What Exactly Is 'Antebellum' Trying to Say? : Pop Culture Happy Hour In the new horror film Antebellum, Janelle Monáe plays an enslaved woman on a plantation run by Confederate soldiers. She's desperate to escape. But Monáe also plays a successful contemporary author and speaker with a beautiful family, living a life of success and wealth. But does the film successfully tie the story together? Note: This conversation discusses specific spoiler-y plot points to explore how those roles fit together, break down what's really going on, and whether or not the movie is successful.
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What Exactly Is 'Antebellum' Trying to Say?

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What Exactly Is 'Antebellum' Trying to Say?

What Exactly Is 'Antebellum' Trying to Say?

What Exactly Is 'Antebellum' Trying to Say?

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Janelle Monáe stars in the new film Antebellum.

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In the new horror film Antebellum, Janelle Monáe plays an enslaved woman on a plantation run by Confederate soldiers. She's desperate to escape. But Monáe also plays a successful contemporary author and speaker with a beautiful family, living a life of success and wealth. But does the film successfully tie the story together?

Note: This conversation discusses specific spoiler-y plot points to explore how those roles fit together, break down what's really going on, and whether or not the movie is successful.

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The audio was produced and edited by Mike Katzif and Jessica Reedy.