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Oprah Producing #MeToo Doc Ft. Russell Simmons Sexual Assault Accuser

Apple TV has announced that an Oprah Winfrey produced documentary centered around a former music executive #MeToo journey will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival next year.

The log line for the film states the the film follows “a brilliant former music executive who grapples with whether to go public with her story of assault and abuse by a notable figure in the music industry. The film is a profound examination of race, gender, class and intersectionality, and the toll assaults take on their victims and society at large.”

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A still from the “Untitled Kirby Dick/Amy Ziering Film,” premiering at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.(Sundance Institute)

According to reports, the film is centered around Drew Dixon, the woman who accused Russell Simmons of sexual assault. Simmons, who co-founded Def Jam served as Dixon’s direct supervisor while she served as an executive at the label. She quit Def Jam shortly after Simmons allegedly raped her in his apartment in 1995.

The film is being directed by Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering.

OPRAH INTERVIEWS LUPITA NYONG’O & CYNTHIA ERIVO

Lupita Nyong’o and Cynthia Erivo sit down with Oprah in her home for a one on one primetime special entitled, “OWN Spotlight: Oprah At Home with Lupita Nyong’o and Cynthia Erivo”

The ladies discuss with Oprah their fast rise to fame and how their leading roles have shaped them personally and professionally.

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Oprah and Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o discuss colorism in Hollywood and if it still exists. Lupita also discuss her children’s book “Sulwe,” which features a 5-year-old girl who has the darkest skin color in her family. On shelves starting October 15, the picture book inspires children to love their uniqueness and to discover that beauty comes from within. Nyong’o also opens up about thriving in an industry she feels was not made for her, speaks about her critically acclaimed starring role in Jordan Peele’s “Us,” and shares her experience winning “Best Supporting Actress” for her performance in “12 Years a Slave” at the Academy Awards in 2014.

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Then, Tony, Emmy and Grammy Award-winning actress Cynthia Erivo joins Oprah to talk about her starring role in the upcoming film, “Harriet.” Erivo discusses her preparation to play Harriet – on a physical and spiritual level – as well as the controversy surrounding her casting in the role.

The primetime special airs Saturday, October 26 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on OWN.

In addition, Lupita’s interview will be available on ‘Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations’ podcast beginning Wednesday, October 30th. Cynthia’s interview will be available on Wednesday, November 6th.

Oprah Covers People’s “25 Women Changing The World” Issue

Oprah leads the pack of women changing the world in People magazines “25 Women Changing The World” Issue on newsstands this Friday.

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Inside the Issue, Oprah shares the 5 moments that changed her life, including not marrying her “forever” boyfriend, Stedman Graham.

“Life is a huge classroom, and when you learn one lesson, you get to move on to the next one.”- Oprah honored for empowering women for decades.

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Swearing off sensationalist tv was a moment that changed the media mogul’s life, and we’re thankful that she did!

“The show with a man, his wife . . . and his mistress,” Winfrey recalls. “At the time, the producers thought this was one of the greatest bookings we could ever get. We thought, ‘He’s agreed to come on with his girlfriend? This is unbelievable.’ Then there was a moment when the man says to his wife, ‘You know what? There’s nothing you can do about [the affair], because [my mistress] is pregnant.’ We were live and I didn’t know he was going to tell her, nor did the producers know.”

“It’s one of my greatest shames, but a shameful act that allowed me to make the shift, because I go, ‘Never again will I do that to somebody,’” she says. “If I hadn’t, I would have been out of television much sooner.”

Actress Taraji P. Henson is featured for her work with mental health, and the foundation she started in her late father’s name.

My father always told me, ‘If you are blessed, then it’s your job to go out to the world and bless someone else.”

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Senator Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and actress Zoe Saldana are also featured.

For a look at all of PEOPLE’s 25 Women Changing the World, pick up this week’s Issue, on newsstands Friday.