John Legend

Underground

Over the past few years, we have been inundated with stories about slavery. Many of them often somber and demoralizing. If there were more of a balance, and we saw stories about the successful contributions black people have had and built for America, then maybe content like this wold be more digestible.  At Sundance this year, when I got a chance to meet many of the cast members of Underground, and with show ep, John Legend;I had no idea what to expect. Needless to say, my expectations weren’t very high. However, I decided to give it a shot and tune in to watch. From the very first episode, I was hooked. Literally, week after week, I was on the edge of my seat.

Of course, the show is very heartbreaking and sad, as it tells the story of a time in American history, where black people were treated like animals and property. Honestly, we’ve made some progress but still have a ways to go in terms of economic equality. Nonetheless, the show goes beyond the plight of slavery and exposes viewers to the inner workings of the underground system. Each character on the show has a very distinct voice and although many share the same goal, they all approach it in a different manner. Ernestine, is by far, one of the best fictional characters I have ever watched. I absolutely was enthralled by the genius that she is. She is so dark, yet shines like a diamond in the same beat. Absolutely, a beautifully written character.

Moreover, even though the show has garnered a record number of viewers for the WGN network, season 2 will not return until 2017! Power, takes forever to release a season, and it drives the fans insane.

It doesn’t take that long to flesh out the stories and film.

If you haven’t seen the show, I would recommend you checking it out. It’s gritty, but very palatable once you get into it.

 

 

One Day It Will All Make Sense

Congratulations and celebrations are in order for entertainers, Common and John Legend, on their Oscar wins for their original song “Glory” for the movie Selma. I am happy for my fellow South-side Chicagoan, Common. I’ve been a fan of his work for years, since he was rocking the beanie hats and wool pants. He’s a very classy dude and his rhymes are very poetic and layered in positivity. His win is opening up the door for writers like me, on the edge of success and stardom. Thanks for being true to yourself. I hope your win also inspires some of our brothers still in the struggle. One day, we will all have our “glory.”

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