David Makes Man

“David Makes Man,” the new OWN drama executive produced by Oprah Winfrey and Michael B. Jordan, premieres on Wednesday, Aug. 14. — (Submitted)

The wildly popular Michael B. Jordan, star of “Fruitvale Station,” “Creed” “Black Panther” and “Creed 2,” now tests the waters as an executive producer with “David Makes Man,” premiering at 10 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 14 on OWN.

In advance of the series premiere, OWN presents “David Makes Man Season 1: All Access” airing Aug. 7 at 10 p.m. The half-hour special will give viewers a sneak speak of the new drama starring Akili McDowell.

“David Makes Man Season 1: All Access” will take viewers behind the scenes with exclusive interviews with executive producer Oprah Winfrey and creator Tarell Alvin McCraney. Meet the cast, including Phylicia Rashad, who stars as David’s teacher Dr. Woods-Trap, and find out why Winfrey calls the show “poetry on TV.”

A collaboration between OWN and Jordan’s production company, Outlier Society Productions, which guarantees inclusion in all its casts and crews, “David Makes Man” is the first TV project by Academy Award-winner McCraney (“Moonlight”). The series, according to the network centers on David, a 14 year-old prodigy from the projects who is haunted by the death of his closest friend, and relied on by his hardworking mother (Alana Arenas) to find a way out of poverty. He must choose between the streets that raised him or the higher education that may offer him a way out. Set in South Florida, the series is inspired by events in McCraney’s own life and explores childhood trauma and the power of imagination to survive.

Jordan took on the project because he felt that he could relate to the young lead character, and stated to Vanity Fair, “I was one of those kids, part of the gifted program, and I never heard someone else articulate the thoughts I had in my head. The mask I put on when I do these auditions — there is a game you play to accomplish the pitfalls and obstacles you come across coming from the ‘hood. I just never heard anyone say it out loud. And it was on the page. And I wanted to be a part of it.”

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