872,924 Black men enslaved in U.S. in 1850
1,680,000 Black men currently in correctional control (2015).

Follow this link to find a short video that offers an account of the racist criminal justice system and the wildly disproportionate incarceration rates

“We live in the most incarcerated country in the world. There are more black men under correctional control today than there were under slavery in 1850.”

~ John Legend


Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (2010-2014, Updated Version):

2010 - Melissa Leo // The Fighter

2011 - Octavia Spencer // The Help

2012 - Anne Hathaway // Les Misérables

2013 - Lupita Nyong'o // 12 Years a Slave

2014 - Patricia Arquette // Boyhood

I’d been a fan, but I’d never actually met her. Ten days before, she called and said, ‘I just want to be very sure that you’re OK with this, that I’m not offending in any way.’ I said, 'Are you kidding? Go for it. Enjoy it.’ … She sang very, very well. I was a fan, and now I’ve made a new friend.