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Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network Receives First Ever Primetime Emmy Nomination

Oprah Winfrey's OWN Network Receives First Ever Primetime Emmy Nomination

Before this morning’s announcement, I wondered whether Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network would receive any Primetime Emmy nominations this year. As I said in that post, the network only very recently entered into the original scripted dramatic and comedy series space, and I didn’t believe anything in the fledgling network’s lineup in those categories, would be nominated at this point, adding that if OWN receives any nominations at all, they’ll be in the Reality TV, or any of the other *special* categories.

And that’s exactly what happened! 

OWN has received its first ever Primetime Emmy nomination for its popular original series, Oprah’s Master Class.

Now in its third season, Oprah’s Master Class was honored with its first nomination in the Outstanding Informational Series or Special category. 

The network sent out a formal press release announcing this historic news. It’ll be a trivia question some years down the road: What was the first OWN series to receive a Primetime Emmy nomination?

Its competition in that category this year include: Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, Brain Games, Inside The Actors Studio, and Stand Up To Cancer.

“Oprah’s Master Class” tells the stories you’ve never heard from the people you thought you knew best. Hand-picked by Oprah Winfrey for their unique impact on the world, true modern masters step forward to share the greatest lessons they’ve learned along the way. In an intimate setting, they share their successes, their failures, their triumphs, disappointments and heartbreaks. “Oprah’s Master Class” offers an unprecedented first-person insight into the brilliant minds of the famous people we love, respect, and admire. The nominated season features masters such as Tom Brokaw, Cindy Crawford, Alicia Keys and Stevie Nicks.

“We couldn’t be more proud of this nomination that recognizes Oprah’s creative vision for our network, the dedication of everyone at OWN, Harpo Studios and our wonderful partners at Radical Media,” said Sheri Salata, president, OWN. “We are thrilled to receive such an honor.”

The 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Ceremony will be broadcast on CBS on Sunday, September 22 at 5 p.m. PT at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles. The 65th Annual Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Ceremony will be held on Sunday, September 15 at 4 p.m. PT at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles.

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Patricia Smith

This is so true….where was Oprah when Tyler Perry was sleeping in the CAR….she made white people rich….has a girl school in Africa …but what about the. Boys,so that they can be educated and prepare them for a better life.When she was on channel 8,very few Black Star's was own her show….now they are in the Spot Light on OWN…OPRAH come out of the studio.and help HEAL THE LAND (CHICAGO ).


Unfortunately, in spite of her recent partnership with the other black media mogul Tyler Perry, as a black person its hard to be excited about America's first black owned network in that not too much is black about it except the face of Oprah. As far as I'm concerned OWN is an acronym for Oprah's Whitepeopleonly Network. Even the new slapstick of Tyler is not going to change that reality.

Also, I find it very insulting and a pill hard to swallow to continually witness Oprah showering rich white folk, like the no talent drug addict, Lindsey Lohan with $2 million for a twenty minute interview that no one's really interested in, yet she won't invest in the black children in the ghettos of cities like Chicago by setting up educational, training and social/civic facilities to serve as a refuge from the violence and sense of hopelessness they are consumed with each and every day. Yet, she continually milks the South African Girls School for every cent of the $40 million she allegedly invested in it. And, what's $40 million to a multi-billionaire, especially when she milks the tax write off for billions in self promotion and advertising of her shows.

And, perhaps its just me, but how many black people do you ever see seated next to Oprah on her Oprah's Whitepeopleonly Network now and over the years since she ascended to her claim to fame? Aside from other blacks who no longer associated with other blacks except the occasion convocation to pat one another on the back for having "arrived" like Quincy Jones; Sidney Poitier; Maya Angelou; Beyoncé; Will Smith; and now Tyler Perry, what do these moguls do for black people except snub them.

Sure some kindah ignorant black folks will defend the black racists [against black people only of course] for not looking back or giving back to the poor, disenfranchised people they used to be and will adamantly defend them by saying that it's their money and they can do what they want with it, as well as discriminate against black women and people as possible mates and/or collaborators on anything for the good of those other black folks they used to be; but it is to me a very "peculiar" social dynamic when all other members of the elite and wealthy will give back primarily to their own kind towards causes and issues that affect them; but black folks who so happen to become financially empowered are extolled by the ignorant for snubbing and deserting people who look like them when the price of blood, sweat, tears, pain, suffering and even life was sacrificed by those who came before them, who looked like them, and bore and sired them, and reared them and feed them and instilled a modicum of self confidence in them are not owed any sense of reciprocity. And, of course, I mean symbolic reciprocity to those who mirror these Elders, and Ancestors, who so happen to also look like the rich blacks who are snubbing the poor blacks who they used to be.

Tell me, how can a little black girl who was born in poverty and reared in a shack in MS, and used to be fat and black and nappy headed [everything that blacks and America hates], forget who she is, and totally desert those she used to be whose circumstances, in many ways, is even more dire and hopeless than it was once upon a time when she [and other snobbish black "elites" who only snub black folks] were colored. How soon they forget.

Fortunately though, no matter how famous and wealthy one gets, one can never, ever out run one's shadow, no matter how hard they try. Shame on the nouveau riche blacks for hating the people they used to be, even though the shadow knows, and its still there following them around everywhere, no matter how wealthy, now matter how famous, no matter how much they hate and snub who they used to be. The shadow knows.

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