Lee Daniels warns CNN of ‘dark times’ in America after storming Capitol Hill – Deadline

“I mean I wasn’t shocked, but I was shocked,” Lee Daniels told CNN tonight of his reaction to the deadly assault on Congress by a horde of MAGA morons on January 6.

Join Don Lemon on AT&T Owned Cable Newspaper to Promote Golden Globe Nomination The United States vs. Billie Holiday, Empire Co-creator Daniels was not taken aback in his response to the attempted coup of Donald Trump and his supporters. At the same time, the Oscar nominee shone the spotlight on the racist underpinnings of the Confederate flag waving insurgents and the Trump-led Republican Party that has stoked the flames.

“We had been locked up, we had been shot, we had been… I can’t even imagine what would have happened,” Daniels told Lemon of what would have happened at the Capitol barely guarded ago. nearly a month if the crowd had been black instead of the barely touched and overwhelming white invaders. “And it really is a statement about our situation in America,” Daniels added, just days before the former’s second impeachment trial. Celebrity apprentice the host is scheduled to begin Feb. 9 in the Senate.

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“It’s a dark time right now.”

Ready to launch on Hulu on February 26, Andra Day Billie Holiday focuses on the federal government’s relentless harassment of the jazz legend during his performance of the anti-lynching ballad “Strange Fruit”. As the FBI plants drugs on addict Holiday in the 1940s and attempts to break her personally and professionally, the singer’s activism evolves and grows to become a vital part of the civil rights movement. Based on 2015 by Johann Hari Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs book, the Daniels directed and the film written by Suzan-Lori Parks was nominated earlier this week for two Golden Globes – Best Actress for Day and Best Original Song for “Tigress and Tweed.”

Yet for Daniels, even with the Holidays A fact-based film, the madness of our current reality leaves a biopic or fiction far behind – at least in the realm of credibility.

“You can’t write a script like this, you can’t write a Don script, you can’t write a script like we see it, like we see it now on Capitol Hill and across the country,” Daniels said. tonight on CNN. the political and cultural divide and the resurgence of white supremacy crippling America in this Black History Month.

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