Wednesday watch: 13th

Ava DuVernay’s 13th is a sobering and necessary look at the throughline from slavery to mass incarceration. DuVernay’s stellar group of experts, including Angela Davis, Michelle Alexander, Bryan Stevenson and Van Jones, walk you through the steps from slavery to Jim Crow to the exploding prison-industrial complex and the devastating impact it’s had on communities of color. There’s also a chilling segment on Donald Trump that is required viewing for anyone who doesn’t understand why so many communities are terrified at his election victory.

Check out the trailer below, and watch the whole film on Netflix.

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Weekend reading

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Rachel Rinaldo on how Islam and feminism are not at odds.

The hilarious Jenny Slate talks about reproductive rights in the acceptance speech for her well-deserved Critics’ Choice Award.

What Cosby, “Selma” and Hebdo reveal about white liberal consciousness.

A pastor in Colorado stopped a woman’s funeral when he found out she was a lesbian.

How “Selma” is a horror movie.

The Toast tears down tropes of bad interviews with women writers.

There are only three countries where your boss is more likely to be a woman.

Aziz Ansari trolls Rupert Murdoch over Islamophobic tweets.

“I Just Had an Abortion”: A Black woman on making the best choice for herself, despite the stigmas and shaming attempts.

Why you should see “Selma”

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Given his significance in our nation’s history and his role as a source of inspiration for so many, you would probably assume there must have been a film about Martin Luther King, Jr. But while he has factored into many stories captured on film before, there hasn’t been a major motion picture focusing on his life. Director Ava DuVernay has taken on his story in Selma, and avoids many of the biopic pitfalls to make a beautiful, riveting and moving film. It features an amazing cast, led by a wonderful performance by British actor David Oyelowo as Dr. King.

The film doesn’t come out until January, but I was fortunate enough to catch a (not completely finished) screening of the film in San Francisco last weekend. Here’s why I think everyone, but especially activists and organizers, should make sure to get out and see Selma next year:

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