Will Smith: A Film about when blacks of Ethiopian descent ran Egypt

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In case you’re wondering, the film reportedly centers on Taharqa, the last Pharaoh of the 25th or Nubian Dynasty (the one in which blacks of Ethiopian descent ran Egypt) and is supposedly full of Ethiopians battling Assyrians for the throne of Amun-Ra. Taharqa was the son of Piye, the Nubian king of Napata who had first conquered Egypt, and the younger brother and successor of Shebitku. Read More.

14 Responses to “Will Smith: A Film about when blacks of Ethiopian descent ran Egypt”

  1. 1 Dorowet Sep 9th, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    Will Smith he looks like Ethiopian “Habesha” and it will be a great movie if will is in it.

    Yohan from Sydney

  2. 2 Ayele Bekerie Sep 11th, 2008 at 4:06 am

    Dear Tadias,

    The title of the film should have been ‘when Ethiopians ran Egypt.’ The 25th Dynsaty (751 – 525 BCE) was an Ethiopian Dynasty, a Dynasty that ruled both Egypt and Nubia, which was also called Ethiopia. The name Ethiopia in the ancient times refers to territories south of ancient Egypt. What William Leo Hansberry calls Alpine Ethiopia or Present Day Ethiopia adopts the name in the fourth century of the Common Era.

    I think the movie is a great opportunity to broaden the field of Ethiopian Studies. It will help us to frame the field as global Ethiopian Studies. In addition to the ancient history of Ethiopia (Meroitica and Aksumita Ethiopia), we have a rich intellectual history of Ethiopianism and Neo-Ethiopianism (Rastafrianism) in the African Diaspora, South Africa, West Africa, and the Caribbean. In short, we need to recognize the fact that the ‘stretched hands of Ethiopia’ is a global phenomena.

    Ayele Bekerie

  3. 3 Hanniba HABESH Feb 27th, 2009 at 11:49 am


    The ancient Ethiopians who ruled Egypt at that time didn’t have the dark brown complexion of Abeshas. They may have been darker because Nubian means dark skinned (I am not sure).


  4. 4 Million Apr 16th, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    From what I know Ethiopia in Greek means “burnt face” meaning darker skin.

  5. 5 Guest May 28th, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    The actual truth of the matter is that during The Indo-Oriental Invasions West African Holacaust of The Great Maafa known as The Transatlantic Slave Trade. A large part of this history affects Moorish/Black/African-Americans to this day.

  6. 6 Ancient Princess Jun 19th, 2009 at 2:11 am

    I love will Smith. This will be a great film!!!

  7. 7 Truth Jan 8th, 2010 at 9:39 am

    I agree. It should have been named “When Ethiopians ran Egypt”!!!

  8. 8 ashoka Feb 11th, 2010 at 8:53 am

    hi there, i am a histroy buff. very good.

  9. 9 elnagar Feb 19th, 2010 at 9:03 am

    King of Nubia Thraca was not from Ethiopia but was a Nubian king.

  10. 10 Ayman Jul 4th, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    The Nubian kings (ruled) from the current day Sudan.

  11. 11 Eias Elgorashi Feb 6th, 2012 at 5:41 am

    For you in formation dears the correct Name for the Nubian king is TIRHAQA not TAHARQA. this is king is from North Sudan “MAHAS Tribe” he is not Ethiopian. You are welcome to contact me through my e-mail address as you have it

  12. 12 Jeffrey Murray Jul 25th, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    I believe Will Smith is perfect for this role,because not only is he an good actor. He
    also an hugh box office draw,an film of this grand scale wouldn’t considered getting made
    without the presence of Mr.Will Smith.For the first time in motion picture history,to
    see an Africa America play an role one of the powerful kings, in ancient history is great.African Americans need to surport this epic, this would send an powerful messeng to

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