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Oprah Producing Docu-Series on the Life of Michael Sam

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Oprah Winfrey's OWN network today announced a multi-part documentary series on the life of gay St. Louis Rams player Michael Sam. OWN is partnering with Emmy-winning producer Craig Piligian’s Pilgrim Studios and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Amy Rice for "The Untitled Michael Sam Project” (working title) which spotlights the former University of Missouri football player and his historic journey as he prepares to enter the biggest professional sports league in America, according to a press release:

This special documentary series will feature a deeply personal, up-close look at the remarkable man at the center of this groundbreaking moment in professional sports, as the All-American defensive end and SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year enters the competitive world of professional football.  Cameras will follow Sam as he works to earn his spot on the St. Louis Rams all while under the intense scrutiny of being the first openly gay player in the NFL.

OprahSaid Oprah: “We are honored that Michael is trusting us with his private journey in this moment that has not only made history but will shape it foreve. I am proud of the focus on authentic storytelling in our new documentary series format.  The next real-life story we follow in ‘The Untitled Michael Sam Project’ promises to spark valuable, important discussion on life in America today.  Acceptance and illumination start here."

Sam added: "Like every player out there working to make a team right now, my focus is on playing football to the very best of my ability. I am determined. And if seeing my story helps somebody else accept who they are and to go for their dreams too, that’s great.  I am thankful to Oprah for her support and excited to work together."

 “The Untitled Michael Sam Project” is produced with OWN by Pilgrim Studios and is executive produced by Craig Piligian, Nicholas Caprio and Johnny Gould.  Amy Rice, Ralph Wikke and Mitch Rosa are co-executive producers.  Cameron Weiss, Joe Barkett and Howard Bragman are producers.


Oprah and Starbucks Celebrate Gay Moms in New Mother's Day Ad: VIDEO

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Starbucks and Oprah have rolled out a new ad for Mother’s Day that celebrates moms of all stripes and sorts – gay moms included.

Check out the heartwarming ad, AFTER THE JUMP...

[via Good As You]

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Pharrell Does a 'Happy' Cry Over His Song's Success: VIDEO

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Pharrell, who has been making the talk show rounds (and declaring his belief in equality) this week, made a stop on Oprah Prime where Oprah pulled some grateful tears out of him by playing videos of regular peeps dancing to his track "Happy" on YouTube.

Watch the emotional moment, AFTER THE JUMP...

(via gawker)

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Rob Lowe Tells Oprah the Unforgettable Lesson Madonna Taught Him: VIDEO

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Actor Rob Lowe tells Oprah that he once went on a date with Madonna to a New York City nightclub where throngs of her fans had gathered to celebrate the release of her new album.

"I thought, 'This is it. This is the night. It's happening tonight. I'm the boy toy. I - am the boy toy.'"

When she invited him onto the dance floor with her, he refused, thinking her insane. She then turned around and told him something that has stayed with him to this day.

Hear Madonna's advice AFTER THE JUMP...

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Oprah To Lindsay Lohan: 'Cut The B.S.' – VIDEO

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Thanks to Oprah Winfrey's OWN network, Lindsay Lohan has been given another chance at repairing her public image via a reality show/documentary series titled Lindsay. However, the starlet who once couldn't go two minutes without being in photographs and tabloids is finding that sobriety has her shying away from the camera and shirking her responsibilities to the show. It finally got to the point where Winfrey herself had to fly in and have a sit-down with Lohan and set her straight...and the kid gloves came off.

O: [M]y truth is that I really do want you to win. I really do. If that isn't what you want, I'm OK with that. You know, I will tell these guys to pack up and leave today.

L: No, it's not that I'm not ready to do that, I do want to.

O: You need to cut the bulls--t.

At a different point in the discussion, Winfrey even pulled out the f-bomb:

O: I believe that you believe that this is your time to turn this around for yourself. I believe that. I believed you when you told me that.

L: It is.

O: OK. Alright. If that is the case, then you're not going to be f--king up.

You can watch Oprah give Lindsay her much-needed talking-to, foul language and all, AFTER THE JUMP...

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News: Nepal, Matt Bomer, Germany, Michigan

6a00d8341c730253ef019b008c8e6d970b-800wi Oprah Winfrey's yard sale includes a chest of drawers worth $50,000.

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6a00d8341c730253ef019b008c8e6d970b-800wi New law in Germany introduces a third sex option for those born with both male and female characteristics. They reason: "The council had argued, among other things, that many people born with both sex characteristics who were operated on as children say they wouldn't have consented to the surgery."

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6a00d8341c730253ef019b008c8e6d970b-800wi Britney Spears promotes her new single "Perfume" on Snapchat.

6a00d8341c730253ef019b008c8e6d970b-800wi There's a good chance that anti-discrimination laws could become a reality in Holland, Michigan if two anti-gay council members are defeated in Tuesday's election.

6a00d8341c730253ef019b008c8e6d970b-800wi The family of jailed Pussy Riot Nadezhda Tolokonnikova claims she is now missing.


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