Michael Kenneth Williams
Born on November 22nd, 1966
From Flatbush, New York
Blues singer Bessie Smith (Queen Latifah) rises to fame in the 1920s to become a musical legend.
In the years before the Civil War, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South. Subjected to the cruelty of one malevolent owner (Michael Fassbender), he also finds unexpected kindness from another, as he struggles continually to survive and maintain some of his dignity. Then in the 12th year of the disheartening ordeal, a chance meeting with an abolitionist from Canada changes Solomon's life forever.