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

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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Birds sing on Travis Scott’s new album Reply

By Laurent Sicard – 1851 Staff

On September 2, rapper Travis Scott (formerly known as Travi$ Scott) returned with his follow up to last year’s well received “Rodeo” album. “Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight” was released as an Apple Music exclusive, but can now be found on Spotify and iTunes. On his latest project, Scott has cultivated some of his best trap music to date, with guest appearances from the likes of mentors Kid Cudi, Kend-rick Lamar, Andre 3000, Bryson Tiller and even Justin Bieber.

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