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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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Series cast summary:
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 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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Canada

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English

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16 February 2015 (USA) See more »

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The Book of Negroes 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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A Must See
10 May 2015 | by seabreezeliseSee all my reviews

This mini series is artfully and authentically written, acted and directed. Ms. Ellis and the cast are compelling and so believable. The story itself offers more of the complexities of the people and time period and reminds us of the vastness of a history that we have accepted on face value, as told to us from a very limited set of perspectives. This view hit me hard. A lesser told story of the Black family under the assault of genocide, racism, poverty, persecution and unthinkable acts of terror is explored here. The love story that often takes a second seat to those events, is, here, given a fuller and deeper expression. It was painful but so authentic, I was compelled to watch each episode and encourage all to do the same. There are a few moments when you want your children to close their eyes, and many when they will have questions and comments. It also demonstrates how even when the Caucasians considered themselves "good" to blacks, they were so entrenched in racism and superiority that they had to be made to know that their "good" was self-serving and constrained by their own indoctrination that they were inherently "better." It's a great way to explore history. Watch it.


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