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'Harriet' Gives A Civil War Heroine Her Due




Writer/director Kasi Lemmons, left, on the set of
Writer/director Kasi Lemmons, left, on the set of "Harriet" with Cynthia Erivo (center), who plays Harriet Tubman.
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On today's show:

She Shall Be Released

Harriet Tubman, the abolitionist who escaped from slavery, rescued dozens of enslaved people through the Underground Railroad, and was the first woman to lead an armed assault during the Civil War, has finally received the big screen treatment. The new film, “Harriet,” is co-written and directed by Kasi Lemmons and stars actress Cynthia Erivo. Lemmons and Erivo spoke with John Horn about what it was like to bring Tubman to life with a historical adventure film that was true to her amazing  story.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqoEs4cG6Uw

HBO Throws Down The Gauntlet

John talks with Daniel Holloway of Variety about his reporting on HBO's new streaming service: "In the streaming wars to come, WarnerMedia will rely on sheer tonnage of heavy artillery. That much was clear Tuesday as the AT&T media arm unveiled to investors its plans for HBO Max ... The scope of content on display was vast. The emphasis was so much on volume rather than the value of any one piece of programming ... HBO Max will launch with every Batman and Superman movie ever made (including 'The Joker') and in its first year premiere 50 new series from a slate of originals designed to skew younger and more female than old-school HBO."

To Be Young, Gifted And Black

Ayoni a 20-year-old, singer, songwriter and producer who has lived her life in-and-out of the U.S., alternating between places like Barbados, Florida, Singapore and Northern California. Settling in Los Angeles in 2017 to attend USC's Thornton School of Music, Ayoni has produced a remarkably mature and worldly debut album titled "Iridescent."