Cynthia Erivo: From Harriet to Aretha

Speaking at the American Black Film Festival Honors in Beverly Hills, Cynthia Erivo compares playing American abolitionist Harriet Tubman to playing Aretha Franklin. The British actress will portray the Queen of Soul in Season Three of National Geographic series “Genius,” which is due to premiere in May. (Feb. 24)

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Leslie Odom Jr. introduces himself on new album

Tony- and Grammy-winner Leslie Odom Jr. has released his first album of all-original material, the 13-track “Mr.” The actor and singer also addresses criticism of the new Harriet Tubman film. (Dec. 3)

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Cynthia Erivo says ‘Harriet’ film is about ‘a universal hero’

Cynthia Erivo stars in the new film, “Harriet,” a biopic on Harriet Tubman, the famed abolitionist who escaped slaverly to then risk her freedom by helping other slaves escape using routes and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. Erivo says the script was written two decades ago, and she’s glad the movie is finally making it to the big screen. (Oct. 31)

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Erivo’s ‘sense of urgency and duty’ over ‘Harriet’

At a Washington D.C. screening for historical drama “Harriet,” stars Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr. and Jennifer Nettles talk about taking the story of political activist Harriet Tubman to the big screen. (Oct. 23)

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‘Harriet’, a film on abolitionist Harriet Tubman, premieres in Toronto | AFP

The cast and director of ‘Harriet,’ a biopic about renowned American abolitionist Harriet Tubman, who escaped slavery and risked her life to lead others to freedom through the network of safehouses known as the Underground Railroad, hit the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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