Baltimore native actress, Tracie Thoms, has received an Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series category for her role in the critically acclaimed slavery themed web series Send Me, created by Steve Harper.
Send Me revolves around Gwen (Thoms), a professor of African American studies who has the power to send fellow African Americans back in time to slavery as a character building measure. Gwen inherited this power through her family, and her best friend Katherine (Gabrielle Carteris), is keeping her powers a secret. Her husband, Peter (Harper), thinks that she should stop using her powers despite the fact that people are literally lining up to return to the historic and painful time period. Over the course of the series the audience has a front row seat to the marital conflict between Peter and Gwen (we see both sides of their debate) and we hear each candidates reasons for wanting to travel back in time to experience slavery again.
With the current racial climate due to the onslaught of police brutality that has been bought to the forefront by technology and social media, the desire to discuss race and how it impacts our society has greatly increased. Send Me’s exploration of slavery through an unconventional narrative focuses on empowerment over adversity. The series has contributed to the ongoing race dialogue, and has given us the opportunity to view race and American history through a unique prism.
Thoms is best known for her roles in Rent, Cold Case, The Devil Wears Prada, Death Proof, and the Fox television series Wonderfalls.
In addition to Thoms, the cast includes, Gabrielle Carteris (Beverly Hills 90201), Tucker Smallwood (The Sarah Silverman Program), and Jerrika Hinton (Grey’s Anatomy)
The 68th Emmy Awards will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, and is scheduled to air Sunday, September 18, 7-11pm ET on ABC.
Congrats to Tracie Thoms!