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<p>Michael Fassbender as "Edwin Epps," Lupita Nyong'o as "Patsey" and Chiwetel Ejiofor as "Solomon Northup" in Steve McQueens's “12 Years A Slave.”</p>

Michael Fassbender as "Edwin Epps," Lupita Nyong'o as "Patsey" and Chiwetel Ejiofor as "Solomon Northup" in Steve McQueens's “12 Years A Slave.”

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Hollywood’s African American film renaissance

In 2013, half a dozen movies portraying the African American experience have been released

This year’s critically acclaimed films take audiences from places like slave plantations in the antebellum South, to packed Ebbets Field as Jackie Robinson steps up to bat, and to inner-city public housing on a scorching summer day.