Cynthia Erivo is on a roll. Currently, she’s starring in the highly touted thriller, Bad Times at the El Royale, and will soon move on to filming Kasi Lemmons’ biopic on Harriet Tubman, playing the abolitionist herself.
To call Cynthia Erivo an “acclaimed actress” borders on understatement. She’s an Oscar award away from achieving EGOT status (and if she secures one within the next 7 years, she’ll be the youngest to do so), winning particularly rave reviews for her portrayal of Celie in The Color Purple on Broadway.
It’s never going to be a bad decision to rename something after renowned badass and “conductor” of the Underground Railroad Harriet Tubman. And following that school of thought, a section of a Baltimore park that was once the location of some loser statues has been renamed after the iconic abolitionist.
She was and continues to be our Moses. Harriet Tubman, the ultimate freedom fighter and warrior woman—before we even heard of a Dora Milaje—was liberating enslaved black folks through the Underground Railroad for years in a holy act of selflessness and courage.
It’s Harriet Tubman, the world’s No. 1 certified badass, as you’ve never seen her before.
For those African Americans who are desperately trying to trace their lineage, or for those history buffs who want to explore this country’s vast legacy of slavery, there is now the first-ever index of those enslaved in New York state dating to as early as 1525 and ending around the Civil War.
Not enough can be said about the queen Harriet Tubman. She is our black Moses. Freedom fighter. Union spy. Brilliant strategist. Abolitionist. God-fearing woman. Conductor of the Underground Railroad. Gangsta in the way that gangsta should be: warring against those who seek to oppress.
Call her Moses or call her Minty. Just know when you call her, you headed for freedom.
“A sense of safety transforms the spirit.” —- Georgia
This week’s episode of Underground, “Minty” came at a special time. Yes, it literally aired two hours earlier than it usually does and was rebroadcast throughout the evening by WGN but it also ran during a time in this nation’s history where Harriet Tubman’s words struck with such fervent urgency that it played dual…
The sixth installment of the second season of Underground will be a solo performance by actress Aisha Hinds, focused on her portrayal of Harriet Tubman, the most famous conductor of the Underground Railroad, who led many enslaved black people to freedom.
Over the last few years, I have spent a lot of time thinking, talking and writing about the war on drugs, particularly how it affects black women. And it is clear that the writers of WGN’s Underground, the exceptional runaway hit show that tracks the movements on the Underground Railroad, have been, too.
Harriet Tubman is having a moment. Right now she is the “it” girl of history.
Editor’s note: For Black History Month, The Root is speaking to the relatives of our most cherished African-American heroes in a series called Living With History. To open the series, we interviewed a descendant of Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington. Next, we did a Q&A with the descendants of Ida B. Wells,…
Editor’s note: During Black History Month, the focus is usually on historical figures who loomed larger than life, paving the way for the progress we experience today. But black history isn’t just about telling stories of our past. History is being made every day and has been made throughout our lives; it’s not just…
I was 14 years old when my parents took me to Costa Rica, and I was kicking and screaming the entire way. It was my first time abroad, and America Online had just established a monthly flat rate for unlimited usage. But instead of starting conversations online with the requisite “age, sex, location,” I ended up…
On the heels of federal park officials formally establishing the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park in upstate New York, a new photo of Tubman has surfaced. According to historians, Tubman was between the ages of 43 and 46 when the photo was taken.
With John Legend as its executive producer, WGN’s Underground series had an enormous first season, and next month’s season 2 premiere is sure to have fans talking. Especially when gun-toting Harriet Tubman, played by Aisha Hinds, makes her debut.