People seem to think that Oprah is a bunch of car-gifting, “my favorite things” celebrating and Black soap operas. But Winfrey has made her name tackling tough subjects.
Remember when she brought her show, only five months into existence, to Forsyth County (outside of Philly)?
The town that she went to had not had a Black person live there for over 75 years. Way back then, she was already setting out to prove that Black Lives matter — challenging the status quo by shining a light on the ugliness of America.
She wasn’t scared … and she is still not shaking in her Jimmy Choo shoes.
Now people are waiting to hear what Oprah to do in light of the recent civic unrest in America in the wake of the deaths of Ahmaud Abery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and Javier Ambler.
In fact, she tapped some of her associates to see if there is some kind of plan that they can formulate and institute immediately.
This is not just aquestion that she is asking, but all of America is.
For the first time in a long time everyone is asking the same question, but there has to be more than one answer. More than one method. More than one voice.
Tonight and tomorrow, Oprah Winfrey and Discovery Networks will present day one of a two-night special “OWN Spotlight: Where Do We Go From Here?”
The special will feature Winfrey speaking with Black thought leaders, activists, and artists on the country’s direction. Some of the guests will include politician and Spelman Alumna Stacey Abrams, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, director Ava DuVernay, actor David Oyelowo, Color of Change founder Rashad Robinson, and NAACP national board member Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II.
Tune in tonight and tomorrow at 9 PM (EST) on OWN. “
OWN Spotlight: Where Do We Go From Here?” can also be seen on Philo