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Five Books By Black Authors That Should Be Made Into Movies

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12 YEARS A SLAVE SCENE
This image released by Fox Searchlight shows Michael Fassbender, left, Lupita Nyong'o and Chiwetel Ejiofor, right, in a scene from the film, "12 Years A Slave." The film has nine Academy Awards nominations, including Nyong'o nominated for her performance by an actress in a supporting role. (AP Photo/Fox Searchlight, Francois Duhamel, file) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

During the past award season, a familiar refrain was that 2013 was “the year of black film.” Of course, those films have nothing to do with one another, and it’s unfair to dump a historical drama about a wrongly enslaved man, a romantic comedy about a flight attendant, and a biopic about a legendary baseball star all into the same category simply because they’re directed by and/or star black people. Still, despite the frequent recognition of 2013’s output of “black film,” very few received award recognition. And, as people begin speculating about the 2014/2015’s award season, it appears Hollywood has returned to status quo with a noticeable lack of racial diversity.

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