Picture Credit: The Book Of Negroes/CBC
Last week, we were introduced to the adult Animata, impeccably portrayed by Aunjanue Ellis. The story surrounded Animata’s adjustment to her new home in The Carolinas while deflecting the affections of the two men who own her.
I have to say that the acting was extremely powerful and the storyline was incredibly compelling.
However, at times, It was very difficult to watch.
Some of the scenes were very disturbing yet understandably necessary for the validity of the the story. Reality doesn’t come easy – the dramatic events in this episode chilled me to the core. The inhumanity of man against woman was told with brutal honesty.
Even a week later, many of the scenes still burn in my mind – they were produced with meticulous care and precise attention to detail.
The only bright spot in last week’s episode was the marital union of Animata with her childhood friend, Chekura, followed by the birth of their baby girl, Rosa. However, as the story unfolded, even these events were marred and short -lived.
This week, Animata escapes to a black ghetto town in New York – Canvas Town – at the same time as the American Revolution breaks out in New York. Her escape from Solomon Lindo is assisted by an influential Black innkeeper named Sam Fraunces (Cuba Gooding Jr.). Chekura, her husband, comes briefly into her life once again and the plot thickens from there. Come on – I can’t give it all away, can I?
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 Giallonardo – my 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 21st on CBC Television at 9:00 PM.
However, check your TV listings. One station actually aired the show at 8:00 PM last week.
Comments are now open for your insights and analysis.