#Bars4Justice doc highlighting hiphop activism and police brutality in Ferguson, Missouri gets US and Canada distribution on 2 year anniversary of Mike Brown’s death

Hip Hop Association and Third World Newsreel (TWN) have secured US and Canada distribution rights to Directors Queen Muhammad Ali and Hakeem Khaaliq’s Award winning (#Bars4Justice) documentary short – A Film shot in Ferguson Missouri capturing a glimpse into the new civil rights movement through hiphop with Talib Kweli, Common, Cornell West.

Khaaliq shot the film in Ferguson Missouri during the one year anniversary of Mike Brown’s death. Mike Brown was an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Missouri shot to death by Ferguson officer Darren Williams August 9th 2014. The film documents a benefit concert held in his commemoration orchestrated by Talib Kweli to raise money for Mike Brown’s Family. “We initially thought it would be a good idea just to capture such a great event, not knowing that it would later be produced as a film” said Khaaliq.

Roselly Torres, Director of marketing and distribution for Third World Newsreel said, “I’m so happy we found this film. TWN has been collaborating with Martha Diaz of the Hip Hop Association for many years to distribute social issue Hip-Hop media.” Khaaliq and Ali’s #Bars4Justice is a perfect fit with appearances by Academy Award winning hip hop artist/ actor Common, Talib Kweli, Immortal Technique, among many more. Some activists’ appearances include Cornell West, Bree Newsome, Rahiel Tesfamariam, Rev. Renita Lamkin, and Rabbi Susan Talve.

#Bars4Justice is set for release to the educational market in the US and Canada August 9th 2016, the 2nd year anniversary of Mike Brown’s death. Ali and Khaaliq aim to help educate and address injustices caused by a lack of representation in the justice system from the eye of their lens. “Both directors will be available for presentations along with their film, ” said Torres.

The film is financed by Nation19, YoSoy and with the participation of Co-producer Ronald Sims.

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#Bars4Justice WIKI: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bars4justice

#Bars4Justice is available to educational Institutions here: http://twn.org/catalog/pages/cpage.aspx?rec=1443&card=price

Awards:
Winner Best Short Documentary at the 23rd Annual Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) 
https://www.paff.org/films/bars4justice

Winner Audience Choice Award (Short Documentary) at the Uptown Short Film Festival

Screenings:
World Premiere October 1st 2015 Phoenix, AZ – 

NAACP Private screening October 5th 2015 

November 24th 2015 – Alloy Studios – Pittsburg, PA

Pan African Film Festival (PAFF)  February 8th, 11th, 13th, 14th 2016 – Rave Cinemas Los Angeles, CA

University of Arizona Tucson February 15th 2016

Arizona State University (ASU) February 26th 2016

Uptown Short Film Festival –  May 15th 2016 – Harlem, NY 

Allied Media Conference – June 18 2016 Detroit, Michigan (Wayne State University)

Mutianyu Art Gallery Bejing China – September 2016

Milwaukee Film Festival September – September 22th – October 6th 2016 

For further information contact or media inquiries:
get@nation19.com
909.380.2138

Jesse Williams speech at the 2016 BET Awards may offend some people.

In case you missed it, Jesse Williams dropped so many gems in his acceptance speech at the 2016 BET Awards. “If you have no interest in equal rights for Black people then do not make suggestions to those that do, sit down” said Williams.

Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams has been very vocal about social injustices against the Black community. In his recent interview with The Guardian he speaks about his childhood “My parents were both activists and I really connected to the social justice movement. Growing up in Chicago, that was a big part of the community that we were in and the people that were in our house,” he says. “I also lived below the poverty line for my entire childhood.”

He also spoke on his Biracial look “To some people I might be a celebrity because I’m physically attractive. We are programmed to believe that someone is attractive because they told you that blue eyes are hot. I am not going to participate in that shit,” he says. “I aim to do what I can with what I have. And I have my [looks] – you know, European beauty standards give me access to things.”

Watch what he said at the BET awards here:

 

 

 

ROOTS is not the roots of black people (Snoop on Slavery movies)

So the lame people over at History Channel assembled a star studded cast (Forrest Whittaker, Lawrence Fishburn, T.I.) to regurgitate Alex Haley’s fairytale book and TV series Roots. But this time the people are boycotting this socially orchestrated tale of black suffering and white Masa’s sipping mint julep on the front porch. It’s interesting that History Channel has never created anything promoting black excellence before…why now…why this???

Let’s not forget Black Roots or Black History is actually endless and does not start when white folks stole us from Africa. Some of the roots of our past were found in Ethiopia dating back 3.2 Million years by Dr. Donald Johnson. This planet is scattered with the remains of the Nubian Dynasties of upper and lower Egypt, Mali, Timbuktu, Olmec, Pacific Islands, Moors, Asia and the other great and marvelous civilizations developed, engineered by very, very dark skinned people. (Not just African)

No slaves came from Africa. European Slave traders kidnaped farmers, architects, scientist, healers, astronomers, mothers, children, fathers. We were not slaves. Our Roots are the blackness of space and the universe it self…all life comes from darkness.


Here is what Snoop had to say about Roots.

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Nation19, LA, Pan African Film Festival, Russell Simmons, and the Red Carpet!

Peace this is Nation19 live in LA and it’s going down!

#Bars4Justce Premièred and it was a favorite at the 24th annual Pan African Film Festival. It was so dope to see all our fam and fb fam!

Then we were invited to the Directors Guild to talk about our film and why it is important to use art and media for social change.

After that we were invited to meet with the God Father of Hip Hop Russell Simmons and we talked about everything from President Obama, Social Change, and the Oscars. He even announced the All Def Digital movie awards while we were there!

So if ur in LA today catch us tonight at the final screening of #Bars4Justice at 10:50PM at Rave Cinemas 15 in the Baldwin hills Plaza. See yall there!

Rave Cinemas 15
4020 Marlton Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90008
Call (323) 296-1005 for directions

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The Oscars are wack and lacks diversity but that’s a good thing. Here is why.

The 88th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (The Oscars), lacks diversity and yes the #Oscarsarewack but that could be a good thing for Film makers, Actors, Actresses, Producers and Directors of Color. Here is why.

People of Color make up 37% of the U.S population, but purchased 46% of movie tickets(Washington Post 12/15/2015) That statistic alone proves that Movies showing diverse cast and crew are big business. This is another wake up call to establish and support institutions that promote and honor black films and the people in front and behind the cameras.

Boycotting the Oscars is not going to change anything, Establishing our own institutions will. Who in the heck is Oscar anyway…lol.

Nation19 is honored to be selected to screen our independently produced film #Bars4Justice at the 24th annual Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) which runs from February 4th – 15th 2016 in Los Angeles. The Festival was founded by actor, producer and humanitarian Danny Glover, Ja’Net DuBois (Good Times), and Ayuko Babu.
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Established in 1992 the festival honors filmmakers from all over the world and showcases the broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images and help destroy negative stereotypes. Last year they even held a workshop / panel with Denzel Washington! The Pan African Film Festival is the longest running event during black history and is the largest film festival in the US.

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Denzel Washing teaches a panel discussion at the 23rd Annual Pan African Film Festival in 2015.

The Oscars are wack! Support and build your own reality. If you are in LA check out the Pan African Film Festival and hang out with us!

#bars4Justice (screenings):
Mon, Feb 8
@1:25PM
Thu, Feb 11@6:15PM (Nation19 will be in attendance)
Sat, Feb 13@10:50PM (Nation19 will be in attendance)
Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza and Rave Cinemas 15
3650 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard 90008
323 290.6636
Map to theatre

Oh, here is the trailer to our film its really dope!

A hip hop activist gives more than his talent when he comes face to face with the justice system in Ferguson Missouri. Narrated by Jasiri X with appearances by Common, Talib Kweli, Immortal Technique, Cornell West, and Bree Newsome.
Written, Directed, Edited, and Produced by Hakeem Khaaliq & Queen Muhammad Ali Cinematography by Hakeem Khaaliq, Co-Produced by Ronald Sims and Steve Powell Narrated by Jasiri X, Re-Recording Mixer Steve Harrison (The Audio Suite) Music by Michael Muhammad, Jorge Méndez, Jahsua, and Jasiri X Filmed on location in St Louis and Ferguson Missouri on August 9 -10th 2015. Trailer edited by Queen Muhammad Ali

 

Bill Cosby rape accuser Chloe Goins loses case and releases rap diss song.

On January 6, 2016 all charges made by convicted prostitute and stripper Chloe Goins’ against Bill Cosby according to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office were dropped because they lacked sufficient evidence. So instead she drops this wack a$$ rap diss song.

 

Bill Cosby arrested, Sandra Bland hung, Tamir Rice shot, the Modern Day Lynching?

Three Major court cases took place over the past few weeks. The arrest of Bill Cosby, the Sandra Bland case, and Tamir Rice case.
The Sandra Bland case where an innocent black woman was pulled over in Texas, abused by the arresting cop, and was mysteriously found hung in a jail cell with no indictment to the police department. The Tamir Rice case, where a 12 year old black boy was legally murdered in seconds by a police officer, and no indictment for the officer(s). And now the highly publicized arrest of Bill Cosby with a million dollar bail. The prosecutor even took Cosby’s passport so he could not leave the country. With unproven allegations, the endless reputation slaughter, slander, and arrest has diminished the legacy of ” Mr Bill Cosby  ” and taken him through the mud unlike white celebrities actually found guilty of acts of pedophilia, and rape. These are all examples of modern day lynchings… some cold blooded murder, and for our prestigious role models, the murder of a legacy.

No wonder Lebron James is so afraid to speak out. When asked about Tamir Rice he said “and to be honest, I haven’t really been on top of this issue.” Really dude? Tamir was killed a year ago and headlined in the news with national protests and you still don’t know about it? If you have a job that makes you afraid to stand up for your own people, then you are just another modern day slave.. and one day you will be on the name slaughter list just like our other greats. Athletes like Muhammad Ali and Jim Brown were much greater influences in there time and had all the peoples love because they stood up for the people.

On June 4, 1967 outstanding Black athletes gathered in the offices of the Black Economic Union in Cleveland, Ohio to support Muhammad Ali’s famously refused induction into the U.S. military.

Some may say, why should people expect so much from an athlete? Well, the answer is we don’t expect anything from an athlete, we expect something from a black father who has children, and we expect from a black man who will stand up for his own kind instead of using his influence to sell bacon burgers! I mean c’mon son!
So instead of standing up for your people, you promote toxic food that is killing your people.. #SMDH

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So we have all the slavery roles in modern times including the lynchings, the house Negro, Masa, and Nat Turner (Nation19 Magazine/APDTA). Don’t let yourself be categorized as the next modern day house negro. Remember, a man or woman who stands for nothing, will fall for anything, and will eventually cause a domino effect. So stand up!  #APDTA

 

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You can get with this or you can get with that: Phylicia Rashad vs Andrea Constand

Back in the days there was a catchy rap song and the hook went like this “You can get with this or you can get with that.” We hate to compare people but this situation demands some critical investigation.  Above are two pictures of women. The one on the left is the beautiful actress Phylicia Rashad who worked with Bill Cosby on the most popular black TV show ever. Her role as Clair Huxtable on the sitcom The Cosby Show landed her an EMMY nomination in 1985 and 1986. Aside from acting Rashad graduated Magna Cum Laude from Howard University. With such an amazing woman around Mr Bill Cosby why would he not slip her a qualude and had his way. On every situation she defends him as a upright respectful man.

The woman on the right is the very manly Andrea Constand, an out LESBIAN ex basketball player from Canada. She accused Bill Cosby of drugging her with pills and sexually assaulting her in his home while she worked at Temple University. All criminal charges against Cosby in February 2005 were dropped due to a lack of evidence by Constand. When the criminal charges were not pursued, Constand launched a civil suit against Cosby in March 2005. Cosby settled that suit for undisclosed terms a year later. Andrea Constant is reported to have been living off that money she obtained from the settlement.

The logic doesn’t add up. Phylicia Rashad, the beautiful intelligent woman you are alone with for decades…no rape, no drugging, nothing but respect. But Andrea Constant, the manly not so attractive lesbian female jock, you drug, and assault? Cmon something doesn’t add up.

Here is a quote from Phylicia Rashad on ABC NEWS. “What you’re seeing is the destruction of a legacy. And I think it’s orchestrated. I don’t know why or who’s doing it, but it’s the legacy. And it’s a legacy that is so important to the culture,” she said. “This show represented America to the outside world. This was the American family. And now you’re seeing it being destroyed. Why?”

“You can get with this or you can get with that” – Blacksheep.

Activists discuss social injustice at World Premier screening of film in Phoenix!

 

We had such a great night at the world premier screening of our film #Bars4Justice! There were community activists, leaders, organizers, artists, and hip hop heads all there to discuss as a whole what we can do as a community to make a difference. WestCoast Kam was there and he talked about his role as an artists, hiphop and advocacy. Staring in the film is Jasiri X who flew all the way from Pittsburg, PA. There was a question and answer session with him where we spoke about his role as a hiphop activist. So we want to bring the film to your city to encourage and promote how hip hop and the arts can be used as a tool for positive change.

 

For info about screening in your area contact:

get@nation19.com

909.380.2138

Filmmakers bring Ferguson to Phoenix’s Hip Hop community… Sheriff Arpaio not invited.

On October 1st, community leaders along with local and national Hip Hop artist will meet in Phoenix to discuss racial profiling, police brutality, SB1070 laws, and Sheriff Joe Arpaio. This will take place at a premier screening of a short film “#Bars4Justice” (view or download media kit) Presented by Nation19 and Directed by award winning filmmakers Hakeem Khaaliq and Queen Muhammad Ali. “We believe this is the perfect time to use different approaches to activism especially in the state of our society today, and encouraging advocacy through hip hop can help educate and position today’s youth locally and nationally” said Queen. The film includes cameo appearances by Academy Award® winner artist Common (Selma) along with Talib Kweli, Immortal Technique, M1 from Dead Prez, Jasiri X, Cornell West, Bree Newsome, and activists from all over the country. “This film documents the new generation of civil right activists who don’t sing We shall overcome they chant… Fight the Power” said Hakeem. “Bars4Justice” was filmed in Ferguson in the midst of yet another officer involved shooting during the anniversary of Michael Browns death who was killed by officer Darren Wilson on the same day a year prior.


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With the growing epidemic of police deadly force against people of color, community activism has become a necessity.  While community activism is progressing, there is another revolution on the rise that has not yet been televised. The revolution of HipHop advocacy and the rise of MC’s rapping about social issues.

Subsequent screenings of the film #Bars4Justice are being scheduled in Chicago, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, New York, Honolulu, and Ferguson. To find out more about screening the film in your area contact 909.380.2138 or email get[at]nation19.com.


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Facts:
  • Since the 2014 killings of unarmed 17 year old Mike brown in Ferguson, and unarmed  34-year-old father of four Rumain Brisbon in Phoenix, 1100+ people were killed at the hands of police.
  • Arizona ranks among the highest in nation for deaths by Cops
  • No FM or AM radio station currently play conscious Hip Hop in Phoenix
  • Officer Mark Rine was not charged for the killing of unarmed father Rumain Brisbon.
  • Since then Arizona passed a law in 2015 that will shield names of police in ‘deadly force’ killings.
  • The Public Enemy music video for “By the Time I Get to Arizona” aired on MTV only one time in 1991. However, PE’s message spread:
    The NFL pulled the 1993 Super Bowl from Tempe, Arizona, and thousands of conventions and tourists followed suit. It’s estimated the state lost $350 million in revenue before voters reconsidered the referendum in a 1993 vote, re-instating the King holiday.

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What does “bars” 4justice mean?
The most popular time signature in music  is the 4/4 measure and 4 bars is usually 1/4th  of a rap verse (16 bars).


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About Bars4Justice:
Bars4Justice is a documentary film shot on location in St Louis and Ferguson. The film follows Emcee / Community activist Jasiri X who was invited to perform at a benefit concert on August 9th 2015 along with Common, Talib Kweli, Immortal Technique, Cornell West, and Bree Newsome. The screening and live Q&A discussion with Jasiri X on Hip Hop’s roll in activism locally and nationally will take place on October 1st 2015 at:
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Mod HQ 

2828 N. Central Ave. 
Suite 100 (First Floor)
Phoenix, AZ  85004
(Southwest corner of Central and Thomas)
602.687.9417 (Venue)
909.380.2138 (Nation19)

6:30PM to 9:00PM 

Space is limited (so come early)
Free admission
Free parking

All ages welcomed


Featuring

In order of appearance
Jasiri X
Talib Kweli
Fubar St Louis
Tory Russell (Hands up United)
Kayla Reed (OBS)
Kendra Ross
The Ferguson Poet
Cornell West
Bree Newsome
Immortal Technique
Tef Poe
T-Dubb-O
Pharaoh Monch
Bun B (UGK)
M1 (Dead Prez)
Common
Family of Mike Brown
Rev. Renita Lamkin
Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou
Rev Traci Blackmon
Rahiel Tesfamariam (Urban Cusp)
Rabbi Susan Talve ( Reform Congregation)
Rev Michael McBride
Protestors
Davey D
Rosa Clamente
Deray Mckesson (We The Protesters)
Andre Anderson, Chief of Police Ferguson

 


NWA Tour with Eminem is coming straight outta somewhere in Europe?

Universal chief Donna Langley is trying to reunite N.W.A for a European tour to promote the group’s biopic with Eminem filling in as Eazy E, and sitting in as an honorary member according to the Langley. “We don’t have anything settled yet with everyone’s schedules,” she says. “But we think it can create a lot of buzz.”

After hearing this the crew over here at Nation19 came up with some ways the tour could go down with Eminem added. First thing is N.W.A. (Niggaz Wit Attitudes) may scare some, so we suggest renaming it N.W. E. (Niggaz Wit Eminem).

In order to seamlessly perform the songs that Eazy made famous we think its best to leave his legendary status in place and create new titles of his songs.

  • Instead of the crowd screaming We Want Eazy how about We Want Eminem. 
  • Calling black men Boyz is so 1940’s so Eminem can rework the old school classic into White Boyz in the Hood. 
  • Lastly in hopes of calming the racial tensions between blacks and the police they can replace F@^! the Police with a new tour version with Eminem called…My Uncle’s a Police.  JK…lol

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Bill Cosby’s innocence, Hollywood Pedophiles, and why all people don’t think alike.

While everybody is talking about accusations there are real rapist in Hollywood we should all be aware of, but mainstream media chooses to sweep their stories under the rug. On December 11th we published “Wilhelmina Model offered $15,000 to Destroy Bill Cosby Comes Forward” and received hundreds of thousands of views on our site and and close to two million views on Facebook. It appears that most people feel the Bill Cosby accusers could be a scam. While the major news outlets are hyping up allegations on Bill Cosby that are most likely not true… THERE ARE REAL RAPIST IN HOLLYWOOD!

Hollywoods best kept secret has been turned into a documentary Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Amy Berg. But this documentary is only the tip of the iceberg. We researched a few very powerful people in hollywood… here are a few.


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Woody Allen

His movies are really funny but his family is not laughing. Recently (2014) he was awarded Golden Globe lifetime achievement award. His net worth is about $65 Million.

What they say he did and what he did:
Woody Allen’s ex Mia Farrow found naked pictures of their adopted daughter Soon-Yi among Woody’s belongings. After he breaks up with Mia Farrow Woody Allen marry’s the teenage Soon Yi at 56.

His other daughter
Allen had been in therapy for alleged inappropriate behavior toward Dylan Farrow (Mia’s other daughter) with a child psychologist before the abuse allegation was presented to the authorities or made public. Mia Farrow had instructed her babysitters that Allen was never to be left alone with Dylan. Allen was accused of molesting Dylan when she was 7 years old.
His daughter Dylan Farrow who accused him of molesting her wrote a full letter that didn’t get to much hype from the press. Here it is. 

This is what Ronan Farrow (Woody Allen’s son who is a journalist w/ MSNBC/NBC) said after watching his Golden Globe tribute. (ouch!)


Brian Singer
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Brian Singer:
You might not know his name but you know his movies. The 49 year old director has a net worth of $70 Million and X-Men: Days of Future Past made close to a billion dollars worldwide since its release in May 2014. He is openly Gay and has been spotted on many occasions at wild gay parties with attendees such as Mogul David Geffen who is also gay.

Some of His Movies:
1995 The Usual Suspects
2000 X-Men
2006 Superman Returns
2011 X-Men: First Class
2013 Jack the Giant Slayer
2014 X-Men: Days of Future Past
1998 Apt Pupil *

What he is accused of doing:
Mr Singer has been accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old boy. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Hawaii, plaintiff Michael Egan, was 17 when he was forced to perform various sexual acts which include alleged forced oral and anal intercourse with Singer during the late-1990’s. The court papers allege Singer “manipulated his power, wealth, and position in the entertainment industry to sexually abuse and exploit the underage Plaintiff through the use of drugs, alcohol, threats, and inducements which resulted in Plaintiff suffering catastrophic psychological and emotional injuries.”

His Life imitating his Art:
In the film Apt Pupil, Bryan Singer filmed a shower scene at Eliot Middle School in Altadena, California on April 2, 1997, and two weeks later, a 14-year-old extra filed a lawsuit alleging that Singer forced him and other extras to strip naked for the scene. Two boys, 16 and 17-years-old each, later supported the 14-year-old’s claim. No charges were brought against the director. The films final scene shows the main character a 16 year old teenage boy blackmails his schools counselor into silence by threatening to accuse him of making inappropriate sexual advances towards him. 


Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski

Roman Polanski:
Most of the homies in the hood have never heard of him but he is an Academy award winning Director with 81 awards and 51 nominations. He has a net worth of 45 Million and is currently directing a new movie in Poland.

Some of his Movies: 
2015 The Stalking Moon
2002 The Pianist
1974 Chinatown
1968 Rosemary’s Baby *

What he did:
In March 1977, Mr. Polanski was arrested and charged in Los Angeles for drugging and rapping a 13-year-old girl Samantha Gailey five times. The actual charge was rape by use of drugs, perversion, sodomy, lewd and lascivious act upon a child under 14, and furnishing a controlled substance to a minor.

Instead of facing imprisonment Polanski fled to France in February 1978, hours before he was to be formally sentenced. Since then Polanski has mostly lived in France and avoided visiting countries likely to extradite him to the United States.

Pedophile sympathizer Hannah Slapper wrote “Roman Polanski’s lifetime achievement award reminds us that art should never be judged by the morals of the artist” in The Guardian in 2010. We wonder if she will say the same thing for Bill Cosby.

His Life imitating his Art:
Rosemary’s Baby is a 1968 Roman Polanski film about a woman whose husband signs a pact with the Satan-worshipping cult next door. Starring woody Allen’s Mia Farrow (kinda strange)

The film’s composer died of a brain clot one year after making the film, the same way a character in the film dies. Then producer William Castle suffered kidney failure soon after the film was made

But on August 9, 1969, while at home with friends, Roman Polanski’s wife Sharon Tate was murdered by the followers of Charles Manson’s gang in Los Angeles. Tate was eight months pregnant (kinda like the movie Roman Polanski did the year before) with Polanski’s baby at the time. Manson’s peeps stabbed her 16 times and murdered the four friends who were with her.


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