Basic Black: Hollywood and the Slave Narrative

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March 7, 2014

(Please note: This is an encore presentation of an earlier show.)

When the awards were given out at the 86th annual Academy Awards, it was the historical drama 12 Years a Slave that would make its own history that night.  John Ridley would become the second African American to win an Oscar in the writing category.  Lupita Nyong’o would win for Best Supporting Actress in her first feature role, becoming the 7th black actress to win an Oscar. And when 12 Years A Slave won Best Picture of the Year, it would be the first time a film with a black director took the Academy’s top honor. Tonight we hope you enjoy an encore presentation of our conversation taking you inside the historical backdrop for Solomon Northrup’s journey and 12 Years A Slave.

(Please note: There will be no live chat this evening but please join us next Friday.)




(Photo: Fox Searchlight Pictures)