Nate Parker’s anticipated film, The Birth of a Nation, hits theaters this weekend and with all the buzz surrounding the movie, we want to know: Will you go see it?
The movie is based on Nat Turner, who, according to Parker, was “a patriot that stood for the ideals that were written in this country.” Nate not only stars in the film as Turner, but the actor also directed, produced and wrote the period drama.
After its debut at Sundance, the movie garnered major buzz and became one of the most talked-about dramas at the movie festival. In fact, Fox Searchlight picked up the independent project for a whopping $17.5 million, making it the highest price paid for a film at Sundance.
But soon after the project’s praise and predicted award season chatter, the positive light was dimmed after reports re-surfaced of Parker’s accusal and acquittal of rape 17 years ago.
Why does Nate’s rape case matter? The Birth of a Nation also follows Gabrielle Union’s character, an unarmed slave who was raped — a storyline Union can personally relate to.
Twenty four years ago, the actress was raped at gunpoint in the back room of a Payless shoe store where she worked. But despite being a victim of rape, this is still a story she wanted to tell.
HipHollywood recently asked if the actress would have taken the role if she initially knew about Parker’s rape case; her response: “I hate hypotheticals, because a coulda, woulda, shoulda makes you look amazing. I could look like a saint on a coulda, woulda, shoulda, but that’s not the reality.”
She continued, “The reality is I didn’t know, and I took the film because it dealt with sexual violence, because my character was sexually assaulted, and I wanted to show the impact on the psyche and the family as a community of African Americans, and specifically with black women, nothing has changed.”
“I’ve been talking about this for 20 years,” she added of her work to help survivors of sexual violence. “I didn’t just start talking about it a month ago.”
Meanwhile, Fox Searchlight is also standing by Parker, releasing the following statement: “We also know that he was found innocent and cleared of all charges. We stand behind Nate and are proud to help bring this important and powerful story to the screen.”
The Birth of a Nation hits theaters October 7th. Will you support it?
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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