New miniseries 'The Underground Railroad' tackles slavery
New York (AFP) - Oscar-winning director Barry Jenkins's "The Underground Railroad" releases this week, the most ambitious series to tackle slavery in the United States since "Roots" in the 1970s. All ten episodes land on Amazon Prime Friday, the culmination of a project that took 116 days to film, some costing $1.5 million each, according to The New York Times. The series, funded by the e-commerce giant's video arm, comes after the debate over compensation for descendants of slaves was renewed by the Black Lives Matter protests that swept the United States last year following the police murder...
US university Johns Hopkins confronts historic links to slavery
Washington (AFP) - Johns Hopkins, the celebrated philanthropist who supported the abolition of slavery and whose wealth allowed him to found the prestigious US university that bears his name, owned slaves, the Baltimore-based institution confirmed Friday. The revelation by the university, which boasts a long tradition of inclusion, comes as the United States continues reckoning with its own history of racism after widespread protests against discrimination earlier this year. Calls to dismantle statues of leaders from the historic slave-owning South have multiplied, and the legacies of some of ...