Pretty much everyone already expected the Dolby Theatre to be full of white faces on Feb. 28 for the 88th Academy Awards. There barely being any people of color in the award nominees and the resulting boycotts and public criticisms of the Academy by those same forgotten faces made that pretty clear. But, due to a stipulation concerning who makes it onto the invite list in the first place, it looks like the boycotts are going to gain some more supporters.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s music has never really drawn me in. Initially, I admit it was because the public was so strongly against it I didn’t feel the need. Even when I decided to think for myself and checked out The Heist on my own, there wasn’t much to make me want to revisit it; but that’s just my personal preference. However, the latest controversial song from the Seattle-bred duo, entitled “White Privilege II,” appears to be an exception.
Black actors just can’t catch a break…or a job.
A movie is coming out about Michael Jackson, Marlon Brandon, and Elizabeth Taylor taking a road trip to Ohio after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which is based on what is rumored to be a true story.
While promoting The Birth of a Nation at Sundance, Gabrielle Union took a moment to criticize those that feel there isn’t a need for movies or awards to highlight black people. To be specific, she criticized Stacey Dash, who she cleverly pretended to not know.
Nate Parker’s The Birth of A Nation, a film telling the story of Nat Turner’s 1831 slave rebellion, recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim. The attention was so sudden that there was a bidding war the very next morning that ended when Fox Searchlight, the same studio that released 12 Years a Slave, bid $17.5 million to distribute it, according to Indiewire.
With stunning models representing Brazilian Blackness, it’s clear that Jeferson Lima has tapped into a culture that exudes pride in one’s own body. Lima’s project not only aims to highlight Black beauty but also strives to celebrate and channel Salvador’s spirit through the Black community.
In recent Hip-Hop related news, the rapper B.o.B has challenged the scientific idea that the Earth is round.
It’s been two embarrassing years for the Academy Awards on the diversity front. Not only was #OscarsSoWhite a needed slogan last year, but it’s even more justified this year as, once again, no actors or actresses of color were nominated for a single award. To bring some humor to the situation, as well as some additional criticism through satire, NBC’s Saturday Night Live played off of the moment in a recent sketch.
Many thought the lack of diversity in the 87th Academy Awards in 2015 and the #OscarsSoWhite social media campaign that followed would be a sufficient wake up call. The last thing that anyone expected was that the 88th Academy Awards would take a major step in the wrong direction when it was already so far behind.
Had I known that listening to strangers talk about random things would help with my anxiety, I would have started long ago.
At the beginning of Winter Break, I was in a particularly low depressive bout and had been off medication for about three months. To avoid any potential triggers, and because generally the radio is less than satisfactory, I’d been driving around in silence. That got old quickly, so I decided to give a listen to The Read, a podcast many of my friends have loved and suggested for years despite my constant dismissal.