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Nate Parker opened up about handling the backlash he has experienced in the midst of press for his historic film, “The Birth Of A Nation,” as the resurfacing of a rape charge from college (of which he was acquitted) ushered in the heavy critical eye of the public. He explains why he kept pushing through, despite the challenges he experienced in getting the film made and distributed, and the loss of the hundred thousand dollars he first invested in it: “I feel like it was written on my soul to make this film.”

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Nate also discusses the importance of Nat Turner as a heroic figure, particularly for younger black kids who struggle to see themselves in a positive light in a historic sense. Check out the exclusive video above to hear more in this interview from The Rickey Smiley Morning Show.”

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