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Watch First Trailers for New Time Travel Web Series About Black People Sent Back to Slavery Days (Would You Go Back?)

Watch First Trailers for New Time Travel Web Series About Black People Sent Back to Slavery Days (Would You Go Back?)

Well, as I said last fall when "Send Me" was announced during its Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign: who in their right mind would want to do that (go back in time to the days of slavery)?
Personally, I say NO WAY. That is, of course, unless I could be like Django and take out a whole bunch of white Southern slave owners (or just like Ken Norton in "Mandingo" with Susan George. Just kidding…Maybe…) 
Created by playwright, screenwriter and actor Steve Harper, and starring Tracie Thoms, Gabrielle Carteris, Nelsan Ellis, Jerrika Hinton, Jasika Nicole, and Carlease Burke, and shot earlier this year in and around Los Angeles, "Send Me" follows a black woman (Thoms) who has the power to send black people back in time, to the slavery era.
But Harper points out that the people who do this in the series are doing it of their own free will: “It’s not a punishment. They want to go – to explore their blackness, their history, to connect to who they are. It takes place now… and it involves time travel. Candidates apply for the chance to take the trip. Those who want to go are trying to find out who they are now, based on who their ancestors were." 
No doubt a controversial premise, Harper says he created the series because: "… in a landscape of silly web comedies and soapy relationship videos, ‘Send Me’ aims higher. This is a piece about identity, the past, the future and where we find ourselves. What is our obligation to our history? How do we balance an understanding of who we are now with who we once were – personally and historically?”
He further went on to say that: “I want to expand the dialogue and create a dramatic piece that resonates nationwide among Americans of all races. Through this web series, we raise deep questions about who we are now as a people – and where we came from."
The first two trailers have been been released before the series premieres, and are embedded below.

Go HERE to check out the series’ website.

But getting back to the central question, would you go back?

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CareyCarey

Steve, from the jump the concept was compelling, but after watching the trailer, my nose is really wide open! Man, I’m feelin’ it… I can see this breaking out as a television series. I’m sure I am not the only one who can see that happening.

Steve Harper

Thanks for the wave Carey. Yeah, I’m open to the discussion. That’s why I’ve created this series in the first place.

Kev

They should instead have a show about being able to send folks we don’t like back to slavery, titled ‘Send Him/Her’.

Josh

Rather than go back with robots go back with enough money to build and crew a few privateers to go after slave shipping. Be a great high seas adventure.

CareyCarey

@ Akil Harris, your question "Under what circumstances would anyone want to do this?". My kneejerk response was "Duh… read the other comments and watch the series" :-). But seriously, I had the same question. So, being proactive (and nosey and intriqued by the concept), I contributed to the "Send Me" Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. By doing so I thought I’d get an inside lane on the direction this series was taking, and get all my questioned answered. Plus, the creator, Steve Harper **waving at Steve** has been very gracious in addressing the concerns of Shadow and Act’s readers. To that point, some of your questions/concerns were addressed by Steve in the post "Crowdfund This: ‘Send Me’ – New Web Series w/ Tracie Thoms Dealing w/ Black People Sent Back in Time to Slavery Days". I’d suggest to you and everyone that they read Steve’s comments in that post. Heck, in that post I tried hitting him with some of my best shots/snarky comments, etc, but in the end he persuaded me to give MORE money to the campaign… I kid you not :-) But it’s all good. I may not be on the inside lane per se, but as a contributor I do get frequent updates… and that’s cool with me. That reminds me, Steve Harper is very personable and reachable. I’d bet that if you hit his e-mail, he’d hit you back.

Akil Harris

By all that is sane, Hell to the Everlasting NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. No. No. No, of course not. Under what circumstances would anyone want to do this?

Another question: Why…Why slavery times? Why not show us our ancestors in Africa? I’m much more frequently frustrated that I don’t know the customs or history of my nation and tribe of origin.

One more question: So someone has the weirdly specific power to send Black people back in time, but ONLY to slavery times? What kind of awful curse is that? Who did this woman piss off?

Ronald T. Jones

I meant to say "no travel"

Ronald T. Jones

There will be travel back to slavery for me without advanced weaponry and a willingness to shed blood, which I would do with utmost enthusiasm! :)

Ronald T. Jones

Looks interesting but I read a short story about a black scientist who travels back in time, back to the era of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. He has robots with him that blast slaveships out of the water. Now, that’s a time travel story that needs to be filmed. If I go back in time, it won’t be to kill Hitler, it’ll be to end African enslavement before it began. And I’m bringing plenty of firepower!! Yeah!!

PhredG

"and starring Tracie Thoms, Gabrielle Carteris, Nelsan Ellis, Jerrika Hinton, Jasika Nicole, and Carlease Burke". All I can do is put this folder in my BlackFolksWorkin’ file. Your BEING THERE ‘changes’ history.ijs

Steve Harper

YES! To all the above. There are rules on the journey about not changing history. It’s supposed to be about observing. And you can’t take anything with you (so no papers, Josh, sorry). Walter’s right as well – slavery still exists (which may explain why some people want to go back there)…

Aimee

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Aimee

This is not an original idea. See the novel "Kindred" but Octavia Butler.

Miles Ellison

I was wondering when somebody would explore the creative potential of time traveling slave porn stories. What’s next? Night of the Living Slaves? Slavenado? Slavecano?

Walter H Gavin

People don’t have to travel "back in time" to experience "slavery." Slavery exists today in a much more insidious form, the psychological chains that many of us carry around, which keeps us in a constant state of high anxiety.

Josh

No. At the very least one would have to carry on them perfectly forged freedmen’s papers(one I’ve seen were signed by four prominent local whites), plus have a perfect dialect. The past is a foreign country, or at the very least a rough neighborhood. I wouldnt mind spending a day at and HBCU in the early 1900’s, that would be interesting and safer. But I’m intrigued, been waiting for something with black time travel.

eric

Going back with the intent to seek revenge would only jeopardize the safety of those whom we would want justice for. I would go back to observe and document the historical information that slave owners sought to erase.

Rel

I hate be that person but I’ll the latest internet phenomenon Hell to the naw to the naw naw naw

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