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Horrors of slavery at center of Janelle Monae’s ‘Antebellum’

Source: MGN -- Janelle Monae hopes the film acts as a catalyst for discussions about systemic racism in a politically divided nation.
Source: MGN -- Janelle Monae hopes the film acts as a catalyst for discussions about systemic racism in a politically divided nation.(WILX)
Published: Sep. 16, 2020 at 7:48 PM EDT
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NEW YORK (AP) - Janelle Monae says she “felt so much rage and anger” when she stepped onto a former slave plantation for the first time to film the psychological thriller “Antebellum.” In the movie, set for release Friday, the pop star and actress plays a successful modern-day author that finds herself trapped in alternate time periods, including the terrifying reality of a runaway slave. Monae hopes the film acts as a catalyst for discussions about systemic racism in a politically divided nation. She says it’s essential to “confront the pain” of the past in order to understand the present state of Black Americans and address police brutality and social injustice.

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