Media magnate Oprah Winfrey breaks her silence on her relationship with a Chicago man who claims he is her secret son.

Winfrey, 61, confirmed Calvin Mitchell's story that they met when he was 12 at ABC Studios. She told Entertainment Tonight’s Nancy O’Dell that Mitchell ducked under the yellow tape and handed her an ice cold beverage.

“We were shooting in the projects in Chicago and I was sitting on set during a break, and this cute little sparkly-eyed boy came underneath the yellow tape to hand me a soda.”

Winfrey said she was impressed with the boy and she decided to mentor the child and help him and his mother to get out of the projects.

“I was so charmed by him that I started talking to him about his family, his school life, and found out that he was in a situation where his mother didn’t have a job and they were stuck in the projects,” she said.

Oprah and her boyfriend, Stedman Graham, took Mitchell under their wing. Winfrey paid for Mitchell to attend a local private school and she set his mother up with a job.

But Winfrey said Mitchell was being tardy to class and his mother was constantly late to work.

“We went out, Stedman and I, went to K-Mart that moment, got a bag full of clocks, came back to the house, taught them how to set the alarm and all that,” she said. Oprah added that she told Mitchell she would give him another chance.

Winfrey sent Mitchell away to a private boarding school in Minnesota. But Mitchell soon left the boarding school and returned to Chicago. He told Oprah the teachers there "didn't like him."

Fed up with Mitchell's ungrateful behavior, Oprah and Stedman cut all ties with Mitchell and his mother.

Mitchell now tells any media outlet who will listen that he is Oprah's "secret son" and she abandoned him.

The National Enquirer reportedly flew Mitchell to New York to ambush Oprah outside the Late Show Studios on Oct. 15.

“I want to ask Oprah, ‘Why did you leave me? Why did you leave me?’” he told the National Enquirer's sister site, Radar Online.

“I’m still empty. I’m still searching. I don’t have closure to this. I just don’t understand," he added.

Oprah initially didn't recognize the lanky 35-year-old man. She said she told her people to get his number so she could call him.

Then she found out she was set up by the National Enquirer.

“When I realized the whole thing was a setup, I was no longer interested in speaking to him,” she said.

  • thrift.store.jungle

    he should have used that amazing opportunity when he had it. looking like a grown ass fool ambushing that woman.

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    Is everything alright Ms. Sandra? It's nearly 9PM on a Thusday

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    There was a better way to do this. He decided to do it with lots of media attention and she has every right to no longer want to be bothered.

  • THE OLDER SISTAH

    National Enquirer used him to set her up. If I was her I wouldn't be bothered with his sorry azz either. Thirty five years old and whining because he didn't do what he was supposed to do.

  • Afiya

    Hahaha, she said FOH, I ain't ya mammy!!

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Children often think and behave like children, with little to no reference for the future. It's unfortunate that he was unable to take full advantage of the opportunity. However, I am not surprised as one opportunity or good deed would not erase years of learned behavior.

    I can tell his life has been full of struggle. He's like 40 with braids. I'm sure his life is full of 90's jerseys and baggy jeans. Sad.

  • stanhope

    Setting up Oprah? Dumb bitch. Go back to the ghetto and without a dime.

  • Sexy CJ

    Oprah initially didn’t recognize the lanky 35-year-old man;then she found out she was set up by the National Enquirer. “When I realized the whole thing was a setup, I was no longer interested in speaking to him,”............

  • Sexy CJ

    Oprah and her boyfriend, Stedman Graham, took Mitchell under their wing. Winfrey paid for Mitchell to attend a local private school and she set his mother up with a job.

    But Winfrey said Mitchell was being tardy to class and his mother was constantly late to work..........

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    He a Damn bum ... I feel Oprah all the way live! Smh

  • LuvMyBrownSkin?

    I would have appreciated Oprah's help with respect, gratitude and appreciation.

  • LuvMyBrownSkin?

    He has to be a crackhead!

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    He is looking for a hand out! Seems like she gave him plenty and he still begging smh....

  • mzwhang90210

    Dude....Oprah tried to help both you AND your mother...on more than one occasion.
    You both mucked your good fortune up...not once...but TWICE.
    Oprah took her losses and moved on.

    Now here...years later, you SELL your sob-story to a sleazy tabloid under the guise of "I don't understand why..."

    If you don't GETcho...

  • LuvMyBrownSkin?

    Exactly!

  • Sexy CJ

    Oprah > Calvin.............

  • mzwhang90210

    At first I was like...why didn't his mom yank him up and MAKE him act right?
    Turns out, she wasn't capable of acting right her damn self.

    Sad thing about this is...not only did that family mess up THEIR golden opportunities...but if Oprah EVER feels this way again about another child...she'll probably use this situation as a reference..and just walk away.
    Damn!.

  • Sexy CJ

    “I want to ask Oprah, ‘Why did you leave me? Why did you leave me?’” he told the National Enquirer’s sister site, Radar Online.

    “I’m still empty. I’m still searching. I don’t have closure to this. I just don’t understand,”...........

  • harley_quinn2.0

    *dead*

  • mzwhang90210

    And somebody in the initial post said that Oprah only took the boy under her wings for ratings.
    Well, I'll say here what I said there....nobody knew about this story until HE called the National Enquirer. He sold the story...Oprah didn't.

    I'm not a fan of everything Oprah does by far...but I'll ride with her on this one.

  • Sexy CJ

    Fed up with Mitchell’s ungrateful behavior, Oprah and Stedman cut all ties with Mitchell and his mother.........

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    He's a manipulator.

  • mzwhang90210

    Exactly.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I remember when people roasted Oprah for building schools in South Africa instead of helping black children here. This is why Oprah doesn't waste her time helping American kids. They're ungrateful.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Think of all the children she helped that we don't know about.

  • mzwhang90210

    ANDDD..if I were him..there is no WAY I would've approached Oprah all these years later....unless I had a degree (or two), and a successful career under my belt.
    And I'd only approach her to say..that I realized the mistake I'd made...I'm sorry...and I wanted her to see that I turned my life around. Then I'd offer to treat her to lunch.

    You're not a cute lil boy with a sparkle in your eyes anymore DAMON. You're a grown, rusty a$$ man OVER 30 with cornrows!
    Betta take your a$$ on "UnSung" & leave Oprah alone.

  • mzwhang90210

    LOL @ all the way live. Uza mess.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Folks can miss me ... That woman has paid her dues and then some !

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    ???

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Yep! Playing victim! Nevermind all the opportunities this woman gave him and his mother! Ungrateful!

  • mzwhang90210

    Yup Ossie.
    I think he initially approached them..just to sell his story for some cash...and they saw headlines in the making.
    SMH

  • mzwhang90210

    Yup.
    If I was Oprah I would've said "Where's my clock ole ungrateful nukka????"

  • Jusstlookn2

    Not entire Bag of Clocks

  • mzwhang90210

    Exactly JenEEE.
    Now if she was REALLY the opportnistic, cold calculating b*tch that some folks swear she is...she would've had him on OWN...on that "Where Are They Now?" show.
    lmao

  • http://Copblock.org aDingoDrankMyBabies

    I wonder if he's uncircumcised?

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    I'm watching 1st 48 and 90 day fiance' simultaneously because I multitask and can't help flipping the channels.

    On 90 day fiance', Brendan, this dude brought this woman from Thailand into a roach infested, shotgun house in New Orleans. You have to pass through the other roommates room to get out of the house or to the kitchen and bathroom. Both roommates are dudes and want to know what to do when the dude bringing the girl from Thailand wants to go to Pound Town.

    WTH?

  • THE OLDER SISTAH

    That's what makes me mad. There are so many people out here who would appreciate any help given and this fool probably messed it up for any one she might be thinking of helping. Then again maybe not. I'm sure she is used to people trying to get over on her.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Whaaa? ???

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    ???

  • mzwhang90210

    She should've snatched some of those ultra expensive tracks of weave out of her head..handed them to him and said "Here...these should bring you a couple of hundred bucks..now get the hell on."

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    ? that's so uglee...smh

  • mzwhang90210

    bahahahahaaaaa
    So is a man over 30 with cornrows.

  • Jusstlookn2

    Your can't send a young black child to boarding school without constant confirmation
    The are surrounded by white privilege and money. Something he was not accustomed to. I blame his lazy muhva. But sorry Charlie Brown you missed the bus. Wonk Wonk Wonk Wonk (Charlie Brown teachers voice

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Bwahaha

  • Jusstlookn2

    Hey Uni...what network?

  • mzwhang90210

    I agree. She had to be extremely hurt tho.
    No matter how much $$$ she has...she sincerely reached out to him/his family.
    Ah well.

  • Jusstlookn2

    Unsung. Rofl

  • THE OLDER SISTAH

    Probably flew him to NY on a one way ticket and when they finished with him left his dumb azz right there. LOL

  • http://Copblock.org aDingoDrankMyBabies

    He has that Dayshawn look. That my cornrows are unkept but my pipe game is the best look?

  • mzwhang90210

    Jussy *kiss*

    I agree about the supervision part. But I also think Oprah probably did it to get him away from bad influences in his neighborhood.

    She probably never realized that he grew up around unmotivated folks that didn't want anything..so he learned not to strive for anything.

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    I'm stuck on those cornrows too Whang. I saw him on tv today and he had gotten them re done. Bruh let them go.

  • http://Copblock.org aDingoDrankMyBabies

    Read this thrice and still Konfused? oh the irony, right?!?

  • mzwhang90210

    *TEARS*
    I'll bet he was like "No matter what happened in the past, once she's sees I got my hair did...she'll give me a job at OWN!!"

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    A not shyt kid tends to have a not shyt parent.

  • Jusstlookn2

    Excaltly..probably mom said all the write things, but had no follow through. He knows better now,

    Too little to late. To ever try again. :whistle:

  • Trey

    another deadbeat black man

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    But if you don't know any better and this is all you know...

    That's like you never have anything, never managed any money, no skills, never had anyone to guide you, you hit the lottery and begin to ball out of control.

    We don't know all the particulars, but I wonder if the mom got any job training.

    In retrospect, hindsight is 20/20

  • MotherOfDragons, GetOffMyENuts

    So in all these years Calvin still hasn't grown up, gotten a clue, or figured out what time it is. This loser is STILL empty and searching at 35 over and opportunity he and his mother screwed up? He didn't need to go to Oprah for the answers, he only has to look in the mirror and his struggle cornrows will tell him what he needs to know. You're immature, ungrateful, and you suck at life Calvin. Don't blame Oprah, blame your mother and yourself.

  • Jusstlookn2

    Funion you. Nothing like fresh braids.

    Bloop

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    BOL

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    I remember when she said this and all kinds of stuff came out about the school in Africa. That school was a mess.

  • mzwhang90210

    Yeah.
    But I don't think that indicative of all underprivileged kids of color.
    Like I honestly feel that if his mother, (or SOMEBODY in his family), would've encouraged/made him tough it out at that school, things might have been different.
    Ah well.

  • mzwhang90210

    Another deadbeat troll.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Yes!

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Sitting between whose legs?

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    I wonder if he truly realizes that some other kid in those same projects would have taken that opportunity and RAN with it. 16 or 17 when he said FOH Oprah so he was old enough to process what his he was doing .

    Now all these years later he was trying to set her up? Like she hadn't done enough for him to deserve more respect than that? Okay bro whatever.

  • mzwhang90210

    True.
    I'll bet she didn't. Hell she couldn't even wake up on time to get to the paying job that Oprah set up for her. I know damn well she couldn't wake up on time to go to an unpaid training class.

  • Jusstlookn2

    Yes I totally agree. No am certainly not saying that about all kids. I am

    saying this about his no good mama.

    Children today need daily confirmation.

    Unfortunatel for him, cues song again
    Too little to late.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    You know what...?

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    I just yelped. Lol

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    Ole petty azz.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    A & E for 1st 48 and TLC for 90 day feeyawnsay.

    S/O @Brendan

  • MotherOfDragons, GetOffMyENuts

    His house is a hovel. She was like "I do not want to stay here." I felt bad for her.

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    Chile I can't stand a grown azz man with cornrows. No little boy I do not want your number. No cornrows are not the same as dreds. Have a good day sir.

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    Whang there are kids being born just to grow that hair. Lol

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    Chile... you're right. When I was a kid there was nothing like it. This nicca damn near 40

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    This is what I'm talking about. There is a job training program down at the county. You have to go through it in order to get your benefits. At the women's shelter for homeless and the other for domestic violence, they require the ladies to go through job training, interviewing, job etiquette, what to wear, etc.

    You can have the best intentions, but if someone is ill-prepared and have lived a certain way all their lives, they are being set up for failure.

  • mzwhang90210

    Ooh...here's more on this story...

    Calvin Mitchell recalled meeting Oprah in 1992 when he was chosen as an extra on ABC’s drama, There Are No Children Here.

    After the show, Oprah allegedly reached out to Mitchell’s family after growing close to him. “Oprah asked my mom if she could adopt me, and my mom denied her,” he said. Mitchell claims that Oprah and Stedman “were like family” and she even bestowed gifts upon him, which messages like: “To my son Calvin, I love you.” Mitchell revealed that Oprah, coughed up the cash for his expensive education at The Piney Woods School, a prestigious Christian-based boarding school. When Mitchell got homesick, he begged to return home and leave the school in Mississippi.

    “Oprah told me, ‘Calvin, just try to work it out. You can do it. Just hang in there.’ She was trying to inspire me to do what was right. But even after the long pep talk she gave me, I still left,” he said.

    It was when he dropped out of the school that Oprah turned her back on the teen, he claims.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    ^^^ This.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Chile...I am forever biased against "grown men" in cornrows after R. Kelly and his half-do AND Shemar Moore's "I can't believe it's a lacefront" cornrow wig.

  • mzwhang90210

    *LMAO* I hate that I love you.

  • Jusstlookn2

    Yeah, nobody got time for that. Somebody in his family should have really encouraged him. His mama was selfish. Imo

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I wonder how many kids he has strewn all over Chicago.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    The worst kind. Sommore had this all the way right. Pipe game strong, but has the potential to wreck your car, back, and credit in the same week.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Lol. Bag of clocks.

  • Jusstlookn2

    Exactly

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Stawp!

  • Jusstlookn2

    Yeah I hate that. Ludicrous, Lil bow wow, omarion. I was like whyyyyy

  • mzwhang90210

    Chile...I missed all of his scenes laughing at that faux wig made of cornrow crops..
    Lookin like he had to water them twice a day.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Oh.

    I thought he was a little kid.

    Carry on.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    BOL. Crine.

  • http://Copblock.org aDingoDrankMyBabies

    ?????

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Boy you know it's true...oooo, oooo, oooo...

  • Auditor

    Yea his momma ain't chit and thought the money train was going to never stop once they were in...

  • Brownie

    Struggle cornrows??? ??????

  • Auditor

    You sure can't (been there myself and oh was it a culture shock), BUT I realized the opportunities I had and buckled down. Plus I had no other choice lol

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Chile...I had the biggest crush on Jahnnie. He was going to be my husband and father of my children with Barry Manilow, Leroy from Fame, Leif Garrett, Stoney Jackson, and Donny Osmond.

    Hell...95% of them were gay...and I was gonna be a hoe.

    ?

  • Auditor

    Dead

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Calvin doesn't have a job?

    WackArnolds even?

  • Auditor

    Nope never liked men with long hair PERIOD...I don't even like doing my own hair cause I'm tender headed so nope I'm not doing yours.

  • http://Copblock.org aDingoDrankMyBabies

    ...I love yooooooou?? Milli Vanilli?????? Gerl, they usta wear the hail outta some biker shorts??Talk about my first wet dream?Yaaaaaaas?? I miss the 80's? Biker shorts, nickel bags, and my first celebrity handjob via George Michael in the rest room of a North Hollywood BurgerKing?? Allegedly?

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    She didn't turn her back on him. He turned his back on himself.

  • thrift.store.jungle

    dude was standing out in the parking lot like..... meanwhile, oprah hit him w/that swift #NOPE

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Whaaa?

  • Li

    good for Oprah. She's been way too generous to this family. HEY OPRAH: I need some help, and I won't let you down!

  • Auditor

    Damn they forcing homeless and abused people to do all that but the bish that got 50-11 kids just lays on her back and gets to 50-12 kids?

  • Li

    I hope Oprah has security, because he looks like a stalker.

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    'The 35-year-old, who is now a truck driver, claims that Oprah helped raise him for five years but when he was a “dumb” 17-year-old he made mistakes and she didn’t forgive him.'

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    So I take it he's not eligible for Ilyanla nor Oprah's Life Class?

    That's BOOL!

  • mzwhang90210

    Well, no good deed..etc.

  • Li

    From what I read, he maneuvered HIS way into Oprah's life. And charmed her. Probably knew if he could get her attention she would open her pocket book. Oprah: Get some security because he looks like a stalker.

  • Ladysweetthang

    Probably did nothing positive with that enquirer money. Smh sold your story too soon. Half azzed opportunist. Smh

  • http://Copblock.org aDingoDrankMyBabies

    ????????

  • Sexy CJ

    "Ungratefulness is Universal"

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    WHALE Calvin the dogs get all of Oprahs stuff now. You missed your chance to be in the will. lol

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    ? Gotcha

    So what does he want now? If he wanted to show her his life has changed he should have sent in a tape instead of showing up like a 40 to 50 year old rapper.

    Man, this Corona...

  • Auditor

    True especially if you've never had anything... Dont know how to act...

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Well, they do live what they learn and learn what they live so...

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    I'm not big on hair either but you most definitely won't have cornrows.

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    I was so happy when that phase ended. A pure mess. Along with throw back jerseys and jersey dresses.

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    I hope none but that's just a hope.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    ???

    If you're getting benefits you attend a work program unless you're in school.

    At the shelters and centers, they help the women to become self-sufficient and that also entails training to get a job. They also have life coaches to assist along the way.

    Hope that cleared that up.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Well...

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    Luv you too boo.

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    Ridiculous. Absolutely.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    I take it you're on something a little stronger than Corona tonight. ?

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    ???

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    If she has security she pays them too much to do nothing. That man could've shanked her.

  • Greg: Less hate, more love.

    Lol.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Nights like this I wish...

  • mzwhang90210

    Gotcha.
    At my last job..they had a FREE job training program for ex cons...gave em bus tokens..grocery store gift cards, (so that they could buy stuff to make lunches to take everyday), and school supplies. Even helped with job placement after completion. ALL the kats had to do, was go to class.

    One dude went EVERYDAY...even stood at the bus stop in the pouring rain..just to get there.

    One other dude...dropped out after a week, talking about the bus was too crowded at that time of the morning.

    SMH.

  • http://Copblock.org aDingoDrankMyBabies

    You think Stedman eats ass?

  • Auditor

    I know plenty of people that do neither must be a state by state thing...

  • Auditor

    Don't drink corona...but ONE glass of wine I'll take lol

  • THE OLDER SISTAH

    I wish there were more programs like what you described, out there. It is a perfect example of helping people to help themselves and I believe there are a lot of people who would take advantage of it. Of course you will always have some who will not put forth any effort but imagine how much could be accomplished if focus was put on those who genuinely want to do better. We have so much money set aside to help other countries and we should, but we need to invest more money here to help our own. IJS

  • mzwhang90210

    I couldn't agree more.
    Sad thing is...before I left, they cut out alot of GOOD programs. Claimed the budget was too tight. But that didn't stop the "higher ups" from getting bonus checks and raises every year.
    But I stand up and co-sign your statement of fact that we are all over in "other" countries...helping/adopting, etc..when our own back yard needs tending.

  • mzwhang90210

    LOL..talkin bout some "Oprah...you still interested in adopting me? And can my 3 kids get adopted too"
    *TEARS"

  • THE OLDER SISTAH

    Tight budgets have been the reason why beneficial programs have been cut for as long as I can remember. Those most affected are the ones that need help the most and then people will talk about how people just don't want to do better. They are wrong, given a chance they will...except Calvin Mitchell (Oprah's fake son)

  • THE OLDER SISTAH

    LOL. You are so funny.

  • Nanny

    Did anyone see the video of Jahi? Moving her hand and foot?

  • harley_quinn2.0

    Raindrops would fa ha ha hall

  • Auditor

    They say it's just her nerves acting up

  • Nanny

    I didn't know that. Thanks

  • Nancy Drew on my ibrowse today

    Hate u SEW much right now! :shakes fist:
    LMAO!!!

  • ???

    ???

  • ???

    Lmao @ol Eddie Kang jr????

  • ???

    Absofcknlutely!

  • Sexy CJ

    *************

  • Maya

    It was all a set up from the start including when he brought her the soda as a child. His mother probably told him to do it to woo Oprah.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    I would read this blog to my loved one and we would cackle for days.

    Love you babe. Thank you for our gift. Rest easy. I'll always, always love you. See you on the other side?

    Signing off for now.

  • Milani

    Morning Sandra, Rose Garden, et al. Happy Friday. Have a safe weekend.

  • The Mrs.

    LMAO!

  • BRING THE PAYNE

    Gm,YOU AND UNNY PLAIN IGNANT!!!!????

  • MzFutureLCSW

    He was already dysfunctional. He nor his mother were going to "snap" out of it in the blink of an eye. They should have had them in counseling and in a mentor program.

  • Luv Pitties

    Can't you see Stedman standing in the Kmart with his purse and rolling his eyes talking about get the clocks on blue light special , lol

  • Luv Pitties

    Calvin is going to be like Stevie Wonder, still rocking cornrows and hairline starts at the nape of his neck!

  • Nix

    I hate to see people blow opportunities when there are others who are hungry for it. With that said I could've told her sending a black boy from the Chicago projects to a private school in Minnesota wasn't gonna pan out assuming he didn't have the proper support system in place. But at the age he is now he really needs to do for himself and stop looking for handouts. Oprah owes him nothing.

  • Luv Pitties

    Yes, but whose ass??? I remember back in the day there was a rumor that Oprah found Stedman in a compromising position with her hairdresser

  • harley_quinn2.0

    I ain't do nuthin. I just finished where she left off

  • SummerBaby

    *hugs* ??

  • partytime

    Somebody beat his ass for me please. Just STUPID!!!!

  • sunni_daze

    Too late to cry now. Bye wannabe son son

  • Mel

    I don't blame her one bit for cutting all ties with them it seem like he and his Fam expected her to take care of them forever. I mean she helped his mama get a job and the bish messed it up this is why I don refer folks to nobody u ain't finna put a stain on my good name no sah.

  • Mel

    She better becareful ain't no telling what he would do now that the real story is out there smh te national enquirer should be ashamed of themselves

  • sunni_daze

    I don't think he'll get the chance to even be in the same building as "O" after this fuqery.

  • stav

    She owes this man nothing! He blew 2 opportunities of a lifetime. He should be kicking himself daily. He and his mother apparently now realize how they let an amazing opportunity get away, and now over a decade later he wants to resurface. You are now suppose to be a man , get over it ! You screwed up , and the consequences are she wants nothing to do with you. Man up , and take care of yourself, no one has hand outs, not even apparently a Billionaire.

  • Dee

    The ungrateful man was on the TV the other day and said his ungrateful azz ambushed Oprah to apologize for letting her down. That his ungrateful azz just wanted to apologize. He said his ungrateful azz is a truck driver with 2 kids. His ungrateful azz didn't say how many baby mommas, but his braids looked very professionally done.

  • Genia Gouch

    Definitely a case where you can't help everyone.

  • Guess Who

    He's a damn bum looking for a come up. Oprah gets his mother a job and pays for him to go to private school and they just fluck that up? WTF. I do not like oprah but I don't blame her in this instance.

  • eljjai

    Children can make better choices it just depends on upbringing. There are kids who see where they came from and are so determined to do better. I volunteer with "at risk" kids you can see the ones who are going somewhere and the ones who are going nowhere.

  • eljjai

    It acutally wasn't that much of a mess it was just a huge culture clash. In Africa they still use corporal punsihment. And it's no big deal, in America, it a huge deal.

  • Willetta

    This is a sad commentary on the state of Black America. Unfortunately, he was only acting the way he was taught to. If your mama is lazy, chances are, so are you cuz your mama is your 1st teacher. When Oprah sent him away, Mama, Unca Boo Boo, Aunt Queesha, Daddy Mack and 'nem were in his ear telling him that he thought he was better than them and that the people at that school thought they were better than him. How you gonna send a little boy thousands of miles away from all he has ever known, to a place with more white people than he had undoubtedly ever seen in his life, and expect him to fall into lock step formation like a Nazi soldier! I understand the sense of betrayal for his part in the National Enquirer set up, but the childhood thing wasn't really his fault. He did all he knew how to do.

  • Noirluv45

    You are so right! On a much smaller scale, my sister is doing the same thing for this 12-year-old boy and his 12-year-old cousins and their siblings. My sister, who is a doctor, took these children under her wings, encouraging them to read, exposing them to a different life, but one of the 12-year-old boy's mother is lazy as hell. They never accepted the opportunities my sister offered them. She even offered to homeschool them, but they never did the legwork to prepare. One of the mother's doesn't have her GED. My sister offered to get her enrolled into class. Did she take it? She's still sitting at home, drinking, smoking weed, and living with an older no-good loser. SMH. People who don't want to be helped can't be helped. My sister hasn't given up on one of the boys because he has a lot of potential, but the rest of the kids and the mother...she's done with them.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    I'm not going to argue the point. You are entitled to your opinion. My opinion, is that while some children overcome, all children cannot simply overcome years of conditioning and learned behavior, without some sort of behavior modifying and emotional therapy. To me, it is not surprising that a child that was removed from his home grew homesick and returned to his home. And yes a 16/17 y.o. is still a child to me...

  • Tea???

    N*gga it sounds like u know why she left you fool u weren't doing what u were supposed to do and messed up the chance of a lifetime him and his mama. He must know how many kids would die for that shot, She didn't owe u anything u weren't a secret son. Just a kid she saw something in and wanted to help. U fkd up now he's doing interviews for a check like Oprah did something wrong.

  • askquestions

    This is why the idea of 40-acres and a mule is off key. Some people are not made to do productive work by their own will.

  • GTFOHWTBS

    exactly..... that was chance of a lifetime and he blew it. what a terrible shame

  • GTFOHWTBS

    what a damn shame.he was given an opportunity to die for. all he had to do was to go to school and he couldn't accomplish that. some black men are beyond pathetic and there is no need to blame society or the system for their lack of education,motivation and employment. #smdh

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  • 80sChild

    I remember that too and I didn't blame her for doing so. Unfortunately, many of our black children and grown folk don't appreciate things or strive for excellence but settle for mediocrity. I grew up in public housing and recall many times improvements or security features were installed in our building only for residents to tear it up or deface it. And I would think, "Really??", this is for our benefit but they didn't appreciate it. That was a big motivator for me to get my education and get the hell out of there!!

  • 80sChild

    These memes have me cracking up lol

  • Sincerity7

    They fools azzes messed up! Had Oprah in the palm of their hands. Ingrates!

  • GTFOHWTBS

    in the defense of him, he was only 12 yrs old at the time. perhaps, Oprah should've put him in a private school near home; not in another state far away from everything he knows. Things might've worked out for him. I feel bad for him and he was a child at the time.

  • ramosyo

    Mama dumb as the son...I would have kept that job yes ma'am and retired. damn how he wouldn't do right! I would have got us up and out those projects

  • Bonny

    Bum.

  • Bonny

    I don't deal with no man with kids.

  • Bonny

    I'm a day late and a dollar short but I like that ,

  • Soon2BWife

    She did put him in a local private school. As the aritical states, he was consistently tardy so she pulled him out of there and sent him to a ptivate boarding school in MN. If he was old enough to make the decision to come home and drop out, he was old enough to get dropped by Oprah.

  • Soon2BWife

    Girl, bye. Do you really think Oprah sent him to a Nazi type boot camp? It reads it was a private school, not a military school. I'm sure the school was beautiful with ever aminity, including structure, counselers, and a built in support system. He would have done better just by saying I messed up, I'm sorry and I would not blow the opportunity if it was given to me again. His simp a#* standing there talking about, "Why you leave me?"

  • My Thoughts

    I'm really surprised that Sandra would take an article from the National Inquirer as being truthful! They will sensationlize any story for money! Inside Edition interviewed the man and he clearly stated that he wanted to apologize to Oprah for letting her down. At no point did he mention that he was her "secret son". Do better Sandra!!??