Once again, the Oscars are SO WHITE. But why are we surprised? We take a group of mostly all white men who are old AF, who watch and are entertained by mostly white movies, and expect them to unbiasedly choose what movies/actors deserve recognition. Yet we are amazingly surprised that they chose ZERO movies of color or POC...? Why should we continue to allow what white people and "mainstream" deem as recognition of excellence become our truth? Why is it even considered MAINSTREAM?!? There are so many talented actors of color and we should celebrate them ourselves! Just like we have BLACK GIRLS ROCK, we need to create the Black Oscars: a space where we can celebrate and take pride in our excellence! If Latinos can have the Latin Grammys, then why can't we have our own Oscars??? I believe Jada Pinkett Smith said it best, both via Twitter and Facebook video. Read and watch below:
Happy Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day everyone!