BROOKLYN – Earlier this month, Haitian historian Bayyinah Bello made a stop here for another edition of the Sheroes book tour. This time, Bello discussed The Woman King, the new film about an all-woman army starring Viola Davis, and its similarities to Haiti’s own fierce female warrior, Agbaraya Toya — commonly called Tante Toya of Gran Toya.


The Woman King film release reminds us of Haiti’s Tante Toya, the Dahomey warrior who trained Jean-Jacques Dessalines and took part in Haiti’s revolution.

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