OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Announces “Ready to Love” Season 5 Premiere Friday, January 28th





OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Announces “Ready to Love” Season 5 Premiere Friday, January 28th at 8 PM EST
In 2021, “Ready to Love” was Friday night’s #1 original cable series among African-American women (18+).
[via press release from OWN]
READY TO LOVE

Season 5 Premieres Friday, January 28th at 8 PM EST | 7 PM CST on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

New Season, Fresh Cast, New Rules… Same Objective, Love!

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network debuts season five of its hit dating series “Ready to Love” Friday, January 28th at 8 PM EST | 7 PM CST with a new cast and new rules on the one-hour debut. In 2021, Ready to Love was Friday night’s #1 original cable series among African-American women (18+). The show is executive produced by Will Packer, Will Packer Media and Lighthearted Entertainment.

Host, Tommy Miles is back following a dynamic Season 4 to help a new group of single men and women find love in the DMV area. The new cast of men and women are looking for love from Maryland, Virginia and the D.C. area. With the shift to online dating apps, swiping right, and DMs, the journey to find love has turned into a numbers game. This season, Tommy will guide the singles to find more meaningful and lasting relationships by shifting the focus from quantity to quality, and announcing that there will be only 14 singles to start the journey: seven men and seven women. Every week, the power shifts between the fellas and the ladies as they decide who just isn’t ready to love. But just like the mighty Potomac River, Tommy has twists and turns planned, including surprise blind dates to add NEW SINGLES to the mix. By the end, only the strongest couples will remain to decide whether they are genuinely Ready to Love.

Meet this season’s cast of women and men.

Women –
Ace, 37
DaKiya, 39
Joi, 41
Precious, 34
Kina, 39
Sabrina, 36
Tiffani, 37

Men –
Clifton, 44
Demetrius, 42
Fernando, 34
Laverne, 44
Paul, 48
Tory, 39
Wiley, 32

About “Ready to Love”

Record-breaking Hollywood producer Will Packer’s popular dating series hosted by Thomas “Nephew Tommy” Miles explores the real-life dating interactions of sexy, successful, and grown Black men and Black women in their 30s and 40s who are each looking for lasting love and an authentic relationship. Will Packer Media and Lighthearted Entertainment produce the series.

About Will Packer Media

Led by Hollywood producer Will Packer, Will Packer Media is a first-of-its kind production and branded content company focused on the New American Mainstream audience. In partnership with Discovery, Inc. and Universal Pictures, the company produces episodic scripted and unscripted series across television and digital platforms, compelling content for brand clients, and short-form digital content for millennial audiences. Will Packer’s films have earned more than $1 billion, with ten opening at number one at the box office.

About OWN’s Friday/Saturday Unscripted Programming Slate

OWN is among the top cable networks on Friday and Saturday nights for African American women, with its unscripted hit series focusing on love, relationships and family drama. Saturday’s slate of popular shows includes the smash hit “Love & Marriage: Huntsville” from Carlos King. Friday nights feature “Ladies Who List: Atlanta” and “Ready to Love,” and “Put a Ring on It.”



OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Remembers Legendary Sidney Poitier with Special Day of Programming





OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Remembers Legendary Sidney Poitier with Special Day of Programming
The episodes from “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and the feature film “To Sir, With Love” will also be available on the WatchOWN app beginning January 9.
[via press release from OWN]
OWN: OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK REMEMBERS LEGENDARY SIDNEY POITIER WITH SPECIAL DAY OF PROGRAMMING

“THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW” EPISODES, “OPRAH WINFREY PRESENTS: LEGENDS WHO PAVED THE WAY,” AND “TO SIR, WITH LOVE” SET TO RE-AIR SUNDAY, JANUARY 9 ON OWN
Los Angeles – In memory of the legendary Sidney Poitier, OWN will present a day of special programming on Sunday, January 9 including re-airings of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” episodes from 2000 and 2007; “Oprah Winfrey Presents: Legends Who Paved the Way” from 2015; and the 1967 feature film “To Sir, With Love.” The episodes from “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and the feature film “To Sir, With Love” will be available on the WatchOWN app beginning January 9.

Following Poitier’s passing, Winfrey shared the following in his honor:

For me, the greatest of the “Great Trees” has fallen: Sidney Poitier. My honor to have loved him as a mentor. Friend. Brother. Confidant. Wisdom teacher. The utmost, highest regard and praise for his most magnificent, gracious, eloquent life. I treasured him. I adored him. He had an enormous soul I will forever cherish. Blessings to Joanna and his world of beautiful daughters 馃檹馃従

Programming Schedule – Sunday, January 9 on OWN:

The Oprah Winfrey Show: Sidney Poitier Measure of a Man

Sunday, January 9 at 1:00 p.m. ET/PT and 8:00 p.m. ET/PT

Original Air Date: April 7, 2000

Oprah talks to Sidney Poitier, author of “The Measure Of A Man — A Spiritual Memoir,” about his life and career, including his role in one of Oprah’s all-time favorite films, “Lilies of the Field.” During the “Remembering Your Spirit” segment, Sidney Poitier talks about growing up in the Bahamas and how he now connects more deeply with his spirit by remembering that simpler time and honoring his parents, whose values he continues to uphold.

The Oprah Winfrey Show: Dinner of a Lifetime with Sidney Poitier

Sunday, January 9 at 2:00 p.m. ET/PT and 7:00 p.m. ET/PT

Original Air Date: March 28, 2007

Oprah hosts a special dinner for Sidney Poitier where they discuss his book, “The Measure of a Man.”

To Sir, With Love

Sunday, January 9 at 3:00 p.m. ET/PT

Release Date: June 14, 1967

This 1967 feature film is about a novice teacher facing a class of rowdy, undisciplined working-class punks that reflected some of the problems and fears of teens in the 60s. Sidney Poitier gives one of his finest performances as Mark Thackeray, an out-of-work engineer who turns to teaching in London’s tough East End. The graduating class, led by Denham (Christian Roberts), Pamela (Judy Geeson) and Barbara (Lulu, who also sings the hit title song), sets out to destroy Thackeray as they did his predecessor by breaking his spirit. But Thackeray, no stranger to hostility, meets the challenge by treating the students as young adults who will soon enter a work force where they must stand or fall on their own. When offered an engineering job, Thackeray must decide if he wants to stay.

Oprah Winfrey Presents: Legends Who Paved The Way

Sunday, January 9 at 5:30 p.m. ET/PT

Original Air Date: January 18, 2015

Oprah Winfrey hosts a gala of events celebrating the film “Selma” and honoring some of the legendary men and extraordinary women of the civil rights movement who made history.



Video: OWN Debuts Official Key Art and Trailer for New Drama “The Kings of Napa”





Video: OWN Debuts Official Key Art and Trailer for New Drama “The Kings of Napa”
The series features Ebon茅e Noel who plays August King, the middle sibling and the family’s brilliant marketing whiz who’s passionate about wine and always looking for new ways to expand the business.
[via press release from OWN]
OWN DEBUTS OFFICIAL KEY ART AND TRAILER FOR NEW DRAMA “THE KINGS OF NAPA”

‘THE KINGS OF NAPA’ Series Premiere Tuesday, January 11, 2022, at 8 P.M. ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

Photo caption (L to R): Ashlee Brian, Rance Nix, Karen LeBlanc, Ebon茅e Noel, Isaiah Whitlock Jr.,Devika Parikh, Yaani King Mondschein

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network debuts the trailer and key art to the juicy new drama, “The Kings of Napa” from acclaimed writer and executive producer Janine Sherman Barrois (“Claws,” “Self-Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker”) and Warner Bros. Television, to premiere on OWN Tuesday, January 11, 2022, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

The series features Ebon茅e Noel (“FBI,” “Wrecked”) who plays August King, the middle sibling and the family’s brilliant marketing whiz who’s passionate about wine and always looking for new ways to expand the business. Rance Nix (“Zero Issue,” “Amsterdam Ave”) plays Dana King, the older brother and the savvy CFO of the winery. Karen LeBlanc (“Ransom,” “Jack Ryan”) plays Vanessa King, the matriarch of the family who gave up her career to help run the winery in Napa with her husband Reginald King, played by Isiah Whitlock Jr. (“The Wire,” “Da 5 Bloods”). Yaani King Mondschein (“The Prince & Me,” “Saving Grace”) plays Bridgette Pierce, the cousin of the King siblings who works as the vineyard manager for House of Kings wine. Ashlee Brian (“The Forty-Year-Old Version,” “Family Reunion”) plays Christian King, the youngest brother with swag who manages the winery’s bottling facility but knows little about growing grapes. And Devika Parikh (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Aquaman”) plays Melanie Pierce, August’s aunt who is now back in the States with a firestorm that threatens to change the King family forever.

“The Kings of Napa” is produced for OWN by Harpo Films in association with Warner Bros. Television. Sherman Barrois serves as showrunner and executive producer alongside Michelle Listenbee Brown (“Love Is__,” “Real Husbands of Hollywood”) and Oprah Winfrey. Academy Award(R) winner Matthew A. Cherry (“Hair Love”) directs the first two episodes of the series.

About Kings of Napa

“The Kings of Napa” is centered on a gorgeous and picturesque Napa Valley, California vineyard owned by the Kings, an aspirational African American family whose wealth and status land them on the pages of design magazines and society pages. The wine business has brought the family success and acclaim, but following the patriarch’s sudden exit from the company, his three children must grapple for the reins to the kingdom – to their own power, wealth, and legacy.

About OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is the first and only network named for, and inspired by, a single iconic leader. Oprah Winfrey’s heart and creative instincts inform the brand and the magnetism of the channel. OWN is a leading destination for premium scripted and unscripted programming from today’s most innovative storytellers. OWN connects with its audience wherever they are, inspiring conversation among a global community of like-minded viewers on social media and beyond. Launched on January 1, 2011, OWN is a joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery, Inc. The venture also includes the award-winning digital platform Oprah.com. Access OWN anytime, anywhere on WatchOWN.tv, and on discovery+ across mobile devices and connected TVs. For more information, please visit www.oprah.com/own and https://press.discovery.com/us/own/.

About Warner Bros. Television

One of the entertainment industry’s most-respected providers of original programming since its founding in 1955, Warner Bros. Television produces original scripted dramas, comedies, and limited series for multiple platforms. As of December 2021, Warner Bros. Television is producing more than 60 scripted series for WarnerMedia’s HBO Max, external on-demand/streaming services, premium/pay and basic cable channels, and the five broadcast networks.



OWN Announces Documentary Film “Eggs Over Easy” Hosted by Keshia Knight Pulliam





OWN Announces Documentary Film “Eggs Over Easy” Hosted by Keshia Knight Pulliam Premiering on OWN and discovery+ Tuesday, January 4
“Eggs Over Easy” investigates the often taboo subject of infertility in the Black community and brings Black women together for an enlightening and empowering dialogue about the sometimes unpredictable path to motherhood.
[via press release from OWN]
OWN ANNOUNCES DOCUMENTARY FILM “EGGS OVER EASY” HOSTED BY KESHIA KNIGHT PULLIAM PREMIERING ON OWN AND DISCOVERY+ TUESDAY, JANUARY 4

Film Anchors A National Conversation About Black Women and Fertility Featuring Academy Award-Nominated Actress and Singer Andra Day

LOS ANGELES – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today a new OWN Spotlight documentary in conjunction with OWN’s first-ever health initiative, OWN YOUR HEALTH, exploring women’s reproductive choices, options, and barriers, “Eggs Over Easy,” premiering on Tuesday, January 4 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. The film will also be available on discovery+ on January 4.

Narrated and executive produced by Emmy-nominated actress Keshia Knight Pulliam, “Eggs Over Easy” investigates the often taboo subject of infertility in the Black community and brings Black women together for an enlightening and empowering dialogue about the sometimes unpredictable path to motherhood. Academy Award-nominated actress and singer Andra Day joins the conversation along with Black women, doctors, and fertility advocates who share their personal experiences including miscarriage, IVF, ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids, and many other reproductive issues that are not typically discussed or widely understood.

“Eggs Over Easy” is a Lady Lock Production. Chiquita Lockley, Phylicia Fant, Keshia Knight Pulliam, and D’Angela Proctor are executive producers. The documentary was written, produced and directed by Chiquita Lockley.

About Keshia Knight Pulliam

Mother, Visionary, Emmy Nominated Actress, Entrepreneur, Veteran Entertainment Producer, Director, Advocate and Family Culture Shaper, Keshia Knight Pulliam is a familiar face in homes all over the world.

At the age of 5 years old, Keshia was cast as the iconic Rudy Huxtable on the groundbreaking Emmy and Golden Globe, award-winning television show “The Cosby Show”. Keshia Knight Pulliam became the overnight poster child for families everywhere.

Her acting resume has continued to expand over several decades as she returned to the screen in “Beauty Shop,” alongside Queen Latifah and in Tyler Perry’s “House of Payne” as Miranda.

She is affectionately referred to as a new age “mompreneur” who continues to relentlessly pursue all of her goals and dreams. Her brand is an intersection of beauty, home, entertainment, giving back, and chasing impact in community. From working in entertainment, becoming one of the founding partners of The Fearless Fund, Co-founder of Peaches & Lola children’s clothing line and curator of her own spice line “Keshia’s Kitchen,” her resume continues to evolve. Keshia Knight-Pulliam is most proud of her work with her not-for-profit, Kamp Kizzy, dedicated to inspiring girls all over the world to dream big, think big and accomplish big.

She is also a proud mother to daughter Ella Grace Pulliam and wife to Brad James.

About OWN YOUR HEALTH

View the OWN YOUR HEALTH Launch Spot HERE featuring the song “Stand Up For Something” by Grammy and Academy Award-winner Common and Academy Award-nominee Andra Day (The United States vs. Billie Holiday) and voice-over by Ms. Day.

OWN YOUR HEALTH aims to bring awareness, education, resources, and a sense of community to address the unique health concerns facing Black women today. This multi-platform campaign is designed to inspire and encourage the OWN audience to put herself and her health and well-being first. OWN YOUR HEALTH expands on the success of OWN’s first ever pro social campaign OWN YOUR VOTE, a bipartisan registration and get-out-the-vote initiative that partnered with national and local grassroots and voting rights organizations during the 2020 elections.

OWN YOUR HEALTH leads with powerful narratives and actions exploring the full range of mental, physical and social/emotional well-being with the goal to provide messaging and tools that are informed, educational, relevant, and up to date with the latest developments as it relates to health and wellness. The campaign also provides opportunities for OWN brand partners to support with resources and promote healthier lifestyles.

Link to OWN YOUR HEALTH Website: www.ownyourhealth.tv

Social Media Handles: Facebook Group: http://owntv.com/OWNYourHealth Twitter: www.twitter.com/ownyour // @OWNYour Instagram: www.instagram.com/ownyour // @OWNYour

About “OWN Spotlight”

“OWN Spotlight” presentations tackle issues and concerns facing Black lives. The programs feature candid and in-depth conversations that create real dialogue to inspire systematic change. Previous programs include a conversation with acclaimed actress Viola Davis; a conversation with singer/actress Andra Day; a special presentation on Ava DuVernay’s short film “August 28;” an inspirational special celebrating Black Fatherhood and the special bonds they have with their children “They Call Me Dad;” a two-night special “Where Do We Go From Here?” that simulcast across the Discovery family of networks featuring Oprah and Black thought leaders discussing the current state of racism America; “Oprah and 100 Black Fathers” sharing the urgency of having “the talk” with their children and the dreams they have for the future of their families; “COVID-19: The Deadly Impact on Black America” that investigated the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Black communities; “Oprah At Home with Lupita Nyong’o and Cynthia Erivo,” which examined colorism in Hollywood; “Oprah and Alicia Keys – The Interview” discussing Alicia Keys’ new memoir “More Myself;” “When They See Us Now” featuring Oprah in conversation with award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay and the cast from the acclaimed series “When They See Us” along with real men formerly known as the Central Park Five; “(In)Visible Portraits,” which was a powerful celebration of Black women sharing their stories of struggle, resilience and beyond; and the follow-up documentary from D. Channsin Berry “Dark Girls 2” exploring the prejudices darker-skinned women face around the world.

About OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is the first and only network named for, and inspired by, a single iconic leader. Oprah Winfrey’s heart and creative instincts inform the brand and the magnetism of the channel. OWN is a leading destination for premium scripted and unscripted programming from today’s most innovative storytellers. OWN connects with its audience wherever they are, inspiring conversation among a global community of like-minded viewers on social media and beyond. Launched on January 1, 2011, OWN is a joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery, Inc. The venture also includes award-winning digital platform Oprah.com. Access OWN anytime on http://WatchOWN.tv or across mobile devices and connected TVs.

About discovery+

discovery+ is the definitive non-fiction, real life subscription streaming service. discovery+ features a landmark partnership with Verizon that gives their customers with select plans up to 12 months of discovery+ on Verizon. discovery+ has the largest-ever content offering of any new streaming service at launch, featuring a wide range of exclusive, original series across popular, passion verticals in which Discovery brands have a strong leadership position, including lifestyle and relationships; home and food; true crime; paranormal; adventure and natural history; as well as science, tech and the environment, and a slate of high-quality documentaries. For more, visit discoveryplus.com or find it on a variety of platforms and devices, including ones from Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Roku and Samsung.



OWN Announces New Episodes of OWN Spotlight Series “Speak Sis” Two Night Special Programming Event





OWN Announces New Episodes of OWN Spotlight Series “Speak Sis” Two Night Special Programming Event
These three episodes feature an audience of Black women having in-depth conversations about physical, financial, and sexual and relationship health issues.
[via press release from OWN]
OWN ANNOUNCES NEW EPISODES OF OWN SPOTLIGHT SERIES “SPEAK SIS” TWO NIGHT SPECIAL PROGRAMMING EVENT

OWN Kicks Off The New Year With Three New Episodes of ‘Speak Sis’ Hosted by Emmy Award-winning Journalist Adrienne Bankert and Leading Social Impact Strategist Jotaka Eaddy

New Conversations on Physical, Financial, and Sexual & Relationship Health to Premiere on OWN January 4th and 5th and discovery+ on January 6th

Special Guests Include Actress and Comedian Kym Whitley, Actress Tia Mowry, Actress Garcelle Beauvais, Author Bevy Smith, and Many More

LOS ANGELES – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today three all-new episodes of OWN Spotlight series “Speak Sis” to premiere as part of a two-night special programming event on January 4th and 5th, 2022. It will also be available streaming on January 6 on discovery+.

These three episodes feature an audience of Black women having in-depth conversations about physical, financial, and sexual and relationship health issues led by Emmy Award-winning host and journalist Adrienne Bankert and leading social impact strategist Jotaka Eaddy, featuring special guests Actress and Comedian Kym Whitley, Actress Tia Mowry, Actress Garcelle Beauvais, Gracie award-winning radio host and author Bevy Smith, White House Correspondent April Ryan, Health Equity Advocate Dr. Medell K. Briggs-Malonson, Financial Health Advocate and Goalsetter CEO Tanya Van Court, Financial Educator Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche, and Licensed Sex Therapist Shamyra Howard.

Through these conversations that destigmatize critical health issues, including around the sensitive topics of money and sex, the panel and the audience educates, inspires, and helps others feel less alone and more hopeful for the future. Expert panelists suggest resources and key takeaways for those who are looking to start examining key financial, physical, and sexual health issues, particularly after the disproportionate effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on the Black community and the emotional toll of the ongoing fight for racial justice and equality.

Speak Sis: Physical Health – Monday, January 4 (8 p.m. – 9 p.m. ET/PT)

Tia Mowry, Kym Whitley and Dr. Medell Briggs-Malonson join ‘Speak Sis’ hosts Adrienne Bankert and Jotaka Eaddy along with an audience of Black women to discuss how we can improve physical health and how to better navigate the medical system.

Speak Sis: Financial Health – Tuesday, January 5 (8 p.m. – 9 p.m. ET/PT)

April Ryan, Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche and founder & CEO of Goalsetter, Tanya Van Court, join ‘Speak Sis’ hosts Adrienne Bankert and Jotaka Eaddy to discuss financial health and the racism and challenges around money and finances many Black women face.

Speak Sis: Let’s Talk About Sex – Tuesday, January 5 (9 p.m. – 10 p.m. ET/PT)

Bevy Smith, Garcelle Beauvais and licensed sex therapist, Shamyra Howard, join hosts Adrienne Bankert and Jotaka Eaddy and an audience of Black women for an honest, healthy and no-holds barred conversation about sex and relationships.

“Speak Sis” is a part of OWN’s popular eye-opening, topic-driven OWN Spotlight series and these episodes are focused on health in the Black community, in conjunction with OWN’s first-ever health initiative, OWN YOUR HEALTH. The series features intimate conversations about important issues with honest opinions and surprising solutions that put Black women first.

“Speak Sis” is produced by Critical Content for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. Jennifer Ryan serves as showrunner and executive producer along with Critical Content executive producers Jenny Daly, Tom Forman, and Jon Beyer. OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network executive producers are Tara Montgomery and Brian Piotrowicz.

Follow us on social media at @OWNTV and join the conversation with #OWNSpotlight.

About OWN YOUR HEALTH

View the OWN YOUR HEALTH Launch Spot HERE featuring the song “Stand Up For Something” by Grammy and Academy Award-winner Common and Academy Award-nominee Andra Day (The United States vs. Billie Holiday) and voice-over by Ms. Day. OWN YOUR HEALTH aims to bring awareness, education, resources, and a sense of community to address the unique health concerns facing Black women today. This multi-platform campaign is designed to inspire and encourage the OWN audience to put herself and her health and well-being first. OWN YOUR HEALTH expands on the success of OWN’s first ever pro social campaign OWN YOUR VOTE, a bipartisan registration and get-out-the-vote initiative that partnered with national and local grassroots and voting rights organizations during the 2020 elections. OWN YOUR HEALTH leads with powerful narratives and actions exploring the full range of mental, physical and social/emotional well-being with the goal to provide messaging and tools that are informed, educational, relevant, and up to date with the latest developments as it relates to health and wellness. The campaign also provides opportunities for OWN brand partners to support with resources and promote healthier lifestyles. Link to OWN YOUR HEALTH Website: www.ownyourhealth.tv

Social Media Handles: Facebook Group: http://owntv.com/OWNYourHealth Twitter: www.twitter.com/ownyour // @OWNYour Instagram: www.instagram.com/ownyour // @OWNYour

About “OWN Spotlight”

“OWN Spotlight” presentations tackle issues and concerns facing Black lives. The programs feature candid and in-depth conversations that create real dialogue to inspire systematic change. Previous programs include a conversation with acclaimed actress Viola Davis; a conversation with singer/actress Andra Day; a special presentation on Ava DuVernay’s short film “August 28;” an inspirational special celebrating Black Fatherhood and the special bonds they have with their children “They Call Me Dad;” a two-night special “Where Do We Go From Here?” that simulcast across the Discovery family of networks featuring Oprah and Black thought leaders discussing the current state of racism America; “Oprah and 100 Black Fathers” sharing the urgency of having “the talk” with their children and the dreams they have for the future of their families; “COVID-19: The Deadly Impact on Black America” that investigated the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Black communities; “Oprah At Home with Lupita Nyong’o and Cynthia Erivo,” which examined colorism in Hollywood; “Oprah and Alicia Keys – The Interview” discussing Alicia Keys’ new memoir “More Myself;” “When They See Us Now” featuring Oprah in conversation with award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay and the cast from the acclaimed series “When They See Us” along with real men formerly known as the Central Park Five; “(In)Visible Portraits,” which was a powerful celebration of Black women sharing their stories of struggle, resilience and beyond; and the follow-up documentary from D. Channsin Berry “Dark Girls 2” exploring the prejudices darker-skinned women face around the world.

About OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is the first and only network named for, and inspired by, a single iconic leader. Oprah Winfrey’s heart and creative instincts inform the brand and the magnetism of the channel. OWN is a leading destination for premium scripted and unscripted programming from today’s most innovative storytellers. OWN connects with its audience wherever they are, inspiring conversation among a global community of like-minded viewers on social media and beyond. Launched on January 1, 2011, OWN is a joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery, Inc. The venture also includes award-winning digital platform Oprah.com. Access OWN anytime on http://WatchOWN.tv or across mobile devices and connected TVs.

About discovery+

discovery+ is the definitive non-fiction, real life subscription streaming service. discovery+ features a landmark partnership with Verizon that gives their customers with select plans up to 12 months of discovery+ on Verizon. discovery+ has the largest-ever content offering of any new streaming service at launch, featuring a wide range of exclusive, original series across popular, passion verticals in which Discovery brands have a strong leadership position, including lifestyle and relationships; home and food; true crime; paranormal; adventure and natural history; as well as science, tech and the environment, and a slate of high-quality documentaries. For more, visit discoveryplus.com or find it on a variety of platforms and devices, including ones from Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Roku and Samsung.



OWN Expands Popular Unscripted Friday Night Programming Block with New Series





OWN Expands Popular Unscripted Friday Night Programming Block with New Series “Ladies Who List: Atlanta,” Premiering Friday, January 7 at 9PM ET/PT
In Atlanta, a team of Black women are breaking up the “old boys club” of the luxury real estate game.
[via press release from OWN]
OWN EXPANDS POPULAR UNSCRIPTED FRIDAY NIGHT PROGRAMMING BLOCK WITH NEW SERIES “LADIES WHO LIST: ATLANTA,” PREMIERING FRIDAY, JANUARY 7 AT 9PM ET/PT

All-New Series Will Follow Six Powerful Black Business Women On Their Quest to Dominate the Atlanta Real Estate Market, Friendship Counts But Business Comes First

Los Angeles, CA – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today the premiere date and official first look for “Ladies Who List: Atlanta,” an all-new series set to join the network’s popular Friday night unscripted programming block, starting January 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. OWN is the #1 cable network on Friday nights (excluding news and sports) among African American Women, with three of the top five original cable series.

“Ladies Who List: Atlanta” is an eight-episode series that will follow six professional Black business women working in real estate — top-producing brokers, high-profile attorneys and luxury agents — and the clients they serve in the Atlanta market while managing their ever-changing work and personal relationships. They may be friends, but business is business.

In Atlanta, a team of Black women are breaking up the “old boys club” of the luxury real estate game. Through a sophisticated portrayal of successful businesswomen, these real estate pros will help buyers 铿乶d their dream homes, teach clients the importance of establishing generational wealth, and prove that home ownership is attainable for all. These aspirational ladies show the power of Black women as they simultaneously juggle booming careers and their personal lives. From fertility concerns, to balancing marriage and motherhood, to embracing therapy and 铿乶ding new love, the ladies persevere against adversity – all while working to elevate themselves, their clients and the city of Atlanta through big real estate wins. “Ladies Who List: Atlanta” is produced by Love Productions USA. Executive producers are Al Edgington (“Cricket Fever: Mumbai Indians”; “Amazing Race”), Joe LaBracio (“Last Chance U”), Richard McKerrow (“The Great British Bake Off”; “The Great Pottery Throw Down”), Thomas Jaeger, Monique Barrett, Calvin Singh, Vivian Payton and Elise Duran.

MEET THE WOMEN:

QUIANA WATSON, Real Estate Broker

Quiana is one of Atlanta’s most visible and top-producing real estate professionals. Her flair for fashion and sales has made her a force in the real estate game. Her motto is: “You live every single day, but you only have one life to live. You better make it count.”

ROBIN ANDRADE, Real Estate Broker

Robin is an Atlanta real estate veteran, whose savvy and commitment to her clients leaves an impression everywhere she goes. When she’s not conducting business, this single mother of two adult children defies time by keeping herself fit with a devout yoga practice.

CRISTYL KIMBROUGH, Real Estate Attorney

Cristyl is an adventurous and independent closing attorney. While others may portray a level of success through social media, she believes in doing the work. Whether she’s jumping off 20 foot cliffs on exotic islands or keeping her romantic options open, Cristyl prides herself on living life by her terms.

TIFFANI HAWES, Real Estate Attorney

Ti铿ani is a hard-working attorney, wife, and mom of three at the top of her profession. With a roster of clients including several A-listers, Tiffani’s commitment to building her business has paid off handsomely, but she is trying to find more of a work/life balance.

TIANA HARRISON, Real Estate Agent

Tiana is one of Atlanta’s highest-grossing Black female luxury agents. Married to a former NFL player and a mother of two, Tiana has carefully crafted her professional and personal universe so that family comes 铿乺st.

KIRA OLIVER, Real Estate Agent

Kira is an ambitious millennial, making her mark in Atlanta as a rising star in real estate. On the heels of losing her home to a fire, Kira has just started to rebuild her life. She’s determined to forge ahead, stopping at nothing to achieve her success.

About Love Productions USA

Love Productions USA develops and produces addictively watchable unscripted competition formats and award-winning documentary series for network, cable and premium streaming services. It is a division of the UK-based Love Productions, which operates under the SKY umbrella, with an impressive portfolio of thought-provoking programs across all genres and platforms, including the extremely popular formats, “The Great British Bake-Off,” “The Great British Sewing Bee” and “The Great Pottery Throw Down.” Known for taking successful formats from the UK to the US with distinctive adaptations, such as ABC’s “The Great American Baking Show,” Love Productions USA also develops original premium long-form television, documentary and short-form programming. The company is helmed by Emmy(R) Award-winning producers Joe LaBracio and Al Edgington, who have a proven track record in documentaries, scripted and unscripted entertainment, features, and daytime television.

About OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is the first and only network named for, and inspired by, a single iconic leader. Oprah Winfrey’s heart and creative instincts inform the brand and the magnetism of the channel. OWN is a leading destination for premium scripted and unscripted programming from today’s most innovative storytellers. OWN connects with its audience wherever they are, inspiring conversation among a global community of like-minded viewers on social media and beyond. Launched on January 1, 2011, OWN is a joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery, Inc. The venture also includes award-winning digital platform Oprah.com. Access OWN anytime on http://WatchOWN.tv or across mobile devices and connected TVs.



Video: OWN Sets Premiere Date and Unveils First Look for New Drama “The Kings of Napa”





Video: OWN Sets Premiere Date and Unveils First Look for New Drama “The Kings of Napa”
“The Kings of Napa” is centered on a gorgeous and picturesque Napa Valley, California vineyard owned by the Kings, an aspirational African American family whose wealth and status lands them on the pages of design magazines and society pages.
[via press release from OWN]
OWN SETS PREMIERE DATE AND UNVEILS FIRST LOOK FOR NEW DRAMA “THE KINGS OF NAPA” FROM ACCLAIMED WRITER/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER JANINE SHERMAN BARROIS AND WARNER BROS. TELEVISION

Series Set To Premiere Tuesday, January 11, 2022, at 8 P.M. ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

Academy Award(R) Winner Matthew A. Cherry Will Direct First Two Episodes; The Series Stars Ebon茅e Noel, Rance Nix, Karen LeBlanc, Yaani King Mondschein, Ashlee Brian, and Devika Parikh, with Isiah Whitlock Jr., Heather Alicia Simms, Curtis Hamilton, and Samantha Walkes Recurring

LOS ANGELES, CA – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today the first look at juicy new drama, “The Kings of Napa” from acclaimed writer and executive producer Janine Sherman Barrois (“Claws,” “Self-Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker”) and Warner Bros. Television, to premiere on OWN Tuesday, January 11, 2022, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

“The Kings of Napa” is centered on a gorgeous and picturesque Napa Valley, California vineyard owned by the Kings, an aspirational African American family whose wealth and status lands them on the pages of design magazines and society pages. The wine business has brought the family success and acclaim, but following the patriarch’s sudden exit from the company, his three children must grapple for the reins to the kingdom – to their own power, wealth, and legacy.

The series features Ebon茅e Noel (“FBI,” “Wrecked”) who plays August King, the middle sibling and the family’s brilliant marketing whiz who’s passionate about wine and always looking for new ways to expand the business. Rance Nix (“Zero Issue,” “Amsterdam Ave”) plays Dana King, the older brother and the savvy CFO of the winery. Karen LeBlanc (“Ransom,” “Jack Ryan”) plays Vanessa King, the matriarch of the family who gave up her career to help run the winery in Napa with her husband Reginald King, played by Isiah Whitlock Jr. (“The Wire,” “Da 5 Bloods”). Yaani King Mondschein (“The Prince & Me,” “Saving Grace”) plays Bridgette Pierce, the cousin of the King siblings who works as the vineyard manager for House of Kings wine. Ashlee Brian (“The Forty-Year-Old Version,” “Family Reunion”) plays Christian King, the youngest brother with swag who manages the winery’s bottling facility but knows little about growing grapes. And Devika Parikh (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Aquaman”) plays Melanie Pierce, August’s aunt who is now back in the States with a firestorm that threatens to change the King family forever.

“The Kings of Napa” is produced for OWN by Harpo Films in association with Warner Bros. Television. Sherman Barrois serves as showrunner and executive producer alongside Michelle Listenbee Brown (“Love Is__,” “Real Husbands of Hollywood”) and Oprah Winfrey. Academy Award(R) winner Matthew A. Cherry (“Hair Love”) directs the first two episodes of the series.

About OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is the first and only network named for, and inspired by, a single iconic leader. Oprah Winfrey’s heart and creative instincts inform the brand and the magnetism of the channel. OWN is a leading destination for premium scripted and unscripted programming from today’s most innovative storytellers. OWN connects with its audience wherever they are, inspiring conversation among a global community of like-minded viewers on social media and beyond. Launched on January 1, 2011, OWN is a joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery, Inc. The venture also includes the award-winning digital platform Oprah.com. Access OWN anytime, anywhere on WatchOWN.tv, and on discovery+ across mobile devices and connected TVs. For more information, please visit www.oprah.com/own and https://press.discovery.com/us/own/.

About Warner Bros. Television

One of the entertainment industry’s most-respected providers of original programming since its founding in 1955, Warner Bros. Television produces original scripted dramas, comedies, and limited series for multiple platforms. As of November 2021, Warner Bros. Television is producing more than 60 scripted series for WarnerMedia’s HBO Max, external on-demand/streaming services, premium/pay and basic cable channels, and the five broadcast networks.



Ava DuVernay and OWN Announce Conclusion of “Queen Sugar” with Final Seventh Season in 2022





Ava DuVernay and OWN Announce Conclusion of “Queen Sugar” with Final Seventh Season in 2022
Writing on the final season has commenced and production will begin in early 2022 in New Orleans.
[via press release from OWN]
SERIES CREATOR AVA DuVERNAY AND OWN ANNOUNCE CONCLUSION OF CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED SERIES “QUEEN SUGAR,” FROM WARNER BROS. TELEVISION AND ARRAY FILMWORKS, WITH FINAL SEVENTH SEASON IN 2022

Los Angeles – Series creator Ava DuVernay and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today that the critically-acclaimed drama series “Queen Sugar,” from Warner Bros. Television and ARRAY Filmworks, will conclude in its seventh season next year. Writing on the final season has commenced and production will begin in early 2022 in New Orleans.

“To everything, there is a season. And my producing partner Paul Garnes and I have had seven gorgeous seasons making ‘Queen Sugar’ with a remarkable cast and crew, alongside our partners at OWN and Warner Bros. Television,” shared DuVernay. “To write and produce seven seasons of a modern drama centered on a Black family is a radical act in our industry and a triumph that has far exceeded every hope I held. Now I feel strongly that the story, which began as a sunrise of a suggestion from Oprah, is ready for its sunset as a dream fully realized. ‘Queen Sugar’ has been one of the true joys of my career and my gratitude is buoyant and boundless.”

“‘Queen Sugar’ is a truly extraordinary series brought to life by Ava’s leadership, her brilliant creative team, and the incredible cast and crew. Our audience has seen themselves reflected with nuance and care through the story of the Bordelon family, including their triumphs and challenges, and most importantly, the love they have for each other through it all,” said Tina Perry, president, OWN. “‘Queen Sugar’ has been an unparalleled success for OWN, garnering critical acclaim, awards recognition, and a loyal and dedicated audience. We are so grateful for Ava’s partnership and are looking forward to a fantastic final season.”

In its six seasons to date, “Queen Sugar” has consistently enjoyed critical acclaim and industry recognition. Earlier this year, Emmy Magazine featured the influential series as a cover story declaring it “one of the best hours on television.” The African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) awarded the series with Best TV Drama for four consecutive years, the Impact Award in 2021 and multiple Best Writing awards. Additionally, the series was awarded the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Drama Series and has been named Television Show of the Year by the American Black Film Festival (ABFF). Creator and executive producer Ava DuVernay was recently named Producer of the Year by The Hollywood Reporter.

Throughout its run, “Queen Sugar” has been lauded for its powerful portrayal of an African-American family in the Deep South and for DuVernay’s continued commitment to hire an all-female directing team throughout the entire series run. Since its debut in September 2016, 42 women have directed episodes of QUEEN SUGAR, 39 of whom made their television directorial debut on the series. At the outset of production, DuVernay established an inclusive initiative to hire an all-female directorial team and a representative crew in terms of race, culture, gender, sexuality, age and physical ability.

“Queen Sugar” is produced for OWN by DuVernay’s ARRAY Filmworks and Harpo Films in association with Warner Bros. Television. The series is based on the book by Natalie Baszile. The first five seasons of “Queen Sugar” are currently available to stream exclusively on Hulu.

About OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is the first and only network named for, and inspired by, a single iconic leader. Oprah Winfrey’s heart and creative instincts inform the brand and the magnetism of the channel. OWN is a leading destination for premium scripted and unscripted programming from today’s most innovative storytellers. OWN connects with its audience wherever they are, inspiring conversation among a global community of like-minded viewers on social media and beyond. Launched on January 1, 2011, OWN is a joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery, Inc. The venture also includes the award-winning digital platform Oprah.com. Access OWN anytime, anywhere on WatchOWN.tv, and on discovery+ across mobile devices and connected TVs. For more information, please visit www.oprah.com/own and https://press.discovery.com/us/own/.

About Warner Bros. Television

One of the entertainment industry’s most-respected providers of original primetime programming since its founding in 1955, Warner Bros. Television produces original scripted drama and comedy series for multiple platforms. As of November 2021, Warner Bros. Television is producing more than 60 scripted series for on-demand/streaming services, premium/pay and basic cable channels, and the five broadcast networks.

About ARRAY

Founded in 2011 by filmmaker Ava DuVernay, ARRAY is a Peabody Award-winning multi-platform arts and social impact collective dedicated to narrative change. The organization catalyzes its work through a quartet of mission-driven entities: the film distribution arm ARRAY Releasing, the content company ARRAY Filmworks, the programming and production hub ARRAY Creative Campus and the non-profit group ARRAY Alliance.



OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Announces “Song & Story: Amazing Grace”





OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Announces “Song & Story: Amazing Grace,” An Original Movie Inspired by the Beloved Song
“Song & Story” is a new collection of movies inspired by seminal songs known as anthems for womanhood.
[via press release from OWN]
OWN: OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK ANNOUNCES “SONG & STORY: AMAZING GRACE,” AN ORIGINAL MOVIE INSPIRED BY THE BELOVED SONG

Bresha Webb, Getenesh Berhe, and Karen Clark Sheard Set To Star In New Film Premiering December 21st on OWN

Executive Produced By Dr. Holly Carter and Relev茅 Entertainment, with Muse Enterprises

OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network announces “Song & Story: Amazing Grace,” a new original film debuting Tuesday, December 21 at 9pm EST | 8pm CST starring Bresha Webb (“Run The World”) and Getenesh Berhe (“Cinema Of Sleep”) Grammy Award-winning Gospel singer and actress Karen Clark Sheard.

“Song & Story” is a new collection of movies inspired by seminal songs known as anthems for womanhood. Iconic songs and lyrics will lay the creative foundation for these original movies filled with uplifting stories of women on their spiritual journeys to emotional triumph. The first in the series, “Song & Story: Amazing Grace,” shines a light on the themes of challenge and triumph that ring true in the hymn. The story centers on Tanner, portrayed by Webb, a talented artist battling tremendous obstacles who forms an unlikely friendship with Iris, portrayed by Berhe, an optimistic store owner who guides Tanner towards the forgiveness of a painful past to unlock the strength she holds within herself. The two women will find out that their paths are intertwined, and a surprising connection is revealed.

The “Song & Story” collection of movies is executive produced by Dr. Holly Carter and Relev茅 Entertainment, an All3Media America company and the team behind OWN’s recent Gospel holiday specials “Our OWN Christmas” and “Our OWN Easter,” as well as last year’s hit television movie “The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel.” The movie is directed by Sharon Lewis (“Merry Liddle Christmas,” “Murdoch Mysteries & Diggstown).

About Relev茅 Entertainment

Founded by Dr. Holly Carter, Relev茅 Entertainment is a multi-faceted entertainment company specializing in talent partnerships, brand development and television/film production delivering high-quality, breakthrough family and faith-inspired programming. Consistently engaging national audiences, production credits include: Kingdom Business (BET), Our OWN Easter (OWN), Our OWN Christmas (OWN), Love & Listings S1 & S2 (VH1), The Next Big Thing (BET), Chad Loves Michelle (OWN), My Father’s Daughter (Lifetime), The Clark Sisters: The First Ladies of Gospel (Lifetime), Fix My Choir (Oxygen), The Sheards (BET), The Sheffields (FYI) and the groundbreaking, Oxygen franchise Preachers of LA, Detroit and Atlanta. Currently in production, Kingdom Business is Carter’s debut episodic series for BET, co-produced with DeVon Franklin (Franklin Entertainment) and Kirk Franklin. During her first look deal with the OWN network, Holly executive produced two star-studded Gospel music specials for the Easter and Christmas holidays. Earlier this year, Carter executive produced the Lifetime original movie, The Clark Sisters: The First Ladies of Gospel, which garnered the network its highest ratings in more than four years. Relev茅’s upcoming projects include Mahalia!, a feature film Carter is producing with Jamie Foxx and Queen Latifah, which stars Jill Scott and is based on gospel legend and activist Mahalia Jackson. Carter also developed the television and theatrical career of multi-platform superstar Usher. Relev茅’s client partnership roster includes GRAMMY award-winners Michelle Williams, Kierra Sheard and duo Mary Mary, 15-time GRAMMY winner Kirk Franklin, and celebrity hair stylist Kim Kimble. Relev茅’s brand partnerships include AT&T, AHF, Walgreens and Honda. Relev茅 Entertainment’s core areas of operation include Television & Film, Client Partnerships, and Community Engagement Initiatives, such as The ASCEND Bible Movement, Freedom of Spirit Homeless Outreach and The Merge Summit. Relev茅 Entertainment is an All3Media America Company. Visit: http://releve-ent.com

About All3Media America

All3Media America is the U.S. arm of global independent television, film and digital production group All3Media. With teams in Los Angeles and New York, All3Media America’s portfolio companies are responsible for hits that include the Emmy Award-winning Undercover Boss for CBS, the Emmy Award-winning United Shades of America for CNN, Chrisley Knows Best for USA, Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back for FOX and Uncharted for National Geographic, the Emmy Award-winning Cash Cab for Discovery, Worst Cooks in America for Food Network and Betrayed for Investigation Discovery. All3Media’s unique federal structure, a model followed in both the U.S. and worldwide, encourages the creative and strategic independence of its growing roster of production companies. Today it comprises over 40 global production companies and counting, All3Media is one of the largest production houses in the world. All3Media is owned jointly between Discovery Communications and Liberty Global.

About Muse Entertainment Enterprises

Muse Entertainment is a leading Emmy(R) Award-winning independent content producer of scripted and unscripted programming for network and cable; motion pictures and streaming. The company was founded in 1998 by Michael Prupas. Muse Entertainment is known for producing some of the most successful original scripted programming in North America, including the critically acclaimed series Aurora Teagarden Mysteries (Hallmark), Being Human (SyFy), Bomb Girls (Global), Coroner (CBC, The CW), Human Trafficking (Lifetime, TMN), The Kennedys (History, Reelz), and Tut (Spike, History), as well as the award-winning, inspirational movies Christmas Jars (BYU), Cyberbully (Freeform/Disney+); Good Sam (Netflix) and the upcoming gay holiday romantic comedy Single All the Way (Netflix). Unscripted original projects include JFK: The Smoking Gun (Reelz) and For Heaven’s Sake (Paramount+). Muse Entertainment’s work-for-hire service content includes Stephen Spielberg’s films Catch Me If You Can (DreamWorks) and The Terminal; Ang Lee’s Life of Pie, television series Blood and Treasure (CBS), The Moodys (FOX), The Republic of Sara (The CW) and the mystery miniseries The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair (TNT). The company has successfully teamed with international co-production partners in major markets including Australia, France, Germany, Hungary, Morocco, Romania, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland and the U.K. Muse Distribution International (MDI), the company’s distribution arm, features a catalogue of over 800 hours of award-winning programming across all genres, including scripted series, documentaries, and family entertainment. Headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, Muse Entertainment has development and production operations in Toronto, Vancouver and Los Angeles. Visit: www.muse.ca

About OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is the first and only network named for, and inspired by, a single iconic leader. Oprah Winfrey’s heart and creative instincts inform the brand and the magnetism of the channel. OWN is a leading destination for premium scripted and unscripted programming from today’s most innovative storytellers. OWN connects with its audience wherever they are, inspiring conversation among a global community of like-minded viewers on social media and beyond. Launched on January 1, 2011, OWN is a joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery, Inc. The venture also includes award-winning digital platform Oprah.com. Access OWN anytime on Watch OWN and discovery+ across mobile devices and connected TVs.



discovery+ and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Announce New Original Series “The Great Soul Food Cook-Off”





discovery+ and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Announce New Original Series “The Great Soul Food Cook-Off” Premiering Saturday, November 20th
The first-of-its-kind soul food cooking competition series celebrates Black chefs and the Black culinary traditions that are the cornerstone of American cuisine.
[via press release from OWN]
DISCOVERY+ AND OWN: OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK ANNOUNCE NEW ORIGINAL SERIES “THE GREAT SOUL FOOD COOK-OFF” PREMIERING SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20TH

Hosted By Kardea Brown With Judges Eric Adjepong and Melba Wilson, First-Ever Soul Food Cooking Competition Series Features the Nation’s Finest African American Chefs and Their Inspired Cuisine

Los Angeles – discovery+ and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today “The Great Soul Food Cook-Off,” a first-of-its-kind soul food cooking competition series celebrating Black chefs and the Black culinary traditions that are the cornerstone of American cuisine. The six-episode, one-hour series debuts on discovery+ on Saturday, November 20th, with new episodes every Saturday through December 18th.

Today, we see Black culture recognized like never before in music, film, fashion, TV, sports, and more, but that same cultural recognition remains long overdue in the kitchen. OWN has partnered with discovery+ via the original series, “The Great Soul Food Cook-Off,” in a cooking competition that finally spotlights the culinary contributions of Black chefs with challenges designed to highlight the past and present of soul food. Eight chefs will go head-to-head throughout the show in this high-stakes, spiritual, and emotional competition, but only one competitor can take home the grand prize of $50,000.

To watch the “The Great Soul Food Cook-Off” trailer, click HERE

“Soul food originated in the earliest African American communities and describes a style of cuisine that represents the creativity and skill of Black cooks from many cultures within the African diaspora,” said Tina Perry, president, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. “Our audience cherishes time together as a family around the table and many have passed down favorite family recipes for generations. This series is a celebration of long-standing traditions we hope to introduce and spotlight for new and existing viewers as we shine a light on a few of today’s most talented Black chefs and culinary curators.”

“The Great Soul Food Cook-Off” is hosted by acclaimed chef and television show host Kardea Brown. Brown will be joined by some of the world’s best chefs, Eric Adjepong and Melba Wilson as they critique the chefs’ weekly creations.

Additional judges that will join Adjepong and Wilson include:

路 Tanya Holland – (Episode 1)

路 Alexander Smalls – (Episode 2 & 6)

路 BJ Dennis – (Episode 3)

路 Tiffany Derry – (Episode 4)

路 Millie Peartree – (Episode 5)

路 Kwame Onwuachi – (Episode 6)

“The Great Soul Food Cook-Off” contestants are:

路 Chris Scott, 53 (Chef/Owner, Butterfunk Biscuit Co. – Harlem, NY)

路 Dorian Hunter, 47 (Chef/Caterer, Elevated Soul – Atlanta, GA)

路 Fred Fluellen, 32 (Private Chef/Caterer, Fluniversity – Atlanta, GA)

路 Jamarius Banks, 28 (Private Chef – Atlanta, GA)

路 Jermaine Smith, 48 (Chef/Owner, Henry’s Soul Cafe – Washington, D.C.)

路 Razia Sabour, 40 (Private Chef/Caterer, Fuller Foods – Atlanta, GA)

路 Shacafrica Simmons, 47 (Private Chef/Caterer, Southern Fusion – Tallahassee, FL)

路 Tirzah Love, 38 (Private Chef/Caterer – Oakland, CA)

The competition premieres with a Soul Starter Challenge paying homage to the foundational “meat and three,” a meal featuring a portion of meat and three sides that are African American community must-haves. In this first challenge, “The Great Soul Food Cook-Off” chefs form teams and are challenged to a Meat N’ Three Knockout, preparing smothered pork chops, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, and a potato salad. The winning team then holds an advantage going into the main Cook-Off Challenge, where the chefs create innovative dishes with staple ingredients. So who will dig the deepest and draw inspiration from their ancestors to win, and who is going home?

“The Great Soul Food Cook-Off” is produced by Good Egg Entertainment, the company behind Food Network’s hit cooking competition series “Chopped.” Michael W. Twitty, the esteemed culinary historian, educator, and James Beard Foundation award-winning author of The Cooking Gene, will serve as culinary historian and consultant for the series. OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is overseeing production.

ABOUT KARDEA BROWN

Kardea Brown is a contemporary Southern cook born in Charleston, South Carolina. She is of Gullah/Geechee descent, a term used to describe a distinct group of African Americans living in the coastal areas of South Carolina and Georgia who have managed to preserve much of their West African language, culture and cuisine. Her love for cooking started in her grandmother’s kitchen, learning to cook Gullah dishes that were passed down from her mother. Although she loved cooking as a hobby, Kardea did not envision herself pursuing a career within the culinary field. Instead, she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and embarked on a career in Social Services. But in 2013, she switched gears and began to pursue cooking. She created The New Gullah Supper Club, traveling from state to state cooking traditional Gullah dishes with a contemporary twist. Kardea has since made dozens of guest television appearances on shows such as ABC’s The Chew and Food Network’s Farmhouse Rules, BBQ Blitz, The Kitchen, Chopped Jr., Beat Bobby Flay, and Cooks vs. Cons. Additionally, she has her own show on the Food Network, Delicious Miss Brown, which is currently in its 5th season.

ABOUT DISCOVERY+

discovery+ is the definitive non-fiction, real life subscription streaming service. discovery+ features a landmark partnership with Verizon that gives their customers with select plans up to 12 months of discovery+ on Verizon. discovery+ has the largest-ever content offering of any new streaming service at launch, featuring a wide range of exclusive, original series across popular, passion verticals in which Discovery brands have a strong leadership position, including lifestyle and relationships; home and food; true crime; paranormal; adventure and natural history; as well as science, tech and the environment, and a slate of high-quality documentaries. For more, visit discoveryplus.com or find it on a variety of platforms and devices, including ones from Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Roku and Samsung.

ABOUT OWN: OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is the first and only network named for, and inspired by, a single iconic leader. Oprah Winfrey’s heart and creative instincts inform the brand and the magnetism of the channel. OWN is a leading destination for premium scripted and unscripted programming from today’s most innovative storytellers. OWN connects with its audience wherever they are, inspiring conversation among a global community of like-minded viewers on social media and beyond. Launched on January 1, 2011, OWN is a joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery, Inc. The venture also includes the award-winning digital platform Oprah.com. Access OWN anytime on Watch OWN and discovery+ across mobile devices and connected TVs.

ABOUT GOOD EGG ENTERTAINMENT

Good Egg Entertainment is a New York-based, unscripted production company that’s committed to creating innovative, energetic and positive content for all ages. Best known as the producers of Chopped, with almost 900 episodes of the series to date, the Good Egg team has proven its capabilities in making long-lasting premium television. Focused on entertaining formats with international appeal, especially food-forward content for streaming and linear platforms, recent Good Egg productions include Money Hungry with Kal Penn for Food Network/Discovery+, Dishmantled with Tituss Burgess and Eye Candy with Josh Groban for Roku Originals, and The Great Soul Food Cook-Off for OWN/Discovery+. Individually, the leaders at Good Egg have built their careers on the development and production of seminal series that include Queer Eye, Pawn Stars, the Emmy-winning Zimmern List, Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego? and Legends of The Hidden Temple.