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Nat Turner’s story of rebellion probably isn’t one you learned about in elementary school or even during Black History Month, but thankfully, it’s getting the big screen treatment in Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation.

HipHollywood got a chance to see the film in Toronto during the Toronto International Film Festival, and it is hands down an amazing film, and definitely Oscar-worthy. By most accounts, this is Parker’s (who plays Nat Turner) best work and his shining moment. But unfortunately, it’s a moment from his past, some 17 years ago, that is threatening to steal the spotlight from him — and the film.

We sat down with Parker and the cast including Gabrielle Union, Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King and Aunjanue Ellis for what you can imagine was a tense but heartfelt series of interviews about the importance of the film, and their message to those who may be reluctant to see it.

The Birth of a Nation hits theaters on October 7th.


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  1. Gemini

    September 18, 2016 at 10:35 AM

    I will definitely be going to see this movie. If Rob Lowe, Roman Polanski, Charlie Sheen (and all the ones I can’t think of right now) are allowed to have successful careers after rape allegations then Nate should be able to, especially since he was found not guilty.

  2. Charles Sapp

    October 6, 2016 at 12:04 PM

    For some its not about the rape allegations, that’s just a ruse, its about making sure black people will not see this film.

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Exclusive Details: Trey Songz Arrested For Domestic Violence + Singer’s Public Response



HipHollywood can confirm that singer, Trey Songz, was arrested on Monday morning on domestic violence charges.

The Los Angeles Police Department tells us that Tremaine Neverson, the r&b crooner’s legal name, was taken into custody around 6:30am. The arrest stemmed from an alleged violent incident on February 18.

We are told the singer was let out on bail, which was set at $50k.

After being released, Songz took to Instagram to respond to the arrest, writing on Twitter:

“For weeks my lawyers & Mgmt have asked me not to comment on this and I initially agreed but this morning I feel that my fam, the women that raised me, my friends & fans especially the youth need to hear from me. I am being lied on and falsely accused for someone’s personal gain”

He added, “I won’t be speaking too much more on this but would like to thank you for all the prayers and support.”

The singer was also clearly unbothered by the arrest because he went as far as to share a string of stories on Instagram, which included him raving about the beautiful day and blasting music throughout his home.

As previously reported, during All Star Weekend, a woman claimed Songz unleashed fury during a Hollywood Hills party after he spotted her talking to another man.

Following the incident, the woman went to the hospital where she was treated before calling police.

The alleged victim’s lawyer, famous women’s rights attorney Lisa Bloom, even took to Instagram earlier this month to ask for any witnesses. “Went with my client today for her second police interview re her allegations that Trey Songz choked and punched her earlier this month,” Bloom tweeted. “Many were present. We need just one to have a conscience and step forward as a witness.”

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