On a recent Sunday morning in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia, a few dozen people gathered in a tin-roofed church to hear a former warlord preach. His name is Joshua Milton Blahyi, but most Liberians still know him by his nom de guerre from the nineteen-nineties: General Butt Naked. A burly forty-five-year-old with a head shaped like a cannon shell, Blahyi took the stage wearing black dress pants and a cream-colored shirt. He has delivered sermons across West Africa about the power of forgiveness and the perfidy of Liberian politicians, but one of his favorite topics is himself.
Hollywood's One Remaining Taboo Found in 'Black Snake Moan'
What caused a jolt wasn't just the arresting image of a gold-toothed Samuel L. Jackson growling out a profane rendition of the blues classic "Staggerlee," recorded live in a raucous Memphis juke joint. It was Christina Ricci, the lily-white alternative film princess, her torn lip a welt of red, her dirty blond hair tossed from side to side, grinding her sweat-drenched body against black men and women on the dance floor as Jackson looked on from the stage.
James Delaney is a former cadet of the East India Company who embarks on a personal vengeance against it. James is the protagonist of Taboo. He is portrayed by Tom Hardy , who also co-created the series. James Keziah Delaney returned unexpectedly from Africa after 10 years presumed dead. Shrouded in mystery and preceded by wild rumours.