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Check out the first images from The Birth of a Nation, written and directed by Nate Parker, who also stars alongside Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King, Jackie Earle Haley, Gabrielle Union, Chiké Okonkwo, Aunjanue Ellis, Colman Domingo, Dwight Henry, Roger Guenveur Smith, Penelope Ann Miller, and Mark Boone Jr.

Set against the antebellum South, this drama follows the story of Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner, accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves. After witnessing countless atrocities against fellow slaves, Nat devises a plan to lead his people to freedom.

quantico so far:
  • a black actress cast as the the assistant director of the training academy
  • one Indian actress playing the female lead and one Palestinian actress playing a major role (might be two P. actress’s cause the character has a twin but that might be like a whole Lindsay Lohan situation)
  • a Cuban woman (yet to be featured)
  • four women in total as major characters so far
  • a biracial actor (yet to be featured)
  • has talked about some feminism subjects already
  • has featured a Mormon (he’s problematic tho we don’t like him)
  • an openly gay Jew virgin (however writers have said where he falls on the LGBT+ spectrum is still a mystery despite him saying he is a gay man)
  • another openly gay man (rick cosnett everybody lets all fucking cry, yet to be featured)
  • got a good story so far
  • has touched issues of racism

aka i recommend it its only got one episode out rn so get on that shit

(feel free to add on anything more)

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We later learned that the film will be called “The Birth of a Nation” (I can only guess as a reaction/response to D.W. Griffith’s incendiary 1915 film of the same title). And what makes the project’s completion even more likely is that it was the recipient of a fellowship with the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program last year, and has now drawn the attachment of production companies Phantom Four, Mandalay Pictures, Tiny Giant Prods., Follow Through Prods., Infinity Entertainment and Creative Wealth Media Finance.

Nate Parker is also producing via his Bron Entertainment shingle, along with Aaron L. Gilbert, Kevin Turen, Jason Michael Berman and Preston Holmes.

David Goyer is also among the film’s executive producers.

We can now add that Aja Naomi King (“How to Get Away With Murder”), Aunjanue Ellis, Colman Domingo, Dwight Henry, Roger Guenveur Smith, Gabrielle Union and Arnie Hammer have all joined the film’s cast. No word yet on what roles each actor will play, but I’m certainly looking forward to finding out!

Parker, as we already know, will play Nat Turner. He'l also direct the film from his own script with shooting now set to begin next month, in Savannah, Ga.[source]

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ABC’s terror drama Quantico has cast its female lead.

The Help alum Aunjanue Ellis has been tapped to star in the drama pilot from Josh Safran, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The drama centers on a group of young FBI recruits, all with specific reasons for joining, who battle their way through training at the Quantico base in Virginia. As the drama intercuts between their hidden pasts and their present training, it also flashes-forward to the near future, where one of the recruits will turn out to be a sleeper terrorist responsible for the most devastating terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11.[X]

So they made a made a movie about Nat Turner and the rebellion he lead in Virginia 1831 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat_Turner). It Stars Gabrielle Union, Aunjanue Ellis, Aja Naomi King, Nate Parker and Oscar judge and racism denier Penelope Ann Miller. 

I’m interested in seeing this.

What i don’t understand is why they decided to name this movie Birth Of A Nation. 

BIRTH OF A NATION.

Why not just Nat Turner, The Rebellion or The Uprising of 1831. Something that wouldn’t be linked to the most racist movie ever made in America.

10 Reasons You Should Be Watching Quantico

1. The diverse cast.

With Priyanka Chopra and Yasmine Al Massri being main characters, this is one of the most diverse casts on television right now.

2. The characters are like a family.

Their time at “Quantico” is basically the most stressful part of everyone’s lives. They have to work harder than they have ever worked before. However, they stick together through most of their training and even afterwards.

3. Every episode will keep you on edge.

Each episode starts with a flashback from when they were in training to present day where most of them are now FBI agents. They go back and forth a lot, but they make it work. By the end of the episode, you are always yearning for the next one.

4. The badass girl power.

These “Quantico” women do not play around. They are strong, independent and they prove that women can do anything men can do, if not better.

5. The betrayal.

Alex finds out that the person framing her framed her when she stepped into “Quantico.” Before the bombing, Alex had her whole family, friends and FBI class by her side. After? Not so much.

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“I’m ashamed to say I hadn’t heard of her. But it took one minute of Internet investigation to realize, she has 11 million Twitter followers…like, what?”–Josh Hopkins

“She can’t even walk down the streets in New York without people screaming her name. I hope she’ll have the same experience here, that America will embrace her the way the rest of the world has. Someone said that Priyanka Chopra could be America’s sweetheart. I was like, ‘Yes. Priyanka Chopra can be America’s sweetheart.’”–Aunjanue Ellis

The Book of Negroes (2014)

Kidnapped in Africa and subsequently enslaved in South Carolina, Aminata must navigate a revolution in New York, isolation in Nova Scotia and treacherous jungles of Sierra Leone, in an attempt to secure her freedom in the 19th century.

A very gripping and moving story. Excellent acting by everyone especially Aunjanue Ellis. 

One of the best short TV series I have seen lately. I hope there will be Emmys  for BET, the director/s, producers and the leads! They did a fabulous job.

A few years ago, I read 12 Years a Slave, and this TV show brought back all the memories from that book. It is a very moving and powerful account of one of the darkest parts of human history.

I really enjoyed seeing the story from a woman’s perspective.

Don’t miss it!