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Oprah developing race riot miniseries starring Octavia Spencer


Oprah Winfrey’s OWN cable network is developing a two-part miniseries chronicling one of the ugliest and least-known chapters in U.S. history.

In Tulsa, Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer (The Help) plays a journalist who investigates the 1921 Oklahoma race riots, where an estimated 300 people were believed to have been murdered amid post-WWI racial tension surrounding segregation laws and the prosperous black community of Greenwood. According to a 2011 New York Times story on the subject, “The Tulsa race riot of 1921 was rarely mentioned in history books, classrooms or even in private…an episode so brutal that this city, in a bout of collective amnesia that extended more than a half-century, simply chose to forget it ever happened.”

The announcement came as part of OWN’s Thursday upfront, revealing the net’s next slate of programming — which also included the network’s first scripted movie, My Name is Love: The Darlene Love Story. The period biopic will star Toni Braxton. READ FULL STORY

WEtv unveils new details on Toni Braxton series, new cake series, and announces new tagline

WEtv confirmed that Grammy Award-winning singer Toni Braxton has signed up for a docusoap series. And just as Braxton transforms herself into a reality star, the network announced Tuesday that it will undergo a makeover as well: WEtv now has a new logo and marketing tagline.

Braxton Family Values looks at the relationship between the singer/songwriter, her mom, and her four sisters — all aspiring singers themselves.

The network also announced Staten Island Cakes, which gets into the burgeoning pastry-reality genre. Cakes follows Vinny Buzzetta, a 21-year-old “self-made pastry prodigy and sought-after cake maker” and his “loud, outspoken Staten Island family.” Sounds subtle!

As for that new network tagline. Drumroll please… READ FULL STORY


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