SELMA, a 2014 historical drama directed by Ava DuVernay, based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by James Bevel, Hosea Williams, and Martin Luther King, Jr. and John Lewis. Fueled by a gripping performance from David Oyelowo, Selma draws inspiration and dramatic power from the life and death of Martin Luther King, Jr. — but doesn't ignore how far we remain from the ideals his work embodied.
“The male protagonists in my films are basically all idiots who don’t understand shit. Whereas the women are much more human, and much more real. It’s the women I identify with in all my films.” - Lars von Trier
Harry Belafonte, Martin Luther King Jr., theater and film producer Hillard Elkins and Sammy Davis Jr. in April 1965 at “Broadway Answers Selma,” a show Mr. Hillard produced to raise money for Dr. King. Many thanks to Kanisha Johnson, the patron saint of Dorothy Dandridge online (see DorothyDandridgeForever.com) for bringing this picture to my attention. Photo: Bandphoto Agency.
Rapper Common, is an American hip hop recording artist, actor, and poet from Chicago, Illinois. Common debuted in 1992 with the album Can I Borrow a Dollar? and maintained a significant underground following into the late 1990s, His soundtrack in Selma film with John Legend is memorable. He will guest star on Empire TV series for Season 2.