Last night, if you tuned in to the History Channel to see cable’s most watched television show, “The Bible,” you may have noticed that the story of Samson was retold with a splash of color. The iconic biblical warrior and his mother are portrayed by black actors.
Nonso Anozie, with his flowing dreadlocks, plays Samson and Sharon Duncan Brewster, with her ethnic head wrap, looking every bit the African queen, plays Samson’s mother.
Christian Post writer, Ethan Cole, calls the inclusion of black actors “striking,” noting that, typically, a “fair skinned” Samson “has been seen in artwork.”
Such Hollywood classics as “The Ten Commandments” and “The Greatest Story Ever Told,” unlike “The Bible,” do not present a similarly diverse cast of characters.
Pastor Charles Jenkins of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, who got a glimpse of the series ahead of its premiere, told The Root in an interview last month, “I appreciated the diversity I saw.”