Don’t let the made-for-TV atmosphere turn you away from this one; there’s unexpected depth and substance beneath the flimsy period-drama veneer. The story is set during the 1800s in New Orleans, a cosmopolitan city where many cultures converged and many blacks rose to prominent social positions, escaping the rigid racial servitude prevalent across the antebellum South. Interracial relationships were not uncommon. Though not often sanctified by legal marriage, it was possible for a black woman to enjoy the prestige, accoutrements and a wife-like status while being mistress to a wealthy white man. Based on a true story, Vanessa Williams portrays Henriette Delille, the ...