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Slavery Stories Can Be Great But We’re Rarely the Ones Telling Them

Nate Parker broke records last week when his Nat Turner slave revolt film Birth of a Nation was picked up by Fox Searchlight for $17.5 billion. While this is exciting news, Parker’s success isn’t the benchmark for movies in this genre nor is it a logical signal to Hollywood to make more slavery era movies.

The news about Birth of a Nation came at a time when the debate surrounding the recent Oscars nominations and the blatant absence of any Black actors and actresses was at a fever pitch. The lack of recognition for these entertainers has been said to be linked to the fact that Black actors and actresses too often are only awarded for playing stereotypical roles like maids, butlers, slaves, and civil rights leaders.

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Snoop Dogg Sits Down To Meet With Mayor Of Flint About Water Crisis

While wearing a shirt that read “FLINT LIVES MATTER,” Snoop Dogg met with Mayor Karen Weaver during a water drive this past weekend to discuss the current water crisis. While Snoop is one of many celebrities to join the movement and donated water and funds, not many have taken the time to sit down and talk to officials.

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The Diversity of the SAG Awards Brought Out the Racism of #SAGsSoBlack

This article was originally posted on Water Cooler Convos.

It’s always funny to me how racists come out of the woodwork whenever they think they have the least  bit of coverage or validity in their bigoted views. And when numerous actors of color were awarded at this past weekend’s SAG Awards, they saw it as their opportunity to strike back at #OscarsSoWhite. If they had the ability to logically form an argument, they would have seen that the wins at the award ceremony only elucidated the Oscars’ race problem.

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“An African City” is all the things “Sex and the City” Wasn’t

“Well instead of Starbucks coffee on every corner you’ll find plenty of fried plantains.” –Ngozi, “An African City”

In 1998, “Sex and the City” kicked off the trend of shows about the complicated lives of professional women.  However, when you watch shows of professional women trying to find themselves, the cast is normally white women in the United States. Now we don’t have to imagine what television classics would have been like if they included people of color because in 2016,  “An African City” hits everything that “Sex and the City” missed.