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I remember the first time I met Ernest Green, the first to graduate Central High School of the Little Rock Nine–that group of students who made school integration in America a moment of historical and democratic note.   I learned about him watching a Disney movie, as a 10 year-old, which effortlessly offered more depth than the five pages of study on the entirety of the Civil Rights Movement allotted in my college preparatory school’s 500-plus-page American history book.  So when he shook my hand, years later as a recent college graduate, I responded, “I guess you do look like Morris Chestnut.”  We shared a laugh.

The power of Hollywood film imagery rests in the fact that not too many people  really takes the time separate biopic from fact.  So, the growing clamor around the casting choice for a film on Nina Simone, which would be the first major telling on a subcultural hero for African beauty, is worth note.

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