Picture Credit: The Book Of Negroes/CBC
Well, we have reached the end of the road. It has been a privilege to review this brilliantly produced mini-series based on Lawrence Hill’s book, “The Book Of Negroes”. As I previously said, no stone was left unturned and no emotion untouched. Kudos to everyone involved with this project.
Last week’s episode of The Book Of Negroes, as racial tensions heightened, Animata and Chekura made a firm decision to journey back to their homeland, Africa.
This brings us to this week’s episode where Aminata becomes more engrossed in the idea of returning to her village of Bayo. The local tribes, however, are unwilling to support her and Aminata must enlist the help of Dr. Falconbridge, a longtime resident of Freetown, to approach a group of slave traders to guide her and Chekura inland. They are soon double-crossed and Aminata is forced to flee for her life. After a local tribe takes her in and nurses her back to health, she realizes she must let go of her dream of returning to Bayo, and sets out to London to tell her life story to the world.
It bears repeating to stress that 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, once again, 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.
Comments are now open for your insights and analysis.