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Tuesday afternoon, Howard University students were treated to special screening of “Underground”, a new series that will premiere on Wednesday March 9th, 10:00 PM ET/PT on WGN America.

The SGA at Howard University in Washington DC invited its student body to the Blackburn Auditorium to watch and experience the strong & upcoming WGM America series, “Underground”. “Underground” follows a group of slaves who plan a daring escape from a Georgia plantation to cross 600 miles to freedom.

Aldis Hodge and Jurnee Smollett-Bell answering a fan's question
Aldis Hodge and Jurnee Smollett-Bell answering a fan’s question

The series has a stellar cast including Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis Hodge and Christopher Meloni. All of the main cast & crewmembers including Creator/Writer/Producer Misha Green and director Anthony Hemingway were at the screening to share their experiences on making “Underground”

After the screening was over, the packed house at the auditorium roared with applause and some wanting to know what happens next. A Q&A session had taken place after the screening in which a Howard Junior asked “Why do we need another slave narrative”?

Alano Miller, Jessica de Gouw & Amirah Vann listening in on the conversation
Alano Miller, Jessica de Gouw & Amirah Vann listening in on the conversation

Aldis Hodge who plays Noah in the series responded to the student’s question saying “I don’t think this is the only black issue, I just think it happens to be the loudest because there are so many different projects that cover different timelines in black culture and different histories.” He goes on to add “As far as this project and what we are doing, for me what was lovely about this story is this is the first time that I’ve seen this subject matter portrayed Black Americans as Americans and as people who are strong, intelligent, fighting and winning in what they wanted. This was not taught to me in school while I was young. So, that’s what I love about this particular portrayal of this timeline but I feel like this subject matter gets the most attention because its the most misunderstood portion of our culture because its American history and a lot of people don’t recognize or acknowledge that.”

Check out this powerful series “Underground” when it premieres March 9th at 10:00pm EST on WGN AMERICA