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We first meet Letitia Dandridge as she emerges from a taxi, stepping into her old neighborhood on Chicago's South Side in the midst of a block party. She is dressed impeccably, her flawlessly red lips outlining a hesitant but wistful smile. This party is a burst of Black joy and celebration — and will be a stark contrast to the rest of the episode. Leti's display of vulnerability begins and ends among her community — from here on out, her lipstick and her clothes are her shield, a sartorial act of protecting herself from the hateful white world. For Jurnee Smollett, who brings Leti to life in HBO's new series Lovecraft Country , she's honoring a long line of Black women who wore dignity like chainmail, the daggers of white supremacy attempting to stab through at every turn. Since her breakthrough performance in Eve's Bayou all the way to her role as Black Canary in this year's Birds of Prey , Smollett has played characters who won't be erased — within their own stories or to the viewers who love and appreciate these films. And she does so filled with recognition for the women who came before her. I recognize my mother.
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Jurnee Diana Smollett born October 1, is an American actress. Smollett began her career as a child actress appearing on television sitcoms, including On Our Own — and Full House — She received critical acclaim and Critic's Choice Award for playing Eve in the independent drama film Eve's Bayou.