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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Glover To Make Movie On Slave Revolt

We know, this isn't a post on sports.

But sometimes, it's important and required to point out events or issues that are in the news and might not be related to athletics.

Danny Glover, of Lethal Weapon fame, has put together a movie about Toussaint Louverture.

Toussaint Louverture is a towering figure in the region's (the slave revolt took place in Haiti) history. A freed slave of African descent, he led thousands of slaves in successful campaigns against British, Spanish and French troops before being betrayed, captured and exiled. He died in 1803, just before his followers succeeded in establishing the island's independence. William Wordsworth wrote a sonnet about him.

Glover will also direct the film.

Glover said he wanted to educate the US about the story. "It's been essentially wiped out of our historic memory, it's been wiped clean."

Certainly, we aren't surprised that the story of a successful slave uprising has been left behind in the collective memory of US society. The discussion of such an event could, of course, be very detrimental to the objectives of that segment of society residing high up in the ivory tower of evil.

Some might argue that this is Haitian history, not US history. Well, long ago, the US decided that its sphere of direct influence would include this entire hemisphere. Forever intertwining policies and history.

While Glover's bringing this piece of American history to screen is important, the funding of the film is the most interesting part of the story.

"Venezuela is to give the American actor Danny Glover almost $18m (£9m) to make a film about a slave uprising in Haiti, with President Hugo Ch├ívez hoping the historical epic will sprinkle Hollywood stardust on his effort to mobilise world public opinion against imperialism and western oppression."


Although some might not fully support all the politics of President Chavez, we still believe it is important to acknowledge the importance of this undertaking. The US government and infrastructure has fought for years to keep stories such as this from the American people. Burying it beneath their lies and propagandist rhetoric of democracy and civil rights. Spoon feeding us a revisionist history designed to shackle specific segments of society to their pasts.

We applaud Mr. Chavez for giving the people of the US the gift of our history. A gift our own government has been hiding in the attic.



46 comments:

Anonymous said...

NOIS:

i agree with you on one level. this film needs to be done, and i appreciate it will be an african-american undertaking. i also see the tremendous need for the story to be exposed. as a white male, i heard this story when i was about 12 and appreciated the effort and strive the guy had despite the deplorable circumstances.

however, lets be practical about chavez support. this is a rouse to thumb his nose at the current administration. as far as the us funding such ventures, typically, a PAC would be obliged to petition congress for money. this has nothing to do with the president. now, in a perfect world, the pres would have the line-item veto power so that we could see whether or not he would support historical documentaries.

in closing, thankfully it is danny glover and not michael moore doing the film because we all know where moore would take this story. just look what he has done with his embarrasing health care "documentary" that is due to come out. even the left are laughing at his sorry behind

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"as far as the us funding such ventures, typically, a PAC would be obliged to petition congress for money. this has nothing to do with the president."

Sir, we re-read our post. Ummm, did we say this had anything to do with the US president?

Actually, typically, Hollywood could support it.

If they weren't being told not to do so by a government feverishly trying to squash this story.

You said you agree on one level?

Now, we have to rethink this.


We are glad that you approve Glover making the film. Hopefully, he will bring Harry Belafonte aboard and they can work out all the details on their next visit to Venezuela to meet with Chavez.

S. Jackson said...

"Hopefully, he will bring Harry Belafonte aboard"

What about me?

Anonymous said...

I don't understand how Louverture was "hidden." It was in my history book and is an annual question on the AP test. It was an important event in US history because it convinced Napoleon that property in the West was not worth the trouble and indirectly lead the Louisiana Purchase. It is not in the standard canon of US history, but it did not happen in the US. Regardless of our international policies, American kids are not going to be taught about the Haitian George Washington when there is an American one. There have been dozen of significant coups in the Caribbean and Central and South America, making it hard to give them all proper due. Perhaps, he would be better known if he had ultimately been successful (not his fault), or if Haiti went on to be more stable and prosperous.

With Don Cheadle as Louverture (I believe), this promises to be a well-made and culturally significant movie that I look forward to.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"American kids are not going to be taught about the Haitian George Washington when there is an American one."

Sir, did you know that in FL, there is an annual scholastic achievement test called the FCAT.

And, that the results are sent home to parents.

Written in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole.

Clearly, we need to start addressing Haitian history.

It's too important not to, as the demographics of America change.

Anonymous said...

We applaud Mr. Chavez for giving the people of the US the gift of our history. A gift our own government has been hiding in the attic.

applaud a dictator?

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

" Haiti went on to be more stable and prosperous."

Sir, some would argue the countries ensuing struggles were a direct result of the US's need to ensure that the fledgeling country struggled.

Imagine what might have happened had Negroes in the US seen a successful result!

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"applaud a dictator?"

Sir, Mr. Chavez's election to office is no more suspect than W's.

Anonymous said...

"applaud a dictator?"

Sir, Mr. Chavez's election to office is no more suspect than W's.

Damn you are dumb.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"Damn you are dumb"

Sir, no. We are numb.

Numb to your lies and uninformed view of the world.

Anonymous said...

Hugo Chavez receives medals of honor from our enemies in Iran but you applaud him...he calls for the destruction of the US and you applaud him....you are screwed up man. I guess no black people died on 9/11.
I mean Danny has enough money to finance projects on his own and surely enough influence in liberal hollywood. Taking money from Chavez has nothing to do with skin color..it is blood money.

If danny is still pissed about not being able to hail a cab in new york..maybe someone should tell him the drivers in those cars were most likely muslims..not whites.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"Hugo Chavez receives medals of honor from our enemies in Iran but you applaud him...he calls for the destruction of the US and you applaud him....you are screwed up man. I guess no black people died on 9/11."

Sir, why can't we applaud him for giving the US this gift?

As we stated in the post, some might not agree with all of his politics.

But, seeing the good in this wonderful gift he is providing for the US can NOT be obscured by your personal disenchantment with the way he runs the country that elected him.

"Taking money from Chavez has nothing to do with skin color"

Umm...Ok. We never said it did. So, chalk that one up for you.

Anonymous said...

But, seeing the good in this wonderful gift he is providing for the US can NOT be obscured by your personal disenchantment with the way he runs the country that elected him.

So it is my PERSONAL disenchantment. Wow you are really out there.
Sir, why can't we applaud him for giving the US this gift?
Because he is looking to forward the agenda of radical islamists in the world perhaps that could be a reason more important than a movie.
Why does Glover have to accept money from these types of people. Spike Lee gets films financed many of which you would say dont appeal to white mainstream america. I applaud him for getting them done.


Actually, typically, Hollywood could support it.

If they weren't being told not to do so by a government feverishly trying to squash this story.

Another conspiracy theory..great. Liberal hollywood home of the Bush bashers and government bashers is falling in line to squash this story..unreal.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"So it is my PERSONAL disenchantment. Wow you are really out there."

Sir, there are plenty of people that find his policies to be very agreeable.

Clearly, you PERSONALLY don't.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"Because he is looking to forward the agenda of radical islamists in the world perhaps that could be a reason more important than a movie"

Sir, we don't see how giving America's history back to the people of America furthers Islamist agenda.

And, Chavez isn't a muslim.

Wow! You are really on a witch hunt.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"Spike Lee gets films financed many of which you would say dont appeal to white mainstream america. I applaud him for getting them done."

Sir, Spike hasn't undertaken a project that US govt has forced Hollywood to black ball. So to speak.

Bet your favorite Spike movie is "Jungle Fever"...go head. Admit it. You'd kill for a piece of a thick sistah.

It's all good, baby. We ain't a hate on ya for it.

Brother T said...

"unreal"

Right on!

Anonymous said...

Sir, there are plenty of people that find his policies to be very agreeable.
Yes people like Ahmadinejad...there were also people who found hitlers policies agreeable.

Anonymous said...

Bet your favorite Spike movie is "Jungle Fever"...go head. Admit it. You'd kill for a piece of a thick sistah.

i have had it and the ashy skin made me nauseous.

Anonymous said...

Sir, Spike hasn't undertaken a project that US govt has forced Hollywood to black ball. So to speak.

Your evidence of this project being black balled is what??? didnt think there was any proof..again you throw stones from a glass house.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"i have had it and the ashy skin made me nauseous"

Sir, don't blame us that you hooked up with a sistah that doesn't know what lotion is for...

Then again, the likes of you probably couldn't attract a woman that could afford lotion.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"again you throw stones from a glass house."

Sir, the US government has frequently voiced its collective displeasure with Mr. Glover's close personal relationship with Mr. Chavez.

Anonymous said...

Sir, we don't see how giving America's history back to the people of America furthers Islamist agenda.

And, Chavez isn't a muslim.

Wow! You are really on a witch hunt.

Again when did i say he was muslim...just that he supports those regimes that are attempting to destroy this country. You know the nuclear bombs wont selectively pinpoint white folks only.
And your argument would be stronger if you said the truth...the film isnt being made because not enough people would pay to see it. So therefore Glover had to go to a despicable source for financing. I am sorry a taxi didnt stop for you danny but sleeping with this nations enemies is just wrong.

Thick Sistah said...

Anonymous said...
Bet your favorite Spike movie is "Jungle Fever"...go head. Admit it. You'd kill for a piece of a thick sistah.

i have had it and the ashy skin made me nauseous.

And his little pink dick...looking at me like it was a piglets curly tail made me just as ill.

somtime, that hypnotiq make a girl do crazy shit...

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

".just that he supports those regimes that are attempting to destroy this country'

Sir, many argue that those presently in the white house are doing just that.

"Again when did i say he was muslim"

We were pointing out the fact that is seems unlikely that someone who is not a Muslim would be doing all he could to, as you said, "further Islamists agenda". Venezuala is not a Muslim country. Doesn't seem prudent for them to spend their time furthering Islamist agenda does it?

Seems more prudent that they would use Islamists to further their own agenda.

Oh, and to upset people like you.

:)

Anonymous said...

We were pointing out the fact that is seems unlikely that someone who is not a Muslim would be doing all he could to, as you said, "further Islamists agenda". Venezuala is not a Muslim country. Doesn't seem prudent for them to spend their time furthering Islamist agenda does it?

Both have the same agenda..to destroy this country so yes buddying up to Iran is helpful. there is no good in white people in america but a dictator you can find good in...you are an idiot.

Anonymous said...

And his little pink dick...looking at me like it was a piglets curly tail made me just as ill.

dont you have some kids to go ignore?

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"there is no good in white people in america but a dictator you can find good in"

Sir, your gross generalizations make it difficult for you to logically analyze most of our "discussions".

We never said their is no good in ANY white people in America.

We just said that YOU are a racist of suspect intelligence.

And you continually disprove the suspect part.

Anonymous said...

We just said that YOU are a racist of suspect intelligence.

And you continually prove that your bottom line is skin color..making you a bigot. You accept anything dealing with anyone of african american heritage to be a positive thing. Because of where Glover is getting financing this film will not have a chance to avoid a negative stigma...All I am asking is..did he exhaust all other financing options before turning to this dictator or is not about black vs. white but about a hollywood liberal like glover trying to give a slap in the face to our government.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

We just said that YOU are a racist of suspect intelligence.

And you continually prove that your bottom line is skin color..making you a bigot. You accept anything dealing with anyone of african american heritage to be a positive thing. Because of where Glover is getting financing this film will not have a chance to avoid a negative stigma...All I am asking is..did he exhaust all other financing options before turning to this dictator or is not about black vs. white but about a hollywood liberal like glover trying to give a slap in the face to our government.

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regardless of what it IS, or where the money comes from THE STORY MUST BE TOLD. There is a reason HAITI is so HATED. The ONLY reason is because they EXPELLED the white man from their shores. Who gives a fuck what Amerikka thinks about it. The movie will be played world-wide.

We need more movies of TRUTH like this. Especially the American Indians tragedy.

Anonymous said...

regardless of what it IS, or where the money comes from THE STORY MUST BE TOLD.

key word is REGARDLESS...

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"And you continually prove that your bottom line is skin color..making you a bigot"

Sir, you couldn't be more wrong.

Our bottom line is intelligence.

Making you a dipshit.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"We need more movies of TRUTH like this. Especially the American Indians tragedy. "

Sir, oh don't even go there.

Anonymous (the racist version)has already discounted 400 years of slavery and racism having any effect on Negroes.

He certainly will have logical explanation as to why the Native Americans should "shut up and fix their own problems" as well.

And you know, their own problems being forced onto reservations and denied civil rights.

But, again, that's the Native's fault.

Quasi Superman said...

shit.

the indian talk reminds me of my favorite Johnny Cash song.

that one that starts "ira hayes was a drunken injun"

love that!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous (the racist version)has already discounted 400 years of slavery and racism having any effect on Negroes.

Again you put words in my mouth fool....The problem is that you use slavery as a crutch and say that african americans are unable to accept ANY personal responsibility...you in a sense think less of your own people than anybody else.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"and say that african americans are unable to accept ANY personal responsibility"

Sir, quote please.

We have never said any such thing.

You, on the other hand have said in numerous threads, "quit whining" "fix it yourself" and have said that slavery isn't responsible for ills in the Negro community today.

Stop the lies.

Everything on here is in black and white. When you try to lie like this, it's too easy to disprove.

You just aren't good at debating. Why bother?

anonymous source of funding said...

"Then again, the likes of you probably couldn't attract a woman that could afford lotion."

I'm willing to guess that she's $20 richer since meeting our anonymous friend. Maybe she can afford some lotion now.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

" Maybe she can afford some lotion now."

Sir, but she needs penicillen.

Anonymous said...

"and say that african americans are unable to accept ANY personal responsibility"

Sir, quote please.

For every shortcoming in the african american community you come up with an excuse for why it is not your fault...you take absolutely no personal responsiblity...everything is a conspiracy...you live in a dream world.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"For every shortcoming in the african american community you come up with an excuse for why it is not your fault...you take absolutely no personal responsiblity...everything is a conspiracy...you live in a dream world."

Sir, no. We didn't ask for an empty argument.

We asked for the specific quote we made that stated Negroes have NO responsibility for anything.

Can't find it, can you.

More lies.

When are you going to stop lying about what we say?

Are you too dumb to realize that it's too easy to just go back and look?

WOW. Ignorance is your opium.

bill cossby said...

oh the poor poor black man.you sound very educated in all your posts. it is amazing with your obvious education, you could say such stupid things. HATE IS BAGGAGE a qoute from american history X

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"HATE IS BAGGAGE a qoute from american history X"

Sir,

"Time is on the side of the oppressed today, it's against the oppressor. Truth is on the side of the oppressed today, it's against the oppressor. You don't need anything else. "
Malcolm X

not me, junior said...

"HATE IS BAGGAGE a quote from american history X"

and just like your forefathers, you always lookin' for somebody to carry them bags for you

Anonymous said...

"Time is on the side of the oppressed today, it's against the oppressor. Truth is on the side of the oppressed today, it's against the oppressor. You don't need anything else. "
Malcolm X

Maybe you should be looking for quotes from someone other than a two-bit ex-con.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"Maybe you should be looking for quotes from someone other than a two-bit ex-con"

Sir, you are right.

A man that is the victim of the worst society has to offer certainly has no valid point of view.

Anonymous said...

Sir, you are right.

A man that is the victim of the worst society has to offer certainly has no valid point of view.


wahhhh wahhhhhh....i am a victim