The events that led to the 1965's racial riots in Watts, Los Angeles, are covered by a black messenger-turned-reporter at the L.A. Times, as he was one of the first correspondents to arrive... See full summary »
James Earl Jones
From Publishers Weekly The devastating story of brothers Lafayette and Pharoah Rivers, children of the Chicago ghetto, is powerfully told here by Kotlowitz, a Wall Street Journal reporter ... See full summary »
I'm a huge fan of James Earl Jones and I vaguely remember this series. It was a serious drama but also very engaging. Jones played Gabriel Bird, an ex-con trying to adjust to life on the outside. The sad thing was that he was wrongly jailed for a murder he could not control. He was a cop in his former life and his partner was going to shoot an innocent woman and her child during a raid and he chose his partner's life over the Innocent civilians. I was oddly into it when it ran and was sad to see it go. I'm not sure if James Earl Jones received an Emmy nomination but he definitely deserved it. Ah, just checked, he was nominated for a golden globe in 1990 for actor in a leading role. He is a fine actor, one whose performance is never overdone. It's probably due to his voice, so commanding and ominous, that he's had to work hard at not overpowering his roles with his voice. I'd purchase the first season if it was available on DVD. It gets my vote.
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