After premiering to rave reviews earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, The Birth Of Nation stumbled last weekend at its North American box-office opening. Beleaguered director Nate Parker‘s slave-rebellion drama raked in “$7.1 million from 2,105 theaters, capping weeks of controversy over Parker’s involvement in a 1999 rape trial.” He had hoped to bring in $10 million. Read more.
Ex-Gary, Indiana Mayor Gives Nat Turner’s Remains To Family
The body of Nat Turner, whose story was returned to the nation’s conscience in Nate Parker‘s The Birth of a Nation, is finally in the hands of his descendants. Until now, little was known about what happened to his body after he was captured in 1831 for leading one of the bloodiest slave rebellions in U.S. history. Last week, Richard Gordon Hatcher, who served as the mayor of Gary, Indiana from 1968 to 1987, returned his skull to family members. “The chain of transmission includes Franklin and Cora Breckinridge, civil rights activists who donated the skull to Hatcher in 2002. They received it from Bob Franklin of Elkhart, Indiana, who says the skull was passed down in his family for three generations.” Read more.
Leaked Clinton Speeches Show Cozy Relationship With Wall Street
Republican nominee Donald Trump was not the only one feeling the heat at Sunday night’s second presidential debate in St. Louis, Missouri. In high-priced speeches to elite Wall Street firms that were leaked last week on WikiLeaks, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton reportedly “displayed an easy comfort with titans of business, embraced unfettered international trade and praised a budget-balancing plan that would have required cuts to Social Security.” Trump rapped his rival during the contentious debate for her double-messaging. Read more.