The show itself comes as racial tensions in the U.S. are also being seen on TV. Both Underground
and American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson
touch on issues that have been a long part of the country’s history. And it’s also why Jurnee thinks now is the right time for her series to be on the air.
“Unfortunately, we can still relate to a lot of the issues today, which can be traced back to this time in 1857,” she explains. “It is important for us to know our history. It is important for us to heal the wounds from the past in order to move forward today. We have such a rich history. We come from revolutionaries and sometimes history books paint us as wrong and there is such a disconnection between history and today. We can learn so much from it.”
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While Jussie’s appearance on Underground
is limited to this week (with a brief appearance at the end of the prior episode), fans can only hope Jurnee will make her way to Empire
“I would love for her to come on,” Jussie says. Though, Jurnee puts all the pressure on the show’s creator. “Ask Lee [Daniels],” she says.
returns to FOX at 9 p.m. ET and Jussie’s episode of Underground
airs at 10 p.m. ET on WGN America.
--Additional reporting by Leanne Aguilera