Tag: Slavery

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Entertainment

A pronounced rise for Ejiiofor in ’12 Years’

This Sept. 14, 2013 photo shows British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor from the film “12 Years A Slave,” in New York. Ejiofor portrays Solomon Northup, a free black man who was abducted and sold into slavery in this pre-Civil War drama. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Invision/AP) by Jake CoyleAP Entertainment Writer TORONTO (AP) — Chiwetel Ejiofor arrived, he thought, prepared for the first day of shooting “12 Years a Slave.” To play Solomon Northup, a free man from upstate New York who was kidnapped and sold into slavery and who later chronicled his experience in a book, Ejiofor had studied Northup’s memoir, visited plantations and learned how to, as Northup did, play the violin. But all that work could scarcely ready him for the intense reality of performing a slave’s labor in a Louisiana summer.

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Opinion

The Heart of the Black Conservative (Yes, we have one)

Within the Republican Party, there is what I call this mystery of the Black conservative. Let me explain. Over the years, I have had this conversation with people from the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Ollie North, Mike Huckabee and Haley Barbour, etc. They would argue that there was this growing trend of “conservatism” within the Black community. I told them all categorically that this was bull.

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Opinion

International adoption: I was stolen from my family

by Tarikuwa Lemma Special to CNN (CNN) — When I was 13, I was sold. Friends of my father worked for a corrupt adoption agency operating in my homeland of Ethiopia — friends my father trusted. In 2006 they coerced him into believing he was sending my younger sisters and me to America for an educational program during which we would come home every summer and on school breaks.

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Entertainment

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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National

Md. dig seeks proof of 1st free Black community

Tracy Jenkins, a graduate student in anthropology at the University of Maryland, displays artifacts found during excavation efforts in Easton, Md., as classmate Sabrina Shirazi, right, sifts through soil in hopes of finding evidence that might prove the state was home to the first free African-American community in the nation. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) EASTON, Md. (AP) — Archaeology students have been sifting through a little patch of ground on Maryland’s Eastern Shore this summer, seeking evidence that it was home to the nation’s first free African-American community. Historians say hundreds of free Blacks once lived in the area, while plantations flourished with hundreds of Black slaves not far away. The students from the University of Maryland, College Park, and Morgan State University, an HBCU, have been digging behind what is now the Women’s Club of Talbot County. The building, part of which dates to at least 1793, was home to three free non-White residents, according to the 1800 Census.

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Entertainment

‘Breath & Imagination’ story of groundbreaking classical singer

WORLD PREMIERE– Jubilant Sykes and Kecia Lewis in a scene from “Breath and Imagination” (Hartford Stage/T. Charles Erickson) by C. Denise Johnson For New Pittsburgh Courier Most playwrights hope their creations will move, entertain and meet favorable reviews. In the case of “Breath & Imagination,” Daniel Beatty’s latest work is a 3-pointer. City Theatre’s latest offering, a world premiere co-production with Hartford Stage, offers an outstanding platform for stellar performances.

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Opinion

Django, in chains: Movie subordinates black characters, fails to illuminate slavery

JESSE WILLIAMS by Jesse Williams Special to CNN Editor’s note: Jesse Williams is an actor/producer who plays Dr. Jackson Avery on the TV series “Grey’s Anatomy.” He is a Temple University graduate and former public high school teacher. Williams founded the production company, farWord Inc. and is an executive producer of “Question Bridge: Black Males.” Follow him on Twitter and Tumblr. Note: This article contains offensive language.