As you may recall last month, we reported that controversial web series “Send Me,” created by television and stage writer Steve Harper, would soon make its premiere on a video platform that would soon be announced.
Well this week BET.com has begun to post episodes of the series (here) and also on the BET Now App.
In the series, Tracie Thoms stars as a person who has the power to send Black people back in time to the days of slavery, however “her husband is determined to stop her in spite of the fact that people want to go.” And that’s the thing – who would want to go back to slavery times, let alone willingly?
And keep in mind that, in the series, the premise is that anyone who does volunteer to go back cannot make any changes to the situation. Which means that anyone who dreams of going back and becoming the next Nat Turner but actually surviving this time and sailing off to Liberia, isn’t going to happen.
And with all the talk about Nate Parker’s “The Birth of a Nation” and the on going discussion on whether there have been too many films and programs about black slavery (or not enough), one could say that “Save Me” couldn’t have come at a better time.
The cast of the series includes some familiar faces, such as Gabrielle Carteris (“Beverly Hills 90210”), Jerrika Hinton (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Jasika Nicole (“Scandal”), Nelsan Ellis (“True Blood”), Tucker Smallwood (“The Sarah Silverman Program”) and Carlease Burke (“Ballers,” “Crowded”). And the series is produced by Chris Rock, with Sara Ramirez of “Grey Antomy” as executive producer.
There is even a YouTube channel for “Send Me” where you can to check out about 60 videos, including behind-the-scenes footage, testimonies from people from all walks of life considering whether they would go back or not.