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    The Women of 12 Years a Slave

    As a child my mother, an anthropologist, informed me that my great uncle's mother disappeared from the shores of Lake Victoria or Nam Lolwe, as we call it, when he was a boy. My great great aunt was likely captured during the thriving East African slave trade.

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    Interview: Alfre Woodard Talks to S&A About '12 Years a Slave,' "Slave Movie Fever," and That Much-Discussed Oprah Special

    Alfre Woodard has a brief but powerful appearance in Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave as Mistress Shaw, a formerly enslaved woman who has risen in the Southern caste system. I had a chance to chat briefly with Woodard to get her thoughts on the film and a few insights from her decades-long acting ca...

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    Steve McQueen On Whether Being British Was Of Any Influence On Making '12 Years A Slave'

    I love the no-nonsense way in which Steve McQueen handles himself. It's so rare to see this kind of forthrightness and outward displays of emotion from industry types - then again, I suppose he's still something of an *outsider,* not living in Hollywood (he doesn't even live in the USA actually).

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    Alfre Woodard Says She's Bringing The Life Of Fannie Lou Hamer To TV In 4-Hour Film

    While on the red carpet at the 2013 Art Directors Guild Awards gala earlier this month, actress Alfre Woodard revealed in an interview, when asked what projects she's currently working on, that she's bringing the life of Fannie Lou Hamer to the small screen in what she says will be a 4-hour ...

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    Watch Ava DuVernay's Miu Miu-Commissioned Short 'The Door' (Gabrielle Union Stars)

    Launched in 2011, wome's high fashion brand, Miu Miu's Women’s Tales initiative is an ongoing series of commissioned short films directed by an international selection of women directors, telling stories about women.

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    Alfre Woodard Will Play Taye Diggs' Mother On 'Private Practice' This Fall

    After a recent recurring role on True Blood as Lafayette’s (Nelsan Ellis') mom Ruby Jean, Alfre Woodard will guest star on Private Practice during the fall season, playing Taye Diggs’ mother, in an episode that will air in November.

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    TV Trailer Watch: Steel Magnolias

    A full cast of African American women in this version of Steel Magnolias.  Queen Latifah takes on the Sally Field lead role.  Also stars Alfre Woodard, Jill Scott, Phylicia and Condola Rashad and Adepero Oduye. 

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    Alfre Woodard Is Returning To 'True Blood' For Season 5

    Alfre Woodard will return for the fifth season of HBO's True Blood, as Ruby Jean Reynolds, the schizophrenic mother of Lafayette (played by Nelsan Ellis).

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