Oprah says that, from the beginning, she wanted her television series Greenleaf to “come from a truthful space.”

Having grown up in an African-American community that found connection and spiritual sustenance in the church, Oprah, who is a co-producer of the hit OWN drama, believes the show captures “the essence of the spirit” of what African-American church communities are like. In this digital extra, she explains how Greenleaf reflects the real world.

Tune in to the Season 2 premiere of Greenleaf on March 15 at 10/9c, only on OWN.