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When Najah Aziz nodded off during an annual job performance review, she knew she had to make a move. She wanted out of the insurance business and into the hair salon, feeding a passion she developed as a child styling her six sisters’ hair.

Nikki Giovanni is 74 now, a generation removed from the height of her poetic power. But she remains fiery and talented and has a lot on her mind.

Looking out into the darkness beyond the windshield of her mother’s car, where Chelesa Fearce and her mother were spending the night, her dreams of Yale Medical School seemed impossible.

The estimated 45,000 attendees of Oprah's 2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus Tour’s first three stops—Fort Lauderdale, Minneapolis, Atlanta—discovered just how serious the talk show legend was about being more intimate about her life than she’s ever been. Considering that Winfrey built her brand on her openness, from battling weight issues to grappling with childhood sexual abuse, few could imagine her getting even more vulnerable. But she does just that as she helps others deal with their own stuff.

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