Tag Archives: Oscars

Whenever most people think about the Academy Awards, it’s the actors, actresses and directors that often come to mind first. (Congratulations to Octavia Spencer on joining the short list of African American Oscar winners during the 84th Annual Academy Awards.) However, there are dozens of other categories that highlight the hard work of Hollywood’s behind-the-scenes players. For instance, the categories of Best Original Song and Best Original Score feature several African American winners. Here are seven oftentimes forgotten names from the world of music on the list of African American winners. —Darralynn Hutson

[Op-Ed] The Academy Awards and Diversity

The check-the-box mentality is all too common in many aspects of business

The racial and ethnic composition of the Academy does not reflect the American movie going…

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Combatting #OscarsSoWhite: Russell Simmons Launching All Def Movie Awards

Tony Rock set to host; 'Straight Outta Compton,' 'Beasts of No Nation' among Best Film nominees

With Oscars diversity under scrutiny, Russell Simmons has decided to level the playing field with…

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Academy of Motion Pictures Suing Gift Bag Company

Oscars organization says company offering $200,000 swag bag is infringing on trademark

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Distinctive…

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[WATCH] Kerry Washington and Quincy Jones Presenting at the Oscars

Will and Jada Smith still plan to skip the event despite Academy efforts

After controversy surrounding #OscarsSoWhite, the lineup of presenters who will appear at the upcoming Oscars…

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SAG Awards: Diversity is All the Buzz

During the toast, actor Idris Elba announced, "Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to diverse TV."

While the casts of ‘Spotlight’ and ‘Downton Abbey’ won the top awards, the topic of…

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[WATCH] How Do You Feel About the Word ‘Diversity?’

Black Enterprise employees explore and share their own definition

With #OscarsSoWhite trending so heavily, it left us wondering: How do you feel about the…

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American Black Film Festival Picks Up Where Oscars Left Off

ABFF Honors celebrates black actors in the best performing TV shows and films of 2015

American Black Film Festival is picking up where the Oscars left off with ABFF Honors,…

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[WATCH] Spike Lee, Jada Pinkett Smith Set to Boycott Oscars Over Diversity Issue

Head of Academy says they're reviewing membership and working to improve diversity

Black Hollywood heavyweights speaking out in outrage over what they say is an issue of…

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#OscarsSoWhite Picking Up Steam

Public reaction to lack of diversity among 2016 Oscar nominees continues

“This is not a question of tokenism. #OscarsSoWhite is not about having a person of…

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The Academy Keeps Dreaming of a White Oscars

Jada Pinkett-Smith and Spike Lee plan to boycott in protest

However, the complete absence of black thespians and creators among the nominations for the 2016…

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Open Letter to Hollywood: Because Hollywoodn’t

We must demand recognition and greater access to opportunities in all aspects of the film industry

Bottom line: these nomination processes—and the entire industry, for that matter—are out of focus. African…

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Academy Awards: Chris Rock and the 4 Before

Of the 75 hosts of the Academy Awards, only five have been black

Since its inception in 1929, the Academy Awards has had a total of 75 entertainers,…

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Common and John Legend Address Civil Rights Issues of Today in Moving Oscar Speech

Issues with voting rights, criminal justice system and more take center stage at the Oscars

Common and John Legend use Oscars platform to deliver a moving speech

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‘Selma’ Scores Two Oscar Nominations, Gets Snubbed in Other Major Categories

Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo left out of major categories

Despite being snubbed in a few major categories, “Selma” scores two nominations for this year’s…

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Motion Picture Academy Aiming for Diversity

New efforts seek to change recent numbers: 93% white and 76% male

Academy that decides Oscars has invited 271 people who do not fit typical white male…

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Viola Davis and Daughter Take a Trip to the Aquarium

Viola Davis took a day off from work to visit the aquarium with her daughter, Genesis.

‘The Help’ actress Viola Davis took her daughter for a trip down South to Atlanta’s…

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Power and grace: First Lady Michelle Obama

Iranian Press Alters Michelle Obama’s Oscars’ Gown to Look More Conservative

Iran's media alters images of First Lady Michelle Obama's Oscars' gown.

Iranian press changes images of Michelle Obama because her shimmery gown was “too revealing” for…

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Conservatives Criticize Michelle Obama’s Oscars Appearance

Right-wing blogger says first lady feels 'entitled'

Conservative bloggers criticize Obama’s ties to Hollywood.

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More Than Just Red Carpet Fashion: 4 Career Lessons from the Oscars

The night's ceremony lends more to professional advancement

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Whether you stayed up…

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Quvenzhané Wallis Sets Record as Youngest ‘Best Actress’ Oscar Nominee

Breakout star gets major nod for role in "Beasts of the Southern Wild"

Breakout star Quvenzhané Wallis plays Hushpuppy in Academy Award-nominated film “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”

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