'Miracle At St. Anna' Writer, Cast Share War Stories

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Director Spike Lee's latest movie, Miracle at St. Anna, is about the sometimes forgotten contribution of African-American soldiers during World War II. It's based on James McBride's novel of the same name.

While battling racism from the U.S. military and attacks from the Nazis, one of the soldiers in the all-black Buffalo Soldiers Division risks his life to save a young Italian boy.

Farai Chideya sits down with three stars of the film — Derek Luke, Laz Alonso and Omar Benson Miller — as well as writer James McBride.

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