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The Birth of a Nation Lives Up to Its Stellar Reviews

Nate Parker as Nat Turner in The Birth of a Nation Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight Nate Parker as Nat Turner in The Birth of a Nation

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Despite The Birth of a Nation's stellar reviews, its $7M opening weekend haul is lackluster, and many are saying that the Nat Turner biopic's dreary performance is related to the rape controversies that have besieged the film's director/producer/star Nate Parker and co-writer, Jean McGianni Celestin.

However, given all of that, Onika McLean says go see the movie. Forget what you hear from the social detractors, The Birth of a Nation is well-crafted with so many story lines and themes that come together into an impeccable work of art.

Onika says, The Birth of a Nation is #BlackManFocused and not your ordinary slave movie.