Oprah hosted the Premiere Of OWN's David Makes Man TV series at NeueHouse Hollywood in Los Angeles on Tuesday. In David Makes Man, a 14-year-old genius looks for a way out of the projects in his poverty-stricken Florida neighborhood.

David (Akili McDowell) must rely on his hardworking single mother to pay the bills to keep the lights on in the projects. Still haunted by the death of his closest friend, David is forced to choose between the streets or the higher education that may be his ticket out.

Oprah Winfrey poses above with actors Tarell Alvin McCraney, left, and Akili McDowell at the premiere.

The coming-of-age TV drama is set to premiere on August 14, 2019 on OWN Network.

Actor Michael B. Jordan took his mom, Donna Jordan, to the premiere.

Actress Lela Rochon posed on the red carpet at the West Coast premiere of David Makes Man.

Photos by Getty Images

  • iWasteTime

    shout out to LeLa

  • KcoolMuziq
  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Made me smile when I saw Lela...Oprah still cancelled for what she tried to do to Michael Jackson...and Michael B. Jordan dont like sistahs...

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    stop playing! Since when Michael B. don't like black women? In fact i haven't even really seen him with any woman for the most part, except his mother.

  • DeeFromLA

    I'm glad Lela is not in hiding. She didn't do anything wrong, that mannish looking Nicole should be the one hiding.

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Look up Michael B. Jordan white women in google images...Your welcome...he's like Jaime Foxx...he knows his fanbase is mostly sistahs so he cant denounce us due to the fear of his fanbase dwindling...

  • iWasteTime

    Wendy told Sway she don't want Kevin back in any way, shape or form!

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    soooooooooooooooooooo im sorry, where is Lela fat at? I see hip, thighs and bosom, the 3 piece snack pack goodness

  • Miss Thang

    I hope the character doesn’t turn out to be gay.

  • Karen Brady

    You probably didn't mean this in a funny way but in my brain I'm like teee heee because that's all I'm getting from these pics and short write-up about this film. I'm getting Moonlight vibes.

  • Karen Brady

    Whatchu say about Nicholas Murphy?

  • Karen Brady

    Girrlllllll... I saw that pic and said "MAMA, TEACH YOUR YOUR BOY ABOUT BLACK WOMEN CUZ HE DAMN SURE CAME FROM ONE!" NEXT.

  • Karen Brady

    It's the truth. Might even like white boys too imo.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I didn't want to go there, because everyone says I hate the gheys. But, yea, that's what "coming of age" means nowadays.

  • Karen Brady

    Teee heee Sandra... don't pay them no mind :-)

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I guess you didn't catch the "coming of age" part in the series description. ?

  • MsVAllDay

    Not the 3 piece snack pack LOL LOL

  • MsVAllDay

    Lela out here serving and looks beautiful! Glad she ain't hiding.

  • Karen Brady

    Come thru CUTIE PIE LELA!!!! Nicky-Nick and your low-down, bug-eyed-snake in the grass, weasel face, two-bit, trifling, cheating, lying, son of a bitch, bald headed, leather pants in the summer wearing, whore of a husband can kick rocks.

  • Virgoqween

    Not saying Oprah shouldn’t be “cancelled” but is HBO cancelled too for airing the doc? Because I see a lot of people mad at O but still was watching euphoria and game of thrones

  • Renee Bee

    Thanks, Auntie. I'm gonna skip this one. I'se tired.

  • Bee jaay Cee

    Oprah needs to get them bunions fixed.

  • Wakando Shamar Taylor

    Funny how scandal brings stars out! Havent seen lela in 20 years now she on the red carpet all of a sudden

  • Seldomseen

    You betta Ms LaLa a brick house. Let him have that trailer

  • Soda

    Did Michael Jackson like sistahs?

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Deflection is a form of gaslighting...

  • MSGREENMINUSTHEENVY

    LELA!!!! You don't look like what you been through but you look amazing!! :)

  • MsPam

    For once I agree with you.

  • Guest

    Come thru cutie pie Lela! You look good Gurlll!

  • Guest

    Dead!

  • MsPam

    Why is Oprah leaning on that little boy like a prostitute on the corner?!

  • MsPam

    I thought “coming of age was a boy turning into manhood.?????

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    That's the old definition. Now it means something else. ?

  • MsPam

    Oh okay I’m glad you told me, I guess I need to get out more.

  • Karen Brady

    teeee heeeee...

  • KarmaBackAround

    Oprah so damn rich she dont even put on nice clothes no more..she jus be like "f it they know who i am" ???.. n lela look like she done lost bout 30 lbs since ol boy cheated with that huzzy

  • Soda

    How can you cancel Oprah in defense of Jackson, then knock Jordan for not dating sistahs when Jackson didn't either?

  • dontgetblocked

    Somewhere...somehow...a white person will save him.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    But, but I heard that Oprah hates black men.
    Now here she is making a story about a black man. How dare she?

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Why should Nicole be in hiding?
    Lela's husband has had two whole children during his marriage who are not by his wife but Lela is still married to him so maybe they have some type of understanding.

  • Lovechild

    I’m never canceling Oprah. PeriodT.

  • Coy little wink

    Lela said I'm back bishes...check these thick thighs AND the rock...

  • Yardgirl
  • Yardgirl
  • Madashelle

    Oh damn. I'm getting too old to learn all these new terminologies.

    Anyway, not a fan of Oprah but thought about checking this out. But now since "coming of age" means something else in today's world, I have no desire to see it. Seen it already. And quite frankly I'm tired of it.

    Surely there are some straight young Black men who are into straight Black females; but Hollywood wants to depict the Blacks as the new face of homosexuality. And people are buying it. If we're not gay, we're thugs who can't compete a sentence properly.

    I would love for our young Black brothers and sisters to feel that there is nothing wrong with being smart. F.ck trying to be cool.

  • CookieMobster
  • CookieMobster

    Not leather pants in the summer wearing, Karen. Is you serious?? Having that d smelling like are car loud of jock strap after August football practice you say??? https://media2.giphy.com/media/3o72F8t9TDi2xVnxOE/giphy.gif

  • EyeEmJai

    She is leaning on him because that bunion seems to be bothering her.

  • Li-Wright

    Advice to Lela: Go natural.

  • Li-Wright

    McCraney is the gay actor-writer who wrote Moonlight.

  • Li-Wright

    She may be going back to work. That's what happens when the stay-at-home moms in Hollywood start getting scared that their man is on the loose with another woman. Notice, Antoine was not at her side.

  • Li-Wright

    Next -- she will start auditioning and getting acting jobs. Notice Antoine is not at her side?

  • Alextra Ballard

    ?lol.... I forgot..Oprah got sum jacked up feet as well

  • Chyna

    I read a blind item a while back that MBJ DOES NOT like sistahs. He used/uses some type of agency to supply him with black women (arranged by his manager). So just because you MIGHT see pictures of him with a black woman, that DOES NOT mean that he likes us......

  • Savoy7

    Oprah, Gayle & HBO are still canceled to me.

  • Savoy7

    Yes, HBO is still canceled just like Oprah & Gayle are.

  • Lame Ass LA

    Ive delivered 3 postmate orders to her...that cheap hussy orders enough for 10 ppl but i dont ever see 9 other cars in the driveway...

  • Lame Ass LA

    The only "sistah" Michael is obligated to like is his beautiful mother...the rest of u clown ass black heffas need to step ur game up!

  • TDK

    She’s there because she’s has a recurring acting role in this series.

  • Logan Roberts

    This is the best Lela has looked in a while, minus that home economics outfit.

  • Soon2BWife

    Go ahead, Lela!

  • tia

    Lela is still gorgeous as ever.

  • Mrs Mary

    If I had a rich husband like Lela does my hair and clothes plus the body would be BANGIN!!! SHE LOOK like a younger version of Lela Divine from waiting to exhale and that is NOT GOOD!!!

  • Lovechild

    That’s because she’s depressed. That she is choosing to stay married to a hoe hopper

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    all day every day and twice on Sunday.

  • Mrs Mary

    Very true!!! Why is her face sooo fat?!

  • Lovechild

    Could be a medical condition. Or just depressed binge eating. She can and should do better for herself. Karma will take care of him it always does.

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    First we get schooled on some gold lesbians and now boys can't come in to age without being gay.
    I'm so done!

  • MJ

    With food?

  • Rhyme and Reason

    The weight may also be from medication and a chronic illness?!

    I think if she can lose the weight, get on a TV show, start living by being away from the house waiting on him to return, it will eliminate a lot of stress from her marriage and life!

  • Rhyme and Reason

    Girl, dat was some name call’in! I read it out loud, twice! Lol!

  • Jussjess25

    Thats all that surgery shes had don't get it fucked up “star voice.”

  • Rhyme and Reason

    But, the reality is that there are plenty of selective enrollment, college prep, inner city schools. Along with more private or charter urban college prep schools than ever b4!

    We never get to advance in the eye the public, media, it’s always the same narrative!

    Are WP making opioid and meth movies, or how people are trying to escape rural town, trailer park, or Appalachia poverty?

  • SeannaPaula

    I truly hate when people act like if you gain weight in a marraige, that a hall pass to cheat or leave, in that cace if you get sick then I can go ahead and leave then, .. what happen to for better or worse. Smh.

  • T Willis

    ?

  • T Willis

    Lmao

  • T Willis

    Nope!!! Those rural areas got politicians and created a social outcry for their addicts. Now they have special clinics popping up in these regions with special doctors who can help with addictions smdh. When it’s yt ppl, they get the (positive) attention, the funding, and the empathy. When it’s black ppl it’s Reaganomics all over again smh

  • T Willis

    I like that you pointed out the hypocrisy but I think MJ was asexual. I don’t think MJ liked/dated anyone specific unless it could benefit him financially or professionally. Plus MJ did a lot for black ppl - including black women. Michael B’s bias is on record lol.

  • T Willis

    Mature adults don’t “cancel” silly sh*t like this lol. If you don’t like how someone is being portrayed then don’t watch it. Oprah shouldn’t be cancelled for doing a doc that she felt passionate about (at the time). We all make mistakes and sometimes it’s enough to be shamed for those mistakes. But most black folks are arrogant and miserable so they look for ways to exclude people. It’s a petty and immature tactic, but we are talking about black women so ?????

  • T Willis

    I think it was an interview that he had done yeaaaaaars ago. Some off-handed remark that he made about black women but his publicist had to backtrack and say he was misquoted or something. The fire got put out quickly but some black ppl still remember and they purposely hunted through his social media and pap shots to locate a black girl lol but all they found were yt girls lol

  • T Willis

    Lela doesn’t look as big as she did in those red carpet photos with her husband. I don’t know if the scandal pushed her to drop a little weight and show her face more, but, I hope this is a new beginning for Lela and that she takes her health (weight) more seriously. She is still an attractive woman who has more life to live...

  • Cannelle

    Who hurt you? lol.

  • Lucy

    I hate when people I would do this or I would do that that. You dont know what you would know and you dont know this woman's struggle. Because she has a rich husband she is not allowed to gain weight.Money isn't everything. Her hair is done and she looks good for her age.

  • Ayeola George

    i like it :-)

  • Mimi_131

    I believe she has a health condition that has her on a type of steroid medication. The side effects include looking puffy and weight gain.

  • Logan Roberts

    ???

  • Logan Roberts

    Men are visuals creatures. They for some reason expect women to be perfect, while letting themselves go to shit sometimes.

  • Kayke

    When a person stabs you in the back, you cancel the person not the knife they used.

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Chile...Go play your flute under the bridge Troll...

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    This is the problem with our community...the inability to stay on topic...thats like talking about bill cosby then someone saying well they aint do that to harvey weinstein...stop deflecting and deal with the fact of what I said...until you do I pay you in dust...or do you just preferred to be blocked???

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Chile they dont hear you...Our people's deflection game is so strong they dont even realize they are doing it...

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    I cant see the comment...this person was blocked atleast a year ago on my end LOL....

  • Cannelle

    you were right to do so.

  • Parent

    You go Lela! Show them you don't give a eff about a hoe!

  • chris

    You aint missing nothing

  • chris

    Game of thrones want to make a show with us back in chains. So yes, hbo been cancelled.

  • Virgoqween

    The “knife” would be television sets. HBO would be the person who paid the person to kill you.

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    lol

  • Virgoqween

    Doesn’t seem like it but ok

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    When i use postmate or doordash, I totally order enough food to eat on through out the day and maybe even breakfast the next day...i'm one person. i mean I might as well right? That delivery fee on top of a tip. and btw: Lela has children plural plural and plural children.

  • chris

    For sure. But unfortunately, the majority of us will never cancel anything we actually like.

  • Soda

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2d4620353b0ef8dc9523c540356d950d8927fbca51c11474abb3c6a3592c0f09.gif So, replying about someone you mentioned in your comment is off topic? Okay, Community Moderator! Dust or Block---I couldn't care less.

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Yes...not a problem...Im supportive of all ideas even when the commentator doesn't know what the hell their talking about...oh and the only thing that I get angry over is when I smudge my polish after getting my nails & feet done...Im too blessed to let some words get in the way...so did you decide on which you want???

  • Rhyme and Reason

    Oh, I know they receive substantial help and funding!

    I was speaking of films, TV shows being made about WP less glowing life situations of poverty, crime, and addiction! While ours are plentiful!

    Look how quickly they made the drug Narcan available to help lower the cases of drug overdose deaths! The difference in how crack was covered vs meth and opioid drug epidemics! Treatment was scarce for us, and we were criminalized while they are calling theirs a “health crisis!”

  • Soda

    "IJS your actions and searching for the perfect gif shows your mad not me...your first comment is a common notion expressed by someone who obviously has never written a paper/thesis/dissertation after the 12th grade."
    Pretty bold of you to mention 12th grade in that ridiculous paragraph reply that looks like it was written by a 3rd grader. What, you've been out of school so long that you've forgotten how to use periods, commas, and exclamation points? Amazon sells different versions of Schoolhouse Rock. I suggest you start with the grammar edition so that you may learn the difference between your and you're: you're mad, not me. See?https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bc2d1e4e1ef2c1711817914cbe2182f0688d93ac535e65ee359455fd338a2f7f.png

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    It's about to get much worse.