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The Book of Negroes 

Kidnapped in Africa and subsequently enslaved in South Carolina, Aminata must navigate a revolution in New York, isolation in Nova Scotia, and the treacherous jungles of Sierra Leone, in an attempt to secure her freedom in the eighteenth century.
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Aunjanue Ellis ...  Aminata Diallo 6 episodes, 2015
Lyriq Bent ...  Chekura Tiano 5 episodes, 2015
Ben Chaplin ...  Cpt. John Clarkson 4 episodes, 2015
Allan Hawco ...  Solomon Lindo 4 episodes, 2015
Greg Bryk ...  Robertson Appleby 3 episodes, 2015
Shailyn Pierre-Dixon ...  Young Aminata 3 episodes, 2015
Cara Ricketts ...  Bertilda 2 episodes, 2015
Sandra Caldwell Sandra Caldwell ...  Georgia 2 episodes, 2015
Dwain Murphy ...  Claiborne 2 episodes, 2015
Louis Gossett Jr. ...  Daddy Moses 2 episodes, 2015
Antonio David Lyons ...  Happy Jack 2 episodes, 2015
Siya Xaba Siya Xaba ...  Young Chekura 2 episodes, 2015
Cuba Gooding Jr. ...  Sam Fraunces 2 episodes, 2015
Armand Aucamp ...  Lieutenant Waters 2 episodes, 2015
Robin Smith Robin Smith ...  William King 2 episodes, 2015
Kyle M. Hamilton Kyle M. Hamilton ...  Elijah / ... 2 episodes, 2015
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Kidnapped in Africa and subsequently enslaved in South Carolina, Aminata must navigate a revolution in New York, isolation in Nova Scotia, and the treacherous jungles of Sierra Leone, in an attempt to secure her freedom in the eighteenth century.

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Beauty fades. Strength, you'll keep forever.

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16 February 2015 (USA) See more »

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Cape Town, South Africa See more »

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Descendants of the real Solomon Lindo include Blanche Blackwell (Lindo). She was the last muse of Ian Fleming, sold him the land for his Goldeneye estate in Jamaica, and is the supposed inspiration for the character Pussy Galore in Goldfinger. Her son, Chris Blackwell, founded Island Records. See more »

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8 January 2015 | by Prof_LostiswitzSee all my reviews

The Book of Negroes was an eighteenth century British document detailing all the Afro-Americans who had fought on the British side in the Revolutionary war, and were promised a new life elsewhere. A considerable number ended up in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. There were problems with the harsh climate and petty racism, but it was better than the alternative.

This program takes its name from that, and the first episode looks quite satisfying, as we trace a black girl's odyssey from Mali to America.

So far, it does not seem much different from Roots, but I will keep watching to see if something original turns up.


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