Oprah Winfrey and Fusion have teamed up to create a documentary on her Leadership Academy For Girls. 2017 marks the 10th year that her school has been over, and in the short film she visits with the school’s first graduating class to talk about the experience and their future endeavors.
The documentary is called O Girls, and we will see a few of the graduates using their knowledge to better their community. We also get to see the downside of their lives (before and during schooling) such as violence, sexual assaults, and deaths of loved ones. They also touch on how much pressure they are under to be successful after graduation. During a recent interview with Fusion Winfrey said:
“My work with these girls feels as natural to me as if they were my own children. For me, this is what mothering was meant to be. I wanted to help girls who really wanted it. They could see the possibility for themselves, if only. If only they had the means to do it.”
Fusion’s Kimberly Brooks is the voice of the short film, and she is a former Oprah Winfrey Show intern who helped Oprah open the South African school. Brooks got Oprah to talk about what led to her opening up the school, her relationship with the students, and their bond with each other. Brooks goes on:
“For me, this is a living, breathing story. This journey continues for all of us. As a woman of color, I am grateful for an opportunity to produce content about women of color accomplishing incredible things in this world.”
O Girls is debuting on January 15, 2017 at 8 PM on Fusion.Will you be watching?