12 Years a Slave

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Can we talk? The N-Word has got to go!

I’ve written hundreds of columns over the years but never about the N-Word. It is a term that makes my temperature rise and my skin boil. First of all, we should not be having this open discussion or debate. But the N-Word won’t go away, primarily because too many of us Blacks-African Americans-Negroes-Colored-whichever one you chose to identify with refuse to leave that term alone. Instead, we have taken ownership of that word. Continue Reading →

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Few acting roles for Black females




By Charles Hallman
Staff Writer

Final installment of a four-part series

12 Years a Slave made five out of nine top-10 films of 2013 lists by movie critics, and Fruitvale Station made two such lists; these two movies featured Black males as leads.  However, only two Black females — Halle Berry (The Call, Sony Pictures) and Paula Patton (Baggage Claim, Fox Searchlight) — were leads in movies released by major Hollywood studios in 2013. “Critics don’t look at a film and notice that every one of the lead roles is White,” Uptown Magazine Editor Ronda Racha Penrice said in an October CNN.com article. A UCLA Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies released the “Hollywood Diversity Brief” in October and it stated that there is “a dearth of gender, racial and ethnic diversity in film and television — both in front of and behind the camera.”

Nicole Beharie (Sleepy Hollow) and Kerry Washington (Scandal) are the only Black female leads on prime time network television this season. “I’m 5’1 and an African American woman. I just didn’t think anyone would have me to play the cop,” said Beharie of her character in an Essence magazine interview. Continue Reading →

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Best response to Twelve Years a Slave: Join the struggle

A Political Review

By Mel Reeves

Contributing Writer



The much-anticipated release of the movie depiction of the harrowing and horrific experience of Solomon Northup when he was snatched into slavery did not disappoint. I found myself at the edge of my seat somewhat afraid of what may happen next. I felt like I was watching a horror film, and not just your regular fare but a sick, sadistic, psychologically twisted horror film, and was almost dreading the next scene. For all practical purposes, slavery was just that, a horror. How any other description found its way into the American lexicon on the peculiar institution is curious indeed. Continue Reading →

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This Week’s Entertainment Spotlights

12 Years a Slave

Area premiere

Steve McQueen’s newest feature is based on the true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom, as chronicled

in the 1853 autobiography of Solomon Northup — a free Black man kidnapped and sold into slavery in Louisiana.  



Lizz Wright & Raul Midón 

Fri., Oct 25, 7:30 pm • Ordway Music Theater, 345 Washington Street, St. Paul • Includes a conversation about the

melding of influences that inform an artists individuality• At 6:30 pm in the Marzitelli Foyer the head of the bass department

at McNally Smith, Jeff Bailey (Moveable Feast), will be facilitating a conversation about the artistry of Raul Midón and

Lizz Wright along with Ben Abrahamson ( Lulu’s Playground, Ben Abrahmson Quartet) and Ashley Commodore (#MPLS). • For more information, contact Sandra Richardson at srichardson@sabathani.org or 612-821-2396. Malamanya

Sun., Oct. Continue Reading →

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