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OWN First Look: Alfre Woodard On The Fierce Competition Among Black Actresses

by Tambay A. Obenson
June 19, 2013 7:53 PM
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OWN Black Actresses

Here's a short tease from OWN network's broadcast of Oprah Winfrey's hour-long in-depth conversation with 4 black actresses as they each open up about the challenges, criticism and competition they face as black actresses today: Alfre Woodard, Viola Davis, Phylicia Rashad and Gabrielle Union

The episode of Oprah's Next Chapter, will air this Sunday, 9pm, and will be immediately followed by Dark Girls.

A survey question: What do you hope is covered during the hour-long conversation? What would you like to see Oprah and the 4 actresses discuss, even though the episode has already been shot?

Before you reply to that question, watch the below clip in which Woodard talks about handling competition from other black actresses. Maybe it's one of the topics you'd like them to tackle, although it's just a short clip:

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  • ALM | June 20, 2013 9:51 PMReply

    It’s so sad that the agents pit the actresses against each other. The focus should be on creating more projects so that pickings are not so slim in the first place.

  • Donella | June 20, 2013 4:31 PMReply

    This looks like a conversation that's greatly needed. I'm looking forward to hearing what these women have to say.

  • Micah | June 20, 2013 2:28 PMReply

    I'm looking forward to hearing what these women have to say.

  • FactChecker | June 19, 2013 11:51 PMReply

    It feels a little too little too late. Why wasn't Oprah having this conversation when she was still reaching a broader audience, made up of white folk, on her daily syndicated show, where it could REALLY start a conversation?

    And where was her empathy for helping any women of color in media while she was busy helping to make BIG stars of Nate Burkus, Dr. Phil, Rachael Ray, and Dr. OZ?

    I suppose it's an OK sentiment, but it will go unnoticed by the mainstream and only reiterates -- particularly for black audiences -- what we already know.

    so, meh.

    My question would be, why didn't you partner with Ava Du Vernay and not Tyler Perry. Help a sister out!

  • Langston | June 19, 2013 11:09 PMReply

    I think that having this conversation on a "major" cable network that is not BET or TV One, is really quite remarkable. OWN's audience, though perhaps smaller, is definitely more racially diverse than BET or TV One's, so I think this exploration of the plight of the Black Actress, on that platform, is potentially impactful.

  • Ghost | June 19, 2013 11:23 PM

    Just one thing-Direct Tv took OWN off it's cheapest package and claim they told everybody and that date for the change was April 2013. Instead it was the week after Tyler's shows appeared.

    So a lot of folks won't get to see it unless it's put on DVD or reruns elsewhere. I have a feeling this will be on BET after it airs on OWN much like how some shows air on different networks after showing elsewhere.

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