Emmy Contenders: Join Louis Gossett Jr. of 'Book of Negroes' on Thursday

Emmy Contenders: Join Louis Gossett Jr. of 'Book of Negroes' on Thursday
Veteran actor Louis Gossett Jr. of "The Book of Negroes" joins Glenn Whipp live in the newsroom, and he's taking your questions. Tweet us using #askLATimes.

Lou Gossett Jr. will be stopping by the Los Angeles Times' studio on Thursday at 11 a.m. Pacific time to discuss "The Book of Negroes," BET's ambitious six-part miniseries that follows a West African woman's long search for freedom after she is sold into slavery around the time of the American Revolution.

Gossett memorably plays Daddy Moses, a blind Methodist preacher who is introduced in the series' fifth episode and immediately makes a big impression. The character is based on Moses Wilkinson, who established the first Methodist church in Settler Town, Sierra Leone.

Reviewing the miniseries in February, L.A. Times television critic Robert Lloyd praised it for its ability to "catch the ordinariness even in the awfulness -- the creepy dailiness of the business of slavery, and the capability of those who profit from it to regard themselves as just and even tender people."

Gossett, who memorably played Fiddler in "Roots," believes "The Book of Negroes" to be even better than that celebrated miniseries. And who are we to argue? We'll talk to him about his involvement in the project, his career and whatever else you might like to know. Leave us your questions in the comments section or tweet them to us, using the hashtag #AskLATimes.

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