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'12 Years a Slave'

Not Just Equal, #Better: Moving to the Front Ranks of Business

Joanna L. Krotz | Posted 03.22.2016 | Business
Joanna L. Krotz

The more male CEOs and corporate recruiters see women launching and leading thriving companies, the more change will accelerate. As Sheila Johnson has it, just imagine the innovation and new products and services that change will unleash.

Slavery in Recent American Films: Django Unchained

Volney Gay | Posted 03.18.2016 | Politics
Volney Gay

Earlier I noted that African Americans appear front and center in recent American films about the institution of slavery. Consider four recent films a...

The Other Washington

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.19.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Traces of this other Washington are everywhere. As the new capital was rising from former woods and swampland, slaves labored on many of its buildings, including the White House and the Capitol.

How Academy Award Winner Lupita Nyong'o Is Making Broadway History?

Always A-List | Brennan Williams | Posted 02.11.2016 | Black Voices

Since winning the Oscar for her brutal role in 12 Years A Slave, Lupita Nyong'o has become a fashion icon and recently starred in Star Wars: The Force...

Lupita Nyong'o: #OscarsSoWhite Is 'A Symptom Of Something Else'

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 02.04.2016 | Black Voices

Lupita Nyong'o won an Oscar two years ago for her role in “12 Years A Slave,” but the actress strongly believes that the Academy needs to address ...

Music Publisher Jeff Waye: Synched Up to Industry Changes

Lisa Derrick | Posted 07.29.2015 | Entertainment
Lisa Derrick

Ten years ago, the music industry suffered a major re-set -- or what those less optimistic termed a collapse.

Why '12 Years A Slave' Screenwriter Feels 'Lucky To Be A Black Man' In Film

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 02.27.2015 | Black Voices

John Ridley scored a career milestone when he was awarded an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay in “12 Years A Slave” during the 86th annual Academ...

Fifty Shades of Whiteness

Jim Downs | Posted 04.21.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Downs

Only Hollywood would turn sadomasochism, a complicated sexual performance, into a white college girl's extracurricular activity. And only whiteness would allow for the whipping to be seen as elective in a coming-of-age narrative rather than as unavoidable in the violent history of slavery.

How the SAG Awards Predict the Oscars

Ben Zauzmer | Posted 03.29.2015 | Entertainment
Ben Zauzmer

Everyone seems to be lining up to honor Alejandro Iñárritu's film in the month leading up to the Oscars. But does that mean the race is over? The math suggests it is not.

Vote for the Moviegoers Best Blockbuster Film Awards

Gene Del Vecchio | Posted 03.17.2015 | Entertainment
Gene Del Vecchio

This award is unique by giving general moviegoers (not just industry professionals) the opportunity to vote for the best blockbuster film (among the top 10 box office movies), based upon each blockbuster's artistic quality (not simply your favorite).

'12 Years A Slave' Director Holding Casting Call For HBO Pilot

DNA Info | Posted 08.18.2014 | Black Voices

HARLEM — Steve McQueen, the director of "12 Years a Slave," is scouting Harlem for a leading man to star in an upcoming HBO pilot....

Away from the Races at Saratoga Springs: Swampland Mansions, Spas and Casinos on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 09.19.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Saratoga Springs in upstate New York may be best known to many as home to a world famous race track for thoroughbred horses, the second oldest in the United States that began its long life in 1863.

What Will '12 Years A Slave' Teach the U.S.?

Sheril Antonio | Posted 09.10.2014 | Education
Sheril Antonio

I read in Variety that 12 Years a Slave will now be taught in U.S. high schools. What an achievement. I learned a great deal from the film and am thrilled others will have the opportunity to engage in both the written form as well as the cinematic portrayal of Solomon Northup's story.

The Constitution Is Outdated; Let's Change It

Galanty Miller | Posted 08.03.2014 | Politics
Galanty Miller

Understand that "founding fathers" is just a romanticized term. Thomas Jefferson was not your actual father. He didn't take you to baseball games. Things change. Is it so unreasonable to think that?

'Mandela' Screenwriter Makes SHOCKING Statement About '12 Years A Slave'

The Huffington Post | Danielle Cadet | Posted 06.12.2014 | Black Voices

Steve McQueen's film "12 Years a Slave" not only received incredible praise from moviegoers and film gurus, it also snagged an Academy Award for Best ...

Pretty Manifesto! -- Leslie Jones and Erin McKean

Ellen Snortland | Posted 07.29.2014 | Entertainment
Ellen Snortland

A statuesque woman, Jones started riffing with Colin Jost (the new male anchor of Weekend Update) on the subject of beauty vs. "being useful," mentioning how the ultra-slender Lupita Nyong'o was just named "Most Beautiful Woman" by People magazine.

Jennifer Lawrence Voted For Lupita Nyong'o At The Oscars

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 05.08.2014 | Entertainment

Jennifer Lawrence may have wrestled Lupita Nyong'o for her best supporting actress trophy after this year's Academy Awards, but the "American Hustle" ...

Interview: 'Big Men' Director Rachel Boynton on Oil, Ghana and Capitalism

Steve Horn | Posted 04.17.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

The subtitle of the newly released documentary film Big Men is "everyone wants to be big" and to say the film covers a "big" topic is to put it mildly.

What Kind of Slave Would You Have Been?

Theodore Johnson | Posted 06.08.2014 | Black Voices
Theodore Johnson

For most Americans, 12 Years provided a glimpse into the humanity that inflicted and endured the institution of slavery. For many blacks, however, the experience was a sort of out-of-body, first-person experience.

Five Books By Black Authors That Should Be Made Into Movies

Colorlines | Posted 03.29.2014 | Black Voices

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 an...

Numbers Soar For Black Moviegoers

Posted 04.01.2014 | Black Voices

2013 was a pivotal year in black film, with the release of several motion pictures highlighting black history and the black experience, and a historic...

Freeing Humanity

Neal Barnard, M.D. | Posted 05.19.2014 | Green
Neal Barnard, M.D.

Human aggression did not vanish from the face of earth in 1945, any more than it did in 1865. We have not reined in human nature. All we have managed to do is to peel out of its clutches many of its victims.

Why I Wont Watch 12 Years a Slave

Glen McDaniel | Posted 05.16.2014 | Entertainment
Glen McDaniel

In terms of accuracy and vivid depiction of a real story -- a free man captured and held in slavery for 12 years -- this movie is said to be unparalleled. It is brutally accurate, with vivid heart-wrenching depiction of pain, blood, whippings and cruelty.

Lupita Nyong'o Gets Her Own 'Star Wars' Rumor

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 03.15.2014 | Entertainment

Lupita Nyong'o has truly arrived. Fresh off her Academy Award win for Best Supporting Actress, the "12 Years a Slave" star is now part of the "Star Wa...

I'm Pretty Sure I Sort of Know What I'm Talking About: Or, the Sociology of Ignorance

Galanty Miller | Posted 05.14.2014 | Comedy
Galanty Miller

I'm wondering if talking about things you don't know anything about is a biological, instinctive human trait, like anger or hunger or sympathy for George Clooney because he just can't seem to find the right woman.