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O, The Oprah Magazine September 2019

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Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Hearst
Frequency:
One-off
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in this issue

2 min.
you’ve got a friend in me

Melissa Goldberg O ASSISTANT EDITOR “MAKE/BELIEVE,” PAGE 27 One thing my friends and I always do when we’re together is…eat too much food and spend too much money—then swear we’ll do better next time. I wish I could be friends with…Amy Schumer. I met my best friend when…I came home from the hospital as a newborn and was greeted by my sister, Jennifer. Nykia Spradley WRITER “AFRO-MATIONS!,” PAGE 57 My longest friendship is…with my twin sister, from the womb. I wish I could be friends with… Oprah, of course. The best gift I’ve ever received from a friend is…her presence when I didn’t ask for it but really needed it. Alexia Arthurs WRITER “MIGRATIONS,” PAGE 86 My longest friendship is…with my high school crew. Now we all chat in a group text. The best gift I’ve ever received from a friend…

2 min.
q what’s the nicest thing your bff ever did for you?

I was working as a flight attendant, and right before a trip, the guy I was dating broke up with me—with no explanation. I was devastated, but I had to go to work. Luckily, I was flying with my roommate. On our final layover, as I was sobbing in disbelief, she surprised me with an ice cream sundae. I couldn’t help but smile. BREECE WILSON Elmont, New York My friend was unable to attend the 70th birthday party my husband threw for me, so she put together photos with a narrative of our life, childhood through present day. It brought back so many wonderful memories of the years we’ve spent together. MYRL McCOTTER Morehead City, North Carolina Cut my grass! We have a crummy mower and a huge yard. While my husband’s been away…

1 min.
your take

Q YOUR SIGNATURE FRAGRANCE IS MORE LIKE… 29% STANDING IN THE CENTER OF A FOREST 71% WALKING THROUGH A FIELD OF BLOOMING FLOWERS STORY, PAGE 53 Q IF YOU COULD HAVE ONLY ONE, WHICH WOULD IT BE? 20% CHIC ANKLE BOOTS 80% A COZY KNIT SWEATER STORY, PAGE 41 Q HOW MANY CLOSE FRIENDS DO YOU HAVE? 89% JUST A FEW. IT’S ABOUT QUALITY, NOT QUANTITY! 11% IN THE DOUBLE DIGITS. THE MORE THE MERRIER! STORY, PAGE 94 Q CHEESE: HARD OR SOFT? 40% HARD—OLDER IS BOLDER! 58% AT NIGHT. SO MANY RACING THOUGHTS, SO LITTLE SLEEP. STORY, PAGE 120 WHEN DO YOU FEEL MOST ANXIOUS? 42% INTHEMORNING. DOES ANY BODY ACTUALLY RISE AND SHINE? STORY, PAGE 69 WE WANT YOUR TAKE! TO WEIGH IN ON FUTURE TOPICS, FOLLOW US!@oprahmagazine SWEATER: COURTESY OF A.L.C. BOOT: JESUS AYALA/STUDIO D. ALL OTHERS: GETTY IMAGES.; SWEATER: COURTESY OF A.L.C. BOOT: JESUS AYALA/STUDIO D.…

2 min.
here we go!

IT’S RARE THAT I make a big decision without asking Gayle King for her input. Of course, even if I didn’t ask, Gayle would offer. That’s the kind of person she is, and that’s fine with me. After all these years, I know I can count on her counsel, rely on her judgment, and depend on her taste. The taste part I mean literally. I recently hired a new chef after a yearlong search. As you might imagine, Gayle was among the first people I invited to my table to sample his work. Chef Raymond knew just how to win her over: After he heard she liked peaches, he made her a special peach salad to go with our perfectly delicious pan-roasted sea bass. Sealed the deal. If Gayle had disliked Raymond’s…

2 min.
the high five

Great British Send-Off If you thought Downton Abbey had exhausted every melodramatic plot point (a tryst turned deadly! amnesiacs and abandoned brides! a pesky…telephone installation?), think again. The big-screen sequel (September 20) features the Dowager Countess (center), Lady Mary, and the rest of the upstairs/downstairs crew preparing for royal guests: England’s king and queen. Shine the silver, ring the butler—and may God save the Crawleys. Paper Trail Machines might be able to fold laundry and grocery shop—but can they decode Susan B. Anthony’s squiggly cursive? By the People is a crowdsourcing initiative from the Library of Congress in which citizen archivists can transcribe Clara Barton’s diaries, Walt Whitman’s poems, and thousands of other handwritten documents too indecipherable to be read by scanners. To help set the record straight, visit crowd.loc.gov. Street Smarts After his little…

2 min.
make/believe

BISA BUTLER is a quilting virtuoso—just don’t ask her to measure triangles for a star flower block. “I admire what old-school quilters do,” says Butler, 46. “But if someone busts out a ruler, I feel deeply uncomfortable.” Instead of geometric patterns, Butler creates kaleidoscopic portraits of African Americans, from historical giants (like Jean-Michel Basquiat or Josephine Baker) to the captivating unknown. Many of her latest collages—a group of Harlem girls, each standing a little over four feet tall; an 1899 college baseball team—are based on archival black-and-white photos. “Some have a generic title like Negro Boys on Easter Morning,” says Butler, who lives in West Orange, New Jersey, and may spend 20 hours layering hundreds of silk pieces to create one hyperrealistic face. “I bring them back to life—in color.” Every…