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BREAKING BIG: Danai Gurira

Danai Gurira, actress and award-winning playwright ("Black Panther" and WALKING DEAD).
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Danai Gurira, actress and award-winning playwright ("Black Panther" and WALKING DEAD).

Airs Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

See how Tony Award-nominated Gurira made the leap from storyteller to Hollywood superstar.

Growing up in Zimbabwe, actress Danai Gurira didn’t see many film and television characters who looked like her. By embracing her culture and her differences, she was able to score roles in such smash hits as "Black Panther" and THE WALKING DEAD.

She also wrote the - Broadway play "Eclipsed," which won critical acclaim and a Tony Award.

BREAKING BIG host Carlos Watson relays Gurira’s quest to blaze a trail for more representations of African women in popular culture.

Danai Gurira is on Facebook, Instagram, and you can follow @DanaiGurira on Twitter.

ABOUT THE SERIES:

Why and how did some of the world's most influential artists, innovators, athletes and leaders break big? Talented men and women such as Jason Aldean and Roxane Gay recount their most difficult, dramatic and serendipitous turning points.

Emmy-winning journalist Carlos Watson hosts BREAKING BIG.

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CREDITS:

BREAKING BIG is executive-produced by Carlos Watson, Samir Rao, Royd Chung, Danny Lee, Ari Hyman, Sean Braswell, and Cameo George.

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