„I’ve always loved period dramas, they’re actually one of my favourite genres of movies. But one of my major pet peeves has been the virtual absence of women of colour in leading roles in these films.
So imagine my delight when I came across the trailer for Belle!
Belle, directed by Amma Asante, tells the story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate biracial daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay and the niece of William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield and Chief Justice of England and Wales.
If you’ve heard of the Lord Mansfield ruling you’d know that it he was very influential in ending the slave trade in England and the British Empire.“ Quoted from: http://www.womanofcolour.com/