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The CBC Film Adaptation Of The Book Of Negroes: Episode Two


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Picture Credit: The Book Of Negroes/CBC

During last week’s premiere episode of The Book Of Negroes, my eyes were absolutely glued to the TV screen. Not only was the story told in a compelling and authentic manner, but also the acting was sheer perfection and the cinematography mesmerizing. It does not get better than this.

I would like to single out the phenomenal acting powers of the young lady who portrayed the young Animata Diallo, 11-year-old Shailyn Pierre-Dixon. Wasn’t she a force? She internalized the heartbreaking torment and heartbreak of the kidnapped Animato who was sold into slavery. Her haunted and frightened face as she was ripped from the arms of her loving parents was difficult to watch and even more difficult to erase.

This week, we are introduced to the adult Animata, portrayed by Aunjanue Ellis. The story surrounds Animata’s adjustment to her new home in The Carolinas while deflecting the affections of the two men who own her. I can barely type those last few words without fighting back the bad taste in my mouth. Horrible to think, isn’t it?

Congratulations to the producers, the writers, the technical staff, the musicians, the actors and everyone involved with this remarkable mini-series. You should be proud.

And, as always, a special shout-out to the Associate Producer, Justin Giallonardomy nephew , for his hard work and artistic contribution to this series. We are so thrilled for you and very proud.

Here in Canada, the second episode of Lawrence Hill’s award-winning novel, “The Book Of Negroes“, continues on Wednesday, January 14th on CBC Television at 9:00 PM.

However, check your TV listings. One station actually aired the show at 8:00 PM last week.

And, if you are unable to watch it on HDTV, then you can purchase the full season of The Book of Negroes or catch a Sneak Peek of The Book of Negroes on iTunes.

Comments are now open for your insights and analysis.

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Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

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