Believe it or not, there are people (even some Black people), who don’t understand how and why racism still exists in 2016. Just as many are confused with its origins and are out of touch with the history of the physical enslavement of Black people. Misha Green and Joe Pokaski have created an original drama about slavery; chronicling the efforts of blacksmith, Noah, as he organizes a small group of his fellow slaves and crafts a plan of escape and freedom. Underground, executive produced by John Legend, will premier on Wednesday, March 9th at 10:00pm ET/PT on WGN.
When it comes to adding to the landscape of black history, it’s one thing to talk the talk and another to walk the walk. Jurnee Smollett-Bell is doing both. Yesterday the actress kicked off her month long national tour with Macy’s in celebration of Black History Month. Jurnee, personality/actor Terrance J and singer Monica Brown hit up Macy’s Herald Square in New York. The trio participated in a panel hosted by Fashion Editor of Essence Magazine, Joio Thorpe, to chat about the next wave of African American cultural luminaries and tastemakers.