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Mid-way through 12 Years A Slave, I started to ask myself, “Who exactly is this film about?” Was it about Solomon Northup (played by Chiwetel Ejiofor), later renamed Platt, the talented violinist and free black man, kidnapped and sold into slavery? Or was it really about Patsey (Lupita Nyong’o), the jet black enslaved cotton picker and bed warmer of the Epps plantation, who had never tasted freedom in her life and probably never did long after Northup stopped being a slave?
If you ask me, it’s Patsey.
[This post contains spoilers, so be advised]
Throughout the film (by way of Northup’s own memoir), we learn that Patsey is a favorite of Massa Edward Epps (Michael Fassbender) and a thorn in the side of Mary (Sarah Paulson), the mistress of the house. In one scene she is receiving special accolades from massa himself for once again, out-picking all the other field hands, including the men, by picking almost double the quantities of barrels of cotton. A few scenes later, we see Patsey dancing center in a circle of other enslaved black men and women, who all have been roused from slumber in the middle of the night to dance a jig, play music and entertain their owner. Massa Epps pays special attention to her, which causes Mistress Mary to fly into a jealous rage and bash a defenseless Patsey in the face with a cognac goblet, barely missing her right eye. Then the Massa and Mistress argue over her body – literally and figuratively speaking – as she lay howling on the floor in pain and agony.
The scene brought a slight chuckle from a small handful in the mostly black audience at the screening I attended here in Philly. Perhaps the chuckle, which seemed out of context, was out of discomfort at what was, thus far, a truly heavy-handed film. However, the light-heartedness, which some were taking from what they were seeing, became even more ill-fitting when in the next scene, as Massa Epps chases Northup around the plantation for daring to hold Patsey’s secret from him, someone in the row behind me, chuckled and then opined loud enough for others around her to hear, “Patsey musta put it on Massa…”
Even though what we were watching on screen is probably a very accurate depiction of what many of our people experienced through the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade, you can sort of understand the cavalier nature in the way some of the descendants relate. First one, some of us feel as if we are so far removed from the atrocities of being treated like actual property that the images on the screen are just as foreign as if this was a film about life on another planet. And secondly, and probably most importantly, we really haven’t done a good job as a country, nor a community, in telling the truth – and the entire truth – about the founding of this great nation of ours. And it might be with intent as it seems that most folks want to forget about slavery all together. Even Morgan Freeman said recently in an interview with The Daily Beast, about why he’s not going to see 12 Years… ,“I don’t want my anger quotient exacerbated, you know? Things are bad enough as they are. I don’t want to keep punching myself in the face with it.” And this is coming from a guy who played a man whose sole character’s motivation was to drive around and be a hired companion to some ole’ racist lady named Miss Daisy.
However, our continued desire to forget the past is also why we have this black Tea Partier equating food stamps to the scraps from the master’s table. Or why renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson thinks that giving people public healthcare is akin to slavery. And it is also the reason why we have so many of our own folks believing that the enslavement of black women was of less importance or severity as what happened to black men. That black women had options including using their “sexual prowess,” aka vag*nas to somehow escape the worst of it. This collective twisted consciousness of black women and enslavement can be seen within the thinking of social commentaries done by the likes of Touré, who once remarked about the “brilliance” of enslaved black women, who “were sharp enough to trade that good-good for status or liberation.” It can also be seen through the viewing of the Russell Simmons-backed Harriet Tubman sex tape, which turned rape into some whimsical caper, in which Tubman too used her body for extra perks, like starting the Underground Railroad. And it can also been seen through the often divisive screed of Tariq Nasheed, film producer and so-called historian behind the popular documentary series Hidden Colors, who troll the Internets with his declaration of death to the “negro bed wench.” According to Nasheed, who has led several discussions on the term, including this most recent Ustream-cast entitled Tariq Nasheed Challenges the Bed Wench Movement, a modern-day Negro Bed Wench models herself after her predecessors during slavery, who he alleges volunteered to sleep with Massa in exchange for special perks and favor. He also suggests that it was the Negro Bed Wench, who actually liked slavery (because of all the free stuff she got) and snitched on the other slaves, who were trying to escape to freedom.
These Sally Hemings/Thomas Jefferson romance fantasies, which folks like to conjure up about black enslaved women offer a distorted and revisionist version to the harsh realities of what it meant to be chattel. There was no free will in slavery. An enslaved black man or woman had no more control over their lives than livestock having a say in if and when it will become hamburger meat. And although some were fortunate enough to figure out a route to freedom, the only choice most ancestors had was life or death. Everything else was out of your control, including what could or could not happen to your body. And as noted by writer Shafiqah Hudson in this essay about the use of the term to berate both the Olivia Pope character on Scandal and the real life female viewers who enjoy the show: “Controlling Black women’s behavior through name-calling and shaming is nothing new. Invoking something as somber and tragic as slavery to do it, while also nothing new, is shameful.”
Morgan Freeman knows the film industry like the back of his 76-year-old hand.
The acting sage has churned out a good handful of blockbuster films in 2013 thus far, and his upcoming film, “Last Vegas,” a comedy, starring an ensemble cast of male Hollywood royalty, will be yet another feather in his cap of cinema excellence and longevity.
We would happily mention the many other films Freeman’s played in, but there isn’t enough room on this page for a list that spans forever.
His career on the big screen notwithstanding, Freeman has never been gun shy when discussing topics related to American history, politics and pop culture, nor does he mind napping during interviews.
The silver fox with the unforgettable voice is also an unofficial movie critic (can’t say he isn’t qualified). The Daily Beast writer Marlow Stern spoke with the freewheeling Freeman about a wide variety of topics ranging from Tea Party madness to, well, “twerking,” and why he won’t see breakout director Lee Daniels’ compelling film, “12 Years a Slave”
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Celebrity marriages are notorious for having a short shelf life. Although it looked like they would defy the odds and remain married until death split them up, these celebrity couples decided to call it quits after 20-plus years together.
Bruce and Kris Jenner
She may be one of Hollywood’s most powerful momagers and is used to having her family dominate headlines, but earlier this week, Kris Jenner became a hot topic herself when she and her husband Bruce announced their split. Although they have been living under separate roofs for some time, the couple had vehemently denied there was trouble in paradise. Married in 1991, Kris and Bruce have two children together and an estimated $125 million in net worth, which could cause a problem in divorce court without a pre-nuptial agreement.
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As soon as you see Katt Williams on the roster, you know exactly what kind of movie it’s going to be. And he’s not the only one who plays the same role in every movie he gets. We’ve got a list of Hollywood’s most typecast actors. And if you talk to any of them, tell them we’d love to see them play someone else.
There’s a lot that goes into promoting a new movie, including crazy work hours and early morning interviews for the flick’s starring cast. While out promoting his latest film Now You See Me, with co-star Michael Caine, 75-year-old actor Morgan Freeman dozed off in the middle of an interview with Q13 Fox News!
As Michael went on and on about the amazing CGI special effects used in the filming of Now You See Me and many other popular action films, Morgan can be seen seated next to him with fluttering eyelids in an apparent battle with the Sandman. Unfortunately, the Sandman won because only seconds later Uncle Morgan drifts into a quick nap. As the interview ensues, he briefly awakens from his slumber, but it doesn’t last long. Q13 Fox cuts to a brief clip from the movie, then the camera cuts back to Morgan, who has fallen back to sleep and is slouching to the side like a deacon trying to sneak in a nap before work on the last pew of a church! Towards the end of the video, Morgan wakes up and begins nodding in approval of his co-stars film technology explanations.
He later joked that he wasn’t sleeping, but testing a new Google product.
“I wasn’t actually sleeping. I’m a beta tester for Google Eyelids. I was merely updating my Facebook page.”
Oh Uncle Morgan, you slay us!
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A successful marriage takes a lot of hard work, compassion and compromise. While it was virtually unheard of years ago, more and more couples are getting divorced late in life. Here are 15 couples that almost stood the test of time.
When Danny Devito and Rhea Perlman met, it was a match made in heaven. The two actors tied the knot in 1982 but after 30 years of wedded bliss, Devito and Perlman announced their split in October 2012. Word on the street was Devito’s roving eye was to blame. All may be forgiven though because the couple was recently spotted together after enjoying a Hawaiian vacation. The “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” star said in a recent interview he and Perlman were working on their marriage. “Rhea and I are really close. Actually still together, just separate, but together.” At 68 and 64 they ought to be.
Remember when you were 10 and 11 and you thought you could do anything and there still might be monsters in your closet and magic was possibly real? Well, we have these movies to thank for that. When we were kids, we absolutely loved these flicks and as adults, we officially consider them our childhood faves.
Baseball commentator Scott Smalls reminisces about the summer of ’62, the year his family moved and he first fell in love with the game of baseball. It was in “The Sandlot” that he learned first-hand the meaning of teamwork and camaraderie. He also realizes everyone abstains from hitting a homerun over the sandlot fence because there’s a ferocious dog guarding the property. As luck would have it, the first time Scott “borrows” his stepfather’s autographed baseball without asking, he hits it over the fence and has to go retrieve it. A classic cult favorite, “The Sandlot” spawned three direct-to-video sequels.
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Before they were Academy Award nominees and winners, television stars, business magnates, singers, muses, activists and more, these celebrities were trying to just make it. Whether that means just trying to find their path and what they love to do, trying to model, or trying to be taken seriously in Hollywood, they were working MAD hard. Time has passed and their notoriety and fame is at its height, making them icons in their respective fields, but the photos from their early years and their life before the huge fame are still around. So what were some of the biggest names on the planet looking like back in the day? Let’s take a look at 14 of them shall we?
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Actor Morgan Freeman said on Sunday that he did not issue a statement blaming the media for sensationalizing the Newtown School shootings that left 20 children and six adults dead.
The actor added that he never made or posted the statement that became a Facebook and Internet sensation, saying it was a hoax.
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Lean on Me is a classic in the black community. In 1988, the world was introduced to the troubled Eastside High in Passaic County New Jersey. The cameras went through the troubled halls of the high school that ran rampant with violence, drugs, and disrespectful teenagers. Joe Clark/Crazy Joe/Bat Man stepped onto the scene, and though he initially came off as cantankerous, there was a method to his madness and he was able to help the students pass the minimum basic skills test.
Now, we all know that there are some powerhouses in this movie: Morgan Freeman, Robert Guillaume, Regina Taylor, Beverly Todd and Michael Beach, but what about the teens that were the driving force in the movie? Where are they now? Well…