At Final, Harriet Tubman Strides Onto Our Screens

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Aisha Hinds, at left, will play Harriet Tubman in the second season of WGN America’s Underground, alongside (left to right) Amirah Vann, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis Hodge, Alano Miller and Jessica de Gouw. Courtesy of WGN America hide caption

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2016 was the year the Underground Railroad became a focus in common culture — in Colson Whitehead’s National Book Award-winning novel, and a critically-acclaimed new tv drama about a group of runaways fleeing a Georgia plantation in 1857.

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Harriet Tubman will be on the new $ 20 bill, but till lately she hasn’t been portrayed as well usually in well-known culture. Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Photos hide caption

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Underground, a hit for the WGN network, takes viewers by way of treacherous terrain, actually and figuratively. It really is filled with slave owners, slave catchers, abolitionists and enslaved folks, all double-crossing each and every other. There are sacrifices, rescues and revolts. The first season ends with a single of the show’s primary characters — a runaway maid named Rosalee who’s nearly died trying to save her buddies — encountering a rifle-carrying dark-skinned woman who provides to teach her how to liberate slaves. “My name’s Harriet,” she says. As in Harriet Tubman.

“Oh my god,” Veronica Wells says as she remembers watching that scene. “I’m so excited. I’m so excited about Harriet Tubman. Simply because she does not play. She does not take any mess.”

Wells is the culture editor of the web site Madam Noire and author of the novel Bettah Days. She calls Underground a brilliant show, with one of the ideal casts on television. And she’s pleased to see more representation of the woman who helped much more than one hundred men and women uncover freedom a decade before the Civil War. Harriet Tubman has been the subject of dances, an opera and a couple of comedy sketches, but aside from the 1978 Television miniseries A Woman Called Moses starring Cecily Tyson, Tubman has been barely featured on screen. “She’s a black woman, and there have not been a lot of stories for black ladies of any time period,” Wells points out.

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That is why she’s seeking forward to the future $ 20 bill featuring Tubman, an upcoming movie starring Viola Davis, and watching Aisha Hinds play the character in Underground‘s new season, starting in March.

I am so excited. I’m so excited about Harriet Tubman. Due to the fact she does not play. She does not take any mess.

When Hinds 1st stepped on Underground‘s Louisiana set to play Harriet Tubman, she — a seasoned theater expert — immediately burst into tears.
“Even now, oh my God, I get so emotional about it,” she says. It was daunting to portray somebody whose nearly superhuman courage derived from total confidence that God was advising her, warning her and listening to her.
“Trying to dig deep for that level of faith for what she had carried out just completely broke me,” Hinds says. “I felt unworthy. I felt incapable of genuinely, really honoring the story she had to tell.”

Hinds immersed herself in investigation. She located Beverly Lowry’s biography Harriet Tubman: Imagining A Life especially useful. And she concentrated on finding smaller sized truths to make Tubman much less of an icon, a lot more of a human.
“How did she peel potatoes in the kitchen?” Hinds asked. “You know, just straightforward factors that you overlook to don’t forget about a individual. What was she like as a lady? What did it really feel like for her to adore a person, and for her to desire to be loved?”


Hinds says her Harriet Tubman is witty as properly as courageous. And she believes there is a explanation why Tubman feels so relevant appropriate now. “I think we’re in a time that calls for that level of courage,” she mentioned. “That level of resolve, you know, to be entirely disgusted with injustice, to the point that you will have to take some enormous leaps of faith. And it may possibly take one particular person major several.”

When the true Harriet Tubman died in 1913, it was in a house for African American seniors that Tubman herself had established years earlier. Her final words, spoken to a room filled with loved ones and close friends, had been: “I go to prepare a place for you.”

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That’s So Raven: 11 Ways Raven And Chelsea Have Produced Their Friendship Final

We tend to replace most of our friend group each and every seven years, so if you are still BFFs with someone you met in 2003, think about your self quite fortunate.

Disney’s That is So Raven began 13 years ago and Raven Baxter (Raven-Symoné) and Chelsea Daniels (Anneliese van der Pol) have remained friends all this time, as evidenced by their current reunion pic from Friday (March 11).

In honor of their reunion, we looked back at their ever-lasting friendship that is anything but nasty.

  1. For starters, they help the other’s endeavors.

    In 2007, Raven visited Anneliese during her run as Belle in Beauty and the Beast on Broadway. And certainly, Anneliese was proud of her friend scoring the job as co-host on The View.

  2. And let every other know they’re proud of the other’s achievements.

    “Strawberries aside @ravensymone gave a gorgeous tribute to Bayard Rustin. Quite touching evening. Long way to go #trailblazerawards #trailblazerhonors,” Anneliese captioned this photo.

  3. They in fact go out and do entertaining things, rather of just hanging out at someone’s home all the time.

    In 2015, they attended opening night of the off-Broadway play The Way We Get By, starring Amanda Seyfried and Thomas Sadoski.

  4. And both assistance important causes collectively.

    Also in 2015, the actresses went to the GLSEN Respect Awards, which honors those who are role models and work to boost the lives of LGBT youth.

  5. They know how to make a birthday hella memorable.

    Anneliese wrote, “Best birthday ever. Raven produced me cry. That bitch! ) @ravensymone @tycegreen.”

  6. And they’re not afraid to call every single other out on their bullshit.

    In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Anneliese stated, “We’re closer than ever … We speak about everything and we actually contact every single other out when we’re messing up.” Correct pals assist maintain each other in check.

  7. At times, they get every single other dope gifts.

  8. And remind every other they’re gorgeous.

    Anneliese shared Raven’s pic on Facebook, with the sweet message, “Raven-Symoné Enjoy you back girll!!!!! Happy belated Woman’s Day… YOU Right!!”

  9. They accept the other for who she is.

    In 2013, Anneliese shared a pic on Instagram with the caption, “#equality.” Shortly after, Raven tweeted she could “finally get married” soon after the Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act.

  10. They’ve by no means forgotten where they came from.

    Final year, the besties sang the That is So Raven theme song onstage collectively. Anneliese had her own NYC solo show, and Raven appeared to assistance her house skillet biscuit. Oh snap!

  11. And they never, ever stop getting enjoyable.

I am still upset I wasn’t a contestant on ‘Figure It Out’ in the ’90s.