S. Epatha Merkerson

S. Epatha Merkerson

*TV One is launching a groundbreaking series that is sure to bring attention to a long overlooked issue.

“Finding Our Missing” will focus on the countless number of missing African Americans who have been largely ignored by mainstream media.

“Find Our Missing” is designed to put names and faces to people of color who have disappeared without a trace. Each episode will tell the story of the missing person or persons, beginning with the day they vanished and the frantic searches by loved ones and investigators to find them, according to a press release.

“Nearly one-third of the missing in this country are Black Americans, while we make up only 12 percent of the population.  Yet stories about missing people of color are rarely told in the national media,” said TV One President and CEO Wonya Lucas.  “Find Our Missing will be dramatic television, but we also hope that TV One’s combined efforts on air, through digital and social media, and through partnerships will also draw attention to a critical issue and bring new information to light for the loved ones of the missing featured in this series, and for others. We hope these profiles will trigger the memory of someone who might have seen something, and feel compelled to come forward and help these families who have suffered for so long.”

The 10-episode show will premiere Jan. 18 at 10 p.m. ET and will be hosted by Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actress S. Epatha Merkerson.