Got a Question? Ask a Slave


Azie Dungey started her acting career as “the time-traveling black girl”: she played “every black woman of note that ever lived” in regional theaters and at historic sites around Washington, DC.

One of those roles—as a slave at George Washington’s Mount Vernon—ended up being more emotionally complex than she expected. The questions people asked about being black in the 1700s often revealed their ignorance about what it was like to be black in the present day.

So, naturally, Dungey spun those questions into a comedy web series called “Ask A Slave.” And it’s amazing.

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →