Patina Miller is playing Charlotte Jenkins an abolitionist.
From the PBS website: Charlotte Jenkins is a smart, capable, feisty former slave-turned-activist who comes to Alexandria to help the growing population of refugees newly escaped from bondage (also called “contrabands”) in making the transition to freedom. She soon finds out that they need far more than education. Most contrabands have little more than the rags on their backs and few prospects for employment. The Union Army, tasked with their welfare, does little more than provide basic rations, and those are sporadic at best. (A little-known part of Civil War history, contraband camps existed in a sort of refugee netherworld between free and enslaved, with nowhere to go, no food and no money. Many died of disease due to overcrowding and starvation before ever learning what true freedom meant.) As soon as Charlotte arrives in Alexandria, she sees the magnitude of the crisis, recognizing the onset of a smallpox epidemic in one of the contraband camps. She comes to Mansion House Hospital seeking assistance and support, only to be met with prejudice and a cold shoulder from the administration. Undeterred, Charlotte turns to Mary Phinney and Samuel Diggs (McKinley Belcher, III) for help. Together they embark on a mission to contain the epidemic. Her alliance with Samuel Diggs sparks a friendship that holds potential for something deeper.
Patina looks great as Charlotte Jenkins and the prospect of seeing how the series handles the contraband camps is exciting!
Its always awesome when people see a black character in a period film/series and send me a link. This exact thing happened this morning when I was meet with a tweet from Evangeline Holland (author of wonderful Edwardian & WWI romantic historical fiction)!
Set in 1930s, a black woman with mysterious abilities interviews to be the housekeeper to an eccentric white widow, but in order to get the job she must use her abilities in a way she didn't intend.https://t.co/luu0wAPtyi
— Evangeline Holland (@evangelinehbks) April 10, 2018
Thanks Evangeline, You're Awesome!
Set in 1930s, a black woman with mysterious abilities interviews to be the housekeeper to an eccentric white widow, but in order to get the job she must use her abilities in a way she didn't intend.
I went into the short expecting suspense and that is exactly what was delivered. The music, atmosphere, lighting, and acting all left me eagerly curi…
Look at all of these beautiful ladies! The costumes are impeccable. If this photo was in black and white would we know what time period it was actually taken in? The Ladies:
We discussed A House Divided before, here is a full review.
A House Divided tells the story of real woman named Amanda
America Dickson. Dickson is the pampered and dotted-on daughter of David
Dickson a wealthy and respected cotton farmer and Julia Frances Lewis Dickson
an enslaved girl. In 1885, Amanda became one of the wealthiest African American
women when she inherited her father’s estate at his death. Unhappy with their
inheritances, Amanda’s uncle and contests the will.
A House Divided is based on the 1995 biography by Kent
Anderson Leslie titled Woman of Color, Daughter of Privilege: Amanda America
Dickson, 1849-1893. Costumes
The entire look of the film was accurately lush. The
costumes were period accurate and beautiful. A House Divided doesn’t make the
mistake of blurring the fashion into one block of unrecognizable historical
fashion. However, the fashion accurately portrays the period that the story
occurs in. As time progresses and the characters grow older the fashions