×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

PopPolitics: Corey Hawkins on Making ‘BlacKkKlansman’ in Charlottesville’s Aftermath (Listen)

WASHINGTON — Corey Hawkins, who plays Kwame Ture (Stokley Carmichael) in key scenes in Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman,” says that he thinks that the director wanted to “remind people.”

“For me it is just frustrating all of the distractions that are going on,” he tells Variety‘s “PopPolitics” on SiriusXM. “It is so easy to forget Charlottesville was only a year ago. A woman lost her life, and people were injured. It is so easy to forget the border. It is so easy to forget women, they are fighting for their rights and equality. It is so easy to forget people are being shot in their backs like dogs in the streets by white racist cops. It is so easy to forget these things, things that are echoed in this film, literally.”

The movie tells the story of Ron Stallworth, the first African-American officer on the Colorado Springs police force, who infiltrates the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan and even becomes one of its members. It is based on a true story and is set in the 1970s, but the movie refers to the 2017 Charlottesville riots to show the similarities to today.

Hawkins, who grew up in Washington, said that the white nationalist protests happening this weekend near the White House are of concern to him because people “aren’t coming to actually talk. I’m sure there are people who are coming to have a dialog, but we are not actually talking to each other. We’re talking at each other.

Popular on Variety

“I think that culture of just insensitivity, it starts at the top. And I mean that politically,” he says. “It starts at the top. And I grew up in D.C. — politics, we were around it.”

He said he doesn’t know what the message of the white nationalists will be. “Everybody has a right to say what they want to say, but repercussions are real,” he says.

He said that Lee did not make the movie to “demonize, or whatever his personal beliefs are. He wanted all of us, not just me, but Klan members, to be full dimensional characters. He was not just interested in making a mockery of them, because that is not the dialog.”

Listen below:

Protests in D.C.

Nikki Schwab of The New York Post and David Cohen of Variety talk about the effectiveness of protests at the White House, as Rosie O’Donnell joined demonstrators on Monday with a short speech and a handful of Broadway songs.

Listen below:

‘The Miseducation of Cameron Post’ and Conversion Therapy

Chloe Grace Moretz and director Desiree Akhavan talk about “The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” along with Mathew Shurka. Moretz portrays a teen grappling with her same-sex attraction who is sent to a religious based conversion therapy camp, whose leaders use questionable psychological practices in an effort to make their students straight. Shurka went through conversion therapy and is now an activist urging an end to such practices.

Listen below:

PopPolitics,” hosted by Variety’s Ted Johnson, airs from 2-3 p.m. ET/11 a.m.-noon PT on SiriusXM’s political channel POTUS. It also is available on demand.

More Politics

  • Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi,

    Nancy Pelosi Announces House Will Proceed With Impeachment

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday morning that the House will proceed with articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. Pelosi said the impeachment inquiry has shown that Trump abused his power by withholding military aid and a White House meeting from Ukraine in an attempt to pressure the country’s president to announce an investigation into [...]

  • Kamala Harris

    Kamala Harris Drops Out of Presidential Race

    Kamala Harris announced on Tuesday that she is dropping out of the presidential race, citing her campaign’s struggles to raise money in the closing months before the Iowa caucus. Harris informed her staff on a conference call that she was suspending her campaign. “My campaign for president simply doesn’t have the financial resources we need [...]

  • Prince Andrew161st Great Yorkshire Show, Great

    Woman Trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein Accuses Britain's Prince Andrew of Lying

    The woman who alleges that she was forced by Jeffrey Epstein to have sex with Prince Andrew said she had three encounters with the British royal at the late financier’s instigation and accused the prince of lying about it. Virginia Giuffre told the BBC that Epstein brought her to London in March 2001 when she [...]

  • Armed police at incident at London

    Two Dead in Terrorist Attack on London Bridge

    UPDATED: Several people were injured, some seriously, in a knife attack in London and their suspected assailant was killed by police in an incident Friday that Scotland Yard said was a terrorist assault. London police later said that two people were killed, according to the Associated Press. London Bridge was cordoned off and the area [...]

  • Donald Trump Hollywood Racism

    Trump Tweets Doctored Photo of Himself With Rocky Balboa's Body

    With a little Photoshop, anyone can have the Eye of the Tiger — or the shirtless body. On Wednesday, President Donald Trump had the internet scratching its collective head when he tweeted an image of his face superimposed on top of the fictional Rocky Balboa’s body. While the doctored image had no caption, it does [...]

  • Michael Bloomberg Democratic National Convention

    Michael Bloomberg Officially Enters Presidential Race

    Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Sunday that he would enter the Democratic Primary “to defeat Donald Trump” and “rebuild America.” I’m running for president to defeat Donald Trump and rebuild America. I believe my unique set of experiences in business, government, and philanthropy will enable me to win and lead. Join our team: [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content