The Birth of a Nation

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WATCH: William Monroe Trotter Fights D.W. Griffith's Film in ' Birth of a Movement'

The documentary about Trotter, a Black newspaper editor and activist who fought to ban “The Birth of a Nation” in 1910s Boston, is now available to stream.

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Beyoncé, 'The Birth of a Nation, 'Moonlight' Lead NAACP Image Award Noms

“Luke Cage,” “Insecure” and “Queen Sugar” also earned multiple nominations.

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PBS to Air Doc on Black Editor Who Fought Original 'The Birth of a Nation'

William Monroe Trotter’s battle against D.W. Griffith’s notorious film forms the basis of “Birth of a Movement,” which features contributions from Spike Lee and Henry Louis Gates Jr.

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Gabrielle Union Understands Why You Might Skip 'The Birth of a Nation'

Union, who is featured in the movie, says she sympathizes with those who opted not to see it in reaction to director Nate Parker’s 1999 rape case and his handling of the fallout.

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Nate Parker Talks Rape Case in '60 Minutes,' 'Good Morning America' Interviews

In the run up to “The Birth of a Nation’s” premiere this Friday, director Nate Parker addressed his infamous 1999 rape trial in two separate television interviews, declaring his innocence and his desire to shift attention toward the film.

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Gabrielle Union Hopes Nate Parker Case, Movie Will 'Open Up The Conversation'

Union, an actress and rape survivor who stars in “The Birth of a Nation,” addressed her co-star Nate Parker’s 1999 case in a candid new op-ed.

Nate Parker Apologizes For Hurt Caused By Comments, Attitude On 1999 Rape Trial

“I got a lot of work to do within myself,” said Parker in an exclusive interview with Ebony.

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Harry Belafonte, Penn State Alums Stand By Nate Parker

“It’s interesting because it’s coming out the same time the film’s coming out,” said Belafonte of the renewed attention to Parker and Jean Celestin’s 1999 rape trial. 

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From Support to Horror, The World Reacts to Nate Parker's Resurrected Sexual Assault Case

Revived focus on a 17-year-old sexual assault case involving Parker and his “The Birth of a Nation” co-writer Jean Celestin—and the revelation that their accuser took her own life in 2012—has initiated a public conversation about rape and race.

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On Nate Parker, Rape and the Perils of Double Consciousness [Opinion]

Writer and women’s rights advocate Tarana Burke on how her identity informs her view of “The Birth of a Nation” auteur’s 1999 rape case.

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WATCH: Electrifying New Trailer For 'The Birth Of A Nation'

Nate Parker’s directorial debut about Nat Turner’s slave rebellion arrives in theaters on October 7.

ICYMI: The Haunting Trailer for 'The Birth of a Nation'

It’s easy to see why Nate Parker’s upcoming film secured the largest distribution deal in the Sundance Film Festival’s history.

Nate Parker Creates Film and Drama School at HBCU

“The Birth of a Nation” director’s new program will launch this fall at Wiley College in Marshall, Texas.

'The Birth of a Nation': The Biggest Clapback in Hollywood History or Yet Another Slave Movie?

In this point/counterpoint about Nate Parker’s buzzy directorial debut, two Black independent filmmakers wrestle with the notion of seeing more chains, whips and nooses on the big screen. 

Does Your Favorite Movie Pass the 'DuVernay Test'?

NYT critic Manohla Dargis created a new test to see if movies are truly inclusive of people of color, and she named it after your fave, Ava DuVernay.

Gabrielle Union Asks #WhoIsStaceyDash, Internet Goes In

The hashtag arose after Union expertly addressed Dash’s criticism of Black History Month and BET

'The Birth of a Nation' Just Landed the Biggest Distribution Deal in Sundance History

Fox Searchlight successfully bid $17.5 million for Nate Parker’s highly anticipated film about Nat Turner’s slave rebellion. 

Nate Parker: 'Resistance Lives in the Air in This Current Moment'

The director, producer, writer and lead actor for ”The Birth of a Nation” describes contemporary activism and his quest to release Sundance’s most-anticipated film in a story from The Hollywood Reporter. 

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Peep the music, TV, films and other treats we’re excited about this year so far.