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Stop Tripping & GO SEE Birth of a Nation

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Ascellia Arenas

Go see it…for no other reason than Parker produced a slave narrative that reveals the pluck and gall of a man defending the honor of his father, mother, wife, daughter and self, against the power that belittled and enslaved him in the name of God. If you believe boycotting this film is just and fair, why didn’t you boycott “Beyond The Lights,” (2014)? The woman who accused him of rape committed suicide in 2012. In no way am I excusing rape culture, nor am I defending it. However, if you watch the film you will see that the woman is  symbolic and highly  revered in so many ways. 

In the film, Nat encourages Sam to purchase Cherri because he wanted to prevent her from being defiled/raped by slave owners.

Nate Parker was acquitted of rape in 2001, “in a swift” criminal trial, according to several articles. Parker has since been in 24 films. He has participated in over 100 interviews. I find it odd that when he takes on the charge to finally depict the story of The Nat Turner revolt, here comes some “well informed” person to roll out his criminal past and then, low and behold, he and his film are buried under the newspaper clippings of something sent specifically to distract from the message‚Äč.

Nat Turner was supporting his slave masters’ farm by preaching the Bible to neighboring slaves. The slave masters paid Sam Turner to bring his slave, Nat, to use the bible and religion to justify slavery and to keep the slaves in compliance.

The film never had the chance to thrive. Before you pass judgement on this man, because you want to go with the flow and join the bandwagon; GO SEE THIS FILM.
  

  

Folks, don’t fall for the banana in the tailpipe. THEY  don’t want you to see this movie for the same reason why we used to get out of school for “Columbus Day”.  Historical depiction of the atrocities levied by one race against the other is uncomfortable for folks to accept and acknowledge. 

Shall I bring up another uncomfortable comparison??? What about …..

How many people boycotted Woody Allen for crimes he was actually found guilty of?

Woody Allen…and he was actually found guilty of the crime he was accused of…Im just saying…stop tripping.

We Want A Piece of The Rock

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By, Celli Arenas

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been named the highest-grossing actor of the year! Everybody wants a piece of “The Rock”, and here’s why:
1. The former Miami Hurricane Defensive Tackle/WWE Wrestler demonstrates certain confidence that draws both male and female audience members in. Is it that smile, the raised eyebrow, and the flex of his massive biceps that hook the viewers in…OF COURSE. He is gorgeous! The diverse combination of ethnicities of his parents created a tantalizing DNA cocktail that audiences can’t get enough refills of!
2. Money in the bank, yes. Move over Robert Downey, Jr. The Rock is here. I remember watching The Rock re-enter the press junket in 2011, he gave us fair warning that he was filming and wrapping several films at the same time. When he gave us the “heads up”, we had no idea that he would blow up like this! Jonson starred in four commercially successful films back to back. This is an opportunity that actors pray for. The film, “Fast & Furious 6” grossed $789 million globally. Combined with the box office proceeds from “G.I. Joe Retaliation”, “Pain and Gain”, and “Snitch”; Johnson, 41 year old box office phenom, closed out 2013, raking $1.3 billion in at the global box office. Not too shabby, Dwayne.
3. He is a cool guy. PERIOD. Everybody likes the guy that they can talk to. Johnson learned early on that possessing a positive attitude, being kind to good people and sticking it to the jerks is the way to go. We learned to cheer his good guy character on while watching him in the ring. He has a marketable strategy that has won him a spot in the highest grossing films of the year. He also got involved with smaller films and brought his brand value to them. No film snobbery here. His powerful pitch is engaging but his delivery on film, seals the deal. Yeah, Dwayne…we smell what The Rock is cooking, and we all want a piece!

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