Oprah Winfrey is using her platform to talk about race and police brutality on a large scale.
Winfrey will host the two-night special OWN Spotlight: Where Do We Go From Here?, which will simulcast across OWN and all of Discovery's 18 U.S. networks June 9 and June 10 at 9 p.m. ET. The special will also be available on Watch OWN and Discovery Family TVE apps for free as well as OWN's YouTube, Instagram and Facebook channels. Discovery's global networks across 200 countries and territories will also air the special as well.
The special promises "in-depth conversations" that will "offer insight and tangible plans to answer the questions 'What matters now?' 'What matters next?' and 'Where do we go from here?'." Political and entertainment figures who will take part in the special include "1619 Project" journalist and Pulitzer prize-winner Nikole Hannah-Jones, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, politician Stacey Abrams, director, Ava DuVernay, Color of Change President Rashad Robinson, NAACP national board member and leader of the Poor People's Movement Rev. Dr. Wlliam J. Barber II, David Oyelowo, journalist Charles M. Blow, author Ibram Kendi, and author Jennifer Eberhardt.
Winfrey revealed that she has been privately discussing what Americans need to do to build on the movement developed from George Floyd's murder at the hands of police.
“I’ve been having private conversations with friends and thought leaders about what’s next and where we go from here,” said Winfrey in a statement. “I thought it would be both of interest and service to bring their ideas, concerns and comments into a national spotlight.”
Tina Perry, President, OWN, and David Zaslav, President and CEO of Discovery, Inc. both praised Winfrey's upcoming special and Discovery's part in the project.
“As a network dedicated to supporting and uplifting Black lives, OWN is committed to providing our community with important dialogue and helpful resources in this challenging time as we mourn the murder of George Floyd and ask ourselves how can we come together to create meaningful change,” said Perry. “I am proud that our Discovery family has joined us to amplify this message in solidarity.”
“There is no one like Oprah to bring us all together at this critical moment in our history to offer insights, perspective and action,” said Zaslav. “We are honored 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.”
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