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Rhonda Rhimes’ Shakespearean drama reminds us that Black women were more than servants

By Monique Jones, ebony.com

ABC is about to step into the costume drama lane with Shonda Rhimes’ upcoming series, Still Star-Crossed. The show, which takes on William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, starts where the play ends—after Romeo and Juliet have committed suicide in order to be with each other forever.

The warring families they hail from—the Montagues and Capulets—still try to tear each other apart, but for the sake of the Italian city of Verona, they are forced to come together in an arranged marriage between Rosaline Capulet (Lashana Lynch) and Benvolio Montague (Wade Briggs). Of course, high drama, romance and scandal will be a huge part of the proceedings.

This show is going to be a must-watch when it premieres on May 29, and not just for the Shondaland factor. If you’re anything like me, you’re probably a huge costume or historical drama fan. I love seeing all the trappings of a good soap opera played out in sumptuous clothes and beautiful surroundings. It’s escapist entertainment at its best and most fashionable.

Read more at EBONY http://www.ebony.com/entertainment-culture/still-star-crossed-diversity#ixzz4i6tlrqoi

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