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Sister of Nate Parker’s Rape Accuser Pens Open Letter Against Birth of a Nation

Entertainment / Pop Culture : Vulture

A week before the release of Nate Parker's The Birth of a Nation, Sharon Loeffler, the sister of the woman who accused Parker and his Birth of a Nation co-writer Jean Celestin of rape in 1999, has penned an open letter for Variety c...

Is It Okay to See Nate Parker’s Birth of a Nation?

Entertainment / Pop Culture : Vulture

Seventeen years ago at Penn State, the actor/director Nate Parker and his then-roommate, Jean Celestin, were accused of raping a classmate. According to court documents, after a night of drinking at a party, Parker, Celestin, and th...

Rape Allegations Against The Birth of a Nation Director and Star Nate Parker Resurface

Entertainment / Pop Culture : Slate: Brow Beat

As Nate Parker’s Nat Turner film The Birth of a Nation nears its Oct. 7 release date, rape allegations made against Parker and writer Jean Celestin 17 years ago have resurfaced in the press. Celestin shares story credit on The Birth...

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Issues & Causes / Feminism : Feministing

No, Huma isn’t a liability — and while you’re at it, stop trying to make Anthony Weiner’s sexting a political issue. I’m still not over Roxane Gay’s essay on Nate Parker and the limits of empathy. And let’s not pretend Nate Parker h...

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Issues & Causes / Feminism : Feministing

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