Atlanta’s Tastemakers Gather for the OWN Spotlight Presents “TIME OF ESSENCE” Screening Friday 25 August, 2023

Oprah Winfrey joins Halle Berry, Whoopi Goldberg, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Beverly Johnson and many more culture-defining voices in OWN’s new five-part documentary series premiering Friday, August 18 at 9 pm ET/PT 

Atlanta hosted the “Time of Essence” was hosted by OWN in Atlanta at the stylish IPIC Atlanta theater moderated by Egypt Sherrod.

The event drew in a crowd of tastemakers, influencers, and notable guests, such as Egypt Sherrod, Mike Jackson, Alex Ebanks (VP of Communications at ESSENCE Ventures), Jessie Woo, Gary ‘with tha tea’ Hayes, Raven Goodwin, Belinda Sanders, Dawn Halfkenny, Des Gray, Mel Mitchell, Dr. Stephanie Jester, Zoe Dupree, and other prominent figures from Atlanta’s social scene.

Alex Ebanks, VP , Essence Ventures Communications

Malaika Jabali, Politics & News Editor

Raven Goodwin

Mike Jackson co-star of HGTV’s Married to Real Estate

Egypt Sherrod & Mike Jackson stars of HGTV’s Married to Real Estate

Egypt Sherrod & Mike Jackson co-star of HGTV’s Married to Real Estate; along with myself (Kiwi) & Jessica (guest)

Myself & Jessica (guest/friend) at the ATL screening for “Time of Essence”.


The five-part, one-hour series is a celebration of the trailblazing magazine that reaches a global community of over 20 million Black women and has revealed some of the most captivating and influential covers of the past half-century.

Oprah Winfrey joins the names of thought leaders, celebrities and culture defining influencers featured in the series, which includes: Oscar®-winning actresses Halle Berry and Whoopi Goldberg; Emmy®-winning actress Sheryl Lee Ralph, Regina Hall and Taye Diggs; Golden Globe®-winning actress Taraji P. Henson; actress Gabrielle Union-Wade;  fashion model and icon Beverly Johnson and her daughter Anansa Sims; singer and actress Vanessa Williams; attorney and The View co-host Sunny Hostin; producer and former president of Motown Productions, Suzanne de Passe; iconic ESSENCE Magazine editor Mikki Taylor, long-time Editor-In-Chief Susan L. Taylor and current President and CEO Caroline Wanga, amongst others.

Time of Essence airs on OWN Fridays 9 pm ET/PT

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