"The Hunger Games" dominated at the box office, taking $155 million in ticket sales, but its success has been 'tainted' by fans who tweeted racist complaints because two of the film's characters are not caucasian.
Amandla Stenberg played the young Rue -- and the 13-year-old wants so-called "fans" to know that she's not letting their racist commentary get her down.
"As a fan of the books, I feel fortunate to be part of 'The Hunger Games' family," she told Us Weekly in a statement. "It was an amazing experience. I am proud of the film and my performance. I want to thank all of my fans and the entire 'Hunger Games' community for their support and loyalty."
Amandla and co-star Dayo Okeniyi, who played District 11's male tribute, were the targets of the disgusting tweets.
The tweeters proved their racist ignorance and obviously did not read the book because the characters of Rue and Thresh were described in Suzanne Collins' book as having "dark brown skin."
The tweets objected to the film casting black actors and tweeted: "Awkward moment when Rue is some black girl and not the innocent blonde girl you picture," and "Kk call me racist but when i found out rue was black her death wasn't as sad #ihatemyself."
How would you feel if you knew that your school uniform has a microchip to track your every move?
In a city in Brazil, 20,000 students are required to wear uniforms that has GPS chips that will automatically send a text message to parents when their child enters the school area or leaves.
The microchip is embedded under the shirt arms or in one of the sleeves. The local government decided to create this project because parents were often surprised to hear that their child skipped class. The goverment plans to expand to all their public schools in 2013 for ages 4 to 14.
How would you feel about your school making you wear GPS uniforms?
August Wilson was one of the greatest playwrights of the twentieth century. His unique gift of storytelling shows us who we are and where we come from and how we - black and white- can survive and grow as human beings.
The August Wilson Monologue Competition keeps his legacy alive and provides a perfect resource to guide aspiring actors to find their own voices by embodying the vivid characters that August Wilson created.
Three regional finalists will be chosen from Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh and Seattle. The regional finalists will attend a Broadway show and work closely with two of Wilson's collaborators, director Kenny Leon and dramaturg Todd Kreidler. The semifinal round will take place at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center and the top contestants will be evaluated and chosen by a panel of celebrity judges to perform May 7.
The top three contestants from the national competition are awarded college scholarship opportunities in addition to monetary awards and the gift of TCG's Century Cycle collection. The first place winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize, the runner-up a $500 cash prize and the honorable mention a $250 cash prize. Each of the winners will also become eligible for college scholarship opportunities.
The August Wilson Theatre is located at 245 West 52nd Street.
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