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I SEE U, Episode 5: Rise Up, Down in Mississippi

Veteran actress, Aunjanue Ellis, shares unguarded perspective on her profession, the media, and what it means to be a Proud Mississippian

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What is it about strong, Black Women of the South? You may very well discover the answer in our interview with acclaimed actress and Mississippi-native, Aunjanue Ellis. Remarkably, she’s been working in the film and television industry for over 25 years, starring in movies like, “The Help,” “Ray,” Lifetime’s “The Clark Sisters,” Netflix miniseries “When They See Us,” and most recently, HBO’s “Lovecraft Country.” In many of her acting roles, Ellis’ characters are bold, fierce, audacious – fearless. Are these traits a product of her Magnolia State upbringing? Does being from the South help fuel a fire to spark action in today’s climate of social unrest? Find out when Emmy-nominated actress, Aunjanue Ellis, talks candidly with host Eddie Robinson, who both hail from the same neck of the woods–McComb, Mississippi! Ellis reveals her perspective on hidden messages of prejudice in media and journalism as well as talks about her new project centered around three powerful civil rights activists of Mississippi — Fannie Lou Hamer, Annie Devine and Victoria Gray Adams.

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Eddie Robinson

Eddie Robinson

Executive Producer & Host

A native of Mississippi, Eddie started his radio career as a 10th grader, working as a music jock for a 100,000-Watt (Pop) FM station and a Country AM station simultaneously. While Mississippi Governor Ray Mabus had nominated him for the U.S. Naval Academy in 1991, Eddie had an extreme passion...

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