As audiences everywhere are confronted with the cruelty of slave trading through Jamie Foxx’s new film, Django Unchained, the actor and radio host has been charged to tackle the subject of slavery in his own household. A father of two girls, Jamie recently took his daughters to the set of his new film where they came in contact with a great deal of history and culture on a real plantation in Louisiana.
“My four year-old (Annalise) just ran, jumped and played and had a good time which is probably what a lot of young slave kids did at the time,” said Foxx. “They didn’t know how bad their situation was. But my 18 year-old (Corinne) was stunned. 7,000 names of babies that were killed on the plantation because when a Black woman would have a baby, the slave master would say, ‘so how are you going to pick cotton?’ So he killed the baby.”
Although hailed as one of his most powerful works in acting, Jamie thinks that there is more to Django Unchained than mere entertainment. The actor also believes that audiences everywhere can be educated on the poor condition of many slaves during one of America’s darkest hours .
Django Unchained is available for viewing at local theaters throughout the nation.