OWN Celebrates Black Fatherhood in New Special ‘They Call Me Dad’

OWN Spotlight The Call Me Dad. (Credit: OWN)

OWN will present an intimate look at Black fatherhood this month in the new special OWN Spotlight: They Call Me Dad.

The portrait of modern-day fatherhood will be told through the eyes of four celebrity dads who sit down to “showcase the joys, fears, and fulfillment that being a dad brings while also shifting the narratives for a more accurate representation of Black fatherhood.”

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The network said in a recent press release the special will include actors Derek Luke (The Purge, 13 Reasons Why) and Tristan Mack Wilds (The Wire, 90210); gospel singer-songwriter Marvin Sapp; and hip-hop mogul Master P.

“Sacrifice is something that you offer with love,” Luke says in the trailer.

“Anybody can have a kid, but it takes a real man to be a dad,” Master P adds in another part of the video.

OWN Spotlight: They Call Me Dad is part of the network’s lineup of OWN presentations which tackle issues and concerns facing African Americans.

OWN’s 2020 Black fatherhood special featured Bishop T.D. Jakes; two-time Super Bowl champion Malcolm Jenkins; DJ and social media influencer D-Nice; and Grammy Award-winning recording artists Anthony Hamilton and Kirk Franklin.

This latest installment is executive produced by Oji Singletary and Critical Content.

OWN Spotlight: They Call Me Dad will air on Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 9 p.m. ET/PT and will be available to stream the same day on Discovery+.

Watch a preview clip of the special below: