All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘slavery’

Harriet Tubman: The Underground Railroad Meets Opera

The story of Harriet Tubman has recently hit the performance arena in New York. “Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line To Freedom,” is an opera written by a third-generation Nigerian-American who practically grew up on the stories of Tubman and The Underground Railroad. Presented by screenwriter Nkeiru Okoye of American Opera Projects, the opera is a product of three years …

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12 Years A Slave: Will It Win Best Picture For 2013?

“12 Years A Slave” has come with a bang, and is receiving rave reviews online. Indeed, Vulture movies editor Kyle Buchanan has already awarded “12 Years A Slave” this year’s Best Picture trophy in his review. Already, the film has won the top award at the Toronto Film Festival. “Suspend the betting, close the books and notify the engraver,” wrote Kyle …

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12 Years A Slave Has A Significant Connection To Canada

Those who have seen the film 12 Years A Slave already know of the important character that appears late in the film from Canada, but probably do not know the story behind him. Samuel Bass, played by Brad Pitt, shows up toward the end of the film, and is the key figure in helping Solomon Northrup finally become a free …

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Slavery: A $32 bil. industry with 23.9 mil. employed

(image) We marvel at our technology, wear clothes as a means of status, indulge in our spices, and unfortunately, it’s nearly impossible not to live off the abundant 130 product types made by the hands of children and forced laborers. Right now, according to an updated report for this year by the Australia-based Walk Free Foundation, there are 29.8 million …

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’12 Years A Slave’ Depicts Unspeakable Horrors

To hear about the brutality of slavery is one thing, but to witness the events through a firsthand narrative is an entirely different horror and matter altogether. Director Steve McQueen, who also co-wrote the script for the film with John Ridley, has brought the real-life devastation of slavery to light in such a personal perspective through the latest masterpiece, 12 …

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Global Slavery Index’s Shocking Discovery of 2013

Slavery has existed for many centuries, yet so few people realize how it continues to prosper in countries around the world. Though slavery was abolished in the nineteenth century, modern-day slavery still lives on, by concealing its many different forms. According to Anti-Slavery International, the forms of slavery that currently exist are: bonded labour, child slavery, early and forced marriage, …

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12 Years A Slave Wins Toronto Film Festival Award

For weeks now, the Toronto International Film Festival has been previewing the large lineup of movies that would be shown during the festival. Everything from John Turturro’s racy Fading Gigolo to one of Cory Monteith’s last movie roles (McCanick). The long festival came to an end this weekend, and the Toronto International Film Festival chose several movies to honor with …

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7-Eleven Raids: Nine Arrested For Illegal Workers

The U.S. Attorney’s Office today unsealed two indictments charging nine 7-Eleven store owners and operators with wire fraud, steling identities, and concealing and harboring illegal immigrants. The defendants are accused hiring “dozens” of illegal immigrants and giving them identities stolen from U.S. citizens. The illegal employees were allegedly housed in boarding houses owned by the defendants, and “substantial” portions of …

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Shackle Shoes: Adidas Pulls Latest Sneaker Following Controversy

Shackle Shoes, which are also known on an official level as JS Roundhouse Mid, were designed by a guy named Jeremy Scott. Although he had intended this footwear to be fun, extravagant, and, perhaps, a little outrageous, the last thing he probably wanted his creation to spark was controversy. Racial controversy, at that. Apparently a large group of individuals from …

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Sex Trafficking Is Big Business, Even In the US

“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” – The Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America Somewhere in a hotel ballroom, a small business seminar begins: Good evening, gentlemen. Thank you …

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