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How Mike Brown’s Death Inspired Nate Parker’s Latest Film

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On Monday night, emotions reached a boiling point in Ferguson, Missouri after a grand jury decided no formal charges would be filed against Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager, Mike Brown.

While thousands have assembled in the streets across the United States to protest Brown’s death, actor Nate Parker is hoping his short film, #AmeriCAN, leads to a national discourse on the dehumanization of black men in America. “We haven’t been recognized as full, rights carrying, human citizens of the United States of America,” the actor tells us in an exclusive interview.

Parker was in Ferguson during the first round of protests earlier this year where he says an unsettling scene partially inspired the project, that he also wrote.

“There was a street and on one side of the street you heard people saying, ‘Justice for Mike Brown. Justice for Mike Brown. Black lives matter. All lives matter.’ And on the other side yu heard, ‘Support our police force. Support our police.’ And I’m thinking, they’re not even on the same page. They’re completely missing each other.”

#AmeriCAN tells the story of a white police officer that opens fire on a teenager wearing a hoodie. Without revealing the film’s twist, that officer’s actions turn out to be fateful.

Parker is adamant the lives of black men in America are not valued in the same manner as of others, but admits that ignorance is not limited to a specific community. “If I go into some of the most despondent neighborhoods, I’m less safe than a white person walking through with their windbreakers on.”

#AmeriCAN is streaming in its entirety on YouTube. Up next for Parker, The Birth of a nation, the biopic of Nat Turner, a slave turned revolutionary.

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Review: ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Is Bigger & Better Than The First

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If you liked Kingsman:The Secret Service, get ready for The Golden Circle. Hands downs this Kingsman is bigger, badder and better than the first.

Director Matthew Vaughn really takes it up a notch and gives fans much more action and fight sequences. Right off the top we see Eggsy (Taron Egerton) in this amazing car chase scene that will have you applauding as soon as the Prince track ends.

And while we’re talking music the film has an amazing sound track. And if you didnt know, Elton John is also in the film acting and singing some of his classic tunes.

What I also loved were the new editions.  Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges and Pedro Pascal who play the Statesmen – the American version of the Kingsman –  and the dynamic between the two is pretty comical. Vaughn really explores the difference between the two cultures – mannered men in suits versus macho men in jeans and cowboy boots.

Then there’s Julianne Moore who plays the villain, she’s like this maniacal Martha Stewart esque drug lord and she’s quite good at it.

Now there are some obnoxious moments (like that sex scene between Egerton and Poppy Delevigne).  But I think that’s the point. This franchise is all about turning the spy genre on it’s head and introducing the younger generation to a new type of Bond flick … And we think they are going to love it.

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