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Exclusive: Anthony Mackie Clears Up Racial Profiling Comments + Talks New Film Black or White

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When it comes to race relations in America it isn’t always black or white … so says Anthony Mackie. The 36-year old actor sat down with HipHollywood to talk about his latest film Black or White and also set the record straight about his feelings on racial profiling … and he’s not blaming dudes with dreadlocks.

“If you don’t have a conversation with young men and women in your family about racial profiling you are doing them a dangerous disservice,” explained Mackie.  “Perception is something we won’t talk about as a generation. Perception is reality, the way you look, the way you do the things that you do, everything about you there’s a perception that comes along with that, and it frustrates me and incenses me that young men won’t take on the idea of perception, because you have to take that on when it comes to profiling. If you want to grow your hair a certain way, or wear your pants hanging down a certain way, as an adult I’m going to sit you down and say this is how you are going to be perceived. Now you can do it, just know that’s what you are going to have to deal with.”

And Mackie was just as passionate about his role in Black or White which follows Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer as they fight for custody of their bi-racial grand- daughter played by Jillian Estell.  In the film Mackie plays Spencer’s brother and attorney, and delivers an impactful speech about black men not living up to their full potential. Check out what he had to say about his role in the video above.

Black or White in theaters January 30th

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‘Annihilation’s’ Leading Ladies Use Intense Military Training As Bonding Experience

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Annihilation is one hell of a visually stunning sci-fi film with five female leads on an expedition to uncover the mysterious phenomenon that is expanding across the American coastline.

For Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson and Gina Rodriguez, the film, which also lends a voice to what is being called the year of the woman, dressing in head to toe military gear and going through tactical training was a bonding experience.

“”t was really fun. It’s weird to say that. But to have all these women in military training together, where we had to do these exercises … it was a great bonding experience with each other.” Portman told us.

And although the women had the opportunity to use real guns, firearms is not something the ladies of Hollywood advocate. “I’m anti gun to be honest,” Rodriguez said. “I say no guns. There’s no reason for people to have guns especially when you have these,” she said while holding up her firsts.

This past week Gina has been very vocal via social media about gun legislation and the idea behind policy and change following the tragic high school massacre an Parkland, Florida.
Annihilation, also starring Oscar Isaac, hits theaters on February 23.
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