Will you go see Birth of a Nation?

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I know this might not be a popular viewpoint so let me state that this is simply my position. I do not condone, nor can I excuse the actions of Nate Parker when he was a younger man. As a survivor of sexual assault I understand first hand that it leaves scares that one must learn to live with. I can only hope that he has learned how devastating his behavior was, and become an advocate against sexual assault. I must say my concern is that personal issue with Parker threatens to take away from a film that we need to see. Too many of us have supported people that have done very terrible things in the name of being entertained. However, this isn’t just about entertainment but a story that needs to be told.

I personally find the timing of the Nate Parker story interesting. It came and caused some to say I won’t see the film because I refuse to support Parker. I truly believe this was the overall agenda of the media. Think about it… how many films do we have that depict the enslavement periods? We have quite a few, varying in accurately, but how many depict uprising? To many say we should move on from this period because it is in the past. We need to put slavery behind us we are told.

However, no one tells Holocaust survivors and descendants to move on. Yet the bottom line is there is plenty of accepted open dialog on the Holocaust. Germany has had to reckon with that history. Truth be told… the reason we can’t just move on is because America has never reckoned with the enslavement of black people. It has never been dealt with. Yes, we are aware it happened but the ramifications of it have never been dealt with.

Right now we have schools trying to rewrite history in an attempt to erase the evil of Americans past. Instead of facing where we have been as a nation… we are trying to wash it away. That is simply impossible. We need the arts (film, literature, art, music) to tell our story. It’s important that it be told all of the enslaved did not accept their condition lying down. It’s important for the very psyche of American born blacks to know yes we did fight back. The depiction of us in the world is not always accurate. It’s important that other people of color, as well as our African brothers and sisters, know our plight. It needs to be our story told by us.

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This film is bigger than Nate Parker, and its need is great. I don’t condone his behavior as a man, yet I appreciate his courage to make such a film. As one who majored in English, and History, I will be going see this film at least twice. I will view it once for myself, and once to write a review. I support the telling of our stories. The voices of our ancestors have been silenced from us for far too long. We need to feel their strength and understand their sacrifice. I’m going see Birth of a Nation, and I hope many of us will be in the theatre to support the telling of our history… by us. Birth of a Nation releases in theaters nationwide October 7, 2016.

Article written by Christian Starr

Film about Nat Turner’s slave revolt..Will it be accurate?

The Birth of a Nation has been a years-long passion project for Nate Parker (perhaps best known for playing the romantic lead in Beyond the Lights), who wrote, directed and produced the film despite being told over and over again that it wouldn’t “work.” As he told the Hollywood Reporter, the not-uncommon arguments were made: it wouldn’t work internationally because of its black leads; it would be too expensive to film the violent scenes; the hero at the center—Turner—killed white landowners. Yet he persisted, and here it is, making huge waves at Sundance.

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The title, of course, is every bit as political as you think it is—by calling back to D.W. Griffith’s 1915 opus, which helped reinvigorate the Ku Klux Klan for the 20th century and shape dangerous, harmful depictions of black Americans in the years that followed, it is a clever act of subversion. “I’ve reclaimed this title and re-purposed it as a tool to challenge racism and white supremacy in America,” Parker tells Filmmaker, “to inspire a riotous disposition toward any and all injustice in this country (and abroad) and to promote the kind of honest confrontation that will galvanize our society toward healing and sustained systemic change.” The film also stars Armie Hammer and Aja Naomi King.

The film is set to be released later this year. Does Hollywood want to see black people revolting against their white oppressors?  Is this something the white media wants to be promote?  Will this film wake up black people?  Will it cause riots and more racial division?  Or is this just more Hollywood racial propaganda?  I know how Hollywood operates.  Rarely do they do anything that will raise the consciousness of black people. Or do a film that will WAKE us up and see who is our real enemy. We will have to wait and see until the film is released. We shall see.

Also did you know that black media mogul, Byron Allen, offered $20 Million to buy the rights to the Nat Turner Movie “Birth of a Nation”, but Nate Parker sold the rights for $2.5 Million less ($17.5 million) to white company, Fox Searchlight?? Did Nate Parker forget that White People Executed and Lynched Nat Turner? So what You look like selling the rights to a story about Nat to a White Company??

Sources confirmed that Parker, who owned a significant stake in the movie, had a great deal of control over who emerged as the winning distributor.

Allen confirmed it: “Yes, we did make a bid for $20 million and a wide theatrical release for this outstanding film…”

At what point do we stop the “unadulterated” WHITE LOVE, and We got to start Loving and Supporting Each Other. This makes me think that at some point in this movie, Nat Turner’s story is going to be compromised. I hope not, but it seems that way, because Too many wealthy white people are applauding it and offering too much money, which is a pretty good indicator of the “white savior syndrome.”

Because I do not see how a movie about Nat Turner will cause white people to be excited..???…Well hey, I wish Nate much success…But its just more authentic and logical for a black man to distribute a film about a black hero AND REVOLUTIONARY like Nate Turner.

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And this is a pic of Nate Parker and his wife Sarah.  Well this explains a lot. I wonder what the great Nat Turner would think of his choice of a wife?  I think you know the answer.

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King was born in Los Angeles, California. She received a BFA in Acting from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an MFA from Yale University‘s prestigious School of Drama in 2010. At Yale University, King performed in a number of productions, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Little Shop of Horrors and Angels in America.