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Whether it’s a conversation about human rights and injustices in America or a debate about where people of diversity stand in film and television, actors Tessa Thompson and Nate Parker have no problem speaking out … and they’re not alone.

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Thompson (Dear White People) and Parker (Beyond the Lights) sat alongside ET’s Kevin Frazier and a handful of filmmakers and executives over the weekend for the first annual Blackout for Human Rights Festival to talk about their experiences getting black stories told on the big and or small screen.

“Sure, there are Black women that are like Cookie Lyon but there are also Black women that are like Björk and where do they exist in media,” Thompson told HipHollywood. “So just trying to find all of the variations that exist in our story and also Hollywood can be a space where we talk about recycled stories a lot. I’m interested in what’s new and what’s fresh.”

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During the incredibly informative and entraining hour long panel, Nate expressed his concern with not having the blatant opportunity to play roles such as Spiderman or Superman. “We are not human enough to be ‘oh he has the capacity as a regular person to play this person that we’ve imagine as a super person’ We are still fighting for regular humanity,” Parker argued.

The actor, who recently wrapped up his film about Nat Turner, The Birth of a Nation, added after the discussion that “I’m happier to have played Nat Turner more so than if I were to be offered Batman or Spiderman or anything. Because to me, he is more of a hero because he is real and he existed and he stood for our people.”

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Michael Rapaport Calls Himself The “MVP Of Talking Trash” Following Janet Jackson Controversy

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Michael Rapaport came under fire earlier this month for slamming Janet Jackson Appreciation Day which was on Super Bowl Sunday. But now, he is speaking a slightly different tune.

On February 4th, as Janet fans used social media to praise the singer, Michael took to Twitter to do what he does best: Talk mess.

“Can anybody crying for Janet Jackson right now tell me the last Janet Jackson song that was popping,” he wrote. “Motherf*cka’s wanna make nothing something 24/7/365 & Super Bowl Sunday.”

Michael, however, is slightly backing down from his aggressive words. HipHollywood caught up with the actor during the premier of Shot In The Dark, to discuss not only his ability to talk “sh*t,” but being attacked by Black Twitter.

“I love Janet Jackson, respect Janet Jackson,” he told us exclusively. “The context of what I said is that Janet Jackson isn’t popping now like she was popping in the 80’s, 90’s. Doesn’t mean she’s not an icon.”

Rapaport, who is known to stir up on some drama with his Twitter antics, then added about being a sh*t talker: “I’m proud of the way I talk sh*t, I’m the MVP of talking trash. I can give it as good as I can take it.” 

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