‘The Book of Negroes’
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A look at BET miniseries ‘The Book of Negroes’

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Aunjanue Ellis, left, and Cuba Gooding Jr. in a scene from “The Book of Negros.” The series airs for three consecutive nights -- the network’s bid to join the growing ranks of prestige original programming among cable networks.  (BET)
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Based on a novel by Lawrence Hill, the miniseries revolves around Aminata Diallo, who navigates her way through the American Revolution. (Joe Alblas / BET)
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“The Book of Negroes” marks BET’s first attempt at a TV miniseries, which have proliferated in part because of the popularity of History’s record-setting “Hatfields & McCoys” and FX’s award-winning “Fargo.” (BET)
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Although strong female characters are often present in “12 Years a Slave,” “Django Unchained,” “Amistad” and “Glory,” they are told principally from the male perspective.  (BET)
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“The core of this story is the resilience of this woman, even though she was captured,” said Lawrence Hill, the author of the novel on which the miniseries is based.  (BET)
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Although there are moments of uplift, the miniseries also contains its share of harrowing sequences and violence.  (BET)
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“The Book of Negroes’” Aminata Diallo (Aunjanue Ellis), left, and Georgia (Sandra Caldwell) in a scene from the miniseries.  (Joe Alblas / BET)
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“This [story] gives a realistic picture of how awful the slave trade really was,” said Lawrence Hill, the author of the novel. Above, a scene from the miniseries. (Casey Crafford / BET)
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“The Book of Negroes’” Daddy Moses (Louis Gossett Jr). (Joe Alblas / BET)
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Aminata Diallo (Aunjanue Ellis), left, in a scene from the miniseries.  (Joe Alblas / BET)
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Daddy Moses (Lou Gossett Jr.) from “The Book of Negroes.” (Joe Alblas / BET)
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Characters gather amid falling snow in “The Book of Negroes.”  (BET)
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“It’s a very subjective experience because we’re locked into her point of view, and I want the audience to be with her, to see the humanity in her,” said director Clement Virgo.  (BET)
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“The Book of Negroes’” Sam Fraunces (Cuba Gooding Jr.), left, Aminata Diallo (Aunjanue Ellis) and Lyriq Bent (Chekura Tyano). (Casey Crafford / BET)
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“It’s very exciting for us for ‘Book of Negroes’ to be our first miniseries,” said Debra L. Lee, chairman and chief operating officer of BET Networks. Above, a scene from the miniseries. (Joe Alblas / BET)
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