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Feb 14, 2020. 6 comments

Harriet Tubman Did Not Ask For This Shit

Harriet Tubman Did Not Ask For This Shit

Occasionally, you see an image that you know will never leave your mind. When you close your eyes to fall sleep, it will haunt you, waiting until your mind has started to drift towards slumber to reappear, taunting you with its absurdity.

That’s how I feel about the artwork on this Visa Debit Card from OneUnited Bank, which shows a frankly disrespectful illustration of abolitionist Harriet...

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Hazel Cills Hazel Cills Dec 04, 2019. 10 comments

Kasi Lemmons 'Wasn't Surprised' About Julia Roberts Possibly Playing Harriet Tubman

Kasi Lemmons 'Wasn't Surprised' About Julia Roberts Possibly Playing Harriet Tubman

In November, Gregory Allen Howard, the co-writer of Kasi Lemmons’s Harriet Tubman biopic, said that nearly 25 years ago an unnamed studio executive wanted Julia Roberts to play Tubman. “It was so long ago. No one is going to know the difference,” he

said about the fact that Roberts couldn’t possibly play Tubman.

At one point, Viola Davis was attached to the role before it went to Cynthia...

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Rebecca Fishbein Rebecca Fishbein Nov 20, 2019. 5 comments

Just Imagine Julia Roberts as Harriet Tubman (Actually, Don't)

Just Imagine Julia Roberts as Harriet Tubman (Actually, Don't)

Not that anyone should be surprised by Hollywood’s penchant for

questionable casting decisions, but this one seems genuinely insane: a studio executive once suggested Julia Roberts (THE Julia Roberts) could play Harriet Tubman (THE Harriet Tubman), despite a, uh, pretty significant difference between the two women. Not that that’s stopped anyone before!

Indeed, screenwriter Gregory Allen...

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Hazel Cills Hazel Cills Nov 02, 2019.

Director Kasi Lemmons On Harriet As a Joan of Arc Story

Director Kasi Lemmons On Harriet As a Joan of Arc Story

In director Kasi Lemmons’s biopic of Harriet Tubman, Tubman (Cynthia Erivo) is a woman who believes she has been

possessed by God’s will. She can see into the future, using her psychic talents to guide her on her remarkable journey as a slave from Maryland to Pennsylvania freedom, and then back and forth again to rescue her family and others. As viewers get a glimpse of her powers, Tubman...
Sep 19, 2019. 4 comments

Harriet Renders a Flat Portrait of an American Hero

Harriet Renders a Flat Portrait of an American Hero

This post contains minor plot spoilers and is based on a screening of Harriet at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. The movie hits theaters November 1.

Harriet Tubman’s story is familiar. One of the most famous American activists, she freed over 70 slaves, was the first woman in America to lead an armed expedition, and fought for women’s suffrage before she died at 91 years old....

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Hazel Cills Hazel Cills Jul 23, 2019. 14 comments

Harriet Tubman and Cynthia Erivo Get the Heroic Biopic They Deserve

Harriet Tubman and Cynthia Erivo Get the Heroic Biopic They Deserve

The first look at the biopic Harriet is here, with Cynthia Erivo playing the gun-toting Harriet Tubman as she travels through the Underground Railroad.

The film follows Tubman, who was born into slavery, as she escapes to find freedom in Philadelphia only to go back to the South to rescue her family and other slaves. The script was written by Gregory Allen Howard (Ali, Remember the Titans) and...

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Kelly Faircloth Kelly Faircloth Jun 14, 2019. 18 comments

The Harriet Tubman $20 Bill Was Nearly Done, Then Trump Happened

The Harriet Tubman $20 Bill Was Nearly Done, Then Trump Happened

When Steven Mnuchin announced that the redesigned $20 featuring Harriet Tubman

would be delayed until 2028, he claimed the setback was beyond his control—a buffer to work out anti-counterfeiting measures. But a new report from the New York Times calls bullshit, showing that the Treasury had already hammered out a preliminary design as early as 2016.

The Times obtained a preliminary design...

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Kelly Faircloth Kelly Faircloth May 23, 2019. 14 comments

Just Put Harriet Tubman On the Goddamned $20 Bill Already

Just Put Harriet Tubman On the Goddamned $20 Bill Already

The Trump administration, as part of its total dedication to excellence in being petty, hateful dicks, has pushed the redesign of the Harriet Tubman $20 from 2020 to 2028. The sad part is, the dick-tastic move is actually an improvement over Option B: maybe not putting her on the bill at all.

Harriet Tubman’s journey to the $20 began when the US Treasury announced the original redesign plans...

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Clover Hope Clover Hope Mar 22, 2018. 13 comments

Viola Davis Will Play Harriet Tubman in an HBO Biopic

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Viola Davis Will Play Harriet Tubman in an HBO Biopic

Great news for Viola Davis fans and bad news for people exhausted with slave movies: Davis is officially starring as Harriet Tubman in an HBO biopic.

Davis is also co-executive producing the project, the material for which was sourced from historian Kate Clifford’s book, Bound for the Promise Land.

According to Deadline:

...the film, now in development, tells the story of American hero Tubman....

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Rebecca Fishbein Rebecca Fishbein Mar 16, 2018. 11 comments

Baltimore Renames Park That Once Housed a Confederate Statue After Harriet Tubman

Baltimore Renames Park That Once Housed a Confederate Statue After Harriet Tubman

Last summer, as the country was embroiled in a national debate over Confederate monuments in the wake of the white supremacist protests in Charlottesville, the city of Baltimore removed its several Confederate monuments in the dead of night. This past weekend, the city officially renamed a section of a park where one of the monuments once stood, dubbing it “Harriet Tubman Grove.”

Last month,...

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Anna Merlan Anna Merlan Mar 13, 2018. 20 comments

Jim Webb Gets Very Emotional About Andrew Jackson, the $20 Bill and the 'Myth of White Privilege'

Jim Webb Gets Very Emotional About Andrew Jackson, the $20 Bill and the 'Myth of White Privilege'

Jim Webb, a former Senator who once killed a guy, dropped out of the Democratic primaries race

back in October. We miss him. We miss him so much. We are so delighted to see Jim Webb, back in here with a very exciting op-ed about the $20 bill and “the myth of universal white privilege.”

Webb took to the sometimes baffling pages of the Washington Post on Sunday to weigh in on the idea of...

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Kelly Faircloth Kelly Faircloth Dec 21, 2017. 20 comments

The Treasury Wants Hamilton Fans to Know They're Gonna Love the New Ten-Dollar Bill

The Treasury Wants <i>Hamilton</i> Fans to Know They're Gonna Love the New Ten-Dollar Bill

Don’t worry, Hamilton fans: the Secretary of the Treasury has personally assured Lin-Manuel Miranda that you will be pleased with the redesign of the ten-dollar bill.

Last year—to much fanfare—the Treasury announced that the ten was due in the rotation for a redesign, and for the first time, they’d be putting a woman in the marquee spot. But that was before Hamilton fever swept the nation,...

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Colette Shade Colette Shade Oct 26, 2017. 24 comments

The Un-American History of Women on Money

The Un-American History of Women on Money

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced that the $10 bill will feature a woman by the year 2020. So at a recent Republican debate, candidates were given a softball question about what woman they would choose to appear on American currency.

“Ooh, that’s a tough one,” said Rand Paul, suggesting Susan B. Anthony. The 19th century suffragist was a safe choice, given that...

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Marie Lodi Marie Lodi Oct 25, 2017. 24 comments

A Woman Could Be Replacing Jackson on the $20 Bill

A Woman Could Be Replacing Jackson on the $20 Bill

President Andrew Jackson could be getting the boot from the $20 if a legislative bill that puts a historical female icon in his place gets passed. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced the Women on the Twenty Act, which would call for a “panel of citizens” to advise Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew on finding a replacement design. The bill goes hand-in-hand with the Women on 20s organization,...

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Kelly Faircloth Kelly Faircloth Sep 16, 2017. 17 comments

Watch Drunk History Take on Harriet Tubman--Starring Octavia Spencer 

Watch <i>Drunk History </i>Take on Harriet Tubman--Starring Octavia Spencer 

Not only did this week’s Drunk History feature the story of Harriet Tubman’s wartime spying and daring Combahee River raid, but they also got Crissle West to tell it—“Harriet Tubman is coming with her army full of bad bitches”—and cast Oscar winner Octavia Spencer as Tubman herself.

Dear U.S. Treasury, please consider this a petition to put Tubman on the $10.

Contact the author at

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JE Reich JE Reich Sep 09, 2017. 22 comments

Naturally, Members of the House GOP Tried to Block Putting Harriet Tubman on the $20 Bill

Naturally, Members of the House GOP Tried to Block Putting Harriet Tubman on the $20 Bill

Despite the efforts of some of its members, the House GOP will not vote to keep antislavery activist Harriet Tubman off of the $20 bill.

The move to block replacing the image former president Andrew Jackson with Tubman on the note is being spearheaded by Republican representative Steve King, who filed an amendment to bar a redesign. The amendment was dismissed by the Rules Committee on...

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Hillary Crosley Coker Hillary Crosley Coker Sep 06, 2017. 22 comments

Should Harriet Tubman Replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 Bill?

Should Harriet Tubman Replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 Bill?

Harriet Tubman would be the perfect replacement for Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill, according to a contest held by a group called Women on 20s.

Concurrent with Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s (D-NH)

introduction of the Women on the Twenty Act in April, which would call for a “panel of citizens” to advise Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew on finding a replacement design, the group gathered votes—600,000 of...

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Stassa Edwards Stassa Edwards Sep 04, 2017. 18 comments

Harriet Tubman Will Replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 but Hamilton Will Stay on the $10

Harriet Tubman Will Replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 but Hamilton Will Stay on the $10

Later today, Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew is expected to announce major redesigns to the $10 and $20 bills. In June 2015, Lew

confirmed that the department would redesign the $10 bill and replace Alexander Hamilton with a woman. The replacement was scheduled to appear in 2020—the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment.

But the backlash was swift. Hamilton is undoubtedly...

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Lauren Evans Lauren Evans Sep 04, 2017. 20 comments

Surprise! Harriet Tubman May Not Be On the New $20 Bill After All

Surprise! Harriet Tubman May Not Be On the New $20 Bill After All

Last April, it was

announced that Harriet Tubman would replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill, a decision that at the time seemed perfectly viable. Back then, we had a black, sane president, and his successor was poised to be the first woman to ever hold that office. Things weren’t perfect, but they were stable. Fast forward to present day, where everything is burning and Harriet Tubman is...

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Clover Hope Clover Hope Aug 23, 2017. 21 comments

Put Ben Carson on the Penny and Call it the Benny

Put Ben Carson on the Penny and Call it the Benny

Former presidential candidate Ben Carson, who’s still 100-percent worthy of my love, doesn’t understand why we have to boot Andrew Jackson from the front of the $20 bill

in favor of Harriet Tubman . Why not put her on a lesser bill to match her subservient position? Perhaps a bill that’s barely in circulation?
Harriet Tubman Will Replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 but Hamilton Will Stay on the...

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