Nate Parker
American actor
Nate Parker
Nate Parker is an American actor and musical performer who has appeared in Red Tails, The Secret Life of Bees, The Great Debaters, and Pride. In his recent roles, he has performed alongside Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker and Terrence Howard. Parker has overcome turbulence and turmoil in his life both as a youth and a collegian.
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Race, privilege and a bad attitude: Why are Nate Parker and Casey Affleck being treated differently?
LATimes - about 1 month
On the night of the Golden Globes — as he had for many of the awards season trophy ceremonies —  actor Casey Affleck bounded onto the stage to accept his award as best lead actor in a drama for his turn in “Manchester by the Sea.” Meanwhile, Nate Parker, the multi-hyphenate lead of the Nat Turner...
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The Carpetbagger: Directors Guild Nominates Nate Parker for Best Debut
NYTimes - about 2 months
But for the top award, the usual suspects, led by Damien Chazelle of “La La Land,” are nominated.
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Directors Guild Nominates Nate Parker for Best Debut - New York Times
Google News - about 2 months
New York Times Directors Guild Nominates Nate Parker for Best Debut New York Times Nate Parker, the director and star of “The Birth of a Nation.” He received a nomination for outstanding achievement for a first-time director from the Directors Guild of America. Credit Fox Searchlight Pictures/Twentieth Century Fox Film. The awards ... Arrival and Lion Get an Awards-Season Boost From the Directors Guild's NominationsSlate Magazine (blog) D.G.A. to Hollywood: Nate Parker LivesVanity Fair Damien Chazelle, Barry Jenkins lead DGA nominationsEW.com Variety -USA TODAY -CNN -STLtoday.com all 17 news articles »
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New on video: Nate Parker's 'Birth of a Nation,' 'Mr. Robot Season_2.0'
LATimes - about 2 months
New on Blu-ray: “The Birth of a Nation” (20th Century Fox DVD, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99; also available on VOD) It was almost one year ago that writer-director-producer-star Nate Parker premiered his Nat Turner biopic at Sundance to a rapturous reception and talk of Oscars. Then Parker’s past legal...
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The Glare Varies for Two Actors on Hollywood’s Awards Trail
New York Times - about 2 months
Some in Hollywood see a double standard in the awards season treatment of Casey Affleck and Nate Parker.
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After Sexual Misconduct Allegations, Race Colors Stars' Reputations Differently
NPR - 2 months
Ailsa Chang chats with BuzzFeed's Anne Helen Petersen about actors Nate Parker and Casey Affleck. Both faced allegations of sexual misconduct, but their reputations have fared differently.
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After Sexual Misconduct Allegations, Race Colors Stars' Reputations Differently
NPR - 2 months
Ailsa Chang chats with BuzzFeed's Anne Helen Petersen about actors Nate Parker and Casey Affleck. Both faced allegations of sexual misconduct, but their reputations have fared differently.
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29 Of The Most Powerful Pieces Of Writing By Women In 2016
Huffington Post - 2 months
There were moments during 2016 where it was easy to wonder whether women were valued at all in this country. When a serial sexual predator can become the president of the United States, do women’s voices and stories even matter? But even in those darkest moments, we could count on those voices and stories to pull us all through.  Moving into the next year, lifting up quality journalism ― specifically quality journalism written by women and members of other marginalized groups ― will be all the more vital.  To that end, for the fifth year in a row, we’ve curated a list of pieces that made an impact on us as readers over the last calendar year. To make the list, an article had to be (1) published in 2016, (2) written by a woman and (3) be available online. Below are 29 pieces of writing (though by no means is this an exhaustive list) to put on your reading list ASAP. They will make you think, laugh, cry ― alternately break your heart and put it back together again. Remember: ...
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The Media Wants To Quash Casey Affleck’s Oscar Chances, But It’s Too Late
Huffington Post - 2 months
It’s no coincidence that RadarOnline waited until Casey Affleck took home a Critics’ Choice Award and was about to earn a Golden Globe nomination to rehash the details of the sexual harassment allegations filed against him in 2010. Even though the suit was settled and the “exclusive documents” Radar obtained are, in fact, the same documents that multiple outlets have been reporting for months, the website was presumably waiting for the right moment to strike. In a fairly unprecedented phenomenon, the media appears to be using awards contests as cause to audit celebrities’ morality. We’re seeing that dynamic play out with Affleck, an Oscar front-runner for his performance in “Manchester by the Sea,” one of the year’s indie hits. A Mashable story from September that renewed the attention surrounding Affleck’s case weighed the actor’s awards odds and questioned why “no one” was discussing his allegations. With the 2017 Oscar race heating up over the past two months, the media’s scrut ...
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The Best Films 2016
Huffington Post - 2 months
As we go forward, movies guide us. They give us directions. They motivate us. They provide rest stops, comic relief and flashbacks to the past. And they reassure us that we will thrive. It's a perfect time to reflect on the most inspiring films, performances and artistic achievements of this last year. Check out the best in film in 2016. (Photos courtesy of Fox Searchlight, Disney Studios, 20th Century Fox, A24, Amazon Studios, Roadside Attractions) Best Films Arrival -- (***1/2) Director Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Prisoners), creates a compelling sci-fi movie, based on Eric Heisserer's thoughtful, feminist screenplay. Aliens arrive in massive floating pods in 12 locations around the world. A linguist (Amy Adams) tries to communicate with them and save humanity. Jeremy Renner and Forrest Whitaker co-star in a film filled with suspense, dread and brain-numbing science. The Birth of a Nation -- (****) An uncompromising retelling of the country's most heralded sl ...
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'Moonlight,' 'Birth of a Nation' and 'Loving' score big with NAACP Image Award nominations
LATimes - 3 months
The 48th NAACP Image Awards nominations were announced Tuesday with Oscar contender “Moonlight” and Nate Parker’s embattled “The Birth of a Nation” each scoring six nods, with “Loving” nabbing five. The awards aim to celebrate accomplishments of people of color in television, music, literature...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Nate Parker
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 36
    In August 2016, Parker was honored with the Sundance Institute's Vanguard Award.
    More Details Hide Details Parker sponsors scholarships for youth between the ages of 17 and 25 at East Texas Wiley College through the 100 Men of Excellence Initiative. Wiley has announced it will host a new film school named The Nate Parker School of Film and Drama.
    Parker made history at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival with his directorial debut feature film The Birth of a Nation when Fox Searchlight Pictures acquired the distribution rights to the film for $17.5 million, which broke the record for the most paid for a Sundance Film Festival production surpassing Little Miss Sunshine, which had been acquired by Searchlight for $10 million ten years earlier.
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  • 2015
    Age 35
    His performance was nominated for a 2015 Black Reel Award for Best Actor and an Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture.
    More Details Hide Details In Parker's role as a police officer moonlighting as a bodyguard, his onscreen chemistry with co-star Gugu Mbatha-Raw was praised by Dana Stevens of Slate. Stevens noted Parker was destined for more substantive performances. The story was hailed as a well-written believable romance with depth by many critcs such as Travers and Ebiri, earning an 82% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes. In the airplane terrorism mystery film Non-Stop, Parker plays a computer programmer, but he does so as the stereotypical "angry black dude", according to Richard Corliss of Time. Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times notes that Parker's talents are well-employed in his supporting role, which is as one of several intriguing suspects per Alonso Duralde of TheWrap. In Every Secret Thing, Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times found Parker and his detective partner to Elizabeth Banks to have been overwhelmed in their roles. Travers also found the detectivework to be uncompelling. Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter found Parker's performance to have had its moments.
    Parker's independent short film #AmeriCan was nominated in the Outstanding Independent Short category at the Black Reel Awards of 2015 and won.
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  • 2014
    Age 34
    In 2014, Parker also stated he would not take roles, such as gay roles, that he considered to be "emasculating".
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    In a 2014 interview with BET during publicity for the film Beyond the Lights that included Parker and director Gina Prince-Bythewood, Parker stated that in order to "preserve the black man" he would not be willing to portray gay characters.
    More Details Hide Details The video was later taken down and is no longer available.
    For over seven years, Parker worked on making a film based on the life of Nat Turner. In 2014 he announced that he had funding and was working on assembling his team, and that the film would be called The Birth of a Nation in an ironic reappropriation of the infamously racist 1915 film of the same name.
    More Details Hide Details In addition to writing and directing Parker cast himself as Turner. Aja Naomi King, Armie Hammer and Gabrielle Union were also cast in key roles.
    In 2014, Parker reunited with Prince-Bythewood playing the male lead in her film Beyond the Lights.
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    Kate Taylor of The Globe and Mail described Parker's performance as a novelist with writer’s block in the 2014 film About Alex as one of the more real performances in the film despite the "wrote" feel to the emotional developments.
    More Details Hide Details Mike D'Angelo of The A.V. Club also found the crises and conflicts that Parker's character was involved in to be petty.
  • 2013
    Age 33
    In 2013, he had a supporting role in Ain't Them Bodies Saints that Richard Brody of The New Yorker described as being a bar owner who is among an "enticing array of characters".
    More Details Hide Details The role was minor according to Scott.
  • 2012
    Age 32
    The alleged harassment consisted of a personal investigator hired by Parker and Celestin flashing her photograph on campus that let her identity be known and subjected her to taunts such as, "There goes the white girl crying rape!" In 2012 she committed suicide.
    More Details Hide Details Debate now rages about how to view this campus sexual assault in light of modern race relations, especially within the Hollywood context. Because The Birth of a Nation attracted increased scrutiny due to possible Oscar nominations, and the film itself depicts a brutal rape, there was significant press coverage about damage control by Fox Searchlight Pictures, the studio releasing the film. Interviews in Variety and Deadline were a focus, as was Parker's response to the event in an impassioned Facebook post. Gabrielle Union, a rape victim and one of the main stars of The Birth of a Nation, wrote in the Los Angeles Times, "As important and ground-breaking as this film is, I cannot take these allegations lightly. On that night, 17-odd years ago, did Nate have his date’s consent? It’s very possible he thought he did. Yet by his own admission he did not have verbal affirmation; and even if she never said “no,” silence certainly does not equal “yes.” Although it’s often difficult to read and understand body language, the fact that some individuals interpret the absence of a “no” as a “yes” is problematic at least, criminal at worst." Sources suggest that Parker and Celestin's accuser was either unconscious or extremely drunk when Parker invited Celestin to have sex with her as he was already actively engaged in a sex act with her.
    Parker's third and final film of 2012 was in Spike Lee's Red Hook Summer.
    More Details Hide Details Parker played a gang member named Box, whose role was not central to the film progression according to Phillips, although convincingly menacing according to Smith.
    In 2012, Parker appeared as a World War II squadron commander in Red Tails, a film portraying Tuskegee Airmen.
    More Details Hide Details Parker's character drinks to cope with the stress of the fighter pilot lifestyle. Lou Lumenick of the New York Post praised then-unknown actors Parker and David Oyelowo. In the movie, Parker plays Marty "Easy" Julian who commanded the flight guards for the World War II bombers in the face of Nazi attack planes. While Peter Travers of Rolling Stone noted that Parker shined in his role, Wesley Morris of The Boston Globe felt Oyelowo stood out. Although the story is a fictionalization, Bilge Ebiri of New York and Holden note that the relationship between the two is the story's central one. Holden compared Parker's presence to that of Denzel Washington. In Arbitrage, Parker's talents were underutilized as the son of a chauffeur who gets caught in a murder coverup, according to David Denby of The New Yorker. Nonetheless, Ty Burr of The Boston Globe notes that Parker's portrayal of the Harlem native is the only sympathetic character of the film. Travers notes the role provides Richard Gere's elitist character with his only interactions with a diverse character in the film.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2008
    Age 28
    In 2008's The Secret Life of Bees, Parker played the good-hearted love interest of Alicia Keys' character.
    More Details Hide Details Parker's character has to deal with the challenges of spurned love. The movie was written and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood based on the book of the same name by Sue Monk Kidd. In the 2010 film Blood Done Sign My Name, which was based on a true story of small town racial turmoil set in a backdrop of belated segregation in 1970, Parker plays a 22-year-old Benjamin Chavis. Parker's Chavis was a teacher who had been born into an affluent African-American family and would later become the Executive Director of the N.A.A.C.P. A. O. Scott of The New York Times described Parker as "diffident" and his portrayal as "thoughtful, morally serious". Steven Rea of the Philadelphia Inquirer notes that events in the film move Parker with both "resolve and rage": Roger Ebert described Parker's Chavis as "energized and angered" in one of the two main storylines of the film that started with Chavis leading an economic boycott after an adverse court verdict. Parker's character was "peripheral" according to The New York Post Kyle Smith and upstaged according to Scott and Ebert. However, Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune noted that Parker's portrayal infused dimension into Chavis, whose cousin's death was the subject of the film. Phillips noted that the role showed that with the right choices Parker had the potential to be a big star in the future.
    Parker and co-stars Forest Whitaker and Denzel Washington were all nominated for the 2008 NAACP Image Awards in the best supporting actor category, which Denzel Washington won.
    More Details Hide Details Parker would develop a continuing relationship with Wiley College. Parker next performed in a pair of low budget movies: Felon and Tunnel Rats. Despite these early light roles, Parker's onscreen charisma and general je ne sais quoi showed, earning Parker comparisons to Paul Newman. In Felon, Parker played a rookie guard dealing with inner turmoil.
  • 2007
    Age 27
    In August 2007, Parker married Sarah DiSanto, a native of Erie, Pennsylvania, whom he met while they were attending Penn State.
    More Details Hide Details They were married in Erie's Frontier Park. The couple have four daughters in addition to another daughter Parker had from a previous relationship. Parker has also adopted his sister's son. Parker said that he considers himself a Christian, and that he grew up in the church. According to a DNA analysis, some of Parker's ancestry is from the Tikar people of modern day Cameroon.
    In 2007, Parker played the role of Henry Lowe in the Denzel Washington-directed film, The Great Debaters.
    More Details Hide Details The character was based on the real-life debater, Henry Heights from Wiley College. Parker attended a debate boot camp to make his performance more authentic. He portrayed a multifaceted character. Stephen Holden of The New York Times described Parker's portrayal as having depicted a "handsome, clean-cut youth with a lurking bad-boy streak". while John Clark of the New York Daily News described the role as that of a "silver-tongued orator and ladies' man". Other reviewers also noted the nuances of the character. Parker also performed on the soundtrack.
    In 2007, he had a small role in Pride, about an African American swim team.
    More Details Hide Details Parker was tasked with depicting the visual expectations of an athletic proficiency that was new to him but very familiar to the audience.
  • 2006
    Age 26
    In 2006, Parker played the male lead in Rome & Jewel, a hip-hop take on Romeo and Juliet that got mothballed and re-released in 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Parker's title character, who is suppose to be the modern day Romeo, was a Compton youth with both tenderness and toughness. Despite a troubled script, Parker's rap performance earned comparisons to Will Smith from Nathan Lee of The New York Times.
  • 2002
    Age 22
    After transferring to the University of Oklahoma, Parker continued to be ranked as a redshirt junior wrestler. In 2002, Parker placed fifth at the National Collegiate Athletic Association wrestling championships and became an All-American at Oklahoma.
    More Details Hide Details Following his fifth-place finish, he was ranked second nationally as a redshirt senior. Parker was discovered while attending an event in Dallas with a model friend. Los Angeles talent manager Jon Simmons noticed Parker, had him audition, put himself on tape, then encouraged Parker to move to Los Angeles where he gradually found work as an actor.
    After a gang rape allegation, he later transferred to and graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2002, where he was on the wrestling team and received a degree in management science and information systems.
    More Details Hide Details Parker placed third in the Virginia High School League state wrestling championships as a junior while attending Churchland High School. Parker's mother moved to the Great Bridge High School district so Parker could participate in its powerhouse wrestling program.
  • 2001
    Age 21
    Celestin, who shares a story credit on The Birth of a Nation, was convicted of sexual assault and received a six month to one year prison sentence in 2001, later raised to two to four years per state sentencing guidelines.
    More Details Hide Details Appealing the case on grounds of ineffective counsel at the first trial, Celestin's initial conviction was overturned in 2005 and he was granted a new trial to rehear the charges. Despite the accuser's willingness to testify at a second trial, prosecutors declined because other witnesses had scattered all over the world. On campus in 2001, students raised concerns that race may have influenced Celestin's initial conviction: Celestin is black (as is Parker), while the accuser and all but one of the jurors were white. Via the Women's Law Project, Parker's accuser filed a complaint against the university for failing to protect her from harassment which was settled with Penn State for $17,500.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1999
    Age 19
    He then attended Churchland High School and continued on their wrestling team, before moving to Great Bridge High School before attending Penn State University on a wrestling scholarship in 1999.
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  • 1997
    Age 17
    He was a member of the 1997 - 98 state champion Great Bridge wrestling team and was a state champion wrestler who placed third in the High School National Wrestling Championships, while becoming a high school All-American.
    More Details Hide Details Parker earned a full scholarship to wrestle at Penn State University. At Penn State, Parker was nationally ranked as a freshman.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1979
    Born
    Born on November 18, 1979.
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