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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Mamie Till-Mobley becomes a civil rights hero for advocating all Black lives be treated with humanity. Strong examples of perseverance, courage, humility, and teamwork. A parent advocates for their child, using the visibility of their grief to demand justice and social change.
Positive Role Models
Mamie Till-Mobley becomes a civil rights hero for advocating all Black lives be treated with humanity.
Examines changing social norms across the country during the Great Migration of Black Americans. Features a multi-generational Black family with strong communal values who care for each other through tragedy.
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Violence & Scariness
An adolescent is abducted out of their bed by gunpoint. Has graphic close-up images of a young Black body beaten and shot, then retrieved after three days in a river.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A White woman accuses a Black child of flirting with her.
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"What the hell," frequent use of the "N" word.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink alcohol socially and smoke cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this first season of Women of the Movement is about Mamie Till-Mobley (Adrienne Warren), the mother of 14-year-old Emmett Till (Cedric Joe), who becomes a beacon of the civil rights movement after her son is murdered in Jim Crow-era Mississippi. Created by Marissa Jo Cerar (Handmaid's Tale), and produced by both Will Smith and Jay-Z, the series begins with a warning of its own -- that the historic content may trigger current-day traumas. Mature-enough teens will encounter examples of perseverance, courage, and humility. A parent advocates for their child, using the global visibility of their grief to demand justice and social change. A Black family is portrayed with dignity through experiences of unimaginable grief. Strong depictions of violence and racism; an adolescent is abducted out of their bed at gunpoint, and there are graphic close-up images of a young Black body beaten, shot, and water-logged. A White woman's slander ends with a child killed. Repetitive use of the "N" word." Adults use alcohol and cigarettes.
Is It Any Good?
This historical drama homes in on the bond between a mother and her only child, inviting viewers to see Emmett Till at the height of his adolescence, full of possibilities and joy. Women of the Movement is brought to life by Adrienne Warren's profound performance as Mamie Till-Mobley, and shows a mother devoted to living life for her child, even after his death. The series gives humanity to this difficult story, providing important context to the refrain of Black mothers fighting against erasure. This retelling is a worthy introduction to this particular moment in U.S. history. While the Till family's personal details are intricate and nuanced, the length of the series requires that many aspects of this historic case and following murder trial be simplified. Watch Women of the Movement as a moving introduction to the history of Jim Crow laws and the Great Migration of Black Americans in the mid-century.
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