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12 Years a Slave and the roots of America’s shameful past

By Andrew Anthony Directed by the British artist and film-maker Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave has gained almost universal critical praise. In his review for the New Yorker, David Denby echoed the consensus opinion when he described it as … Continue reading

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It’s time to take the white savior out of slavery narratives

By Daniel Jose’ Older In December of 1836, black abolitionist David Ruggles boarded a Portuguese slave ship in the New York harbor, freed its captives and had the white captain arrested. Tensions still ran high in the city from two … Continue reading

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12 Years A Slave

Opening in limited release on October 18, 2013 comes the story of Solomon Northup a free black man from New York who is sold into slavery in pre-Civil War America. 12 Years a Slave stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Fassbender,Quvenzhané Wallis, Alfre Woodard , and … Continue reading

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