Dr. Iyelli Ichile joined us to discuss Birth of a Nation, film, and the (un)known contributions, leadership and queendom of African women.
Dr. Leslie Alexander joined us to discuss her recently published review, ‘The Birth of a Nation’ Is an Epic Fail. Alexander is a professor in the Department of African American and African Studies at The Ohio State University, where she specializes in 19th century Black culture and political consciousness. She teaches courses on slavery, resistance movements, and historical accuracy in film. She is also author of African or American?: Black Identity and Political Activism in New York City, 1784-1861.
A panel discussion at the University of Maryland moderated by Washington Post columnist Kevin Blackistone and former Post sports writer George Solomon and featuring:
Kevin Merida, Editor-In-Chief of The Undefeated, Dominique Foxworth, NFL Veteran and Columnist with The Undefeated, Christine Brennan of USA Today, Roger Cossak, Legal Analyst for CNN, Ray Shoenke, 12 year Veteran of the NFL, Jared Ball, Morgan State University
I was happily involved in this panel after a screening of Nate Parker’s Birth of a Nation today at the Library of Congress. Even with the unfortunate loss of the last 10 minutes of the panel it was a lively and important conversation.
Yvette Modestin is an award-winning writer, poet and activist who focuses on shedding light on the Afro descendent experience in Latin America. She joined us to talk about her work on a forthcoming film about Maroons in Panama and the role Panama plays in anti-colonial struggles.
Full video taken from the stage at this post-debate discussion.