My great (x3) grandfather was Solomon Northup. His life was depicted in 12 Years a Slave , last night's Oscar winner for Best Picture.
50 Shades of Black explores sexuality and skin tone in the formation of identity.
"Bearing the gifts that the ancestors gave, I am the hope and the dream of a slave" -Maya Angelou
See More of Northup's descendents at http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/gallery/12-years-a-slave-portraits-683439