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12 Years a Slave: The realest slavery account in a movie ever

This image released by Fox Searchlight shows Michael Fassbender, left, Lupita Nyong’o and Chiwetel Ejiofor, right, in a scene from “12 Years A Slave.” (AP Photo/Fox Searchlight, Francois Duhamel) I’ll never know what it means to be a slave, producing forced, free labor, in the United States prior to the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. More definitively, I could not imagine what it would mean to be a legally free person and still be held captive for little over a decade.

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Grambling football dispute draws attention to cuts

In this Nov. 24, 2012, file photo, Grambling State coach Doug Williams reacts after a play against Southern University during the Bayou Classic college football game in New Orleans. Grambling players ended their boycott after speaking with former coach Doug Williams, who advised them to, “Go out there and play football.” (AP Photo/The Times-Picayune, Brett Duke) by Melinda DeslatteAssociated Press Writer BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A nearly weeklong boycott by the Grambling State University’s football team including forfeiting its game at Jackson State has made more people aware of the campus’s financial struggles and drummed up interest from donors around the country, Grambling’s president said Tuesday.

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Sheriff: Shooter thought wife had sex with Louisiana pastor

This photo released by the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office shows Woodrow Karey, Jr. after being charged in the shooting death of Pastor Ronald J. Harris, Sr., Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. (CNN Photo/Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office) by Lateef Mungin (CNN) — A sheriff says he’s closer to finding the motive behind the fatal shooting of a Louisiana pastor who witnesses say was gunned down by a former deacon as the horrified congregation looked on. Friday’s shooting may have resulted from allegations of a complicated sexual relationship between the pastor and the deacon’s wife, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso said.

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Wendell Pierce sparks new Michael J. Fox sitcom

This image released by NBC shows, from left, Tracy Pollan, Michael J. Fox, and Wendell in a scene from “The Michael J. Fox Show,” premiering Thursday at 9 p.m. EDT in a special hour-long edition. (AP Photo/NBC, Eric Liebowitz) by Frazier MooreAP Television Writer NEW YORK (AP) — “I’ve always wanted one thing,” says Wendell Pierce. “To have a diverse career, to be a journeyman actor.” Mission accomplished this fall. With no fewer than four projects in release, Pierce will meet himself coming. Earlier this month, he made his latest appearance in a recurring role on the USA law drama “Suits.” He has a new film opening, an edgy indie drama titled “Four” wherein he plays a family man who keeps his homosexuality secret while he hooks up harmfully with a teenage boy through an online dating site. In December, he returns as fancy-free jazz trombonist Antoine Batiste on HBO’s glorious New Orleans series “Treme,” airing its final season. And that’s all on top of Pierce’s dandy new role on “The Michael J. Fox Show,” which premieres on NBC Thursday at 9 p.m. EDT in a special hour-long edition.

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Pitt attends premiere for ’12 Years a Slave’

Lupita Nyong’o arrives at the premiere for “12 Years a Slave” on day 2 of the Toronto International Film Festival at The Princess of Wales Theatre on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, in Toronto. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) by Rob MerrillAssociated Press Writer TORONTO (AP) — The upcoming film “12 Years a Slave” is a harrowing look at slavery, but its stars, including Brad Pitt, say it’s a subject that needs to be explored more on the big screen.

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19 years later, Essence Fest still holding strong

In this Feb. 3 photo, Beyonce performs during the halftime show of the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens, in New Orleans. The singer headlines at the 2013 Essence Music Festival, with other nightly concerts held in the Superdome to include, Maxwell, Jill Scott, Charlie Wilson, LL Cool J, New Edition, Emile Sande, Trey Songz, Janelle Monae and several others. The festival dates are July 4-7, 2013, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File) by Chevel Johnson NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Nearly two decades after Essence magazine launched a festival here to “party with a purpose” and celebrate Black culture, music and people, the Essence Fest may be facing some new competition. Like Essence this weekend, last weekend’s BET Experience, held in Los Angeles, had Beyonce as a headliner. It also had panels discussing topics important to the community and spanned a three-day weekend — a format Essence until recently had used for years. But Michelle Ebanks, president of Essence Communications Inc., said the similarities end there.

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Colfax riot or massacre: a brutal defining moment

RIOT OR MASSACRE?–This Feb. 15, photo shows a historical marker near the Grant Parish Courthouse in Colfax, La. which describes a day of violence that helped condemn African Americans to a century of Jim Crow in the American South. (AP Photo/The Lafayette Daily Advertiser, Bill Decker) by Bill Decker | The Advertiser COLFAX, La. (AP) — A brown and silver historical marker near the Grant Parish Courthouse describes a day of violence that helped condemn African Americans to a century of Jim Crow in the American South.