Harriet Tubman survived a brutal life of slavery and savagery to become a Union spy and abolitionist. Called a female Moses, she risked everything to lead black people to freedom in the north and then to Canada through the Underground Railroad. She conducted dangerous missions to help desperate people who had been enslaved, including her relatives and other families about to be sold and broken apart. This brave, big-hearted woman sized up the odds and chose to defy them, carrying on with courage and purpose. At turns a nurse, a spy and a scout, she was an angel of mercy to terrified men, women and children she shepherded to safety. She embodied the spirit that we as a nation should harbor: If all of us are not free, then none of us are free. How demeaning, then, that when shown an image of Tubman, Trump supposedly said: “You want me to put that face on the $20 bill?” Opinion Yes, that face is the one that so many Americans want to honor on our currency, because her steely … [Read more...] about Why has Trump’s administration delayed putting Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill?
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Harriet Tubman, the abolitionist and freedom fighter who helped free more than 70 slaves through the Underground Railroad, will be honored in a new permanent exhibit headed for Cape May.The museum will highlight the work of Tubman, who spent time in Cape May after escaping to freedom in Philadelphia. By the time she went to Cape May in the spring of 1853, Tubman had already traveled the Underground Railroad three times and was ready to free more slaves, working and saving enough money in Cape May to continue her journeys to the South.The Harriett Tubman museum will also highlight African American heritage of Cape May, which once had a black population as high as 30 percent, WHYY reported. If all goes as planned, the new museum will open in 2020, right around the time Tubman's likeness is expected to grace the $20 bill, according to the Press of Atlantic City. Before then, though, museum planners must raise abnout $700,000 to rehab the building for the museum and elevate it to … [Read more...] about Museum honoring Harriet Tubman’s life and legacy headed for Cape May
"Harriet," an upcoming feature film about legendary abolitionist Harriet Tubman, begins filming next month, with Philly native and "Hamilton" star Leslie Odom, Jr., joining the cast. The film will chronicle Tubman's escape from slavery, her missions to free slaves through multiple voyages on the Underground Railroad, and her story as one of few American women to ever lead an armed expedition.Taking on the titular role is British actress Cynthia Erivo, who previously won a Tony Award in 2016 for her role as Celie in "The Color Purple" Broadway revival. Variety reported other reported cast members, in addition to Odom, include Joe Alwyn, who appears as Robert Dudley in "Mary Queen of Scots," Sugarland vocalist Jennifer Nettles, and "The Wire" actor Clarke Peters. The specific roles of the actors have not yet been shared. Kasi Lemmons, who co-wrote the script with Gregory Allen Howard, will direct "Harriet." “This is the story of a seemingly powerless woman who accomplished the … [Read more...] about Cast members revealed for Harriet Tubman biopic, including ‘Hamilton’ star Leslie Odom, Jr.
By Martha Ross | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group August 29, 2018 at 5:24 pm Kanye West pushed his way back into the news Wednesday, giving an interview in which he kind of apologized for his provocative statement that “slavery is a choice,” while repeating his belief that President Donald Trump cares about black people. But as is usual for West, he went off in somewhat disjointed but seemingly heartfelt directions in the interview on Chicago’s WGCI 107.5 “Morning Show.” And in what’s become a trend these days — at least among artists like Nicki Minaj and Lauryn Hill — West likened himself to Harriet Tubman. The self-described possessor of dragon energy invoked “the spirit of Harriet Tubman” to explain … something. Maybe how he’s fighting for his right to freely express controversial ideas, especially when he wants to voice opinions on American slavery or his approval of … [Read more...] about Kanye West also cites Harriet Tubman — to explain his ‘slavery is a choice’ comment, Donald Trump support
DeNeen L. Brown, The Washington Post Published 4:49 pm PDT, Tuesday, August 21, 2018 Nicki Minaj poses in the press room with her award for best hip-hop video for "Chun-Li" at the MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, in New York. Minaj created a storm this week when the rapper declared herself the "new Harriet Tubman" amid a series of incendiary tweets about the debut of her new album "Queen." less Nicki Minaj poses in the press room with her award for best hip-hop video for "Chun-Li" at the MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, in New York. Minaj created a storm ... more Photo: Evan Agostini, Evan Agostini/Invision/AP FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2018 file photo, Nicki Minaj poses in the press room at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York. Minaj has cancelled her North American tour with rapper Future. She said on her Twitter … [Read more...] about Nicki Minaj generates outrage by comparing herself to Harriet Tubman