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Oprah turns 4th of July into Vernon Winfrey Appreciation Day

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Oprah Winfrey’s Fourth of July weekend had a particular objective: honoring her 89-year-old father, who’s battling most cancers.

For Independence Day, Oprah traveled to Nashville, the place she was introduced up, to throw a shock barbecue for her dad, Vernon Winfrey. For the occasion, aptly titled the “Vernon Winfrey Appreciation Celebration,” the media mogul decked out tables with white linen and adorned them with white flowers.

“We’ve been planning a yard barbecue that’s truly greater than a barbecue,” Oprah stated in a video posted to her Instagram. “It’s for Vernon Winfrey Appreciation Day. As a result of my father is in poor health, and we wished all of his mates to come back and have a good time him whereas he’s in a position to obtain the enjoyment.”

A barber of fifty years, Vernon was informed it was strictly a Fourth of July occasion. As a substitute, he walked into the yard to see all his family members, together with an indication in his honor and a wide range of balloons — and, after all, his personal barber chair.

“Thanks for being the form of father who has introduced honor to your life and honor to my life,” Oprah informed her father whereas he sat within the chair.

Gospel singer Wintley Phipps flew in from Maryland to sing three songs, whereas Vernon’s older sister Christine shocked him by flying in from Mississippi, bringing tears to his eyes.

“I discovered out of your good work ethic, displaying up, being on time — that’s the reason for 25 years of the ‘Oprah’ present, I by no means missed a present,” Oprah informed him.

It’s unclear what sort of most cancers Vernon Winfrey is coping with, and his well-known daughter didn’t present another particulars about his situation.

In March, Oprah spoke with The Occasions’ Marisa Evans concerning the challenges Black individuals face when in search of healthcare. She famous that her fame and fortune had allowed her to obtain higher entry to healthcare than many Black individuals have however stated she felt a duty to make clear disparities and name for change via her latest documentary, “The Coloration of Care.”

“I feel my greatest false impression was that it was about medical health insurance, that it was about having entry financially, and for those who didn’t have the cash, then you definately couldn’t get the care that you just wanted,” Oprah stated.

“What COVID laid naked is that inequities in so many different areas of your life additionally contribute to the key disparity relating to healthcare.”