Exclusive: Oprah’s Mom, Vernita Lee Speaks!

05May10

Vernita Lee, Oprah‘s mother goes on the record with editor Zondra Hughes coordinated by Hermene Hartman of N’Digo magapaper. The interview talks about everything from Vernita’s life growing up, why she gave up Oprah as a child and Oprah’s real biological father. The cover story hits Chicago newsstands on Thurs- May 6th, 2010. 

Here are few excerpts from the article:

Zondra: There was a war vet who challenged Oprah to take a paternity test and stated he was the father.
Vernita: “I never seen him before. I really think this is outrageous for that man to say that and I don’t even know him. He wants Oprah to give him some money. That’s why he’s saying he is her father.”

Zondra: As a new mother, why did you move to Milwaukee, and leave Oprah behind in Mississippi. 
Vernita: “Well, I wanted to grow up and be a grown person,” Vernita reveals. “And I left home when I was 20-years-old. I just wanted to go to work and be somebody.”

Zondra: Critics often say you weren’t there for Oprah.
Vernita: “I am a good mom,” Vernita states. “I know I am a good mom. When my children were small, I took care of them.”

The full article will also be available on May 6th, at  http://www.ndigo.com



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