GUEST: Stephanie Abraham is a writer and media critic, she helped found the feminist magazine make/shift and was the founding editor of the feminist magazine LOUDmouth. Her works have been published in McSweeney’s, Al Jazeera, Mizna and Bitch Magazine. She is the Pop Culture Correspondent and Film Critic for Rising Up With Sonali.
BACKGROUND: Just about six months after plans to print the face of Harriet Tubman on the new $20 bill were put on hold by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, a new biopic of the legendary abolitionist is out in theaters.
The film, titled simply “Harriet,” is directed by Kasi Lemmons and stars Cynthia Erivo as Tubman – a British actress of Nigerian descent. Critics have hailed the movie as the story of a real-life superhero and joining me to discuss whether it meets the hype is our regular film critic.