BET miniseries 'The Book of Negroes' offers woman's view of slavery era

February 15, 2015 8:06 AM

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Since ABC's landmark miniseries "Roots" drew record ratings nearly four decades ago with its tale of brutality, survival and eventual triumph during America's era of slavery, the majority of dramatic films and TV shows dealing with the same topic have one thing in common - the central figure is a black man.

Although strong female characters are often present, "12 Years a Slave," "Django Unchained," "Amistad" and "Glory" are told principally from the male perspective. BET's first miniseries "The Book of Negroes" focuses on a young girl growing up in Africa who is captured by slave traders and brought to...

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