"Nobody Says There Are Too Many Holocaust Stories”, Alfre Woodard Responds to "12 Year" Criticism


Most of us fell in love with Alfre Woodard during her role as Carolyn Carmichael. Known for not taking nonsense from her five boisterous children and laid back musician husband in the Spike Lee classic, Crooklyn, Carolyn Carmichael became one of our favorite mothers in the black film canon.

Recently, Woodard added another layer to the black woman’s 19th century identity by becoming a privilege slave on a New Orleans plantation in the fall movie, 12 Years A Slave.

As you know, this movie has received as much criticism as it has praise, and in a recent interview with Uptown Magazine, Woodward shuts down all of the negativity as she discusses how Django Unchained compares to 12 Years a Slave, post racialism, and modern-day slavery.

Here are her insights as she shared them with Uptown when prompted on the various topics:


Slave narratives.. “are vital for us to have our feet on balanced ground in the future. I think it’s a chunk of our history that we are in denial about and that we don’t accept. And it is the root, I would say, of our contemporary domestic problems.”

Nobody ever says…There are too many Holocaust stories,” or “There are too many gangster movies.” But we tell three stories [about slavery] and they want us to be done.


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