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Ava DuVernay Dishes on Oscar-Nominated Film “13th”
By Brandon I. Brooks, Managing Editor (Los Angeles Sentinel/LA Watts Times)
Published February 8, 2017

Recently, a private screening of filmmaker Ava DuVernay’s Oscar-nominated Netflix documentary, “13th” was held at the historic Nate Holden Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles, where the African American artist community gathered to examine the proverbial smoke and mirrors of Black history.

Sponsored by Blackwood Alliance and The California Endowment, the screening promoted a hands-on, effective dialogue about the tides of colorism. In the film, chilling truths are revealed about the systematic oppression of Black and Latino people, and the hidden agendas built into America’s political regime. The documentary is centered around a major loophole found in the United States Constitution’s 13th Amendment which according to the Library of Congress states: “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.”


Videographer/Film Editor: Brittany K. Jackson

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