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Should We Boycott The Oscars?

jada pinkett smith oscarsThe Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has nominated no Black actors for the second year in a row and Jada Pinkett Smith is speaking on it.

The outspoken, 44-year-old actress took to Facebook and Twitter to voice her concerns with this issue, sparking ideas of a boycott of the award show.

Pinkett Smith wrote on Facebook and Twitter:
“At the Oscars, people of color are always welcomed to give out awards, even entertain, but we are rarely recognized for our artistic accomplishments… Should people of color refrain from participating all together?”

“People can only treat us in the way in which we allow”

“With much respect in the midst of deep disappointment,’ J.

When prominent Black actors who had leading roles in well reviewed movies were not nominated in any category by the Acedemy, (Will Smith – “Concussion”, Idris Elba – “Beasts of No Nation”, and Samuel L. Jackson – “The Hateful Eight”), there was an immediate response on Twitter. Tweets sharing the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite highlighted the fact that the only nomination for the critically acclaimed “Straight Outta Compton” went to the two white screenwriters. To add salt to the wound,  “Creed,” a movie starring a Black man and directed by a Black man, only recognized Sylvester Stallone’s performance.

So what’s your opinion? Should we boycott the Oscars?

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6 comments

Dawn McClary January 18, 2016 at 1:35 am

My question is why do Black Actors need the adoration\validation of a body of old white men? And to what end to receive a “dumb Idol”? You make too much “their” traditions. Make an award show of your own. Better yet make your own positive uplifting movies for the edification of your own people.

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Roy DeGannes January 18, 2016 at 9:30 am

I agree with what you are saying. however everyone knows that their status, how much money they can receive for roles reflects based on awards they win and recognition of their peers. I love your idea of having their own award.

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Michelle Evans January 18, 2016 at 9:47 am

I havent watched the Oscars in forever..so I guess Ive been boycotting and didnt even know it lol

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MABEL COLE January 18, 2016 at 9:59 am

ABSOLUTELY, THERE IS A VERY STRONG MESSAGE THAT NEVER LEFT IN AMERICA….WE MOVED INTO THEIR MAINSTREAM OF THINGS…THEY ALLOW HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE DROWN AND TAKE THEIR TIME TO RESPOND …KATRINA, HAITI, KILLING BLACK PEOPLE ON THE STREETS IN AMERICA, BY THOSE CHOSEN TO PROTECT US, AND THOSE THAT AREN’T…TREVAN MARTIN’S OF THE WORLD

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William E. Lewis Bey January 18, 2016 at 12:11 pm

We need to invest in our own, and we need our own leaders to stop selling out, if you think they not selling out, then where was them when Bill Cosby was trying to set us us as our own independence network? As soon those charges came about, they separateD from him,, how many was in the Public eye fighting for him? Let alone our children being killed by So-call white. Because they definitely ain’t WHITE. DID YOU KNOW BILL COSBY HAS A PROGRAM THAT’S HELP THE BROTHERS WHO HAS HURT THE COMMUNITY, YEA THE ONES WHO ARE IN PRISON TO COME BACK OUT TO HELP BUILD A COMMUNITY? IT’S CALLED B.E.T.

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Felix T. McKinney January 18, 2016 at 12:17 pm

Yea but whats the alternative for black actors? We dont have our own awards on that level and jews run hollywood…we really neeed more black owned production studios and film houses THEN we can have our own awards. In the meantime, dont go to the awards if no one of color is ever nominated. Will smith was great in Concussion, he should have been nominated. i dont know about sam L…he wasnt that great in his recent movie..he was the same sam l he always is lol

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