Yes, it happened again! For the second year in a row (which it's been more than two times), #OscarSoWhite lives again! The rebirth of trending hashtag, topic, and issue (as well as the actions of the Academy) has prompted Cheryl Boone Isaacs, President of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences to issue a statement:
Unfortunately, Boone-Isaacs statement didn't bring much promise... Considering that the 88th Academy Awards' host, Chris Rock introduced Stacey Dash (you know, the black woman... not even sure if I should label her black..., but the heifa that believes that there should not be a Black History Month. Pardon my language on that line.) as the "new director" of the Academy's "minority outreach program."
"I cannot wait to help my people out," Dash announced to a baffled audience. "Happy Black History Month!"
And the attendees of the award show gave the right reaction. Dead silence. And that's all the attention the clueless actress gets from me.
A number of deserving Blacks in film (men and women) were not nominated. The white actors that contributed to the films were, but they were not. Award shows are among the many institutions (like schools, media outlets, government, etc.) that need to reform in regards to diversity and inclusion.
Kerry Washington Showed Up To Make A Point About DiversityKerry Washington explains why she still showed up to the Oscars despite #OscarsSoWhite.
Posted by HuffPost Black Voices on Sunday, February 28, 2016
So, where do we go from here? How are we going to handle the lack of diversity. There is something to be said about protesting and working to get the people in charge to make the changes, and the other channel of taking a seat at the table to help be one of those creating change from within. Both ways are valid channels for change, but we have to take it upon ourselves to unite for change and stop arguing about how we are creating it.
Besides #OscarsSoWhite prompting a statement from the Academy's Madame President, it has also brought people together. Actors, directors, and media folks alike in Black Hollywood are joining together to voice their opinions of the lack of diversity and inclusion of the Oscars. It as also brought about the conversation of other channels to promote and create positive social change (look to the left and listen to Kerry Washington's statement).
— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) January 20, 2016