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Watch: Poignant Deleted Scene from the Acclaimed Mini-Series ‘Book of Negroes’

Watch: Poignant Deleted Scene from the Acclaimed Mini-Series 'Book of Negroes'

READ MORE: What Critics Are Saying About ‘The Book of Negroes’ Miniseries

Entertainment One is releasing BET’s acclaimed mini-series “Book of Negroes” on a special edition DVD, with over three hours of bonus programming including interviews with cast and author Lawrence Hill, deleted scenes, and a 28-page collector’s book.

Based on a critically acclaimed novel by Lawrence Hill, “The Book of Negroes” stars Aunjanue Ellis (“The Help,” “Ray”), Golden Globe winner Louis Gossett Jr. (“Roots,” “Boardwalk Empire”) and Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. (“Jerry Maguire”). The series follows Aminata Diallo, an African woman whose story is filled with hardship and tragedy, but also triumph. Kidnapped by slave traders in Africa as a young girl and enslaved in South Carolina, Aminata navigates her way across the world, struggling to return home, before finally achieving her freedom at the beginning of the 19th century. 

In this exclusive deleted scene, a young Aminata, with brutal scars covering her back, kindly helps an enslaved woman with a chain around her neck who has just given birth to a baby. The woman names the baby after Aminata, hoping that with such a christening, her baby will “live through this madness.” She then gives young Aminata a present to remind her of “hope.”

DVD extras include the featurettes “History of the Black Loyalists Society” and “Amistad,” 10 cast interviews with the show’s stars, two exclusive interviews with best-selling author Lawrence Hill and 30-minutes of deleted scenes.  
A universal story of loss and tenacity, the acclaimed mini-series premiered on BET in February, and will become available as a special edition 3-disc DVD release on April 7.
“The Book of Negroes” is also available for purchase through digital download platforms, both as a complete mini-series and episodically.

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