------------VIDEO APPROVAL: BOB MCCALL ----------------------------VIDEO RESTRICTIONS: NONE ----------------------------------MARKET EMBARGO (S): NONE --------------------------------SCRIPT/WIRE SOURCE:v0029AP-GA--Spelman-Oprah,124