OWN Premieres the Evocative OWN Spotlight Documentary “Dark Girls 2” Tuesday, June 30





OWN Premieres the Evocative OWN Spotlight Documentary “Dark Girls 2” Tuesday, June 30
The powerful documentary is a follow up to the highly-touted “Dark Girls,” and explores the prejudices darker-skinned women face around the world.
[via press release from OWN]
OWN PREMIERES THE EVOCATIVE OWN SPOTLIGHT DOCUMENTARY “DARK GIRLS 2” TUESDAY, JUNE 30

Follow Up to Highly-Touted ‘Dark Girls’ Documentary Explores the Prejudice Darker-Skinned Women Face

LOS ANGELES – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today the OWN Spotlight special presentation of “Dark Girls 2,” will premiere on Tuesday, June 30 at 10 p.m. ET/PT (immediately following the network’s hit drama “Greenleaf”). The powerful documentary is a follow up to the highly-touted “Dark Girls,” and explores the prejudices darker-skinned women face around the world. `The film is directed, written and executive produced by D. Channsin Berry (“Dark Girls,” “The Black Line”) and his production company Urban Winter Entertainment, Inc.

From acclaimed filmmaker D. Channsin Berry, “Dark Girls 2,” adds to the conversation by now bringing about the possible healing of women of color around the issue of colorism. Berry brings this conversation to the forefront of everyday women, young adults and teens who are dealing with the pain and anguish of the bias and discrimination they experience based on the color of their skin. In a day and age where “dark skin” vs “light skin” shouldn’t be an issue, women share their deeply personal stories of how they have been affected throughout their lives and their ongoing journeys towards healing.

About OWN Spotlight

OWN Spotlight special presentations tackle issues and concerns relevant to Black women today. The programs feature candid and in-depth conversations that create real dialogue and change.

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 a 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.



OWN Announces Final Season and First Look Season Five Trailer for Greenleaf





Video: OWN Announces Final Season and First Look Season Five Trailer for Hit Megachurch Drama “Greenleaf”
In season five, premiering in June, the Greenleafs attempt to maintain a united front in the face of losing their church to Bob Whitmore and Harmony and Hope Ministries, but secrets past and present create what could be fatal fractures in the family’s fragile foundation.

[via press release from OWN]
Greenleaf Season 5 First Look Trailer!

[upload courtesy of The Jasmine Brand on YouTube]
Viewers can now catch up on the show’s complete four seasons on Netflix.
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today that the next season of its hit drama series “Greenleaf,” from Lionsgate, award-winning writer/executive producer Craig Wright (“Lost,” “Six Feet Under”), and executive producers Clement Virgo (“The Book of Negroes”) and Oprah Winfrey will be its fifth and final. In season five, premiering in June 2020, the Greenleafs attempt to maintain a united front in the face of losing their church to Bob Whitmore and Harmony and Hope Ministries, but secrets past and present create what could be fatal fractures in the family’s fragile foundation.

Last season, “Greenleaf” was the #1 original scripted series on ad-supported cable for African-American women and A.A. total viewers, and was also the #4 original scripted series on ad-supported cable for all women 25 – 54, leading OWN to be Tuesday night’s #1 cable network among African-American women, A.A. households, and A.A. total viewers.

“Greenleaf” has garnered ten NAACP Image Award nominations, including wins for Outstanding Drama Series in 2020, and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2019 and 2020 (Lynn Whitfield). The “Greenleaf” Soundtrack Volume Two was named Outstanding Gospel/Christian Album (Traditional or Contemporary) by the NAACP Image Awards in 2018. The series has also been recognized by the Alliance for Women in Media’s Gracie Allen Awards and by the Black Reel Awards for Television.

About Greenleaf Season Five
The Greenleafs attempt to maintain a united front in the face of losing their church to Bob Whitmore and Harmony and Hope Ministries, but secrets past and present create what could be fatal fractures in the family’s fragile foundation. The Bishop continues working to mend his rift with Lady Mae while, day by day, Harmony and Hope’s grip on Calvary tightens. Greenleaf stars Merle Dandridge (“The Night Shift”) as Grace Greenleaf; Keith David (“Community”) as Bishop James Greenleaf; Lynn Whitfield (“The Josephine Baker Story”) as Lady Mae Greenleaf; Kim Hawthorne (“Rake”) as Kerissa Greenleaf; Lamman Rucker (“Meet the Browns”) as Jacob Greenleaf; and Deborah Joy Winans (“Whitney”) as Charity Greenleaf-Satterjee.



OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Adds Two New Unscripted Series





OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Adds Two New Unscripted Series to Its Popular Saturday Night Lineup Premiering May 16
“Fear Not with Iyanla Vanzant” and “Girlfriends Check In” will air back-to-back on Saturday nights at 9:00/8:00c.

[via press release from OWN]
OWN: OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK ADDS TWO NEW UNSCRIPTED SERIES TO ITS POPULAR SATURDAY NIGHT LINEUP PREMIERING MAY 16

Filmed Virtually, the Uplifting Series Include “Fear Not with Iyanla Vanzant” Starring OWN’s Inspirational Life Coach Iyanla Vanzant and “Girlfriends Check In,” an Intimate Gabfest Between Fan Favorite Celebrities and Their Real-Life Friends

Los Angeles – While the nation is staying safer at home together, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today that beginning May 16, Saturday nights become “Sisterhood Saturday Nights” with the launch of two new limited unscripted series joining the network’s popular lineup, each filmed virtually.
“Fear Not with Iyanla Vanzant” (9 p.m. ET/PT) features Iyanla Vanzant, the star of OWN’s hit show “Iyanla: Fix My Life,” offering her trusted guidance during the pandemic with special guests including Oprah Winfrey, Grammy Award-winning gospel singer Bebe Winans, and financial educator Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche, with more to be announced.

“Girlfriends Check In” (10 p.m. ET/PT) brings different groups of female celebrity friends together each week for virtual get togethers where they share laughter, support, love, and gossip. Episodes of “Girlfriends Check In” will feature actress, author, producer and director Meagan Good with her sister La’Myia Good Bellinger, and actresses Tasha Smith and Grace Byers from “Empire.” The fun will continue with “The Real” host Loni Love along with comedian and internet star B. Simone, actress and television personality Tami Roman, and celebrity hair stylist Robbi Rogers. More names to be announced.
“Now more than ever before we want to provide our audience with programming that unites and uplifts us,” said Tina Perry, president, OWN. “We are excited to bring together sisterhood on Saturday nights, and we are grateful to Iyanla and all of the girlfriends for sharing hope and a little bit of light during this time.”

More About the Programming:
“Fear Not with Iyanla Vanzant”
Premieres Saturday, May 16 (9 p.m. ET/PT)
Executive Produced and hosted by popular inspirational life coach and star of OWN’s hit series “Iyanla: Fix My Life,” Iyanla Vanzant offers guidance on how to live beyond fear, one step at a time. This weekly series includes heart-to-heart conversations with experts and notable guests that explore the basis of human fear, offering guidance and tools that will support guests and viewers in living beyond the stress and anxieties they are now attributing to the Coronavirus pandemic. Guests will include Oprah Winfrey, Grammy Award-winning gospel singer Bebe Winans, and financial educator Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche. The series is produced by Bunim/Murray.

“Girlfriends Check In”
Premieres Saturday, May 16 (10 p.m. ET/PT)
Good girlfriends can get you through anything in life – especially during quarantine. With the help of a little tech and a lot of sisterhood, each week different female celebrity friends will hold a virtual chat room “check in” – spilling the tea about their relationships, their families, sharing new recipes, and reminding us that we are truly all in this together. Episodes of “Girlfriends Check In” will feature actress, author, producer and director Meagan Good with her sister La’Myia Good Bellinger, and actresses Tasha Smith and Grace Byers from “Empire.” The fun will continue with “The Real” host Loni Love along with comedian and internet star B. Simone, actress and television personality Tami Roman, and celebrity hair stylist Robbi Rogers. More names to be announced. The six-episode series is produced by Critical Content.

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 a 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 Bunim/Murray Productions
Bunim/Murray Productions (BMP) is the leading producer of innovative entertainment content. The Emmy Award-winning company is widely credited with creating the reality television genre with its hit series The Real World, which recently moved to Facebook after 32 seasons on MTV. BMP continued to innovate with the first reality game show, Road Rules (MTV), in 1995; the first reality sitcom, The Simple Life (E!), in 2003; and the first reality soap opera, Starting Over, in 2003. BMP’s current programming includes Keeping up with the Kardashians, Total Divas and Total Bellas (E!),The Challenge (MTV), Born This Way (A&E), Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project (Oxygen), The Real World and Ball in the Family (Facebook Watch), Endless Summer, Stranded with Sam and Colby (Snapchat), Miz and Mrs. (USA Network), Family or Fiance (OWN), Crystal Maze (Nickelodeon) and Emily’s Wonder Lab (Netflix). BMP has also produced They Call Us Monsters (PBS), Valentine Road (HBO), Pedro (MTV) and the Emmy Award-winning Autism: The Musical (HBO) for BMP Films. Based in Glendale, CA, the company was founded in 1987 by Jonathan Murray and the late Mary-Ellis Bunim, who were inducted into the Television Academy’s Hall of Fame in 2012. The company joined Banijay Group in 2010.

About Critical Content
Critical Content is a leading global independent content studio. Launched in October of 2015, the company focuses on unscripted and scripted programming for broadcast, cable and digital platforms. Critical Content currently has more than 50 projects in production for more than 30 different networks. Recent series include “Catfish” (MTV), “Very Cavallari” (E!), “StayHere” (Netflix), “Get a Room with Carson & Thom” and “Backyard Envy” (Bravo), “Ozzy and Jack’s World Detour” (A&E), “Who Shot Biggie & Tupac?” (FOX), “Fight Like A Girl” (Quibi), “Caribbean Pirate Treasure” (Travel Channel), “The Case Of: JonBenét Ramsey” (CBS, Netflix), “The Great Food Truck Race” (Food Network), “Disney’s Fairytale Weddings” (Freeform), “Racing Wives” (CMT), HOME FREE (FOX), “American Spring Live” (PBS), “Portals To Hell” (Travel), “Hanging With The Hendersons” (Animal Plant), “StartUp” (Crackle, Amazon), and “Limitless” (CBS). For more information, visit www.criticalcontent.com.



OWN Premieres Two-Episode Special of “OWN Spotlight: Black Women OWN The Conversation





OWN Premieres Two-Episode Special of “OWN Spotlight: Black Women OWN The Conversation” April 18 and 21
Produced by OZY for OWN, Emmy-winning journalist and OZY CEO Carlos Watson talks with special guests and real women covering topics related to COVID-19 including health, finances, parenting, relationships, and faith.

[via press release from OWN]
OWN PREMIERES TWO-EPISODE SPECIAL OF “OWN SPOTLIGHT: BLACK WOMEN OWN THE CONVERSATION” APRIL 18 AND 21
Emmy-winning Journalist and OZY CEO Carlos Watson Hosts Virtual Conversations About the Impact COVID-19 is Having on the Black Community
LOS ANGELES – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today all new episodes of “OWN Spotlight: Black Women OWN The Conversation,” with a two-part special featuring in-depth virtual conversations about the dramatic impact the pandemic is having on the Black community premiering Saturday, April 18 at 10 p.m. ET/PT and Tuesday, April 21 at 11 p.m. ET/PT.
Produced by OZY for OWN, Emmy-winning journalist and OZY CEO Carlos Watson talks with special guests and real women covering topics related to COVID-19 including health, finances, parenting, relationships, and faith. Confirmed special guests include Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell, pediatric surgeon Dr. Ala Stanford, activist Bree Newsome Bass, Brooklyn urgent care physician Dr. Uché Blackstock, former American Psychiatric Association President Dr. Altha Stewart, and writer/activist Mikki Kendall.
The two-episode special is a part of OWN’s popular eye-opening, topic-driven series “OWN Spotlight: Black Women OWN the Conversation” which premiered last fall and was picked up for a second season. The series features intimate conversations about important issues with honest opinions and surprising solutions that put people first. “OWN Spotlight: Black Women OWN the Conversation” was created by OZY following a successful season of town halls called Take On America, which brought together communities to speak their minds about the issues that were important to them. Executive Producers are Jennifer Ryan, Samir Rao, and Marion Cunningham.
About Part One – “COVID-19 Facts & Myths”
Premieres Saturday, April 18 (10pm ET/PT)
“COVID-19 Facts & Myths” covers medical facts, rumors, and myths about the coronavirus; the compounding effects of racism on COVID-19 healthcare outcomes in the Black community; and Black women and the financial hardships experienced as a result of the pandemic.
About Part Two – “COVID-19 Living In Lockdown”
Premieres Tuesday, April 21 (11pm ET/PT)
“COVID-19 Living in Lockdown” explores family and relationships during the pandemic including challenges around parenting, pregnancy, dating, and the importance of maintaining friendships; loss and surviving COVID-19; staying connected to faith, and what’s next looking forward.
In conjunction with the series, OWN is supporting Discovery, Inc.’s Turn Up Fight Hunger campaign in partnership with No Kid Hungry which offers grants to schools and community organizations to make sure kids get the food they need even as schools are closed due to COVID-19 and parents face financial strain. Viewers can text HUNGRY to 707070 to help ensure kids don’t fall through the cracks at this critical time and all year long.
Follow us on social media at @OWNTV and @OZY and join the conversation using #BlackWomenOWN
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 a 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 OZY:
OZY is a modern media company producing original TV series podcasts, festivals and news for curious people. OZY’s unique storytelling focuses on narratives that defy convention, change perspectives and ignite ideas, helping to shape our collective future and break audiences out of their bubble. Learn more at OZY.com.



OWN Announces a “Super Soul Sunday” Facebook Live Special Event





OWN Announces a “Super Soul Sunday” Facebook Live Special Event with Oprah and Alicia Keys on Sunday, March 29 at 11 AM PT
In this intimate conversation with Oprah, Alicia will share candid stories of her life and her songs with personal anecdotes from her journey as a multi-platinum recording artist, accomplished actress, New York Times best-selling author, entrepreneur, activist, and mother.

[via press release from OWN]

OWN ANNOUNCES A “SUPER SOUL SUNDAY” FACEBOOK LIVE SPECIAL EVENT WITH OPRAH AND ALICIA KEYS ON SUNDAY, MARCH 29 AT 11 AM PT

Intimate One-on-One Conversation with Oprah and 15-Time Grammy Winning Artist Alicia Keys About Her New Book More Myself: A Journey, Life, Career, and How She and Her Family are Staying “Safer at Home”

Los Angeles, CA – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announces a special Facebook Live event featuring Oprah Winfrey in an intimate one-on-one conversation with 15-time Grammy winning artist, songwriter, producer, and New York Times best-selling author Alicia Keys about her life and career, as well as how Keys and her family are staying “Safer at Home.” With both Oprah and Alicia logging in from their respective remote locations, the special event will live stream on the OWN, Super Soul Sunday, O: The Oprah Magazine, Oprah Winfrey, and Alicia Keys Facebook pages on Sunday, March 29 at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT, and will air on the network, the Watch OWN App, and as a Super Soul Conversations podcast at a later date.

In this intimate conversation with Oprah, Alicia will share candid stories of her life and her songs with personal anecdotes from her journey as a multi-platinum recording artist, accomplished actress, New York Times best-selling author, entrepreneur, activist, and mother. Alicia’s upcoming book, Ebook and audiobook More Myself: A Journey (‘An Oprah Book’ imprint) will be published on March 31. The physical book will be available at online retailers, including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Target, for home delivery purchase. The audiobook, which features special guest appearances including Oprah, Michelle Obama, Jay-Z, Bono, and others, will be available for immediate download on Audible, Apple Books and wherever audiobooks are sold. The Ebook will be available for digital download wherever Ebooks are sold. All of Ms. Winfrey’s proceeds from this book go to support the Boys and Girls Club of Kosciusko, MS.

“Safer at Home” is the Los Angeles initiative designed to reduce the impact of COVID-19 by encouraging citizens to stay home.

About More Myself: A Journey

More Myself: A Journey is part autobiography, part narrative documentary. Alicia’s journey is revealed not only through her own candid recounting, but also through vivid recollections from those who have walked alongside her. The result is a 360-degree perspective on Alicia’s path – from her girlhood in Hell’s Kitchen and Harlem, to her career as a 15-time Grammy Award-winning artist, songwriter, and record producer, to the process of self-discovery she’s still navigating. Winfrey’s book imprint ‘An Oprah Book’ acquired the North American and audio rights to More Myself: A Journey in 2019 for a March 31, 2020 publication date.

See the More Myself: A Journey announcement video from last year with Alicia Keys and Oprah Winfrey here.

About Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys is a modern-day Renaissance woman – a 15-time Grammy Award-winning artist/songwriter/musician/producer, an accomplished actress, a New York Times best-selling author, a film/ television and Broadway producer an entrepreneur and a powerful force in the world of activism. Since the release of her monumental 2001 debut album, Songs in A Minor, Keys has sold over 65 million records and built an unparalleled repertoire of hits and accomplishments.

Keys’ forthcoming seventh studio album ALICIA is slated to be released worldwide later this year. The first single “Show Me Love” earned Keys a record-extending 11th number 1 on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs airplay chart. Keys will release her new book More Myself: A Journey on March 31, 2020 via Flatiron Books.

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 WatchOWN.tv or across mobile devices and connected TVs.