Jean Celestin

Gabrielle Union in white dress against red, beige and blue background

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.

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.

Harry Belafonte in black tuxedo with blue background; Nate Parker in black tuxedo with orange background

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.