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Judge Joe Brown Tells Umar Johnson Putting Harriet Tubman On The $20 Bill ‘Downs Masculinity’

For over three years, there have  been rumblings about Harriet Tubman being on the $20 dollar bill. However, it is not indefinitely delayed but Judge Joe Brown still has an issue — he believes the freedom fighter should not be on the $20 bill because it’s an insult to Black men and downs masculinity. SEE […]

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Black Women Claim They Were Racially Profiled While Watching ‘Harriet’

Cynthia Erivo‘s “Harriet” has grossed over $15 million at the box office and its only been in theaters a week. However, that didn’t stop a group of Black women reportedly being racially profiled at a New Orleans, Louisiana movie theater. SEE ALSO: Stop Shaming Black People For Wanting Some Damn Popeyes Sandwiches NOLA.com reports, a […]

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Why The ‘Harriet’ Controversies Should Have You Terrified About The 2020 Election

Imagine going to see a movie, and then telling the world what you think about it? READ MORE: ‘Harriet’ Exceeded Expectations At The Box Office Despite The Backlash Thankfully, plenty of people have done that with “Harriet,” the now-controversial biopic about the life of Harriet Tubman. Soraya McDonald from The Undefeated said the movie is […]

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‘I Wanted to Show Her as a Woman’: Cynthia Erivo Talks Harriet for Essence’s Digital Cover

“Though she be but little, she is fierce!” wrote William Shakespeare, and the phrase proves equally true for fellow Brit Cynthia Erivo, the multitalented phenom currently dominating the box office in the titular role of Harriet, the black-helmed Harriet Tubman biopic, released on Friday. Advertisement Erivo was handpicked by producer Debra Martin Chase for the […]

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‘Harriet’ Exceeded Expectations At The Box Office Despite The Backlash

“Harriet,” which is directed by Kasi Lemmons, who is most known for the iconic film “Eve’s Bayou,” hit theaters this weekend. Before the movie came out, there were critiques that it was historically incorrect and even calls to not see the film. Nonetheless, the Harriet Tubman biopic brought in big money at the box office. […]

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Despite Controversies, Cynthia Erivo as Harriet Tubman Proves to Be a Winner at Box Office

There’s a famous quote that has been attributed — perhaps falsely — to Harriet Tubman through the years about how she would’ve been able to free many more slaves only if they realized they were actually enslaved. Or something like that. I bring that up to say that despite some racially-charged, micro-aggressive attitudes (by some […]

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Debate Rages Over ‘Harriet’: Is It Too Sympathetic To White Folks?

Source: YouTube / Youtube **Spoilers below** The “Harriet” movie was widely released on November 1 and it was meant to be a portrayal of Harriet Tubman‘s life as a runaway slave and trailblazer for freedom. However, the movie starring British actress Cynthia Erivo hasn’t been out a full day and already people have major critiques. […]

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What Harriet Teaches Us About Black Women’s Leadership

When most people think of Harriet Tubman, the first thing that comes to mind is how she helped hundreds of black people escape slavery through the Underground Railroad. Other aspects of her life, such as how she led a raid near the Combahee River that freed 700 enslaved people or how she was a founder […]

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Urbanworld 2019: We Came, We Saw, We Covered

The Urbanworld Film Festival is a space for black cinematic excellence. For five days (from Sept. 18-22), Urbanworld showed New York City and the world why the festival is in its 23rd year. On Wednesday, Harriet, a film directed by Kasi Lemmons, opened the festival with a packed-house (which required an overflow theater). And there […]

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How Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Novel Reckons With the Past

Eight years ago, Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote an essay in The Atlantic asking why so few black people studied the Civil War. Coates noted that he himself had only recently become an avid reader of Civil War history, and along with it, a student of the larger system that propelled it into motion: slavery. The reason for […]

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TIFF 2019: Harriet Isn’t the Epic, Raw Tale You’re Waiting For

Harriet Photo: Courtesy of TIFF “Harriet’s a film about freedom; it’s not about slavery,” director Kasi Lemmons mused amid the clinking and clanking of silverware as myself and several other black critics surrounded her during an intimate dinner at a swanky Toronto hotel. This line would stay with me as I warred with just how […]

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I’m Glad the Harriet Tubman Biopic Is on Its Way, So Some of You Can Finally Learn About the Underground Railroad

Screenshot: Harriet (YouTube) The trailer for the biopic about Harriet Tubman—called Harriet—recently hit the internets; the movie hits theaters in November. The film (perhaps controversially) stars Cynthia Erivo in the role of the most famous Harriet of all time. I have no facts to back up that statement but I feel it in my soul […]

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Watch: Cynthia Erivo Brings the Fight for Freedom to Life in Harriet Trailer

The canceled series Underground breathed new life into the saga of Harriet Tubman. Now looking to delve further into the courage and determination that fueled one of the most important figures in American history comes Harriet, produced by Charles D. King’s MACRO, New Balloon and Stay Gold Features. From the official press release: Based on the […]

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What Would a Harriet Tubman $20 Bill Look Like? Here’s a Sneak Peek

Harriet TubmanPhoto: Chip Somodevilla (Getty) When he “delayed” replacing Donald Trump fave and slave owner President Andrew Jackson’s face on the $20 bill with that of freedom fighter Harriet Tubman, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin swore before Congress that “technical” issues concerning new security features on U.S. bills were the reason. But on Friday, the New […]

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Newly Discovered Photo of Harriet Tubman Now on Display at National Museum of African American History and Culture

A previously unknown portrait, c. 1868, of abolitionist and Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman is projected on a screen before the unveiling of the photograph at The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, on March 25, 2019. Photo: Sait Serkan Gurbuz (AP Photo) A newly discovered photo of Harriet Tubman […]

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Harriet Tubman Showing Up on $20 Bills Thanks to New York-Based Designer

Image: Dano Wall According to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, $20 bills featuring Harriet Tubman’s likeness won’t appear in circulation until 2028, years after Donald Trump leaves office. In keeping with Tubman’s character, her likeness has shown up unannounced, according to the Sun-Sentinel. A few minutes after Mnuchin announced that Tubman’s likeness was pushed back until […]

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A New Stamp Lets You Put Harriet Tubman’s Face On A Twenty Dollar Bill

Getty Image Last week U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin revealed that the long-in-the-works revamp of the $20 bill — with Harriet Tubman replacing Andrew Jackson — won’t be arriving for at least a decade. (In other words, not until Donald Trump is out of office.) The news sparked outrage, but also one resourceful solution: As […]

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