Review: Underground

Creators: Misha Green, Joe Pokaski

Stars: Jurnee Smollett-Bell,  Aldis Hodge,  Jessica De Gouw

A friend of mine who is very close to me asked me to do this one. How could i possibly say no? Stephie this one is for you.
Actually she made me watch the series. If you have read my article: Africa, a story of the poor. You will understand my hesitation to watch a movie or a series about being enslaved. Rarely to almost never do you see powerful black characters in movies or in series that do not involve the fight for freedom or for their rights so I started watching it with one eyed hesitation but I got into it.
The lead characters are likable and the support cast is equally star studded and has well seasoned actors. It is the story of slaves who are attempting to run away. A crime that was punished severely by their owners.
The series will invoke a hatred, for racism as human beings are treated like cattle whipped and worked to the bone. Some of the perks of this series is that it is fast paced, dynamic and will have you at the edge of your seat the entire time screaming “f@#k racism and f@#k racists! and Run!!! Run and Liiiivvvee!!!” betrayal, simulated sex, mild nudity, a story of survival and beautiful strong characters.

I cannot do a review of this series without touching on “Book of Negroes.” The story is based on Canadian born author Lawrence Hill’s book of the same Title acted by,  Aunjanue Ellis, Lyriq Bent, Ben Chaplin.

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Powerful does not begin to describe this tale of Aminata who was kidnapped from Africa, sold into slavery and somehow has to survive the revolution of New York, Nova Scotia to find her way back to Africa only to leave so that she can defend the freedom of black people. This is all happening even as she works to find herself as a person and more importantly for the series as a woman. It is a powerfully educative mini series.

While i am not in love with slavery stories i do appreciate the messages in the movies.and the production value of both productions is simply outstanding. The Acting, the direction and the setting are of high quality. Definitely a must watch for both series. Their IMDb ratings are 7.9 and 7.8 respectively meaning that they are definitely a must watch and the rating is obviously higher than it should.

For the equality of all men, A luta continua

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