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Don’t Want to Support Birth of a Nation? Watch Charles Burnett’s Nat Turner Movie Instead.

The lackluster box office for Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation has prompted a wave of postmortem analyses and, in some corners, recrimination. Parker himself, who according to the Hollywood Reporter ignored the advice of both P.R. experts and Oprah herself on how to handle the resurfacing of allegations that he and his Birth co-screenwriter raped a woman in 1999, has taken the brunt of the blame, but there’s been plenty to go around, from the critics who overhyped the film in January to, in a novel twist suggested by journalist Roland Martin, black women, who he says have avoided the film because Nate Parker’s wife is white.
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