Written by Mike Orie of TheConsciousTip.com
In a recent interview with Wendy Williams, Whoopi Goldberg discusses plans to leave 'The View' to direct movies among other things.
Goldberg has been a moderator on 'The View' since 2007 but will likely not return after her contract. "They're in their 20th season. They did this without me. I've been here for half of it, but not all of it."
With a career spanning over 35 years, Whoopi Goldberg has played some of our generations most important roles, including Celie in The Color Purple, Sister Act, A Different World and others. She is also apart of the very few elite who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony, known as 'EGOT.'
Her plans to leave the show after 10 years include working on a new project called "Strut." The project will tell the story about the first transgender modeling agency. The new show will air on Oxygen and will follow a group of models signed to Slay Model Management, an agency that focuses solely on transgender models."The conversations that we're having about people's gender, may not be the best questions to ask. And maybe if we realize that transgender people have mom's and dad's and boyfriends and girlfriends that we can be kinder when we're with them." Goldberg's show will be the first reality modeling show specifically on transgender models.
Goldberg is also expected to have a behind the scenes credit on an upcoming scripted film on Emmett Till. Watch the interview below with Wendy Williams.
What are your thoughts about Goldberg leaving and the development of this new show?
Mike "Orie" Mosley is a freelance writer/photographer and cultural advocate from St. Louis. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Arts, Entertainment & Media Management from Columbia College Chicago and a Masters in Higher Education Administration from LSU. He is also the co-founder of music and culture website www.theconscioustip.com. In his spare time, he's probably listening to hip hop & neo soul music, hitting up brunch or caught up in deep conversations about Black music. You can follow him on Twitter @mike_orie or on Instagram @mikeorie