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:
Deadline recently mentioned in an article that Zendaya has
signed on to play Ellen Craft in the adaptation of the book, Running a Thousand
Miles for Freedom: Or, the Escape of William and Ellen Craft from Slavery. As
of 2016 the project was in development at Alloy Entertainment and Alloy
Features, with Suzanne Allain attached to script.
The History: In 1848, William and Ellen Craft made an amazingly
clever escape from slavery in Macon, Georgia. Ellen, the daughter of a biracial
slave and her master used her light skin and features to disguise herself as a
white male planter. With her husband William posing as her servant the Crafts
traveled to freedom in plain sight.
This will be the third period production thatZendaya will be taking part of. She was first
in the 2017 musical, The Greatest Showman. In the musical the actress played
one of P. T. Barnum's circus acts; a trapeze artist. News also broke of her casting as Anita Hemmings in a thriller adapted…