It’s sad to hear that on the day we honor Martin Luther King, Jr. award-winning director, Spike Lee, and actress and producer, Jada Pinkett Smith, have announced they will not attend the 2016 Oscar ceremony. Sad but a great way to bring attention to the fact that this is the second year all-white slate of major nominees was announced. I guess 12 Years A Slave was too much to handle. I Have a Dream that one Academy will recognize the significance of films like “Straight Outta Compton,” but I agree with Mrs. Pinkett Smith, we have to looking outward for validation and appreciate the love of the village.
Read about the diversity issues within The Academy at CNN.com. Read The Oscars’ Racist Refusal to Honor Modern Black Heroes by Stereo Williams.