A Diamond in the Dirt: Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation

By Laurent Sicard – 1851 Staff

More often than not, the truth is ugly; but even if you seldom look it in the eye, you’ll have to face it eventually. Last month’s The Birth of a Nation, directed by Nate Parker, confronts the harsh historical narrative of a successful slave revolt in Virginia. In addition to producing, and directing this film, Nate Parker also occupies the lead role of Nat Turner, an enslaved preacher who fans the flames of revolution, and is emancipated. Released on October 7, this film has not enjoyed longevity; if you weren’t aware of its existence, it’s because it’s been removed from your local movie theater, as it was with mine.

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Peaceful protest photo gallery

If you missed the peaceful protest in Boston Common after the election results, give it a view here. All photos taken by staff photographer Michael Bueno.

Rain delay helps end sports’ longest championship drought

By James Payne – 1851 Staff

Steve Bartman, please show us your face again. You have been forgiven.

An achievement that nobody thought could ever be done, has been done. And no, I’m not talking about flying cars or time travel (although, “Back to the Future” almost predicted this feat with their time travel).

I’m talking about the Chicago Cubs winning the 2016 World Series. 108 years of goats, black cats, misery and waiting has come to an end. The Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in Game 7 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, and today they are parading around Chicago to celebrate.

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