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The Book of Negroes – A Roots For This Century!

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The Book of Negroes is a mini-series adapting the novel by Laurence Hill – a story that follows the remarkable Aminata Diallo from prior to her kidnapping by slavers in Africa, through her time as a slave in South Carolina – owned by two very different types of slave owners, to seeking her freedom in New York, moving with black loyalists to Nova Scotia and thence to Sierra Leone before heading to London to help the abolitionist put a halt to the slave trade.

Summed up in a few words like that, it doesn’t seem like much, but the CBC/BET co-production covers a lot of history through the eyes of a single human being. The device of using a fictional protagonist – through whose eyes we see that history – makes the journey, which could have been perhaps too epic, more personal and thus more relatable.

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Tweaks Make Cinderella Better Than The Original Toon!

Cinderella at the Ball

Quick note: Cinderella is amazing in IMAX! Everything about its presentation – incredible sets, mind-blowing (and appropriate) effects and stunning costumes on appealing characters – is just gobsmackingly perfect in IMAX.

Then there’s the actual movie – a live action take on Disney’s animated classic, Cinderella, that improves on the story and is told with wit, class and panache.

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