Book Of Negroes – **

Posted: January 11, 2016 in 2015, Canada, Drama, Slavery, TV series, XX

The Book Of Negroes tells the story of Aminata Diallo, a West African djeli (story teller) who survived being taken as a slave, crossing the ocean, being raped by her slave owner, being sold to a Jewish merchant, fleeing during a visit of New York, educating the (il)legal free slaves, fighting with the Brits in the revolutionary war, and much much more.

It’s a long miniseries based on a successful book and just goes on and on and on.

It’s a story worth telling, no doubt. But it’s told in such a classic way with an overdose of drama that it starts boring after a while. It’s not HBO and it shows. It’s not Roots either. It’s the kind of show for those who want to learn about slavery but can’t stand the graphic details of 12 Years A Slave or the sarcasm of Django Unchained. 

Aunjanue Ellis is great in the leading role. Cuba Gooding Jr does a decent job as well as a free tavern owner in New York. The young Shailyn Pierre-Dixon and Siya Xaba (who star in the first episode) clearly have some talent too. But all the rest of the cast kind of suck. Especially those who play the bad (white) guys. The reason why the above mentioned feature movies are such great classics is because they have not only a great protagonist, but also an excellent antagonist. In this series, the bad guys just suck.


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