One of the greatest crimes of mainstream media is that there aren’t more stories about slavery being told. Sure, A&E has that Roots remake in the works (starring T.I., among others. I know, right? Wtf?), but let’s get rid of the idea that there can only be one interpretation when it comes to shared black experiences.
Considering how many Victorian period pieces exist in the world, it just doesn’t make sense that an era so rich with storytelling possibilities has been so ignored. (This is the part where I have to mention that many indie creators have done great takes on slavery. See my explanation on why representation in mainstream media is still important here.)
Which is why I was so pumped when I heard about Underground. Produced by John Legend and starring the incomparable Aldis Hodge, the show follows a group of slaves trying desperately to survive the 600-mile escape to freedom. And I am here for it.
While I’m not crazy about the music choice in the first trailer and the tone it evokes, I’m still looking forward to the show’s March 2016 premiere. Honestly, I’m just happy that Aldis Hodge is getting work (who else was disappointed when The After was dropped?). That dude is perpetually slept on.
There also sure as shit better be representation of dark-skinned female slaves, but I’ll withhold judgment on that front until, you know, the show actually comes out. Check out the trailers below! Will you be watching?