PASADENA, CA - FEBRUARY 05:  Actor Michael B. Jordan attends the 47th NAACP Image Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 5, 2016 in Pasadena, California.

Was I Right about the NAACP Image Awards?

Alright, alright, alright now.

I think I want to offer a formal congratulation to everyone who won and was nominated for an NAACP Image Awards. It is super important that African Americans are honored for the work they do on and off the screen, and I am happy that there is at least one day where an award show is quality enough to be for us, by us. With that said, I have mixed feelings about the award show.

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The 2016 Oscar nominations prove the Academy’s diversity problem

For the second year in a row, the annual Oscars ceremony will be unmistakably…white.

The Academy Award nominations were announced early Thursday morning. Snubs, no doubt, are expected. Upsets happen. But in the midst of growing criticism for Hollywood’s lack of diversity, it’s hard not seeing this year’s nominations as egregious erasure.

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Lupita Nyong’o Set to Star in ‘The Queen of Katwe’

 

Lupita Nyong’o is set to star in “The Queen of Katwe,” a film that is inspired by a 2011 ESPN article and book by Tim Crothers.

The film is based off of the story of the Ugandan chess prodigy, Phiona Mutsia. Mira Nair will direct the film. In addition to Nyong’o who plays the role of Mustia’s mother, the film will also star the newcomer and Kenyan actress Madina Nalwanga as Mutsia and David Oyelowo as Robert Katende, Mutsia’s coach. This film is a monumental for Hollywood and the women of color who are involved in the industry.

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Chris Rock Has an Intersectional Critique of Jennifer Lawrence’s Feminism

Who doesn’t love Jennifer Lawrence? She’s the modern-day Joan of Arc who calls out Hollywood and its sexist pay structures while still headlining some of the biggest films of the year. Well, Chris Rock, like many people of color doesn’t believe Lawrence is the great light for equality. Rather, he suggests that her focus on pay differences for women misses how race also plays a factor.

People Magazine offends with mammy tweet about Viola Davis

 

 

Yesterday was a huge night for Viola Davis. Her show “How to Get Away With Murder,” created by Thursday night dominator Shonda Rhimes, premiered and it was pretty much a huge hit.

But a tweet during the show’s premiere has offended many. Instead of praising Viola, or just commenting about the show in general, People Magazine took to its Twitter account to “mammify” Davis. 

Donald Glover to play Spiderman, the animated version

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Well it’s finally happening–almost.

Community star Donald Glover expressed interest in playing the lead role in The Amazing Spiderman in 2010.

His fans took his request pretty seriously, and launched a social media campaign complete with a #donald4spiderman hashtag to make this a reality. 

The role ultimately went to Andrew Garfield, but now, Glover is finally getting his chance to play the character.