(CNN) Haunting and poetic, "Between the World and Me" translates Ta-Nehisi Coates' book and the subsequent stage presentation into an HBO special that loses none of its power, a feat made all the more remarkable by its production amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Weaving in news footage with stars reading Coates' words, this version of the writer's reflections to his 15-year-old son will likely be played and replayed for years to come.
Directed by Kamilah Forbes -- who brought Coates' book to the Apollo Theater -- the special incorporates news footage old and new, from Muhammad Ali speaking to dash-cam video of police abusing African-American drivers.
Coates speaks of the "cosmic injustice" of the Black experience, and tells his child, "You do not have the privilege of living in ignorance" -- a warning that possess additional clout with Oprah presenting it.
Oprah Winfrey in the HBO special 'Between the World and Me.'
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