*School did not prepare us. The history books don’t do her justice. “Underground” is doing our generation a huge favor by bringing her story to the forefront.
This March, Aisha Hinds, will portray the famous conductor in “Underground.” EUR correspondent Fahnia Thomas spoke with the Brooklyn native about the activist.
EUR: What did you learn about Harriet Tubman, while you were researching this role?
Aisha Hinds: Learning about her heart, her love life and what she felt about herself. How she felt about her (hair) edges! She is a real woman.
Joe Pokaski: The fact Harriet Tubman had narcolepsy. She would have sleeping spells and sometimes visions she thought we’re from God and would guided how she acted every day.
EUR: How does it feel to be playing Harriet Tubman?
Aisha Hinds: It’s a tremendous blessing and at the same time completely overwhelming. I don’t want to mess it up or do a disservice or injustice to her story because it is so powerful. I’m still in a posture of reverence but I have definitely assumed a posture of surrender knowing she is guiding the ship.
School did not prepare us. The history books don’t do her justice. “Underground” is doing our generation a huge favor by bringing her story to the forefront. There are so many levels to her and so much depth to her. I’m happy they introduced her, in the way they do and then just peel back the layers.
EUR: John Legend was your number one pick to play Frederick Douglass, why?
Joe Pokaski: The more we learned about Frederick Douglass, the more similarities we found. They’re both hyper intelligent and accomplished musicians. What we love about John is how active he is in his activism. He stands up, says it like it is and wants to make the world a better place.
Misha Green: And they kind of look alike.