the funny thing with the truth is that it keeps coming up. i have coveted andre harrell‘s various jobs over the years, but his gig at ny undercover was the one that made my eyes the greenest. i’ll never forget the episode where the doctor recreates the tuskeegee experiments with hiv-positive homeless men, though in retrospect, it’s pretty provocative (and/or racist) that that doctor was black and drunk with power. as do-gooder white women everywhere currently lose their shit over the help (the book and the movie), i would suggest that this is actually a true life example of risking everything to tell a story that needs to be heard.
“When Deborah found pages describing Hela the Marvel character, she thought they were describing her mother, since each of Hela’s traits in some way matched what Deborah had heard about her mother’s cells. But it turned out the sci-fi Hela was inspired by the ancient Norse goddess of death, who lives trapped in a land between hell and the living. Deborah figured that goddess was based on her mother too.” (254-5)