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  • Erica Blackburn


The Oprah Winfrey (OWN) Network announced on Tuesday a one-hour special premiering of “OWN Spotlight: They Call Me Dad,” an one-hour special that celebrates Black fatherhood and the special bond dads have with their children. The program tapped a group of famous Black fathers, giving viewers a glimpse into their family lives away from the public eye.

Actors Derek Luke and Tristan Mack Wilds, gospel singer-songwriter Marvin Sapp and music mogul Master P are the stars of the program,. They will highlight what fatherhood means to them, the sacrifices it takes to be a good father, how to take accountability for your actions and how to inspire your children.

Through a series of personal profiles, the special follows the four celebrity Black fathers with their family, showcasing the ups, downs and in-betweens that being a dad brings. The program also looks to shift the narrative surrounding Black fatherhood.

“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 singer/actress Andra Day, a two-night special “Where Do We Go From Here?” 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, “COVID-19: The Deadly Impact on Black America” that investigated the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Black communities, and much more.

“OWN Spotlight: They Call Me Dad” will air live on Tuesday, September 14 at 9pm ET on the OWN Network. The special will also be available to stream the same day on discovery+.

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