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About Ava DuVernay’s Film ‘Origin’ & Its Roots in the Book ‘Caste’

On a mild Sunday night in February I had the honor to sit down on Zoom with Mary Anne Knefel from our respective Brooklyn homes to discuss Ava DuVernay’s masterpiece film, Origin. Currently screening at select movie theaters, the film follows the epic research project of journalist and author, Isabel Wilkerson as she attempts to find the epistemological link between the treatment of Black people in the USA, Dalit people in India, and Jewish people in Nazi Germany.read more.

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Searching for Answers in Ava DuVernay’s Film ‘Origin’

Henrene Taylor was born in Mississippi to a Black woman and a white man in 1942, during the Jim Crow era. Due to the times, she and her siblings would call him dad in private. But, in public, they’d have to call him by his last name to not arouse suspicion that these children were his. Henrene was very fair-skinned with brown curly hair.… read more.

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