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Solomon Northup

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

Mike Arkus | Posted 07.20.2014 | 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 07.11.2014 | 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.

'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 ...

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.

'12 Years A Slave' Author's Death Still A Mystery

AP | CHRIS CAROLA | Posted 03.16.2014 | Black Voices

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Historians know where Solomon Northup was born, where he lived and where he worked. They know whom he married and how ...

12 Years a Slave: Honoring the Book and Film

Darryl Woodard | Posted 05.06.2014 | Entertainment
Darryl Woodard

"The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see." -- Winston Churchill (1874-1965) Weeks ago I saw the film 12 Years a Slav...

NYTimes Publishes Correction 161 Years Later

Posted 03.04.2014 | Media

Better late than never? An 1853 report in the New York Times on the story that would eventually be told in the Oscar-winning film "12 Years a Slav...

Video Of The Real-Life Descendants Of '12 Years A Slave' Subject Will Take Your Breath Away

The Huffington Post | Rhonesha Byng | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices

On this day in 1853, Solomon Northup, a free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery, regained his freedom. His phenomenal story of stre...

The 'S' Word, the 'D' Word and 12 Years a Slave

Lisa Sharon Harper | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Lisa Sharon Harper

McQueen's unflinching revelation of Northup's struggle to maintain his dignity under the oppressive institution of slavery is a chance for Americans to engage the conversation we so desperately need -- the conversation about the "s" word -- "slavery."

ReThink Review: 12 Years a Slave - Can We Face America's Holocaust?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

After watching 12 Years A Slave, I imagine Germans feel about the Holocaust like a lot of Americans do, or at least should, feel about slavery and the role racism has played in this country's history.

3 Reasons Why Every American Should See 12 Years a Slave

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Lisa Kaas Boyle

This film is an artistic wonder, and so necessary to the discussion of America's past and present. I hope you will see it with your own eyes and share your thoughts with me and everyone you know.