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    FILM x TELEVISION 

by J. Lovemore 

 

History can be terrifying. Especially when black people are stuck fighting monstrous entities on top of systematic racism. 

The passion for black storytelling is foretold in the HBO network. From hit shows such as Insecure and I May Destroy You pushed the envelope on how we saw black stories.

Lovecraft Country breaks the record. Created by showrunner Misha Green (Underground) and executive produced by Jordan Peele (Get Out) and JJ Abrams (Cloverfield). Adapted from Matt Ruff's novel, the series is unapologetic series that incorporates past historic events and horrifying fables.

The show is about book smart Atticus "Tic" Freeman (portrayed by Jonathan Majors) whom, along with his allies; childhood friend Leti Lewis(Jurnee Smollett-Bell) and his literary knowledgeable uncle George (Courtney B. Vance)  embarks on an epic adventure down south to search for his missing father Montrose (Michael  K. Williams). 

The show's eerie themes blended with its realistic depiction of the racially dysfunctional climate makes it brilliant. From a short memorable speech from James Baldwin when the three main characters are confronted by prejudice Anglo Saxons in the segregated south to the chilling moments with a young character that

resembles Emmitt Till as an unsympathetic spirit tells him he will not have fun during his first anticipated trip to Mississippi. 

 

Lovecrat Country is a must watch show. The graphic horror that is followed by thought-provoking commentary  will have the viewere on the edge of their seats. 

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