By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act October 28, 2013 at 5:59PM
TV One has announced that it will air the one-hour program, 12 Years A Slave: A TV One Special with Cathy Hughes, which will feature a discussion with director Steve McQueen and cast members Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong’o and Alfre Woodard.
The special will air on Saturday, November 9 at 7 PM/ET exclusively on TV One.
“As part of our commitment to serve the African American community with programming that inspires conversation, this emotional special serves a dual mission,” said Cathy Hughes, Radio One Founder and Chairperson. “At once generating awareness about this painful and brilliantly executed story, the special is also bound to ignite critical cultural retrospection among our viewers.”
Hughes will engage her guests in disclosing the emotional transformations they underwent in portraying the black experience during this particularly troubling and shameful period in American history. Additionally, the special offers viewers a thought provoking look into the making of the film, the graphic historical perspective it provides, and the anticipated impact it will have on the African American community. Finally, the program will provide a forum for British director McQueen (Shame, Hunger), British actor Ejiofor (Salt, American Gangster) and Kenyan actress Nyong’o to share their insights from a collectively non-American perspective.
12 Years A Slave opened in limited U.S. release October 18, 2013 via Fox Searchlight, and continues to expand its reach nationwide, into this weekend, after an impressive box office debut.