Originally published January 2016.

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Let me start by saying that there is a big difference between Nate Parker’s Birth of a Nation and R. Kelly’s "Remix to Ignition".

If that needs to be explained to you, please walk outside, sit down, and come back when you’ve thought about what you’ve done.

Nate Parker has found himself in the headlines based on rape allegations he received back in 1999 while doing his undergrad at Penn State. He and his roommate (Jean Celestin, the co-writer of Birth of a Nation) were accused of rape by a woman who claimed she was unconscious and drunk at the time of the occurrence. The charges against Parker were ultimately dropped. However, with Birth of a Nation slated for an October release, the scrutiny on the actor's past has increased. In the news more recently, it was revealed that Parker’s accuser committed suicide a decade or so after the Penn State incident happened. Parker addressed this recent discovery by taking to his Facebook page and spoke his mind:

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