Photo: Compilation by Nsenga K. Burton/Google Images

UPDATE: To watch The Burton Wire‘s Google Hangout on black film and The Birth of a Nation, click here.

Photo: Compilation by Nsenga K. Burton/Google Images
Photo: Compilation by Nsenga K. Burton/Google Images

Join The Burton Wire‘s Google Hangout on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 1 p.m. EST to discuss the controversial film The Birth of a Nation. The question of whether it is possible to separate the artist (Nate Parker) from his art (The Birth of a Nation) has continuously been raised.

Calls to boycott the film were met with less than stellar box-office receipts. Some say the film is overhyped while others believe it is a masterpiece. We will discuss what the film means in the larger context of independent black film production, Hollywood distribution and what boycotting this film may mean for black audiences going forward.


Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D., founder & editor-in-chief of The Burton Wire; professor (UGA), media critic and film scholar.

Chetachi Egwu, Ph.D., founder of MediaScope; professor (University of Maryland) and media scholar.

Phill Branch, M.F.A., filmmaker and professor (Howard University); writer, director and producer of Searching for Shaniqua.

Watch the Google Hangout here.

Send questions or comments via Twitter @TheBurtonWire.

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