Back from Wakanda, Can We Travel Back To Underground?


The cast of Black Panther & Underground 
By Brenda Alexander

There’s been a longstanding notion in Hollywood that movies that feature a predominantly Black cast and tells stories from a Black perspective won’t sell. Black Panther has dis-proven that theory with $700+ million in nationwide sales in its first two weeks of release. Being a superhero film that’s consumed by mass audiences of all races, this is a huge victory. With all of the success that BP has achieved, I’m optimistic about what’s ahead. It does sting that it took this long to “prove” that we indeed are marketable. I’m also saddened that great stories have yet to be told; or have been pulled and not given enough time to make its mark as movies and shows with predominantly white cast are. 

One story that sticks out most is the television show Underground, WGN’s period drama about a group of plantation slaves in 1850s Georgia who courageously band together to attempt a daring escape from the land. 

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