Whoopi Goldberg, Kevin Hart, and Pharrell Williams Join Chris Rock at 2016 Oscars Despite Talks of Boycott
DogonVillage.com – Despite the talk about black actors boycotting the upcoming Oscar Awards due to the lack of diversity in the nominees, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recently announced that Whoopi Goldberg, Kevin Hart, The Weeknd, and Pharrell Williams, will present at the upcoming Oscar ceremony hosted by Chris Rock. Thanks to Jada Pinkett Smith we are seeing a much-needed candid conversation about race in the film industry and her video has inspired The Academy and others to take action to address the lack of diversity in Hollywood.
According to USA TODAY, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs said The Academy’s governing board vows to double female and minority members by 2020.
With that said, Kudos to Whoopi Goldberg for driving home the point that it’s more about pushing for diversity in the films that are made than advocating for recognition by The Academy on one day. If films reflect the America we live in The Academy won’t vote on black films or white films.
We will be watching the Oscars this year and supporting Chris Rock and all the professionals of all races who show up.