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Nate Parker attends ATL Screening of ‘Birth of a Nation’ & More [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

“Birth of A Nation” writer, producer, director and star Nate Parker participated in a special Q&A session Wednesday evening following an advanced screening of his critically acclaimed film. The viewing took place at the Regal Atlantic Station and was attended by members of the Atlanta press as well students from the Atlanta University Center. It was moderated by Morehouse College’s Dr. Stephane Dunn, associate professor and Director of The Cinema, Television, & Emerging Media Studies program (CTEMS).

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Set against the antebellum South, “Birth of a Nation” follows Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner, accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities – against himself and his fellow slaves – Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom. The film also stars Gabrielle Union, Colman Domingo, Aunjanue Ellis, Aja Naomi King and Roger Guenveur Smith.

The brief discussion began with Parker talking candidly about his reasons for producing the film. He also opened up about a lot of the opposition he received from prominent Black and White filmmakers. In fact, he was warned not to do the film because he could experience potential backlash throughout Hollywood. But he claims that he remained steadfast in his convictions and did the movie anyway as an “artistic” offering to masses.

img_9991“So making this film became more of an offering as an artist and as person of faith to the art community and to the Black community and to America other than it was even a film or something I could do to further my career,” said Parker to the audience.

He also admitted that his personal walk of faith was tested while shooting the film so much so that he began questioning his own Christian beliefs. “We’re at a crossroads in many ways as a community!  I remember making this film I had to grapple with the idea of what it meant to be a Christian even. Am I a Nat Turner Christian or am I a Christian like those who hung him and beheaded him and skinned him and crushed his flesh to grease?”

“Birth of a Nation” opens in theaters on Friday, October 7.  Check out more images of Nate Parker below + photos from a recent screening that was hosted by David Banner:

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“Birth of a Nation” Screening hosted by David Banner with Roger Bobb, Derek J, Fahamu Pecou, Tameka Raymond & more

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David Banner

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Egypt Sherrod with DJ Fadelf

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Porsha Ferguson

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Derek J

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Fahamu Pecou

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Raquel Smith

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Joyce Littel

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Wright A. Jones, MD

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Bob Baldwin

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Tameka Raymond 

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David Banner with Roger M. Bobb

Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com

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Oxygen’s ‘Like A Boss’ Cast attends ATL Meet & Greet [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

OXYGEN hosted a special Atlanta Meet & Greet Thursday evening for the cast of its new docu-series “Like a Boss.”  The private event took place at Studio No. 7 and was co-presented by Lifestyle Portfolio. Executive produced by Nick Cannon, “Like A Boss,” follows four hardworking and motivated assistants as they look to emulate the success of their respective bosses, but know that it in order to get to the top, they must start at the bottom.

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Rian Parish and Drekia Glenn

“Like a Boss” cast includes Amber Grimes, assistant to Cannon; Devin Simpson assistant to successful real estate agent Blair Myers; Rian Parish, assistant to popular radio personality Big Tigger; and Drekia Glenn, assistant to music executive Abou “Bu” Thiam, these protégés are out to prove they have the drive, focus and ambition to be a future CEO. Talent can only take this group so far, however, as they struggle to balance their personal and professional lives with the tempting Atlanta social scene surrounding them. From cleaning cars to house hunting and everything in between, these up-and-comers know they are one wrong coffee order away from a pink slip.

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Devin Simpson with Selling It in the ATL’s Sarah Lowe

All of the show’s cast members were in attendance except Cannon and Thiam and many of them talked candidly to room of Atlanta press and influencers about their varied experiences. Following the Q&A were more press photo opportunities, music and light refreshments + cocktails.

Check out more pics below + the new trailer from the show which airs March 29 at 9 p.m. EST:

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Amber Grimes 

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Liquid Soul’s Nick Nelson with OXYGEN’s Ryan McCormick

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Drekia Glen 

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Ray Cornelius with Big Tigger 

Photo Credits: Rj Darnell for RayCornelius.com

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First Look at Nick Cannon’s ‘Like A Boss’ Coming to Oxygen 2016 (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

They say good help is hard to find! Well, Oxygen is about to put that to the test with a brand new doc-series coming in 2016 called Like A Boss.

The one-hour program follows four hardworking and motivated assistants as they look to emulate the success of their respective bosses, but know that it in order to get to the top, they must start at the bottom.

Like A Boss features Amber Grimes, assistant to media mogul and the show’s executive producer Nick Cannon; Devin Simpson assistant to successful real estate agent Blair Myers; Rian Parish, assistant to popular radio personality Big Tigger; and Drekia Glenn assistant to music executive Abou “Bu” Thiam, these protégés are out to prove they have the drive, focus and ambition to be a future CEO.

“These driven and ambitious assistants featured on ‘Like A Boss’ defy a preconceived millennial perception that Oxygen’s young, multicultural viewers will appreciate,” said Rod Aissa, Executive Vice President of Original Programming and Development, Oxygen Media. “With their passion and persistence these talented hopefuls are determined to prove to their bosses that they can one day run ‘The A.’”

Check out the 2-minute clip below:

Photo Credit: Oxygen.com