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John Ridley’s Manifesto, an interesting read

Before John Ridley won the Oscar for 12 Years a Slave, adapted screenplay he wrote this. Read the linked story and share your thoughts.

Slave becomes the Master…Is this the worst headline ever?

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Italy’s 12 years a slave poster features Brad Pitt, wonder why?

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Read the linked story and share your thoughts.

12 Years A Slave Left Me Speechless

12 Years a Slave is a brutal movie about a brutal time in our country’s history. Over the years there have been slave films that either romanticize the gore of slavery, Gone With the Wind is one of them or portrays the slave as some kind of super hero like Django. Neither of these films captured the true inhumanity like 12 Years A Slave. From start to finish you are caught up in Solomon Northup’s incredible life journey. It is a sad saga that leaves you feeling down, defeated and depressed. You can find comfort only in the title. You know it only last 12 years and you can only count the days as you watch this man’s journey. It is not a film of triumph, but it is a film of endurance.

Are you going to see 12 Years A Slave or are you a victim of slave fatigue?

A couple of weeks ago I made an attempt to see 12 Years a Slave. At the time it was showing in 2 places in my state. We chose the closest theater but when we got there the girl told us it was not showing. She told us we were not the first people to come to that theater looking for the film. Since that time I have read more about the film and the stunning performances of the lead actors, but do I really want to go and see a film that charts the experiences of a free man forced to be a slave for 12 years. Yes this is our history and we must never forget or let others forget. So often we hear people say can’t they just get over it? No we can’t,, we can get on with it and we can not blame all modern societal ills on slaver,y but we can never forget. So often we hear unhappy athletes say “I feel like a slave”, but they have no idea what a slave had to endure. I will go see the film but I know this will not be a film of inspiration, it will be a film of endurance, and sometimes that is truly inspiring.