Life, Liberty and Love | Nsenga Burton

February 18, 2015 5:18 PM

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Life, Liberty and Love | Nsenga Burton

There's a flurry of activity in the pressroom of SCAD Atlanta's 2015 aTVFest, a television festival dedicated to celebrating and showcasing the vibrant and constantly changing television industry. Publicists, managers, public relations reps, journalists, camera crews and celebrities weave in and out of the room moving from one task to the next. In a chair in a corner sipping tea is Aunjanue Ellis, star of BET's miniseries The Book of Negroes. Her co-star Lyriq Bent has been moving about as well, quietly, thoughtfully, not caught up in the fray but making his way between interviews with focus and intentionality. The strikingly beautiful Ellis is clearly fighting a cold, but doesn't mention it as she takes her seat for the interview. With his rugged good looks and sophisticated demeanor, Bent speaks to Ellis gently, making sure that she's okay.

The interaction between the two actors off-screen underscores the intimacy displayed onscreen in BET's six-part miniseries The Book of Negroes. Based on the award-winning novel Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill, The Book of Negroes tells the story of Aminata Diallo, an 11-year-old girl kidnappe...

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