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Behind the scenes still from the "Madiba" miniseries. (Photo: Marcos Cruz/BET)

Director Kevin Hooks (Prison Break, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D) makes his return to the small-screen in the six hour BET miniseries, Madiba, the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela (Laurence Fisburne). Hooks talks to the Tom Joyner Morning Show about the historical importance of Mandela’s story and being the first African American to tell his story.

“It was just a blessing to be able to do this project. We shot it entirely on location in Johannesburg. To have the kind of cast I had was really an amazing experience.”

What is the “black perspective” behind the docuseries?

“It was always relevant to me because of the parallels you could draw from the United States and what’s happening in South Africa. And that was a year and a half ago. Little did I know it would take on the political climate that we have today.”

Madiba airs on BET at 8p/7p CST. Click the link below to hear the entire interview.


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(Photo Source: Marco Cruz, BET)

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