Oprah asks where do we go from here in new TV special about race

Oprah Winfrey.
Oprah Winfrey.
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  • Oprah Winfrey will host a two-night TV special to discuss and examine systematic racism in the US.
  • OWN Spotlight: Where Do We Go From Here? will premiere with Part 1 Tuesday 9 June and Part 2 on Wednesday 10 June and will be available online.
  • The series will also air on TLC (DStv 135) and RealTime (DStv 155/StarSat 162) on Sunday 14 June.
  • Ava Duvernay, David Oyelowo, historian Ibram Kendi and author Jennifer Eberhardt are among the guests who will appear on the show.

In response to the continuing civil unrest in America after the tragic murder of George Floyd by police, Oprah Winfrey will moderate a brand-new, two-night TV special OWN Spotlight: Where Do We Go From Here?

It will be available to watch for free online and will also be broadcast in South Africa and across sub-Saharan Africa on Discovery Inc.'s pay-TV channels on MultiChoice's DStv and StarTimes' StarSat.

OWN Spotlight: Where Do We Go From Here? will debut on Tuesday 9 June with Part 1, and Part 2 on Wednesday 10 June. Besides being shown on Oprah's OWN channel in the United States, it will also stream for free on OWN's YouTube channel, Facebook and Instagram.

The series will be simulcast on TLC (DStv 135) and Realtime (DStv 155/StarSat 162) on Sunday 14 June at 20:55. Two episodes will be played back to back for a duration of an approximate 1 hour and 50 minutes.

Oprah Winfrey will hear from a range of Black thought leaders, activists and artists about systematic racism and the current state of America.

In the special she will talk to filmmaker Ava DuVernay, politician Stacey Abrams, Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, Color of Change founder Rashad Robinson, historian Ibram Kendi, Rev. Dr William J. Barber II, professor and author Jennifer Eberhardt, actor David Oyelowo and journalist Charles M. Blow.

"I've been having private conversations with friends and thought leaders about what's next and where we go from here," says Oprah in a statement. "I thought it would be both of interest and service to bring their ideas, concerns and comments into a national spotlight."

David Zaslav, president and CEO of Discovery Inc., says: "There is no one like Oprah to bring us all together at this critical moment in our history to offer insights, perspective and action."

"We are honoured to partner with OWN and use our global reach to amplify this important discussion about the global issues of economic and social justice and equality to a potential audience of one billion people across more than 200 markets in a way that only Discovery can."

OWN Spotlight: Where Do We Go From Here is executive produced by Oprah Winfrey and Tara Montgomery.


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