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Slavery, Apparently, Isn’t Dead

In small corners of America, Black people are still in chains

Modern-day slavery is, sadly, not dead. Photo: Hands try to break free of chains, Getty Images

In 2020, Janelle Monae starred in the horror film Antebellum playing a Black woman who was kidnapped by White people, smuggled into a Confederate camp, and forced to live as a slave. At different parts of the movie, viewers see Monae’s life as a modern…