Oprah Winfrey may not have a daily talk show anymore, but she is using her OWN network and 18 others to host at two-night town hall about race.
In the wake of George Floyd’s death and the nationwide protests, Winfrey said it was a good time to gather major black thought leaders, activists and artists.
“I’ve been having private conversations with friends and thought leaders about what’s next and where we go from here,” Winfrey said in a press statement. “I thought it would be both of interest and service to bring their ideas, concerns and comments into a national spotlight.”
OWN is majority owned by Discovery Networks and all of its networks - including HGTV, the Food Network, Travel and Animal Planet - will simulcast the special, which will air at 9 p.m. Tuesday June 9 and 9 p.m. Wednesday June 10.
Among the guests, she will talk to are Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and Stacey Abrams, author, politician and attorney who ran for governor and lost to Brian Kemp in 2018.
Others include journalist Charles M. Blow, filmmaker Ava DuVernay, Stanford professor and author Jennifer Eberhardt, journalist and founder of the “1619 Project” Nikole Hannah-Jones, historian and author Ibram Kendi, actor David Oyelowo (best known for his role as Martin Luther King Jr. in “Selma”), Color of Change founder Rashad Robinson and NAACP national board member Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II.
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