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Clarence Thomas vs Anita Hill: Documentary Film “Anita” Debuts Friday March 21st 2014.


 

By Jueseppi B.

Anita Hill posed for a portrait last year at the Sundance Film Festival. (Victoria Will, Invision/AP)

Anita Hill posed for a portrait last year at the Sundance Film Festival. (Victoria Will, Invision/AP)

 

Professor Anita Hill Hill, a professor at Brandeis University, is the subject of a documentary titled Anita that debuts in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York theaters on Friday. The documentary premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last year.

 

 

ANITA Trailer (Anita Hill Documentary Film – 2014)

 

Published on Jan 17, 2014

Step into a mess of policitac, racial & sexual power…
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Documentary About Anita Hill Recounts Explosive Clarence Thomas Sexual Harassment Hearing

 

Anita Hill will be a guest on CBS This Morning tomorrow morning between 8:00-9:00 a.m. to talk about the new film. Be sure to tune in or set your DVR to catch her interview!

Anita Hill will be a guest on CBS This Morning tomorrow morning between 8:00-9:00 a.m. to talk about the new film. Be sure to tune in or set your DVR to catch her interview!

 

A film is set to hit theaters featuring the story of Anita Hill, the woman who accused then Supreme Court judge nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment.

 

Directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Freida Mock, the film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival to sold out screenings.

 

The trailer opens with the question, “Who here knows about Anita Hill?” The woman asking the question to a room full of young black girls is met with blank stares. However, on March 21st when the documentary hits theaters, more people will definitely know Ms. Hill’s story.

 

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Hill’s testimony during the 1991 Senate hearings set off a firestorm ofdebates around race and sexism. President George Bush, Sr. nominated Thomas to the Supreme Court to replace Thurgood Marshall on the bench. During that time, Anita Hill’s testimony to the FBI about sexual harassment she said she experienced while working with Thomasleaked to the press, calling for a series of hearings to investigate Thomas’ character. However, many observers and critics have said that it seemed the one who was being investigated and “vilified” was Anita Hill.

 

Some of the accusations included, “leaving pubes on his soda cans just so he could ask about it aloud” and “chats about bestiality and his penis’ nickname, among other things,” as summarized by Jezebel.

 

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In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, Hill says she doesn’t regret testifying.

In 1991, when I was called to testify — I was actually subpoenaed — I set myself a goal to truthfully talk about the experience I had with Clarence Thomas because I thought, and I still think, that it reflected on his ability to be an impartial judge in any case involving the law, but certainly any case involving civil rights, inequality issues. Having done that, yes, it was worth it. I have no regrets.

Hill is currently a professor of social policy, law and women’s studies at Brandeis University’s Heller School of Social Policy and Management. She’s also an author and speaker.

 

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Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. presided over the hearings on the nomination of Judge Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court in 1991.

 

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Against a backdrop of sex, politics, and race, ANITA reveals the intimate story of a woman who spoke truth to power. Directed by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Freida Mock, the film is both a celebration of Anita Hill’s legacy and a rare glimpse into her private life with friends and family, many of whom were by her side that fateful day 22 years ago. Anita Hill courageously speaks openly and intimately for the first time about her experiences that led her to testify before the Senate and the obstacles she faced in simply telling the truth. She also candidly discusses what happened to her life and work in the 22 years since.

 

 

 

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Anita Faye Hill (born July 30, 1956), most known for her testimony on Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, is an American attorney and academic, currently a professor of social policy, law and women’s studies at Brandeis University‘s Heller School for Social Policy and Management. She became a national figure in 1991 when she alleged that U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas had made harassing sexual statements as her supervisor at the U.S. Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Due to lack of evidence supporting Hill’s allegations, Thomas was confirmed and took a seat on the Court. Hill’s testimony focused national attention on the issue of workplace sexual harassment.

 

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Anita Hill Testimony: Clarence Thomas Second Hearing Day 1 (1991) (1/2)

 

Published on Apr 30, 2013

On July 1, 1991, President George H. W. Bush nominated Clarence Thomas for the Supreme Court of the United States to replace Thurgood Marshall, who had announced his retirement. The nomination proceedings were contentious from the start, especially over the issue of abortion, and many women’s groups and civil rights groups opposed Thomas on the basis of his conservative political views, as they had also opposed Bush’s Supreme Court nominee from the previous year, David Souter.

 

Toward the end of the confirmation hearings, allegations by Anita Hill, a law professor who had previously worked under Thomas at the United States Department of Education and then at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), were leaked to the media from a confidential FBI report. The allegations led to a media frenzy and further investigations. Televised hearings were re-opened and held by the Senate Judiciary Committee before the nomination was moved to the full Senate for a vote. Thomas was confirmed by a narrow majority.

 

On October 11, 1991, Hill was called to testify during the hearing. She said she was testifying as to the character and fitness of Thomas to serve on the high court and was ambivalent about whether his alleged conduct had in fact risen to the level of being illegal sexual harassment.

 

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Ten years earlier, in 1981, Hill had become an attorney-adviser to Clarence Thomas at the United States Department of Education (ED). When Thomas became Chairman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in 1982, Hill went with Thomas to serve as his special assistant until she quit in mid-1983. Hill alleged in her 1991 testimony that it was during her employment at ED and EEOC that Thomas made sexually provocative statements.

 

She testified that she followed Thomas to EEOC because “[t]he work, itself, was interesting, and at that time, it appeared that the sexual overtures… had ended.”[33] She also testified that she wanted to work in the civil rights field, and that she believed that “at that time the Department of Education, itself, was a dubious venture.”

 

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Hill alleged lurid details about her time with Thomas at the Department of Education: “He spoke about acts that he had seen in pornographic films involving such matters as women having sex with animals and films showing group sex or rape scenes… On several occasions, Thomas told me graphically of his own sexual prowess.” Hill also said that the following incident occurred later after they had both moved to new jobs at the EEOC: “Thomas was drinking a Coke in his office, he got up from the table at which we were working, went over to his desk to get the Coke, looked at the can and asked, ‘Who has put pubic hair on my Coke?’.”

 

 

 

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Anita Hill Testimony: Clarence Thomas Second Hearing Day 1 (1991) (2/2)

 

Published on May 1, 2013

Anita Faye Hill (born July 30, 1956) is an American attorney and academic, currently a professor of social policy, law and women’s studies at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management.

 

Thomas was nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court by then-President George H. W. Bush, a position that required Senate hearings and confirmation. The hearings were initially completed, with Thomas’s good character being presented as a primary qualification for the high court because he had only been a judge for slightly more than one year.

 

There had been little organized opposition to Thomas’s nomination and his confirmation seemed assured until a report of a private interview of Hill by the FBI leaked out to the press. The hearings were then reopened, and Hill was called to publicly testify. Hill said in the October 1991 televised hearings that Thomas had sexually harassed her while he was her supervisor at the Department of Education and the EEOC.

 

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When questioned on why she followed Thomas to the second job after he had already allegedly harassed her, she said she had wanted to work in the civil rights field, she had no alternative job, “and at that time, it appeared that the sexual overtures … had ended.”

 

According to Hill, during her two years of employment as Thomas’s assistant, Thomas had asked her out socially many times, and after she refused, he used work situations to discuss sexual subjects. “He spoke about…such matters as women having sex with animals and films showing group sex or rape scenes” she said, adding that on several occasions Thomas graphically described “his own sexual prowess” and the details of his anatomy.

 

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Four female witnesses waited in the wings to reportedly support Hill’s credibility, but they were not called, due to what the Los Angeles Times described as a private, compromise deal between “aggressive, gloves-off” Republicans and the Senate Judiciary Committee Chair, Democrat Joe Biden. According to Time magazine, one of the witnesses, Angela Wright, may not have been considered credible on the issue of sexual harassment because she had been fired from the EEOC by Thomas.

 

Hill agreed to take a polygraph test. The results supported the veracity of her statements; Thomas declined the test. He made a vehement and complete denial, saying that he was being subjected to a “high-tech lynching for uppity blacks” by white liberals who were seeking to block a black conservative from taking a seat on the Supreme Court. After extensive debate, the U.S. Senate confirmed Thomas to the Supreme Court by a vote of 52–48; the narrowest margin since the 19th century.

 

Thomas’s supporters questioned Hill’s credibility claiming she was delusional or was a spurned woman, seeking revenge. They cited the time delay of ten years between the alleged behavior by Thomas and Hill’s accusations, and noted that Hill had followed Thomas to a second job and later had personal contacts with Thomas, including giving him a ride to an airport—behavior which they said would be inexplicable if Hill’s allegations were true.

 

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Hill countered that she came forward because she felt an obligation to share information on the character and actions of a person who was being considered for the Supreme Court. She testified that after leaving the EEOC, she had had two “inconsequential” phone conversations with Thomas, and had seen him personally on two occasions; once to get a job reference and the second time when he made a public appearance in Oklahoma where she was teaching.

 

 

 

Thomas vehemently denied Hill’s allegations, saying his hearings had become a “high-tech lynching.” He was bitter about Hill and the accusations in his 2007 memoir.

 

“I believe in my heart that he shouldn’t have been confirmed,” Hill told The New York Times in a story published Wednesday. “I believe that the information I provided was clear, it was verifiable, it was confirmed by contemporaneous witnesses that I had talked with. And I think what people don’t understand is that it does go to his ability to be a fair and impartial judge.”

 

Clarence Thomas’ wife needs a lesson in manners. Instead of asking Anita Hill to apologize for speaking out about sexual harassment during his Supreme Court confirmation hearings 20 years ago, Mrs. Thomas should be writing Professor Hill a thank-you letter.

Clarence Thomas’ wife needs a lesson in manners. Instead of asking Anita Hill to apologize for speaking out about sexual harassment during his Supreme Court confirmation hearings 20 years ago, Mrs. Thomas should be writing Professor Hill a thank-you letter.

 

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Pilot show for the proposed “Nothing But The Truth” TV series, in which a voice stress analyzer lie-detector is used to reveal the truth about the Thomas-Hill sex controversy. Second story deals with alien-abduction. Pilot was produced in late 1992. This is the first public viewing of the program.

 

 

 

Nearly 20 years after Anita Hill accused Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment during his contentious Supreme Court confirmation hearings, Justice Thomas’s wife has called Ms. Hill, seeking an apology.

Nearly 20 years after Anita Hill accused Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment during his contentious Supreme Court confirmation hearings, Justice Thomas’s wife has called Ms. Hill, seeking an apology.

 

“Good morning Anita Hill, it’s Ginni Thomas,” it said. “I just wanted to reach across the airwaves and the years and ask you to consider something. I would love you to consider an apology sometime and some full explanation of why you did what you did with my husband.” Ms. Thomas went on: “So give it some thought. And certainly pray about this and hope that one day you will help us understand why you did what you did. O.K., have a good day.”

“Good morning Anita Hill, it’s Ginni Thomas,” it said. “I just wanted to reach across the airwaves and the years and ask you to consider something. I would love you to consider an apology sometime and some full explanation of why you did what you did with my husband.”
Ms. Thomas went on: “So give it some thought. And certainly pray about this and hope that one day you will help us understand why you did what you did. O.K., have a good day.”

 

 

Early life and education

Hill was born in Lone Tree, Oklahoma, the youngest of the 13 children of Albert and Erma Hill, who were farmers. Her family hailed from Arkansas, where her great-grandparents and her maternal grandfather, Henry Eliot, were born into slavery. Hill was raised in the Baptist faith.

 

After graduating as valedictorian from Morris High School, Hill enrolled at Oklahoma State University, receiving a bachelor’s degree with honors, in psychology 1977. She went on to Yale Law School, obtaining her Juris Doctor degree with honors in 1980.

 

She was admitted to the District of Columbia Bar in 1980 and began her law career as an associate with the Washington, D.C. firm of Wald, Harkrader & Ross. In 1981, she became an attorney-adviser to Clarence Thomas who was then the Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. When Thomas became Chairman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in 1982, Hill went along to serve as his assistant, leaving the job in 1983.

 

Hill then became an assistant professor at the Evangelical Christian O. W. Coburn School of Law at Oral Roberts University where she taught from 1983 to 1986. In 1986, she joined the faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Law where she taught commercial law and contracts.

 

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Effects

Public interest in, and debate over, Hill’s testimony is said to have launched modern-day public awareness and open discussion of the issue of workplace sexual harassment in the United States with the ultimate result that the behavior is less tolerated today. Shortly after the Thomas confirmation hearings, President George H. W. Bush dropped his opposition to a bill giving harassment victims the right to seek federal damage awards, back pay and reinstatement, and the law was passed by Congress. One year later, harassment complaints filed with the EEOC were up 50 percent and public opinion had shifted in Hill’s favor. Private companies also started training programs to deter sexual harassment.

 

The manner in which the all-male Senate Judiciary Committee challenged and dismissed Hill’s accusations of sexual harassment angered women politicians and lawyers. According to D.C. Congressional Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, Hill’s treatment by the panel also contributed to the large number of women elected to Congress in 1992, “women clearly went to the polls with the notion in mind that you had to have more women in Congress”, she said. In their anthology, All the Women Are White, All the Blacks Are Men, but Some of Us Are Brave, editors Gloria T. Hull, Patricia Bell Scott and Barbara Smith described black feminists mobilizing “a remarkable national response to the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas controversy.

 

In 1992 a feminist group began a nationwide fundraising campaign and then obtained matching state funds to endow a professorship at the University of Oklahoma Law School in honor of Hill. Conservative Oklahoma state legislators reacted by demanding Hill’s resignation from the university, then introducing a bill to prohibit the university from accepting donations from out-of-state residents, and finally attempting to pass legislation to close down the law school. E. Z. Million, a local conservative activist and business consultant, organized protests and compared Hill to the assassin of President Kennedy. Certain officials at the university attempted to revoke Hill’s tenure. After five years of pressure, Hill resigned.

 

 

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Later career

Hill accepted a position as a visiting scholar at the Institute for the Study of Social Change at University of California, Berkeley in January 1997, but soon joined the faculty of Brandeis University—first at the Women’s Studies Program, later moving to the Heller School for Social Policy and Management. In 2011, she also took a counsel position with the Civil Rights & Employment Practice group of the plaintiffs’ law firm Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll.

 

Over the years, Hill has provided commentary on gender and race issues on national television programs, including 60 MinutesFace the Nation and Meet the Press She has been a speaker on the topic of commercial law as well as race and women’s rights. She is also the author of articles that have been published in the New York Times and Newsweek. and has contributed to many scholarly and legal publications in the areas of international commercial lawbankruptcy, and civil rights.

 

In 1995 Hill co-edited Race, Gender and Power in America: The Legacy of the Hill-Thomas Hearings with Emma Coleman Jordan. In 1997 Hill published her autobiography, Speaking Truth to Power, in which she chronicled her role in the Clarence Thomas confirmation controversy and wrote that creating a better society had been a motivating force in her life. In 2011 Hill published her second book, Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race, and Finding Home, which focuses on the sub-prime lending crisis that resulted in the foreclosure of many homes owned by African-Americans. She calls for a new understanding about the importance of home and its place in the American Dream.

 

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Awards and honors

In 2005 Hill was selected as a Fletcher Foundation Fellow. In 2008 she was awarded the Louis P. and Evelyn Smith First Amendment Award by the Ford Hall Forum. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for Southern Vermont College in Bennington, Vermont.

 

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Race, Gender, and Power in America: The Legacy of the Hill-Thomas Hearings [Hardcover]

Anita Faye Hill (Editor), Emma Coleman Jordan (Editor)

 

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Book Description

 

The shock waves from Anita Hill’s testimony at the Senate confirmation hearings of Clarence Thomas continue to reverberate. Race, Gender, and Power in America is a powerful collection of essays that examines the context and consequences of that controversy. Edited by Hill and Emma Coleman Jordan, Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, and including the first published essay on the episode written by Hill herself, these essays explore the volatile politics of race and gender, and the unique challenges faced by African-American women.

 

Among the distinguished contributors are Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton; playwright/actress and Stanford University Professor Anna Deaveare Smith; and Chief Judge Emeritus A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. In addition, this collection brings together for the first time many of the direct participants in the hearings, including four members of Hill’s emergency legal team: Professor Charles J. Ogletree, Jr. of Harvard Law School; Professor Judith Resnik of the University of Southern California Law Center; Susan Deller Ross, Director of the Sex Discrimination Clinic at Georgetown Law Center; and volume co-editor Emma Coleman Jordan. Jordan’s essay examines how Thomas used the “lynching” metaphor to evoke a false racial memory of innocent black victims of vigilante violence.

 

The lynching metaphor succeeded in branding Hill as a race-disrespecting traitor who was willing to “air the dirty linen” of sexual misconduct by breaking a powerful racial taboo against exposing black men to flawed justice. In “She’s No Lady; She’s a Nigger,” Adele Logan Alexander scrutinizes the devastating, centuries-old stereotypes of African-American women as mindless, untrustworthy, and sexually insatiable.

 

Hill examines the institutions of patronage and marriage, demonstrating how, as a professional African-American woman with no official Senate sponsor, she confounded the assumptions by which lawmakers are accustomed to assigning credibility and status. “In going before the Committee, I came face to face with a history of exclusion from power,” she writes. Charles R. Lawrence views the controversy as Act One in a three act morality play starring Clarence Thomas, William Kennedy Smith, and Mike Tyson, and Harvard’s Orlando Patterson maintains that it is black men, even more than black women, who suffer the consequences of strained gender relations.

 

Looking to the future, Robert L. Allen describes his encouraging work with the Oakland Men’s Project, and offers a prescription for ending sexual harassment and the system of sexism that underpins it.
Race, Gender, and Power in America is provocative reading for everyone concerned about the fault lines of race and gender threatening to rupture our society.

 

 

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In the aftermath of the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas hearings, this book of 12 essays examines the political, legal, and social consequences of that controversial event. Half of the authors are lawyers and most are African Americans; many actively supported Hill during the hearings. Topics include a history of lynching of black Americans (both men and women), a history of African American slavery, the sexual rape of black women, stereotypes of black women, and effects of marriage and patronage on black women’s empowerment. Of particular interest is Orlando Patterson’s essay on gender relations among African Americans, in which he describes the “cool pose” masculinity of lower-class black males, which is used to denigrate black females. These essays aim to open discussion of gendered power struggles among blacks. Hill, author of the essay on marriage, patronage, and empowerment, takes a step away from the safety of conservatism as she questions stereotypic responses to black women. Unlike African American Women Speak Out on Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas (LJ 7/95), this volume includes men in the dialog. Recommended for academic collections.?Paula N. Arnold, Vermont Coll. Lib., Norwich Univ., Montpelier
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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From Booklist

The infamous October 1991 Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings signaled many inconsistencies in the U.S.’ political structure. It was the event that propelled the issue of sexual harassment and the fixed uniformity of race, gender, and power into America’s living rooms. This book grew out of a conference sponsored by Georgetown University Law Center in October 1992. Exactly one year after the hearings, legal scholars and lawyers assembled to examine how the Anita Hill testimony affected political culture. The contributing narratives were written by familiar legal and political minds, including Leon Higginbotham, Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Anita Hill. The submissions include analysis of stereotypes, male domination, denigration of black women, and sexual harassment and the aftermath of the Hill-Thomas hearings. Hill submits an interesting essay on patronage and marriage and how a female lacking one or both is often ill-received. Overall, the essays are quite intriguing and will be discussed in conjunction with the ongoing debate over the many disasters of that cold October in 1991. Lillian Lewis
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA (October 5, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195087747
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Social Awareness: Fruitvale Station, Actor Michael B Jordan’s Interview With The New York Times


 

By Jueseppi B.

Michael Lewis for The New York Times 'I knew it wasn't going to be an easy role to play."

Michael Lewis for The New York Times
‘I knew it wasn’t going to be an easy role to play.”

 

 

My good blogging buddy Darcy, from Social Awareness, is responsible for guiding me to this…..

 

MUST READ: Michael B. Jordan opens up about the pressures of playing Oscar Grant and the importance of sharing his story in Fruitvale Station during a recent interview.

 

CHECK OUT Michael B Jordan’s interview with The New York Times

 

Michael B. Jordan on His Role in ‘Fruitvale Station’

 

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The “B.” in Michael B. Jordan stands for “Bakari,” which in Swahili means “of noble promise.” For Mr. Jordan, the 26-year-old star of “Fruitvale Station,” 2013 has been the year in which potential — “I’ve been walking in it since I was born” he said of the pressure embodied in his middle name — fully blossomed into reality.

 

In “Fruitvale Station,” Mr. Jordan plays Oscar Grant, a “flawed, human, very loving guy who was struggling to get back on track” when a police officer shot him dead on an Oakland, Calif., subway platform on Jan. 1, 2009. Television audiences already knew Mr. Jordan as the quarterback Vince Howard in “Friday Night Lights” and Alex in “Parenthood,”but the stakes were especially high in “Fruitvale Station,” which is based on a real case and, as Mr. Jordan pointed out, is the first film script written specifically for him.

“I knew it wasn’t going to be an easy role to play,” he said. “But I saw a lot of similarities to myself.”

Released the weekend that George Zimmerman was acquitted in the death of Trayvon Martin, “Fruitvale Station,” which is the debut feature of the young African-American director Ryan Coogler and had already won awards at the Sundance and Cannes festivals, immediately was drawn into the tense national debate about race, gun laws and the judicial system. “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” and “12 Years a Slave” have also emerged as Oscar contenders, leading some critics to hail 2013 as a banner year for black films.

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But Mr. Jordan expressed caution. “For someone to look at this year and say that, well, so what is next year going to be like?” he asked. “One film or five? What’s the quota? What makes it a black year for films? I don’t get that. I feel like this is a year when filmmakers of color had stories they wanted to tell, and they were successful. But it’s got to be sustained.”

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Born in California and raised in a Newark neighborhood he describes as “inner city, without a lot of options,” Mr. Jordan has enjoyed a steadily ascendant career. As a preteenager, he appeared as a model in Sunday newspaper fliers for places like Modell’s, then acted in “The Sopranos” and “Cosby” before winning his first recurring role, as Wallace in “The Wire.” Down the line, he’d like to write and direct and dreams of playing the singer Sam Cooke in a biopic when he’s a bit older.

“I think that through film, you can get people to sit down and think about the way other people are treated, the way they are judged, being different,” he said. “You may not have the ability to come in contact with or hang out with somebody that looks like me. But if I can show the humanity and the relatability,” through characters like Oscar Grant, “you can bridge the gap.”

Thank you The New York Times & NYTimes.com 

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Fruitvale Station – Official Trailer

 

Published on May 16, 2013

The true story of Oscar, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.

 

 

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The Onion Apologizes To Ms. Quvenzhané Wallis…….Sorta…..


 

 

By Jueseppi B.

 

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The Onion apology:

 

 

 

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Dear Readers,

 

On behalf of The Onion, I offer my personal apology to Quvenzhané Wallis and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the tweet that was circulated last night during the Oscars. It was crude and offensive—not to mention inconsistent with The Onion’s commitment to parody and satire, however biting.

 

No person should be subjected to such a senseless, humorless comment masquerading as satire.

 

The tweet was taken down within an hour of publication. We have instituted new and tighter Twitter procedures to ensure that this kind of mistake does not occur again.

 

In addition, we are taking immediate steps to discipline those individuals responsible.

 

Miss Wallis, you are young and talented and deserve better. All of us at The Onion are deeply sorry.

 

Sincerely,

Steve Hannah

 

 

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Read the Tweet above, then read the apology once again.

 

If your 9 year old daughter, sister, niece, aunt, best friend, grandchild or godchild were called a cunt, would Mr. Hannah’s apology be enough for you?

 

Oscar is now a gutter snipe because this satirical publication has allowed one of it’s employees, using The Onion label, to slander and degrade a 9 year old child, who just happens to be a 9 yeah old Black child.

 

I wonder what Dakota Fanning‘s “people” would say if this had been directed toward her?

 

Finally I am curious about something else too….I am curious about this: Why are Ms. Sandra Fluke, and other feminist crusaders, silent when Ms. Quvenzhané Wallis , age 9, is called the “C” word that rhymes with PUNT, in tweets by The Onion?

 

Remember when not so long ago, Rush Limbaugh called Ms. Fluke a slut, and all of America stood up in defense of Ms. Fluke. YET I hear no protest. no public outcry from the caucasian women’s movement. Can it be that a 9 year old Black American female is less of a human being than a female caucasian college student?

 

Racism Is A Bitch Ain’t It?

 

 

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First Lady Michelle Obama Trailblazes At The 85th Academy Awards


 

By Jueseppi B.

 

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In a first, the Oscar for best picture was revealed via satellite from the White House. First lady Michelle Obama opened the envelope last night to find “Argo.”

 

 

 

From USA Today:

 

Michelle Obama hands out the Oscar

 

By David Jackson

 

Another first for President Obama’s White House.

 

The first first lady to award the Oscar for Best Picture.

 

Michelle Obama did the honors late Sunday night, telling the world that Argohad been voted the year’s top film.

 

Mrs. Obama — appearing at the Oscar ceremony via satellite from the White House, where she and the president had just hosted a dinner for the nation’s governors –also paid tribute to all the nominated films.

 

“These nine movies took us back in time and all around the world,” she said. “They made us laugh, they made us weep, and they made us grip our armrests just a little tighter.

 

“They taught us that love can endure against all odds and transform our lives in the most surprising ways,” she added, “and they reminded us that we can overcome any obstacle if we can dig deep enough and fight hard enough and find the courage to believe in ourselves.”

 

Mrs. Obama’s communications director, Kristina Schake, said in a statement that Academy Awards people approached the first lady’s office.

 

“As a movie lover, she was honored to present the award and celebrate the artists who inspire us all — especially our young people — with their passion, skill and imagination,” Schake said.

 

 

“OSCAR” Academy Awards 2013: Michelle Obama announces “ARGO” wins Best Motion Picture.

 

Michelle Obama announces Argo wins Best Motion Picture at the 2013 Oscars.

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you USATODAY.com

 

 

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Black History Moment: Actress Quvenzhané Wallis At The Oscars……AND The Onion Tweet!!


 

By Jueseppi B.

 

 

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Quvenzhané Wallis (pronounced /kwəˈvɛnʒəneɪ/kwuh-ven-jah-nay; born August 28, 2003) is an American child actress. She is known for her leading role as Hushpuppy in the critically acclaimed drama film Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012), for which she became the youngest actress ever to receive a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.

 

 

Life and career

Wallis was born in Houma, Louisiana, the daughter of Qulyndreia, a teacher, and Venjie Wallis, Sr., a truck driver. “Quven”, the first part of her name, combines her parents’ first names, while her mother has stated that zhané means “fairy” in Swahili.

 

Wallis, at age five, had to lie about her age to audition for her very first acting job—the starring role in Beasts of the Southern Wild—because the minimum age to be considered was six. She eventually beat out some 4,000 contenders for the role of Hushpuppy—the indomitable child prodigy and survivalist who lives with her dying father in the backwoods bayou squalor of Louisiana. Director Benh Zeitlin told ‘The Daily Beast’ that when he auditioned Wallis, he immediately realized he’d discovered what he was looking for, and changed the Beasts script to accommodate her strong-willed personality. Her reading ability, loud scream and the skill of burping on command impressed the director and won her the part.

 

The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival in January 2012 to rave reviews, winning the Grand Jury Prize. In May 2012, Wallis flew to France for the premiere of the film at the Cannes Film Festival. The film received much acclaim and praised Wallis for her outstanding performance and it went on to win the prestigious Caméra d’Or award for Best first Feature Film. On January 10, 2013, at age nine, Wallis became the Academy Awards‘ all-time youngest nominee for Best Actress and third youngest ever in all categories. However, she was just six during the filming.

 

She has signed on to star in Steve McQueen‘s upcoming film 12 Years a Slave alongside Michael FassbenderBenedict Cumberbatch, and Brad Pitt. The film is based on a novel of the same name. In 2013, she will collaborate with Sundance for the second time on a short film called Boneshaker.

 

In February 2013, Wallis was cast as the title character in the film remake of Annie.

 

 

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Wallis at 2012 Cannes Film Festival

 

 

From The Huffington Post:

 

 

Quvenzhané Wallis Oscar Dress 2013: Actress Looks Adorable In Armani And Puppy Purse

 

Cute, cute, CUTE!

 

Not that we expected anything less from Quvenzhané Wallis, the youngest Best Actress nominee in Oscars history.

 

We thought the 9-year-old star would don her favorite color pink, but she opted for a navy blue dress by Armani with black tulle and sparkly rhinestone accents and a matching shawl. Fancy! And one thing we can certainly count on is Quvenzhané carry one of her cherished puppy purses. Tonight’s lucky pooch was also dressed for the occasion in a light blue tutu and dazzling tiara.

 

It’s the pint-sized star’s night to shine. But whether she takes home the Oscar or not, this little lady is definitely winning on the red carpet–and in our hearts!

 

Here’s a look Quvenzhané’s adorable 2013 Academy Awards ensemble…

 

 

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Making history as the youngest Best Actress nominee, Quvenzhané Wallis arrived at the Dolby Theatre for the 2013 Academy Awards tonight (February 24).

 

The 9-year-old starlet made the red carpet her own as she strutted her stuff while posing for photographers and greeting fans.

 

 

 

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Thank you The Huffington Post.

 

 

Quvenzhané Wallis, the 9-Year-Old Oscar Nominee

 

Published on Jan 29, 2013

She was incredible in the film “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” but before she heads to the Oscars, she came to meet Ellen!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quvenzhané Wallis on Starring in Her First Movie – Super Soul Sunday – Oprah Winfrey Network

 

Published on Aug 26, 2012

“Beasts of the Southern Wild” director Benh Zeitlin says he always knew he would put his giant movie on the shoulders of someone tiny. Meet Quvenzhané Wallis, the young girl who brought the character Hushpuppy to life. Watch as she tells Oprah how she landed the part without any previous acting experience. Plus, find out how she ended up casting her own on-screen father.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From E! Online:

 

Oscar Nominee Quvenzhané Wallis Set to Star in Annie Movie

 

by Brandi Fowler

 

 

Quvenzhané Wallis is having quite the year.

 

After receiving an Oscar nomination for her role in Beasts of the Southern Wild, the youngest Best Actress nominee ever just landed the leading role in Sony Pictures/Overbrook Entertainment’s upcoming Annie.

 

“With the recent Academy Award nomination and critical acclaim, Quvenzhané Wallis is a true star and we believe her portrayal as Annie will make her a true worldwide star,” Sony Pictures’ President of Production Hannah Minghella said in a statement to Just Jared. “She is an extraordinary young talent with an amazing range, not only as an actress but as a singer and dancer, and we can’t wait for audiences to further discover her.”

 

Will SmithJada Pinkett Smith and Jay-Z will produce the Broadway musical remake.

 

Jada and Will’s daughter Willow was originally tapped to play the role, but dropped out of the project because she wanted to take some time off from the business.

 

“Willow was supposed to be doing Annie, we got Jay-Z to do the movie, got the studio to come in and Willow had such a difficult time on tour with Whip My Hair and she said, ‘You know Daddy, I don’t think so’ and I said, ‘Baby, hold up! I said no, no, no, listen, you’ll be in New York with all of your friends and Beyoncé will be there. You will be singing and dancing,’ and she looked at me and said, ‘Daddy, I have a better idea, how about I just be 12,” Will said earlier this month, according to Hiphopwired.com.

 

 

Thank you E! Online.

 

 

Now for the dumb shit that is JUST WRONG:

 

 

From The Hollywood Reporter:

 

The Onion Under Fire for Calling Quvenzhane Wallis the C-Word

 

10:15 PM PST 2/24/2013 by Philiana Ng

On Sunday night, the satirical news organization referenced the 9-year-old Oscar nominee using a derogatory term, later deleting the tweet.

 

 

The Onion is under fire.

While the top awards were being handed out Sunday at the 85th Oscars, the satirical news organization sent out a message on its official Twitter account calling 9-year-old best actress nominee Quvenzhane Wallisthe C-word.

Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhané Wallis is kind of a cunt, right?#Oscars2013

— The Onion (@TheOnion)February 25, 2013

 

 

The tweet, sent out around 8:42 p.m. PST, quickly made the rounds on the social media website. An hour later, the offending message was deleted from The Onion’s feed.

 

There was outcry, with many calling out its inappropriateness and cheap dig. Treme and The Wire actor Wendell Pierce called out The Onion, tweeting: “Identify the writer. Let him defend that abhorrent verbal attack of a child. You call it humor I call it horrendous.”

 

Wrote Yahoo! Canada’s Greg Hughes: “The Onion made a pretty significant faux pas tonight on Quvenzhane Wallis. They deleted the tweet, but the Internet doesn’t ever forget.”

 

“Tonight @TheOnion behaved more like a 9yo than Quvenzhane Wallis, posting a tweet just to get attention. Well you’ve got it. Now what?” tweeted a user named Miss Lori.

 

Twitter user John Jones wrote: “Comedians usually stick to their guns, right or wrong. Pretty telling that the Onion pulled their tweet about young Quvenzhane Wallis…”

 

Elizabeth Hawksworth tweeted: “Quvenzhane Wallis is a nine year old woman of colour. Let’s let what @TheOnion did sink in and remember that Dakota Fanning never had this.”

 

 

Thank you  The Hollywood Reporter.

 

 

The Onion’ Calls 9-Year-Old Quvenzhané Wallis The ‘C-Word’ On Twitter

 

Published on Feb 24, 2013

The Onion’ Calls 9-Year-Old Quvenzhané Wallis The ‘C-Word’ On Twitter.

 

 

 

 

 

From NewsONE:

 

 

Out Of Line: ‘The Onion’ Calls Child Actor Quvenzhané Wallis A ‘C*nt’ On Twitter

 

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Known for their risque satire, popular website ‘The Onion’ pushed the envelope too far Oscar Night by calling 9-year-old Oscar nominee, Quvenzhané Wallis, a “c*nt” on Twitter.

Nominated for her break-out role in “Beast of the Southern Wild,’ the future A-Lister, recently tapped to revive the role of  ‘Annie,’ continues to woo hearts all over Tinsel Town. Apparently forgetting what satire means, When ‘The Onion’ attacked Wallis on Twitter, there was nothing humorous or vaguely intelligent about it.

Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhané Wallis is kind of a cunt, right? #Oscars2013
The Onion (@TheOnion) February 25, 2013


 

Twitter instantly exploded.

 

The tweet has been deleted, but outraged Twitter users have taken screenshots of their feed at the time of the comment.

 

Thank you NewsONE.

 

 

OK…..now I don’t even need to open my mouth and express any outrage over this…..so I’ll let others comment:

 

 

rolandsmartin  @rolandsmartin: Look, I get comedy. I get satire. But what The Onion said about a 9-year-old girl nominated for an Oscar is atrocious.

 

 

April @ReignOfApril: A racist/sexist/misogynistic joke about a child isn’t “OK” or “acceptable” just because The Onion is known for satire and off-color jokes.

 

 

 

 

Abiyomi Kofi @TheAngryindianWould the @TheOnion say the same thing if the individual celebrity in question was Caucasian? This is a legitimate question.
Wendell Pierce @WendellPierce@TheOnion Identify the writer. Let him defend that abhorrent verbal attack of a child. You call it humor I call it horrendous.

Of course, we all know what the Onion was going for, but they failed miserably and this is not going away.

 

 

Our Black girls deserved to cherished, respected and protected just as much as their White counterparts. Before it’s all said and done, ‘The Onion’ will understand this is not a game.

 

 

 

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