Underground stars Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Amirah Vann on their hit WGN series.

The Stars of Underground on Challenging the Depictions of Slavery We’re Used To Seeing

The Stars of Underground on Challenging the Depictions of Slavery We’re Used To Seeing

Shining light on the overshadowed in TV and film.
March 17 2017 11:36 AM

Underground’s Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Amirah Vann

The stars of the hit WGN America series talk challenging the usual depictions of slavery on screen.

Jurnee Smollett-Bell in Underground
Jurnee Smollett-Bell in Underground

Photo illustration by Slate. Photo by Steve Dietl/WGN America.

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