I don’t think that we, alive in 2016, how do you even put your mind in that space? So I just put out lots of prayers for spiritual assistance on this journey, because I don’t know how else to step into that.Really, we don’t know, we have no sense of that kind of deranged helplessness. At some point it’s beyond the words that you’re speaking, and it is really not about me so much as it is a tribute to all of those who stepped before me.
And it’s not just important from the lens of “Roots.” It’s important from so many different sides.
There’s so many stories to tell about these people who weren’t just enslaved people, they were people who were free, they were people who broke free, they were people who did amazing things under the yoke of slavery.
She is not only a brilliant singer but also a terrific actress.
Her work in TV shows and movies has made her famous and she has won some of the very prestigious awards because of her natural acting, which has wowed audiences.
I think putting yourself in a position where you have no purchase, where your mind is not taken into account, where your body is not taken into account, where your feelings are not taken into account, where your children aren’t even allowed to be your children.
I think that in itself is a challenge every single day, to strip yourself of perceived humanity is a challenge every single day.I think that now is an amazing time to talk about these things, because young people, I don’t think that they know. I went down to a plantation called the Whitney Plantation in Louisiana, about an hour outside of New Orleans, the only slave museum in the United States that’s dedicated to being told from the side of the slave, the enslaved peoples, and I found it extraordinarily insightful and such a strong, intense educational experience but also just a really spiritual experience to be there on that soil, on that land, something so absolutely stunningly beautiful built on blood.I read a lot of slave narratives, and I listened to a lot of slave narratives, and several tapes of ex-slaves telling their stories from the 1930s, when the Work Progress Project was happening.I think this country is going through a major upheaval.I think that it’s really important for people to recognize where we’ve come as a country, how far we’ve come, and yet how far we have to go.Was there something that you did to find your way into the character? So asking them to welcome us and welcome me and also to guide us.