Sam: Molly, you’re in danger.
Oda Mae Brown: You can’t just blurt it out like that! And quit moving around, because you’re starting to make me dizzy. I’ll just tell her in my own way.
Oda Mae Brown: Molly, you in danger, girl.
—From the movie, Ghost
It’s February again, the beginning of African American History Month, and Loc’d Life is celebrating it by highlighting famous loc’d heroes and heroines.
In this post, we celebrate Whoopi Goldberg, co-host and moderator of the daytime show, The View. She is also known for her role as Celie in The Color Purple. She was the charlatain medium Oda Mae Brown, who discovered her real psychic powers in Ghost. She was the wisecracking nun in Sister Act. She was serious as a maid who participated in the Montgomery Bus Boycott in The Long Walk Home.
Little known facts about Ms. Goldberg include her real name, Caryn Elaine Johnson. She was raised in the Chelsea-Elliot Houses, a housing project in New York City. Her stage name is inspired by the whoopee cushion. (She states, “If you get a little gassy, you’ve got to let it go. So people used to say to me, ‘You’re like a whoopee cushion.’ And that’s where the name came from.”) She was inspired into show business by the television show Star Trek—in particular seeing Nichelle Nichols in her role as Uhura. A young Goldberg exclaimed, “Momma! There’s a black lady on TV and she ain’t no maid!”
Funny, outspoken, and sometimes controversial, Goldberg has made history as one of the few entertainers who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award, and in the 1990s, was the highest paid woman in film.
Goldberg is a tough act to follow. She has earned two Academy Award nominations for The Color Purple and Ghost, winning for her role in Ghost as Best Supporting Actress. She is the second African American woman to do so. She is the winner of the 1985 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding One-Person show for her solo performance on Broadway. She has received eight Daytime Emmy nominations, winning two; five non-daytime Emmy nominations; three Golden Globe nominations, winning two; a Grammy award; a Tony award as a producer for Thoroughly Modern Millie; three People’s Choice awards; five American Comedy Awards, winning two; named an honorary member of the Harlem Globetrotters; and is the recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center.
Goldberg is also an activist, championing human rights on several fronts. She won the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Vanguard Award for her continued work in supporting the gay and lesbian community.
Goldberg exemplifies individuality and is a loc ambassador each and every weekday on The View. Her locs help celebrate a new way for many to “enjoy the view”. For those who say that locs have arrived, look to Goldberg as living proof.
Don’t miss next week’s post as we continue celebrating Black history!