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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced a new set of Inclusion Standards for movies to be eligible for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, starting with the 2024 ceremony. The Oscars have come up with a number of new requirements in order “to encourage equitable representation on- and off-screen in order…

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When April Reign, former entertainment attorney and managing editor of BroadwayBlack.com, created the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite in early 2015, it seemed Hollywood had all but forgotten about the diverse human fabric that truly made “America great.” Box-office draws Will Smith and Idris Elba were snubbed for a nomination in 2016 for what many thought was some…

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For weeks, all eyes were on Chris Rock as he decided to stay on as the host of this year’s Oscars despite the backlash over the #OscarsSoWhite controversy. On Sunday night, fans got to see how Rock handled the controversy with monologues about the Oscars’ diversity issue and even a joke with controversial actress Stacey…

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Stacey Dash has been all over the Internet since last night when she made a shocking appearance in a Black History Month-themed joke alongside host Chris Rock at the 2016 Academy Awards. With Dash having previously said that Black History Month should be done away with, it comes as little surprise that many Black fans weren’t…

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Although several celebs are outraged that no Black actors were nominated for an Oscar this year, Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx seems unfazed by it all and believes others should be, too. While on stage at the American Black Film Festival Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Feb. 21,  the actor-comedian-singer joked about…

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The backlash against the Academy Awards for once again nominating only White actors has intensified. Oscar boycott parties are being hosted across the nation this Sunday, and  directors Ava DuVernay and Ryan Coogler recently announced a fundraiser for Flint, Michigan, in response to the area’s lead-poisoned water. The fact that the fundraiser takes place on the…

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As the 88th Academy Awards quickly approaches, seven of the 13 living Black actors who have walked away with a prestigious award from the Academy are breaking down their thoughts about inequality and race in Hollywood. In the new issue of Variety, Lupita Nyong’o, who received the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role…

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Actor and comedian Chris Rock is hosting the 88th Academy Awards — the 2016 Oscars ceremony that has caused so much controversy over diversity. Rock, 51, tells The Hollywood Reporter back in December while shooting promos and prior to the nominations announcement, “I’m only here because Ellen didn’t want to do the show. I’m only here cause Ellen…

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When legendary actress Jada Pinkett Smith spoke out against the Oscars last month and announced that she was boycotting the ceremony for not nominating any Black actors in two years, the world took notice and all eyes fell on the Oscars and their neglect of diversity. Since then, the Academy has announced that they plan…

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President Barack Obama joins a long list of celebrities posing a simple question to Hollywood. “Are we making sure that everybody is getting a fair shot?” Obama told ABC affiliate KABC in Los Angeles, regarding the lack of diversity among this year’s Oscar nominations. “I think that California is an example of the incredible diversity…

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