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



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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Could There Be A “Black Panther” and “Luke Cage” Crossover In The Works?



With all the hype over Black Panther (and it breaking box office records) fans are craving more of the Marvel superhero and crafting ways to intertwine him across the MCU. One theory is to have T’Challa and Luke Cage on screen together for an epic crossover episode during Cage’s sophomore season on Netflix.

The idea isn’t farfetched to Luke Cage star Simone Missick.

“I would love that,” Missick who plays Misty Knight told HipHollywood. “I mean doesn’t Black Panther come to New York, Misty Knight could travel to Wakanda. Maybe she takes a vacation and winds up in Wakanda.”

But while Missick was only speaking hypothetically, she said LC showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker and BP director Ryan Coogler are good pals so it’s not out of the question. “They already know each other. Cheo is working on Creed 2 writing the script and that was Ryan’s movie, so that would be awesome.”

Meanwhile when asked about a Black Panther and Luke Cage meeting on screen, Coker was enthusiastic. “I would love that, I really would!,” he told “I mean, because it would be, like, OK. T’Challa could definitely get on Pop’s free haircut list.”

In an interview with BET, Coogler was asked about three MCU characters coming together – Blade, T’Challa, and Luke Cage.

“I don’t control that stuff. I know that stuff’s all complicated. I wish Kevin [Feige] was here to see if you could talk to him, because he knows more about it. But I think it would be awesome. I loved those characters. [Blade] paved the way for what we’re doing now…And what Cheo [Hodari Coker] is doing with Netflix is just incredible, putting African-American culture on the screen like that and seeing people react to it that aren’t from that culture…the same way they react to a black basketball player or a black musician. It works for film, too. It’s universal.”

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