The nominations for the 88th annual Academy Awards were released last week and in almost all the major categories there was nothing but white people nominated for those awards.
This is nothing new, last year I remember first seeing the hashtag, #OscarsSoWhite. This year however, a few prominent black celebrities are voicing their displeasure’s and making it known they won’t stand for being excluded any longer.
I mostly love the spirit of what Jada said, but wanted to expound on my own position pic.twitter.com/EpkBptV2N6
— Stereo Williams (@stereowilliams) January 18, 2016
Williams, does make a point that is one I think many black people don’t acknowledge. The movies that are made about us and for us are making Hollywood rich, so how and when do we decide to take a stand against them? Is boycotting the Oscars how we do it, or is it something more?
I fall somewhere between Stereo and Jada. On one front I agree, why should black people seemingly have to beg to be accepted by the Academy or any other institution in the United States. On another note, black people create the popular culture that the Academy and many other institutions and organizations will use to see profits. So don’t black people deserve their due recognition?
Yes of course they should. But just because they should, doesn’t mean they will. It’s not my job to judge whether or not the Oscars and the Academy are racists, to be honest I don’t think they are. What I do believe though is, the Academy is a special club, and like special clubs why someone gets in and who’s invited doesn’t always make sense to those who aren’t in it.
The Oscars could just not get it. Maybe the voters really just didn’t think Straight Out of Compton was a good film, and they might have thought Michael B. Jordan’s performance in Creed wasn’t one of the five best performance’s of an actor in 2015.
And if that is the case, then it is what it is. The Notorious B.I.G. never won a Grammy, that doesn’t make him any less the best rapper of all time. In the same manner our black stars in acting may not always get the accolades we believe they deserve, but that doesn’t stop them from being the best.
We need Jada to boycott the show just like we need Stereo to continue to be keep fighting for inclusion, and hopefully in the end we get the acknowledgement and respect our stars rightfully deserve.