Oprah Winfrey Network has announced Tuesday, March 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT (following “Queen Sugar” at 8 p.m. ET/PT) as the premiere date for the evocative documentary film “OWN Spotlight: (In)Visible Portraits” from thought leader, artist and storyteller Oge Egbuonu. Nearly three years in the making, Oge’s directorial debut (In)Visible Portraits is a powerful celebration of Black women sharing their stories of struggle, resilience and beyond. The documentary shatters the too-often invisible “otherizing” of Black women in America and reclaims the true narrative as told in their own words. The film illuminates the history of how we got here, dismantles the false framework of the present-day reality and celebrates the extraordinary heritage of exceptional Black women who have come before as well as igniting hope for the next generations. IndieWire described the film as “simply another facet of a story that demands to be watched” and Variety says “the documentary’s emotional generosity and mindful elegance impress.” The film is described by Oge as a “love letter to Black women and a reeducation for everyone else.”
he special is executive produced by Oge Egbuonu and Michael Meyer.
About Oge Egbuonu
Oge Egbuonu is a thought leader and artist focused on disruptive and inspirational storytelling. Her documentary “(In)Visible Portraits” was digitally released via Vimeo On Demand on Juneteenth (June 19, 2020), the American holiday celebrating June 19,1865 when the Emancipation Proclamation was finally read to enslaved African Americans in Texas.
Prior to creating “(In)Visible Portraits,” Oge produced films like “Loving” (the critically acclaimed film starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga about Loving v. Virginia, the Supreme Court case which legalized interracial marriage in the United States) and “Eye in the Sky” at the independent production company Raindog Films alongside co-founders Ged Doherty and Academy Award®-winning actor Colin Firth. Oge also previously held a seat on the board of the Diversity Committee for the BRIT Awards, where she collaborated on revamping the voting academy and tackling diversity within the music and film industries.
About OWN Spotlight Programming
“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 the 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; the follow-up documentary from D. Channsin Berry “Dark Girls 2” exploring the prejudices darker-skinned women face around the world; and “They Call MeDad,” a one-hour special that celebrates Black fatherhood.