Picture Credit: The Book Of Negroes/CBC
Last week’s episode of The Book Of Negroes was bathed in history. The heart and soul of the story was firmly in place, creating context for the title of the film.
To quickly summarize, with the British now defeated, Animata registers the Black Loyalists in The Book Of Negroes for an escape to freedom in Nova Scotia.
However, upon leaving for Nova Scotia, Animata, who is now pregnant, is separated from her husband, Chekura, but then is set free to continue to Nova Scotia in search of her freedom and her husband.
With her departure, we must also say a heartfelt goodbye to her genuine and loving friendship with Sam Fraunces, wonderfully portrayed by Cuba Gooding Jr. Their scenes together were very powerful, the chemistry palpable.
This brings us to this week’s episode where Aminata arrives pregnant in Shelburne, Nova Scotia and is taken in by Daddy Moses (Louis Gossett Jr.).
However, racial tensions heighten and Animata and Chekura begin to plan their journey back to Africa.
Aunjanue Ellis is extraordinary in the role of Aminata Diallo. She lives and breathes the character and we feel her character’s pain, frustration, suffering and determination in capturing the freedom which we all take for granted – and which we all deserve.
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.
However, check your TV listings. One station actually aired the show at 8:00 PM last week.
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