'OWN Spotlight: Where Do We Go From Here?' to Premiere Across Discovery Networks

Oprah Winfrey presents conversations with Black thought leaders to answer imperative questions and give tangible action plans to address systemic racism in a two-part special starting June 9.

June 05, 2020

In response to the continuing civil unrest in America following the tragic murder of George Floyd, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced a two-night special, OWN Spotlight: Where Do We Go From Here?, that will simulcast on OWN and across all of Discovery’s 18 other U.S. networks on Tuesday, June 9 (part one) and Wednesday, June 10 (part two) at 9|8c both nights.

It will also stream for free on the Watch OWN and Discovery Family TVE apps, as well as OWN’s Youtube, Facebook and Instagram channels and be available on Discovery’s global platforms in more than 200 countries and territories.

The special features Oprah Winfrey as she speaks directly with a range of Black thought leaders, activists and artists about systemic racism and the current state of America.

The in-depth conversations offer insight and tangible plans to answer the questions “What matters now?” “What matters next?” and “Where do we go from here?.”

Featured guests include politician Stacey Abrams, journalist Charles M. Blow; Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms; Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay (When They See Us, 13th, Queen Sugar), professor and author Jennifer Eberhardt (author of Biased); journalist and Pulitzer prize-winning founder of the 1619 Project Nikole Hannah-Jones; historian and author Ibram Kendi (How to be an Anti-Racist), award-winning actor David Oyelowo (Selma), Color of Change founder Rashad Robinson; and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) national board member Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II.

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

“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 Tina Perry, President, OWN. “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 David Zaslav, President and CEO of Discovery, Inc. “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.”

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

Discovery is committed to growth and changes through the social good program, RISE: Reducing Inequality and Supporting Empowerment. Through that program, donations are being made to the following organizations in support of social justice and mobility:

  • Emma Bowen Foundation: An organization dedicated to building a more diverse media industry.
  • Equal Justice Initiative: A nonprofit committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the U.S., to challenge racial and economic injustice, and to protect basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.
  • NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund: Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans.

Please visit the websites of the organizations if you would like to make your own donations.

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