Oprah Winfrey to host TV special honouring Black fathers that will feature Tyler Perry

By Heather Cichowski

Oprah Winfrey to host TV special honouring Black fathers that will feature Tyler Perry

Oprah Winfrey is set to host a TV special dedicated to Black dads called OWN Spotlight: Oprah And 100 Black Fathers.

The OWN special will reportedly feature a diverse group of fathers with different experiences and perspectives including those in the military, parents with transgender children, and more.

The show will also profile some familiar faces including Tyler Perry, activist and author Shaka Senghor, rapper Killer Mike and actor Courtney B. Vance. One hundred Black fathers will take part, and share things such as how they've been speaking to their children about the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and others.

“I am honoured 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,” the media mogul said in a statement.

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This isn't the first time Oprah has addressed anti-Black racism in recent weeks. She previously hosted a two-night town hall to discuss how the issue has been affecting America. The television event, which was entitled OWN Spotlight: Where Do We Go From Here, aired across June 9 and June 10. It featured conversations with Black speakers including actor David Oyelowo, filmmaker Ava DuVernay and politician Stacey Abrams.

Oprah also recently spoke with John Lewis. He is currently a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Georgia, and in the 1960s he was involved with the civil rights movement with the likes of Martin Luther King, Jr. Their conversation was filmed and will be featured after every screening of John Lewis: Good Trouble, a new documentary made about the icon.

You can catch OWN Spotlight: Oprah And 100 Black Fathers on June 30 at 10 p.m./9 p.m. CT.

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