Twelve Years a Slave (Illustrated and Appendix, with Introduction): Narrative of Solomon Northup. Now a major motion picture, directed by Steve McQueen and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael... More > Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong’o, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, Alfre Woodard, and Quvenzhané Wallis, has been nominated for nine Academy Awards.
Solomon Northup was a free-born African American from New York. In 1841 he was kidnapped by slave-traders, having been enticed with a job offer as a violinist. When he accompanied his supposed employers to Washington, DC, they drugged him and sold him as a slave. He was shipped to New Orleans where he was sold to a plantation owner in Louisiana. He was held in the Red River region of Louisiana by several different owners for 12 years. He made repeated attempts to escape and get messages out of the plantation. Eventually he got news to his family. He regained his freedom in January 1853 and returned to his family in New York.< Less
~ The scars you can't see are the hardest to heal. ~ Astrid Alauda. ~
This is a story honoring my family, friends and those people who lived and died with me on the streets of Los Angeles in the... More > early nineteen seventies and eighties. It is about the dangerous times and experiences that we shared, while growing up in an overflowing environment filled with abuse, drugs, and violence that lead to overdoses, suicide and murder. Most of my friends died of unnatural deaths. A lot of years have passed and masses of healing have taken place, but the scars are still present. Every word you are about to read is indisputably true, with the exception that names have been changed to protect the identity of the innocent, as well as the guilty. For every one of my friends and family who lived it and for all of those who have died, this is your story.< Less