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.
I don't want to insinuate that discussions about how racism impacts Black men are not important. Of course they are. But Black male issues constitute the vast majority of conversations about oppression towards the Black community.
Fifteen other Americans will also be honored, including Oprah Winfrey and Bill Clinton, but what makes Gloria Steinem's selection notable is how, by extension, the movement she has helped lead over the past four decades will be honored.
As seductive and fresh the film sounds -- I mean how often do we get to see movies about slavery that don't depict black people as victims; powerless to take matters into their own hands? -- I am still very skeptical of how Django will turn out.