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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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Three Black SUNY Students Claim They Were Assaulted By White Classmates

This past weekend, a story broke that a group of black women who are students at the State University of New York in Albany were attacked while on public transportation. The students, whose identities haven’t been revealed, claim they were harassed and assaulted by a group of white men and women on a bus after a verbal altercation turned physical. They were reportedly kicked and were the target of multiple racial slurs.