12 Years A Slave

"So when I see immigrant, when I think immigrant, I think strength I think strong. I think triumph."

“NewsOne Now” host Roland Martin awarded this week’s “Stuck on Stupid Person of the Week” honor to William Nicholson, screenwriter of the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. In comments made last week, Nicholson blamed the lukewarm reception to Mandela at theaters and during award season by saying that 12 Years a Slave “sucked all the […]

British screenwriter William Nicholson, who wrote the screenplay for the biopic “Nelson Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom” starring Idris Elba, claims his film failed because of the success of “12 Years A Slave.” Nicholson stated that all of the “guilt” associated with the oppression of Black people was “sucked up” by the critically acclaimed film, […]

John Ridley, 2014 Oscar winner for Best Adapted Screenplay for 12 Years a Slave, is attempting to quell the rumors of a bitter beef between him and the film’s director Steve McQueen, reports Huffington Post. As previously reported by NewsOne’s D.L. Chandler: At the 2014 Academy Awards ceremony, many took notice of 12 Years A Slave […]

Jeff Johnson and Raynard Jackson, guests on the “NewsOne Now” panel, joined Roland Martin Monday to discuss diversity at the 2014 Oscars and the future of opportunities for black filmmakers. During the segment, the question was raised whether Best Picture winner 12 Year a Slave highlights the Academy’s penchant toward of rewarding black stories that center […]

It was a tight race, but “12 Years A Slave” ended up with the highest honor with the Best Picture win at tonight’s Oscars ceremony. While the sci-fi thriller “Gravity” cleaned up with mostly technical awards (Best Editing, Best Cinematography) and a Best Director win for Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron, “12 Years A Slave” came […]

New and upcoming actress Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years A Slave), has been celebrated for her beauty since she first burst onto the scene. Her gorgeous deep, dark skin and natural hair has helped to redefine beauty in a world poisoned by colorism and enslaved by European beauty standards. RELATED: Lupita Nyong’o: ’12 Years A Slave’ Star Wins […]

The award-winning film 12 Years a Slave, a striking and brutally vivid retelling of the true story of Solomon Northup, will be incorporated into public high school classrooms around the nation beginning in September 2014, according to a The National School Boards Association (NSBA) press release. The NSBA is partnering with New Regency, Penguin Books, and the […]

UPDATE: 1/18/14 — 4:47 PM EST A Facebook spokesperson responding to our inquiry into the removal of a post supporting Black films because it “violated community standards” released the following statement: “We mistakenly removed the content after a user reported it as a violation of our Community Standards. We apologize for the inconvenience.” NewsOne has […]

Following is a guest review of “12 Years a Slave” by writer Pearl Duncan. For the first time, a movie about slavery, prominently and unapologetically, highlights not only how American whites enslaved their own children, grandchildren and relatives who were biracial and multiracial, but how the enslaved people tried to escape. Enslaved people in America […]

Satirical website The Onion, which made waves back in February when it posted a tweet calling nine-year-old Academy Award nominee Quvenzhané Wallis a “cunt” on Twitter, is once again taking aim at one of the sacred cows in the Black community: slavery. RELATED: Where Were White Feminists Speaking Out For Quvenzhané Wallis? Out Of Line: […]