Stephen Daisley Stephen Daisley

The trouble with Netflix’s Queen Cleopatra

Adele James starring as Queen Cleopatra (Credit: Netflix)

It’s the worst thing to happen to Cleopatra since that snake in the mausoleum. Queen Cleopatra is the second season of African Queens, a revisionist Netflix strand touting itself as a documentary series on black monarchs.

Produced and narrated by Jada Pinkett Smith, it is an attempt to repackage history for a contemporary audience.

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