‘You can’t walk away from these roles’: ‘Jane and Emma’ star knew little about black Latter-day Saint trailblazer, but she’ll never forget her (Salt Lake Tribune)

What, if anything, did you know about Mormonism before accepting this role? I wasn’t that versed on Mormonism. I knew about Brigham Young University and Brigham Young but I didn’t know anything about Joseph Smith at all. Strangely, I had read a small blurb about Jane Manning James. It’s kind of uncanny. It was like, “I know about this woman.” I had encountered a small inkling of who she is in written form on the web two years prior. It didn’t click for me until I was sitting in a hotel on a short film — before I came to …

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“Jane and Emma” Actress and Non-Member Tells NPR the Uplifting Insights She Learned About Joseph Smith, Faith Playing Jane Manning (LDSLiving)

The upcoming movie Jane and Emma is already making waves in the entertainment industry with its controversial topics and strong female presence in the cast and crew. The movie shows the relationship between Jane Manning, Emma Smith, and the prophet Joseph Smith. Jane Manning was one of the first African American Latter-day Saints to join the Church. She was a woman of great faith and led her family from Connecticut to Nauvoo to better participate in the Church. Her story is one of faith, heartbreaking trials, and endurance. It confronts controversial topics such as race, gender, and polygamy head on. Danielle Deadwyler …

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