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’12 Years A Slave’ To Be Taught In Schools!

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Director Steve McQueen could be clutching an Oscar on March 2 for his searing film 12 Years a Slave, but in the meantime, the British director’s got his hands full with an even bigger project … Encouraging secondary schools to teach Solomon Northrup’s narrative, first published in 1853.

According to reports, public high schools will begin distributing books and showing the film later this year. “When Hollywood is at its best, the power of the movies can be harnessed into a powerful educational tool,” talkshow host Montel Williams, who helped coordinate the initiative, said in a statement.

So far McQueen, has enlisted the help of Penguin Books and Plan B and has recently made a visit to some South Los Angeles schools. “Since first reading 12 Years a Slave, it has been my dream that this book be taught in schools,” McQueen said in a statement.

12 Years a Slave is based on the story of Solomon Northup, a man who was a New York-born free negro and in 1841 was kidnapped by by slave-traders.

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Katt Williams Is Ready For His Comeback: “My Only Goal Is Getting Better”

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Katt Williams is ready for his triumphant return!

After a series of arrests and bizarre incidents in 2016 that seemed to overshadow his public persona, Williams told HipHollywood he’s getting back to work and putting his personal issues behind him.

“Remember none of those things have ever been about work,” he said when asked if he hopes his new projects will overshadow his past missteps. “It’s more about having to deal with situations that are purposely thrown in your direction, and so I’ve been successful in the fact that I’m not nearly as good as I’m going to be,” he explained.

But if you’re thinking the 46-year-old comedian is in denial about his issues, he says absolutely not.

“I’m not one of those people that doesn’t recognize he’s stumbled,” he asserts. “I embrace the stumble because I know I’m going to come back faster than before, so my only goal is getting better at all points.”

And with six projects slated for release including the comedy, Father Figure with Owen Wilson and Ed Helms, Williams appears to be back on the right track.

“I’m really in each of these comebacks trying to be a better person than the person that left, and if you liked that person this is just a better version than that because that’s what I’m on.”

You can see Katt dishing more positivity in the exclusive clip below, and be sure to see Father Figures when it hits theaters December 22.

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