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Take heart in struggle for freedom, see “12 Years a Slave”

Based on a narrative written by Northrup in 1853, the film takes you inside slavery, from the slaves' point of view.

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"The Butler" brings civil rights era to life

Forest Whitaker Is incapable of anything that isn't stellar. The rest of the cast, basically everybody in Hollywood, Is completely stunning.

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“Fruitvale Station”: an American tragedy

Ryan Coogler gives us Fruitvale Station as a symbolic recapitulation of the Stations of the Cross, recounting the last 30-plus hours of Oscar Grant III's life.

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Stevie Wonder boycotts Florida, opposes “stand your ground” (video)

The 63-year-old singer said at a concert in Quebec City, Canada, on July 14, that until the law is abolished in Florida, he will "never" perform there again.

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell defends indefensible

The racist slur that adorns the Washington, D.C. football team continues to be an embarrassment for all sports fans, and resistance to the name is growing.

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"Devil in the Grove": Must-read Pulitzer Prize winner

In 1961, Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" won a Pulitzer Prize for fiction. In 2013, Gilbert King's "Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America " won the same award for nonfiction.

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Films about African Americans stand out at Tribeca Festival

Films at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival last month that highlighted prominent African Americans and their eventful lives were infused with this dilemma of choosing the right course of struggle against racism and injustice.

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"Free Angela" - what you do when wolves come after you

"Free Angela and all Political Prisoners," written and directed by Shola Lynch, brilliantly tells the story about the history-making struggle, to win Davis' freedom. 

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History, Tarantino style: "Django Unchained"

"Django Unchained" takes a central tragedy of American history and re-imagines it as exploitation-film revenge fantasy.

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“Last White Knight:” Is reconciliation possible in Mississippi?

"It's quite easy to move beyond prejudice if you invite people into looking within themselves."

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