Jesse Williams' speech at the BET Awards last night was a sharp reminder that there's no rest when it comes to staying woke. Now, a new film called Free State of Jones aims to tell a story from the Civil War that you've probably never heard.
The film centers around Newt Knight, a Mississippi farmer who's tired of the way the Civil War takes advantage of the poor and bands together with a group of runaway slaves to fight their mutual oppressors and create a "free state" of their own.
We sat down with the film's stars — Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Mahershala Ali — to talk about the progress of freedom, their most valued rights and whether or not racism still exists in Hollywood.
See their thought-provoking answers, above.
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