Angela Bassett, one of the most successful black actors in Hollywood, turns 50 today.
I shared a meal with Ms. Bassett a few years ago. I tried to get her interested in a TV series idea (about an American doctor who takes a job at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital and moves her family to South Africa). She was not.
I first noticed Angela Bassett nearly 20 years ago, when she did a couple of episodes of the Avery Brooks series “A Man Called Hawk.”
In 1990, she played a rape victim in an episode of “Equal Justice.” Via the magic of Hulu, I’ve embedded that complete episode at the bottom of this homepage. Stream it at your leisure.
Remember “Equal Justice”? It was an ensemble drama in the Steven Bochco style. The main cast included Joe Morton and a still-girlish Sarah Jessica Parker. (Morton is quite good in this episode.)
I rooted for this show when it was on ABC, because it was co-created by Thomas Carter. It was a rare drama series with a black executive producer.
“Equal Justice” didn’t last long, but it was a fine piece of work. If you check out this episode, you’ll also enjoy an excellent guest performance by Steven Hill as an asshole judge.
And if you wonder who sings that theme song... it’s Carl Anderson and Carmen Carter.