Gabrielle Union Writes Powerful Op-Ed On Assault, Consent and ‘Birth of a Nation’

Many powerful reactions were ignited when details arose about Nate Parker’s rape trial and the actions he took to try and distance himself from it. While many people chose a side on whether or not they’d be seeing his upcoming film, we’d yet to have heard from the many who took part in making it.

Gabrielle Union, who is a survivor of sexual assault and also has a large role in The Birth of a Nation, wrote a powerful op-ed for the Los Angeles Times where she touched on sexual assault, consent and her personal feelings of being attached to a project that came from the mind of a man who went to trial for rape. 

Harry Belafonte Supporting Nate Parker Is Another Example Of Toxic Masculinity

As details of Nate Parker’s rape trial seemingly came out of nowhere, so did the many people who chose to support him despite the gruesome details of his rape case. With Parker’s upcoming film, The Birth of A Nation, set up for an October release, whether or not to support it has become a deeply personal question many people had to ask themselves. The latest to join the conversation is Harry Belafonte, a man who’s been credited with supporting the Civil Rights Movement and equality for decades and even made the cover of Ebony Magazine last year for it.

In a recent interview with the Associated Press, Belafonte went on to question not only the resurfacing of Parker’s rape accusations, but also the doubts being raised by the public.

‘Hidden Figures’ Matters, Black Women’s Labor Matters

A new film is drawing a lot of attention because it depicts the Black women who were behind the Project Mercury and Apollo 11 missions. The film, called Hidden Figures, is important for many reasons. But, mainly, because it adds complexity to the ways that we envision Black womanhood and the histories that brought us to where we are today.

Nate Parker Criticized As Details About 1999 Rape Trial Resurface

Nate Parker’s future appeared to be whatever he wanted it to be. He’s become a respected actor who was about to break into the next phase of his career as a director and producer of the highly-publicized film “The Birth of A Nation” that shocked audiences at Sundance and was quickly bought up by a major distributor. Then an ugly part of his past became public and raised major doubts about him and his project.

Netflix Releases An Even Better and Blacker ‘Luke Cage’ Trailer

Netflix and Marvel are running a victory lap side-by-side after all of the success their co-productions. Both seasons of Daredevil have been widely successful, as has the first season of Jessica Jones. Next up in the lineup is Luke Cage, which will premiere on Sept. 30, starring Mike Colter.

An initial teaser showed Luke putting the abilities he was given as the world’s first bullet-proof black man to the test with ODB playing in the background.  Today, Netflix released a full trailer that’s even better than the first one. 

Ava Duvernay’s New Documentary on Mass Incarceration Will Change The Game

Ava Duvernay’s documentary, The 13th, will be the opening film at the New York Film Festival’s (NYFF) 54th Festival. It’s the first non-fiction film to open the event in the NYFF’s history; if you haven’t already, let us toast to Duvernay’s #BlackGirlMagic. I want to take it a step further though, I want to uplift Duvernay’s message.

The documentary is appropriately titled to address the ironies between the 13th Amendment that simultaneously “abolished” slavery and also created mass incarceration over time.

This Video Shows Why Not ‘Seeing’ Race Won’t Stop Police Brutality

The senseless murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile this week have drawn increased attention to the ways that police officers interact with people of color, specifically Black men. This video from StoryCorps highlights the ways that popular ideas about being “post-racial” or not “seeing” race at all don’t actually fix these issues. Instead, it leaves Black people especially vulnerable to police brutality.