Entertainment OWN Sets New 'Spotlight' Special on Racial Injustice Featuring 100 Black Fathers
John Ridley on TV's Role Amid Protests Over Racial Inequality: 'We Have to Be Part of the Solution' (Video)
A version of this interview with John Ridley first appeared in the Limited Series & Movies issue of TheWrap's Emmy magazine. John Ridley has been a leading voice in television for decades, earning two nominations in 2015 (and another the following year) for his ABC limited series "American Crime." When the cultural and political landscape began to change in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer last month, we figured it was time to check back in with Ridley, whose other work includes his Oscar-winning screenplay for "12 Years a Slave," the series "Guerrilla," the documentary "Let It Fall" and an annual Social Justice Summit
Oprah Winfrey Network is planning its next "OWN Spotlight" special, and this time, she's invited 100 Black fathers to talk about racial injustice and its impact on themselves and their children.
"OWN Spotlight: Oprah and 100 Black Fathers" will air Tuesday, June 30 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on OWN, right after the latest episode of "Greenleaf." It will also be available to stream for free on the Watch OWN app starting at 11 p.m. ET/PT.
In the special, Winfrey will chat with the fathers — including Tyler Perry, actor Courtney B. Vance, Michael Render A.K.A. rapper Killer, and criminal justice reform activist and author Shaka Senghor — about "how the current climate has affected them emotionally how they are emotionally managing this moment, the urgency of having 'the talk' with their children and the dreams they have for their future," according to OWN.
What Dabo Sweeney told protestors during Black Lives Matter rally at Clemson
Dabo Swinney took action on Saturday after being mired in controversy amid international protests against racial injustice. The Clemson Tigers coach spoke to a Black Lives Matter rally at the university, and delivered a message against racism and police brutality. © Provided by For The Win “This is beautiful, and I just appreciate everyone supporting this community today. Clemson is a special place, and we see again what that is today,” Swinney said. “This is a historic time and a challenging time, but as I tell my team all the time, challenge is what creates change.
The fathers will also share "how they are responding and speaking with their children about the recent murders of Black men and women, and the deep-rooted systematic challenges they face in their daily lives living in a world that too often sees them as criminals instead of their humanity."
The virtual audience will also feature fathers who are married, single, gay, parents of trans children, members of the military, the formerly incarcerated, frontline healthcare workers, professional and stay-at-home dads, and those who have faced the death of a child at the hands of the police, the network added.
"I am honored to bring this conversation to light so we might better understand the emotional toll Black fathers endure, and how they continue to show up for their children, their family and the community," said Oprah Winfrey.
Daytime Emmys Winners, Hosts Acknowledge Their "Responsibility to Effect Change"
Ellen DeGeneres promised to "amplify" voices of Black people and people of color more on her entertainment talk show.For entertainment talk show winner Ellen DeGeneres, the host remarked that in the past month, it's become more important than ever for her and others with a large audience to "do a lot more with the platform we're given." DeGeneres added that in the future, she aims to "amplify" voices of Black people and people of color, noting she has a "responsibility to effect change.
"We are proud to continue curating programming that talks openly about important issues affecting Black lives," said Tina Perry, president of OWN. "In this special, Black fathers will share their personal stories and feelings in this moment and the hope they have for their families' futures."
The special is produced by OWN. The executive producers are Oprah Winfrey and Tara Montgomery.
"OWN Spotlight: Oprah and 100 Black Fathers" airs June 30 at 10/9c on OWN.
John Legend, Sterling K. Brown, Kerry Washington & More Promote Racial Justice on 'Bear Witness, Take Action' .
The YouTube Originals special aired on Saturday.Bear Witness, Take Action, hosted by Common and Keke Palmer, included powerful roundtable discussions and panels led by moderators like Jemele Hill, Roland S. Martin and Soledad O'Brien. Brown gave the opening message, honoring those who have died recently at the hands of police brutality.