Kerry Washington in Conversation With Cicely Tyson

Two actresses, two generations, one illuminating discussion.

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PG: What about "Django Unchained," the Quentin Tarantino film in which you co-starred? A revisionist, highbrow take on the violent blaxploitation pictures that — —

KW: It's unfortunate that so many people see Django as revisionist. I think it has to do with the lack of education around rebel slaves in this country, people who fought back and waged war for freedom by any means necessary. If you look at a story like "Nat Turner," you know that "Django" isn't really revisionist. We just aren't taught those stories.

PG: Miss Tyson, when blaxploitation films were at their pinnacle in the 1970s, were you offered one a week, two a week?

CT: I was. And how many have you seen me in?

PG: None that I can remember.

CT: Not one.

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