Prince Harry & Oprah’s ‘The Me You Can’t See’ will air on AppleTV on May 21
Back in April 2019, Prince Harry and Oprah signed on to work together on a mental health series for AppleTV. It was big news at the time on Salty White Folk Isle, because Harry was “Hollywood” and “how dare Meghan introduce Harry to Oprah” and “Oprah is Black, just like Meghan.” From there, we would get updates every so often, and I feel comfortable calling the series “long gestating” because I’m not sure people expected it take this long to put together a series with no special effects. The pandemic was definitely an issue, but I also think that both Harry and Oprah had a million other things going on as well. Anyway, the series is finally done and it will air very soon!
Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey have announced the debut of their new mental health series. Premiering on May 21 on Apple TV+, The Me You Can’t See will help “lift the veil on the current state of mental health and well-being,” according to a press release shared on Monday.
“We are born into different lives, brought up in different environments, and as a result are exposed to different experiences. But our shared experience is that we are all human,” said the Duke of Sussex. “The majority of us carry some form of unresolved trauma, loss, or grief, which feels — and is—very personal. Yet the last year has shown us that we are all in this together, and my hope is that this series will show there is power in vulnerability, connection in empathy and strength in honesty.”
Oprah added, “Now more than ever, there is an immediate need to replace the shame surrounding mental health with wisdom, compassion, and honesty. Our series aims to spark that global conversation.”
Harry, 36, who has spoken about his intense grief after losing his mother, Princess Diana 24 years ago — and the struggles he suffered in the aftermath — co-created the series with Winfrey. The pair will help curate discussions about mental health and emotional well-being while opening up about their own “mental health journeys and struggles,” the press release explained, as they hope to “destigmatize a highly misunderstood subject and give hope to viewers who learn that they are not alone.”
The series will also feature high-profile participants, including Lady Gaga. Glenn Close and NBA stars DeMar DeRozan and Langston Galloway. Mental Health advocate Zak Williams, Olympic Boxer Virginia “Ginny” Fuchs and celebrity chef Rashad Armstead are also listed as taking part.
I am curious about the series and I’ll probably give it a shot and see if one or two episodes click with me. The thing is… I completely respect the work Harry has done with and around mental health, just as I respect the fact that Oprah wouldn’t slap her name on a series which was half-assed or stupid. But! I’m not sure how watchable it will be. If you’re not a mental health specialist or a therapist, will it be compelling? But as I said, I’ll give it a try and we’ll see.
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