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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On this episode of Represent, producer Veralyn Williams steps into the interviewer’s chair and talks to the stars of WGN America’s Underground, Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Amirah Vann.* And in a new segment, Recognize, Slate Managing Producer June Thomas makes the case for Carly Hughes’ character from American Housewife as more than just another shallow lesbian sidekick.


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Correction, March 17, 2017: Due to an editing error, this page originally misstated the name of the network that airs Underground. It is WGN America, not WGN. (Return.)