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The Birth of a Nation

See The Trailer For Buzzy Slave-Rebellion Biopic 'The Birth Of A Nation'

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 06.23.2016 | Entertainment

"The Birth of a Nation" will probably be one of fall's most talked-about movies. At Sundance in January, studios' fierce bidding war resulted in the f...

Here's The First Trailer For 'The Birth Of A Nation'

The Huffington Post | Stephanie Marcus | Posted 04.19.2016 | Entertainment

"The Birth of a Nation" got rave reviews when it premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival. Then, it set records when Fox Searchlight’s stu...

'Birth Of A Nation' Director Nate Parker To Be Honored At Tribeca Film Festival | Brennan Williams | Posted 04.05.2016 | Black Voices

Director Nate Parker will be honored at this year's Tribeca Film Festival's Disruptive Innovation Awards....

Sundance Winner 'The Birth Of A Nation' Gets Fall Release Date

Entertainment Weekly | Brennan Williams | Posted 02.25.2016 | Black Voices

Fox Searchlight has set a fall release date for "The Birth of a Nation," Nate Parker’s Sundance prize-winning drama about slave-turned-rebel leader ...

You're Going To Remember Aja Naomi King's Name

The Huffington Post | Cole Delbyck | Posted 02.11.2016 | Entertainment

2016 is gearing up to be a defining year for actress Aja Naomi King. After almost two seasons on ABC's "How to Get Away with Murder," King's performan...

'The Birth Of A Nation' Is The Toast Of Sundance

Variety | Chloe Angyal | Posted 01.31.2016 | Entertainment

“The Birth of a Nation,” writer-director-star Nate Parker’s stirring drama about the life of Nat Turner and the slave rebellion he led in antebe...

'The Birth Of A Nation' Is The Year's Powerful Sundance Breakout

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 01.27.2016 | Entertainment

The Sundance Film Festival just provided an early remedy for the lack of diversity next year's Oscar race could inevitably face. After four days of ra...

Hillary's Hypocrisy: Clinging to Obama After Her Racist Dog Whistles in 2008

Geoffrey Dunn | Posted 01.19.2016 | Politics
Geoffrey Dunn

I received an email today from a black elder asking me to reprint a column I wrote for an African American newspaper in April 2008 detailing the persistent racism in the Clinton campaign as it tried to derail Obama's historic run for the presidency. She wanted me to "remind the American people of how far the Clintons had stooped" a mere eight years ago.

"Showing Up and Full of Gratitude" By Jason Stuart

Jason Stuart | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jason Stuart

My dream has always been to work with talented people in films that made a difference, and it came true.

What Is in a Name?

David A. Love | Posted 12.09.2015 | Black Voices
David A. Love

One outgrowth of the debate over racial injustice has been the effort to rename monuments with racially offensive names, faces or connotations, and to replace symbols that have reflected a painful, objectionable and often unacknowledged legacy

'A Public Menace'

Slate | Dorian Lynskey | Posted 03.31.2015 | Black Voices

In 1916 a 41-year-old man in Los Angeles published a short pamphlet called “The Rise and Fall of Free Speech in America.” In passionate if somewha...

'The Birth of a Nation': A Century Later

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics
The Zinn Education Project

The first major box office hit charged a staggering $2 admission and reached 50 million people before sound films appeared in 1927. Its millions in profits built Hollywood. Beyond profits, it aimed to educate the public in the values of white supremacy.

Birthers, Then and Now

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 04.10.2015 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

The most virulent haters of President Obama have long been called "Birthers." A major historical anniversary we observe this month suggests that the name is far more appropriate than has been realized.

Rebirth of a Nation

Michael W. Waters | Posted 02.11.2015 | Black Voices
Michael W. Waters

Permeating the soil and soul of our country even before the nation's founding, and fully grafted into our nation's DNA through its founding documents, racism is a sin long befalling America.

Golden Globe, Critics' Choice Wins for 12 Years a Slave Suggest New Freedom for Authentic Black Storytelling

Chris Benson | Posted 03.24.2014 | Media
Chris Benson

The validation of 12 Years a Slave could (maybe, possibly, hopefully) set the stage for more offerings of serious black subject matter in film. Honest stories that challenge us to face difficult (even disturbing) social and legal issues head on. Confrontational narratives. Narratives that complicate our social awareness.

100 Percent Perfect

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 04.30.2013 | Entertainment

Universal praise is a rare thing, and perhaps no one knows that better than filmmakers, who are subjected to criticism at almost every turn. That mean...

Trayvon Martin and the Myth of Black Inferiority

Ronnie Reese | Posted 04.28.2013 | Black Voices
Ronnie Reese

As Trayvon Martin's death comes back into the national consciousness, we should be mindful of the devastating potential of centuries of brainwashing, especially when combined with gun violence.

The Sound and Fury of the Right-Wing Echo Chamber (Ranting at an Empty Chair)

Matt Jordan | Posted 03.30.2013 | Media
Matt Jordan

The right-wing echo chamber needs scapegoats dressed up in ready-made cliches to function effectively. And it hit me: I had become an empty chair for angry men to rant at.

Will Lincoln Win?

Sean Wilentz | Posted 03.27.2013 | Entertainment
Sean Wilentz

For almost exactly a hundred years, Hollywood has been complicit -- no, salient -- in promoting pro-Confederate falsehoods about the Civil War and Reconstruction. Now Spielberg and Kushner and everyone involved in Lincoln have at last declared, "Enough!"

Quentin Tarantino Blasts Famed Director: 'To Say The Least, I Hate Him'

Posted 12.27.2012 | Entertainment

Quentin Tarantino has no love lost for John Ford. "One of my American Western heroes is not John Ford, obviously," Tarantino, who directed the Spaghet...

Re-Birth of a Nation?

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 04.25.2012 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

The Birth of a Nation provides the key to explaining both the rise of the Tea Party and the totally irrational hatred that a substantial fraction of Americans holds for President Obama.

Did the Inglorious N.O.P. Bust a Cap in Health Care Reform?

Kimberly Krautter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kimberly Krautter

From a branding perspective, is this really how the Republican Party wants to be defined? Hate speech -- true hate speech -- should never be tolerated in any form.

Who is the Real Sarah Palin?

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Is Sarah Palin the evangelical, do-gooder "hockey mom"? Or is she a "She-Bush" megalomaniac who wields power behind the scenes by personal whim? And lies about it?