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Steve McQueen 12 Years a Slave

'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 ...

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...

My Final Thoughts on '12 Years a Slave'

Monique Ruffin | Posted 05.07.2014 | Black Voices
Monique Ruffin

When I saw 12 Years a Slave, I found myself squirming in my seat. I was seated between two white men, one my friend and the other a stranger. Now that all the Oscar fanfare is over, I'd like to call attention to Lupita Nyong'o.

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...

Oscar Voters Admit To Not Watching '12 Years'

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 03.05.2014 | Entertainment

In the lead up to the 86th annual Academy Awards, one prevalent meme was that some Oscar voters simply didn't want to watch "12 Years a Slave." As it ...

12 Years A Slave Got You Thinking? Now Boycott Chocolate Harvested By Child Slaves

Lennard Davis | Posted 05.03.2014 | Impact
Lennard Davis

While it is difficult to know which chocolate is produced by the slave system, one thing is clear: If you buy organic Fair Trade products, you will most probably be boycotting slave chocolate. Anything from Latin America and South America should also be slavery-free.

Reading Black History, Aloud

LeVar Burton | Posted 04.06.2014 | Black Voices
LeVar Burton

Mother Nature, the power of a nascent storytelling art form in the televised mini-series, and a nation largely ignorant of and reluctant to come to terms with the horrors of its slave-owning past conspired to create a 'perfect storm' of enlightenment in America.

Steve McQueen And Henry Louis Gates Jr. Talk '12 Years A Slave'

The Root | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices

When the creators of a drama that would bring Solomon Northup’s 12 Years a Slave to the big screen needed a historical consultant, Henry Louis Gates...

What It Took For '12 Years A Slave' Actor To Understand His Character's Suffering

OWN | Posted 01.23.2014 | OWN

With seven nominations, "12 Years a Slave" is poised to be one of the major players in the upcoming Golden Globe Awards. Chiwetel Ejiofor is nominated...

'12 Years A Slave' Director Scores Another Major Feat

AP | Posted 01.25.2014 | Black Voices

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Steve McQueen has gained his first directors guild nomination for his grimly historic saga "12 Years a Slave," substantiating the...

Here's What Happened After A Second Viewing Of '12 Years A Slave'

Christopher Rosen | Posted 03.05.2014 | Entertainment
Christopher Rosen

I was taken to task for not having "12 Years A Slave" on my top-10 list. (I had it ranked No. 16 overall, just behind other near misses: "Her," "Blue Jasmine," "20 Feet From Stardom," "The Spectacular Now" and "Inside Llewyn Davis.") My rationale was this: Last year was a particularly strong one for feature films, and I just didn't connect with "12 Years A Slave" enough to place it above those other movies. Then I watched "12 Years A Slave" a second time.

The Top 15 Black Entertainment News Stories Of 2013

Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices

There's no doubt that 2013 had its share of exciting and heartbreaking entertainment news. From the good news like Cicely Tyson winning her first Tony...

'12 Years A Slave' Comes Out On Top At Golden Globes

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 12.12.2013 | Entertainment

Steve McQueen's acclaimed drama "12 Years a Slave" has long been considered this year's awards favorite, and the Golden Globes followed suit when nomi...

Patton Oswalt Auditioned For '12 Years A Slave'

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 11.13.2013 | Entertainment

"12 Years A Slave" director Steve McQueen cast Taran Killam as one of the two men who kidnap the film's title character, Solomon Northup, into slavery...

When Will Black Historical Films Focus On Triumph, Rather Than Plight?

Joe Morton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Joe Morton

It is very difficult for me to view a film like 12 Years a Slave, as brilliant as it might be perceived, without being angered about the amount of violence perpetrated upon black flesh and black womanhood, without feeling that the self-worth of modern day African Americans is being diminished, without feeling that this kind of film enflames an omnipresent and smoldering mistrust of whites by blacks.

'12 Years A Slave' Sparks New Interest In Little-Known Slave Site

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 11.10.2013 | Black Voices

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The painful story of a free black man lured from his home in New York in 1841 to be sold into slavery, now...

12 Years to Remember

Dr. Tukufu Zuberi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Dr. Tukufu Zuberi

You wear the shackles for a journey that seems to stretch on and on. From the coast of Africa, the slave ship travels to the Americas. On the way to Philadelphia, you may stop and stay in the West Indies to be beaten and "broken."

On Our Tides of Freedom

Dr. Tukufu Zuberi | Posted 12.29.2013 | Black Voices
Dr. Tukufu Zuberi

You may be distracted by the buzz of the city traffic as you walk along Center City Philadelphia's Market Street. It's easy to walk by the historic marker in front of you when you turn onto Front Street. But this marker is worth seeing.

The Moving Gaze of Steve McQueen

Spencer Wolff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Spencer Wolff

12 Years a Slave tells the story of Solomon Northup, a talented violinist from Saratoga, N.Y., who is drugged, kidnapped and sold into slavery. Based on a true story, the film is an epic of endurance: two hours of Solomon snared in a setting as breathtaking for its beauty as it is for its callous violence.

This Movie Should Be Required Viewing

Kia Makarechi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Kia Makarechi

"12 Years a Slave" is the most important movie of the year.

Morgan Freeman Is Not Interested In The GOP Or '12 Years A Slave'

Posted 10.30.2013 | Black Voices

Through the years, Morgan Freeman has expressed his opposing viewpoints on the country’s various legal issues, ranging from legalizing marijuana to ...

12 Years a Slave, an Eternity for Women

Jennifer Danielle Crumpton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Jennifer Danielle Crumpton

Epps did not love Patsey; he consumed her. He lusted and wielded his power over her, made her inhuman, made her want to die.

Kanye Also Hung Out With Steve McQueen On Monday Night

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 10.22.2013 | Entertainment

Before Kanye West proposed to Kim Kardashian on Monday night in San Francisco, he honored "12 Years A Slave" director Steve McQueen in Los Angeles. We...

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.

My Conversation With Steve McQueen

Tavis Smiley | Posted 12.15.2013 | Black Voices
Tavis Smiley

Steve McQueen discusses how 12 Years a Slave came together at a time when events, including the Trayvon Martin tragedy, and the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, created a "perfect storm" of opportunity to look back in history in order to move forward as a society.