Talk show pioneer Oprah Winfrey is coming back to the small screen with a new series that will stream on Apple TV+. “The Oprah Conversation” premieres on July 30 at 4 p.m. PST on Apple’s streaming service, and it will feature Winfrey exploring “impactful and relevant topics with fascinating thought leaders from all over the world.” Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the show is filmed remotely.
The first episode is titled “How to Be an Antiracist,” and will spotlight Ibram X. Kendi, a foremost American historian, bestselling author and leading antiracist voice.
Kendi and Winfrey will talk with white readers about confronting their own racist beliefs.
The second episode will feature athlete and author of “Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man” Emmanuel Acho.
Winfrey also has two other timely series now streaming on Apple TV+. On “Oprah Talks COVID-19” Winfrey holds “remote conversations with experts and everyday people to provide insight, meaning, and tangible advice for the human spirit” amid the coronavirus pandemic. In a recent episode, Winfrey took an in-depth look at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Black communities around the U.S.
In May, Winfrey donated $12 million to coronavirus relief efforts nationwide, $5 million of which was earmarked specifically for Chicago organizations that are helping communities of color that have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic.
Another Apple TV+ series, “Oprah’s Book Club,” features explorations of books selected by Winfrey, along with interviews with authors.
The news about the debut of “The Oprah Conversation” comes on the heels of the announcement that O Magazine will become more “digitally-centric” going forward.
A representative for the magazine denied reports that O Magazine will completely cease its print edition at the end of the year, however. The magazine has been in circulation for 20 years.