Arts & Entertainment


General Nat Turner, the Black Spartacus in a new play

It does not do Turner and his courageous followers justice, but it may be worth seeing for those who know little about one of the most electrifying moments in American history.


"The Ballad of Jane Elkins," Texas slave woman hanged

A soliloquy in which African-American slave Jane comes back alive to go over the last few days before she used an ax to split open the head of slave Master Wisdom.


Abraham Galloway biography provides truer picture of Civil War

Abraham Galloway, an African-American bricklayer by trade, became a leader of the abolition cause and built a network of freedom fighters deep in the Slave South.


A dramatic meditation on freedom: "The Whipping Man"

It's1865. Slaves are being freed, soldiers are returning home, and in Jewish homes the freedom festival of Passover is being celebrated. Into war-torn Richmond comes a young, severely wounded Jewish Confederate officer.


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.


Review: "A Slave in the White House, Paul Jennings and the Madisons"

Paul Jennings was born a slave on President Madison's estate in Montpelier, Virginia, in 1799. In 2009, Paul Jennings' descendants arrived at the White House for a private tour.


"The Abolitionists": must-see TV

"The Abolitionists" should be seen by as many viewers as possible and shown widely in public schools.


History, Tarantino style: "Django Unchained"

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