OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network will celebrate Black fatherhood in June with its first-ever Father’s Day special.
The two-hour OWN Spotlight event is titled Honoring Our Kings: OWN Celebrates Black Fatherhood and will be hosted by Oprah Winfrey and award-winning actor Sterling K. Brown, OWN announced in a press release.
“We want to honor the Black Kings who stand firm and proud in their role as a father, and celebrate the love and joy they bring to their families and communities,” Winfrey said in a statement.
“The greatest role of my life happened 10 years ago when I became a father for the first time,” added Brown, who is also an executive producer on the project. “I am honored to celebrate these exceptional men who are my ‘Brothers in Fatherhood’, and continue to shift the national perception of Black fathers.”
— Oprah Winfrey Network (@OWNTV) May 7, 2021
The special features conversations with everyday dads, messages from celebrity fathers and musical performances to celebrate Black fathers everywhere.
The program is produced by Hudlin Entertainment and The Gurin Company. Executive producers include Reginald Hudlin, Byron Phillips, Phil Gurin, Oprah Winfrey, Sterling K. Brown and Tara Montgomery.
“When I got the call that Oprah wanted to do this special, I was overjoyed,” said Reginald Hudlin. “Once again, she knows exactly where the culture needs to go. There are so many Black Dads who give their all for their families who are never represented in the media. Sterling and I always compare notes on what’s best for our kids, and it’s wonderful to be able to take that conversation nationwide and replace inaccurate stereotypes with inspirational truths. You don’t have to be Black or a Dad to enjoy the show, but if you are, you’re going to love it. “
Honoring Our Kings: OWN Celebrates Black Fatherhood premieres on Tuesday, June 15 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. Father’s Day is Sunday, June 20.