Daryl Lindsey
January 30, 2017 3:50 pm
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Aldis Hodge, who you have seen in films Hidden Figures and Straight Outta Compton, as well as on his show, Underground, has some very real words about being an activist in America, and we should all take them to heart.

The Underground star spoke to HelloGiggles at the Sundance Film Festival party celebrating the upcoming release of Underground season 2.

The WGN America show (John Legend is an executive producer and co-stardocuments the lives of escaped slaves on their way to find freedom in the North, and Hodge had plenty to say about how the 19th-century drama relates to the major political battles of today.

This concept, Hodge said, has been a reality for most of his life: As a black man, he’s had to fight oppression that many people of other races never realized existed.

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The current political climate has brought more overt sexism and racism into the limelight, so there are more first-time activists taking to the street than ever before.

Hodge said that’s good, because “the resistance” needs as many voices as possible to join together against oppression – but he hopes first-time activists recognize just how long this fight has been going on.

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Hodge told HelloGiggles he’s hopeful that real social change can occur if the movement continues to stay engaged and energized.

So do we, Aldis. So do we.

Underground premieres Wednesday, March 8th on WGN America.