Nate Parker’s slave rebellion drama, The Birth of a Nation, faltered at the weekend box office by opening with a dismal $7.1 million. The Sundance Film Festival favorite placed at No. 6 on the charts, with The Girl on the Train topping off the list with $24.7 million.
Fox Searchlight bought the film for $17.5 million with hopes that it would be a top contender during awards season and be the answer to the #OscarsSoWhite controversy. Unfortunately, Parker’s directorial debut was overshadowed by a 1999 rape trial where he and his Birth of a Nation co-writer, Jean Celestin, were accused of rapping a classmate at Penn State University. Parker was acquitted and Celestin’s case was overturned on appeal.
Black Hollywood is still rallying behind Parker and the film, showing support on social media. On Sunday, Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson captioned the film’s poster with, “YES @origi_nate YES YES YES!!! Thank you!!!”
Legendary AF! Why These HH Moments Make Morgan Freeman The GOAT
You can’t deny, Morgan Freeman is legendary AF!
At 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Morgan Freeman was honored with the Lifetime Achieve award, and rightly so.
Freeman’s decades-long career includes over a hundred acting credits and an innumerable amount of memorable moments. And speaking of memorable moments, HH has had the opportunity to speak to him several times and each time if full of quotes and saying that stay with us long after the interview is over.
Here our top 3 favorite Morgan Freeman HH moments…
1) That time Freeman told us he feared technology because “we could blow ourselves up!”
2) When he gushed about fellow actor, Tom Cruise.
3) When pleaded his case for why lemurs had more of a right to be on earth than humans…
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