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Jurnee Smollett gets a nod for her Work in “The Great Debaters” Starring with Denzel Washington

January 04, 2008

The Great Debaters is an excellent movie with some incredible performances.  It was directed by Denzel Washington and Oprah was one of the producers.  The Great Debaters is a fictionalized account of a true story. In the early 1930s, in the Jim Crow South, a small, all-black school in Marshall, Texas, called Wiley College produced a debate team of such skill and renown, they were invited to compete against the white-college champions, an unprecedented event in its day.  The performances that standout are of course Denzel Washington and Forest Whitaker, but Nate Parker &  Jurnee Smollett are equally impressive.  Smollett is equally endearing as the beautiful, demure, but no less smart-tongued Samantha Brooke. You might remember Smollett from her title role in 1997’s Eve’s Bayou. She was a fabulous child actor in that film and she’s a fabulous adult actor now.  Read More