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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The eclipse: From ancient paganism to American history, it's been a thing
Yahoo News - 6 months
Nothing reminds us that we are on a celestial island surrounded by the abyss like watching our planet's energy source turn into a gaping black hole.  But don't take my word for it. From occult and pagan lore to American history and yes, Hollywood, solar eclipses have been harbingers of doom, transformation, and revolution since time immemorial.  And can't you just ... feel it? SEE ALSO: 20 questions you're too embarrassed to ask about the solar eclipse At a time when the fabric of American reality appears on the verge of collapse, maybe we can take comfort in the ancient beliefs that an eclipse isn't just a phenomenon. It's a sign. Everyone, particularly the Deadhead-like eclipse hunters called "Shadow Chasers," is blowing their lids over this particular one taking place on Monday. We are all now part of a tradition that has governed humans since the dawn of man — looking upward to remember that we are at the mercy of a cosmic dance indifferent to our inner worlds.  As one Redditor ...
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What’s on TV Saturday: ‘The Birth of a Nation’ and the America’s Cup
NYTimes - 8 months
“The Birth of a Nation,” Nate Parker’s directing debut, comes to HBO. And Oracle Team USA defends its title in the 35th America’s Cup.
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I Called Him Morgan
Huffington Post - 11 months
Bee Bop. Jazz. The 1950s and ‘60s were a hotbed for cool music. And the hip musicians, who played those genres on records and in smoky, dimly lit nightclubs, were a special breed. Years later, most people still revere legendary trumpeters like Miles Davis and Chet Baker and are amazed by the lives they led. Time to add another artist of note to that list of iconic instrumentalists. His name is Lee Morgan. His life was as colorful and tragic. His talent as deep. This enlightening and haunting documentary gives him his due. Credit Swedish musical documentarian Kasper Collin for reassembling the sordid pieces of Edward Lee Morgan’s life. Collin has had some practice. He also documented the career of American avant-garde jazz saxophonist Albert Ayler in My Name Is Albert Ayler, in 2006. He continues his tributes to lesser-known jazz artists with this absolutely spellbinding non-fiction film that plays out like a torrid novel. It tells the story of an ambitious young man, who was shep...
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Casey Affleck and Nate Parker: How Hollywood handles race, power and privilege
LATimes - 12 months
Oscars 2017 updates: Dwayne Johnson, Jimmy Kimmel and more reveal what was going on in the crowd during the 'Moonlight' surprise Feb. 28, 2017, 4:33 p.m. The day after Oscar's craziest, shocking moment ever, questions still linger about why "La La Land" was announced best picture when "Moonlight"...
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The Hollywood Boys' Club That Supports Casey Affleck Is A Total Disgrace
Huffington Post - 12 months
function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); There are much more important things going on the world than the Academy Awards—but considering his sexual harassment allegations, I’m still trying to slowly wrap my head around the fact that Casey Affleck is a Best Actor Oscar contender this evening for his work in “Manchester By The Sea.” I’m still trying to interpret what that says (or actively doesn’t say) about the safety of and respect for women in Hollywood. What it seems to say, or loudly indicate, i...
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Race, privilege and a bad attitude: Why are Nate Parker and Casey Affleck being treated differently?
LATimes - about 1 year
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 1 year
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 1 year
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 1 year
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 1 year
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 - about 1 year
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 - about 1 year
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 - about 1 year
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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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.
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    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.
  • 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.
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    Parker's independent short film #AmeriCan was nominated in the Outstanding Independent Short category at the Black Reel Awards of 2015 and won.
  • 2014
    Age 34
    In 2014, Parker also stated he would not take roles, such as gay roles, that he considered to be "emasculating".
    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.
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    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.
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    In 2014, Parker reunited with Prince-Bythewood playing the male lead in her film Beyond the Lights.
    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.
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  • 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".
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  • 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.
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    Parker's third and final film of 2012 was in Spike Lee's Red Hook Summer.
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    In 2012, Parker appeared as a World War II squadron commander in Red Tails, a film portraying Tuskegee Airmen.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2008
    Age 28
    In 2008's The Secret Life of Bees, Parker played the good-hearted love interest of Alicia Keys' character.
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    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.
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  • 2007
    Age 27
    In August 2007, Parker married Sarah DiSanto, a native of Erie, Pennsylvania, whom he met while they were attending Penn State.
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    In 2007, Parker played the role of Henry Lowe in the Denzel Washington-directed film, The Great Debaters.
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    In 2007, he had a small role in Pride, about an African American swim team.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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    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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1979
    Born
    Born on November 18, 1979.
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