jasika nicole

Because when the stars call, you answer. Even if you don’t know if they really called you. Even if you don’t believe that they can call anyone. Even if maybe you were just outside, like normal. Just looking up at the sky, normally. And the stars were as they always are. But you weren’t as you always are. Because the stars didn’t change, you did. And once you were different, you couldn’t live like you were the same. You had to live differently. You had to. You had to.
—  Alice Isn’t Dead, Part 1, Chapter 6: Sylvia
Jasika Nicole on ‘Underground,’ Representation and Rewriting History
A good character introduction is one of the greatest joys television can offer, and in the March 8 “Underground” season premiere, viewers were treated to two of them. Harriet Tubman (Aisha Hinds) m…
By Maureen Ryan

“When character descriptions say something like, ‘Her father is black and her mother is white,’ that makes me know that’s going to be integral to who this character is,” Nicole notes. “Somebody has thought about this. When I think about my life growing up as a biracial woman in Alabama,” there were very few TV shows that she could identify with. 

 “I also know that I’ve gotten way more opportunities than black women who have darker skin than I do, because our skin color is still currency,” Nicole adds. “But when I see that [writers are] specifying those things about the characters, that makes me think they’re willing to have a dialogue, they’re willing to have those conversations. That almost beyond my comprehension.”


You make a good point. It may be time to move past just the catalog of violence that most narratives portray. But the fact remains, the silence around slavery is an extension of its brutality. And we aim to put the issue into every Northern home that refuses to see what’s really happening. Well, the narratives raise awareness. And the rallies. And the bake sales to raise funds, and abolitionist prints like The Liberator. All forms of disruption.