Nate Parker

Black Nerd Problems Editor: “Why We Won’t Be Reviewing ‘The Birth Of A Nation’ Upon It’s Release

This piece was originally written by William Evans, Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of

***Trigger Warning For Sexual Assault***
There was a point a few years ago where I wanted to be done with period films and TV shows. Either they had so few Black people in them it was as if we were to believe they hadn’t been invented until the early 70s. Or, the opposite, the show was about Black people and was supposed to show the unflinching horror and somehow, by movie’s end, the triumph of Black people in the face of evil incarnate. I didn’t drift from these movies because of what they showed, but mostly for what I felt the bundle of them implied: here’s some racism from fifty years ago or one hundred and fifty years ago because we don’t dare show you the racism that happened this morning. While not exclusive to slavery movies, slavery movies do indeed make up a large share of those productions. I can understand the person fatigued on that setting. It’s like getting a shot at your doctor appointment. Maybe it wasn’t a big shot that leaves your arm sore for a week, but they still shoved a sharp metal syringe into your shoulder. Likewise, even a really good slavery movie is still a slavery movie and I can empathize with not wanting to always indulge that.

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POLL: Young Americans Overwhelmingly Favor LGBT Rights

By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Young people in America overwhelmingly support LGBT rights when it comes to policies on employment, health care and adoption, according to a new survey.

The GenForward survey of Americans ages 18-30 found that support for those policies has increased over the past two years, especially among young whites. But relatively few of these young adults consider rights for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender to be among the top issues facing the United States.


Dr. Barbara Ransby on the GenForward Survey: Young People Are Ready For A Third Party

By: Dr. Barbara Ransby

According to last week’s GenForward survey by political scientist, Cathy Cohen’s Black Youth Project, based at the University of Chicago, young people across the board, dissatisfied with both the Democrats and the Republicans, are eager for a fundamental political change. That is the good news.


FM Supreme Drops ‘This Is Not A Drill’, Calls For Police Abolition

By: Sam Fleming

Chicago rapper and peace-activist Jessica Disu (also known as FM Supreme) has been killing it lately and she doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon.

Standing behind her controversial message of abolishing the police, she has made appearances on the Fox News’ Kelly File and on other cable news networks attempting to bring attention to police violence in Chicago. In her newest track “This Is Not A Drill” she perfectly demonstrates the power and anger that hip-hop can portray, while still putting forth a strong political message.


Poll: Young Americans fear US, foreign-inspired extremists

By: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The threat of violence by people inspired by foreign extremists invokes fear in a majority of young Americans across racial groups. But for young people of color, particularly African-Americans, that fear is matched or surpassed by worries about violence from white extremists.

A new GenForward poll of Americans age 18-30 shows widespread anxiety among young people about attacks from both inside and outside the United States.


Poll: Young adults support new efforts to curb gun violence

By: Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — LaShun Roy supports a ban on semi-automatic weapons and more comprehensive background checks. But the 21-year-old gun owner from rural Texas doesn’t consider gun-control measures a top priority in this year’s elections.

For Keionna Cottrell, a 24-year-old who lives on Chicago’s South Side and whose brother was shot and killed this year in another Illinois city, few things are more important than limiting access to guns.

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Arresting Development

By: Bakari Kitwana

At the height of the presidential primary season in March, about 30 activists gathered at St. Louis’ Peabody Opera House to protest a Donald Trump campaign rally there. One of the activists, Melissa McKinnies, says that even before the Republican candidate took the stage, his supporters were chanting, “Build a wall! U.S.A! Build a wall! U.S.A!”

Members of the Secret Service talk to each other as people visit the grounds around the White House May 30, 2016 in Washington, DC. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski

Poll: Most Young Americans Say Parties Don’t Represent Them

By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most young Americans say the Republican and Democratic parties don’t represent them, a critical data point after a year of ferocious presidential primaries that forced partisans on both sides to confront what – and whom – they stand for.

That’s according to a new GenForward poll that shows the disconnect holds true across racial and ethnic groups, with just 28 percent of young adults overall saying the two major parties do a good job of representing the American people.

Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, smiles while speaking during a campaign event in Hartford, Connecticut, U.S., on Thursday, April 21, 2016. Tuesday night's New York primary not only ended a multi-state losing streak for current front-runners Donald Trump and Clinton, who won roughly 60 percent of the vote each, but also moved them an important step closer to the general election.

GenForward Poll: Most Whites Think Clinton Broke Law

By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Young Americans are divided over Hillary Clinton’s handling of her email account while she was secretary of state, with most young whites saying she intentionally broke the law and young people of color more likely to give Clinton the benefit of the doubt.

The new GenForward poll of young Americans age 18-30 also finds both Clinton and Donald Trump viewed negatively by a majority of those polled.