The greatest outrage stirred by last week’s announcement of the Oscar nominees was not the Best Picture snub for Carol or the absurd exclusion of Todd Haynes from the Best Director category, but rather the troubling homogeneity of the twenty men and women nominated in the acting categories. Specifically, many have taken issue with the fact that this year’s Oscar slate looks about as white as a Whole Foods before noon on a Sunday. The social media hashtag OscarsSoWhite resurfaced within minutes after the nomination announcement had finished, and Spike Lee has even called for a boycott of the ceremony as a response to the blatant lack of diversity in this year’s picks.
For the second year in a row, every actor nominated in all four acting categories for the Academy Awards is a white person. All 20 nominees for Best Actor and Actress and Best Supporting Actor and Actress are white people, reigniting the Twitter hashtag #OscarsSoWhite. And while many of us are comfortable in our power to merely comment via social media, there are a couple of strong voices who are fed up and ready to do something about it: director Spike Lee and actor Jada Pinkett-Smith have announced plans to boycott the Oscars this year, while the host of the 2016 awards himself has called the Academy out for their persistent negligence to nominate people of color.
Kanye West is always thinking of the innovative ways to explore his artistry and plan his next best move. This year alone he has already released new music and new Adidas sneakers, among other ventures. But now Yeezy is said to be expanding his empire to include a lead role on the big screen.
Rapper Eminem is doing the right thing by hooking up with Spike Lee for his next video. Slim Shady was filming scenes for his next single, 'Headlights,' from his latest album, 'Marshall Mathers LP 2,' in Detroit.
If you've ever been in a room of people who all think "Kanye West sucks" ... except for like, one guy. Well, I can openly admit, I am that "one guy." Does excellence justify ignorance? What about arrogance? Nah, but, even Kanye knows he's an a**hole, and even though he couldn't care less what you think of him, he probably agrees with you on the reasons why you roll your eyes a
This hasn't been a great week for Spike Lee. I love the guy, but his Knicks got swept in the first round of the NBA playoffs and on top of that ... he was officially the FIRST person I ever saw caught taking a picture with an iPad. When the iPad 2 came out, the first thing I said to myself was
I can't wait til' I see someone taking a picture with this thing .. it's gonna look ridiculous