12 years a slave*The critics have spoken–Steve McQueen’s award-winning thriller,”12 Years a Slave,” which navigates through the harrowing journey of a free man unlawfully forced into captivity, ranks high on the Hollywood applause-o-meter. In other words, it’s a classic.

In honor of the film’s thumbprint on cinematic history, TV One recently announced plans to premiere “12 Years A Slave: A TV One Special with Cathy Hughes,” a one hour program featuring an hour-long discussion with director Steve McQueen and cast members Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong’o and Alfre Woodard.  The special will air Saturday, November 9, at 7 PM/ET exclusively on TV One.

“As part of our commitment to serve the African American community with programming that inspires conversation, this emotional special serves a dual mission,” said Hughes, Radio One Founder and Chairperson. “At once generating awareness about this painful and brilliantly executed story, the special is also bound to ignite critical cultural retrospection among our viewers.”

12 Years A Slave has debuted at select film festivals in the U.S. and Canada and opened in limited U.S. release October 18, 2013. The Fox Searchlight Pictures film has won honors including the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival “People’s Choice Award,” and the 2013 Hollywood Film Festival “Breakthrough Award” (Breakthrough Directing, Steve McQueen) and “New Hollywood Award” (Lupita Nyong’o).

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