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12 Years a Slave: Yet Another Oscar-Nominated 'White Savior' Story

The Academy, like the movie industry overall, tends to gravitate toward stories about slavery when they feature a merciful white man bringing freedom.<p>A few weeks back, I noted that there are not many movies about slavery. Given that, though, the list of slavery films that have been real contenders …

How 12 Years a Slave Gets History Right: By Getting It Wrong

Steve McQueen's film fudges several details of Solomon Northup's autobiography—both intentionally and not—to more completely portray the horrors of slavery.<p>Fox Searchlight Pictures<p>At the beginning of <i>12 Years a Slave</i>, the kidnapped freeman Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), has a painful sexual …

Why Black Democratic Mayors and GOP Governors Are BFFs

The alliance between Georgia's Nathan Deal and Atlanta's Kasim Reed—like the Chris Christie-Cory Booker detente—makes more sense than it might initially appear.<p>The paralysis of Atlanta—and its rising-star mayor, Democrat Kasim Reed—during the first of two recent storms highlighted more than just a …

Juan Mata transfer: Manchester United and Chelsea agree to deal

Mata is going to Manchester United.<p>It's officially official: Manchester United have agreed with Chelsea for the transfer of Juan Mata. The club confirmed that the midfielder would make the move for a club record fee. Mata leaves Chelsea, where he spent two-and-a-half seasons with the Blues, …

Qatar World Cup: 185 Nepalese died in 2013 – official records

Death toll in 2013 likely to rise as new cases revealed, sparking fresh wave of concern over treatment of migrant workers<p>The extent of the risks faced by migrant construction workers building the infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar has been laid bare by official documents revealing that …

Village 'justice' in West Bengal: 'This is our way. We don't go to the police'

In Subalpur poverty, illiteracy and mistrust of outsiders form the background to the gang-rape of a 20-year-old by her neighbours<p>If there are clues to explain what happened, they lie behind the open door of the third hut on the left at the entrance to the poor, remote village of Subalpur.<p>It was …