The Oscars 2016 will still be attended by black Americans, despite the underlying “lack of diversity” issue that revolves around the event. Black American artists have voiced out their concerns saying the nominations did not give chances for entertainers of color to gain an award and yet, some of them are still going to be front and center at the event.
Just last month, the Oscars 2016 nominations were announced… and many black entertainers were quite disappointed that the African American community did not get nominated for an award despite the success their movies have done over the past year. In fact, spouses Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith were quite vocal about their views on the lack of diversity issue.
According to Us Magazine, despite the others who prompted for host Chris Rock and other entertainers of color to boycott the said event, John Legend, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Hart, Michael B. Jordan, Whoopi Goldberg, and Pharrell Williams will still attend the 88th Academy Awards come February 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theater, Hollywood. In fact, it was speculated that Rock also refused to boycott the said event and will retain his role that night.
In other news, Buzzfeed reports that while black Americans are still attending Oscars 2016, “Creed” director, Ryan Coogler got other plans on the same night the event would take place. In fact, he is the host for the upcoming event #JUSTICEFORFLINT, an awareness and fundraising event for those who are greatly affected by the water crisis.
Among the black Americans who would be attending the event are Ava DuVernay, Grammy nominee Janelle Monae, “Grey’s Anatomy” actor Jesse Williams, and Hannibal Buress. If you haven’t guessed yet, yes; they will not be attending Oscars 2016.
#JUSTICEFORFLINT will be held at the Whiting Auditorium on Sunday, February 28, 2016 – the same schedule lodged for the Oscars 2016 event.
Is #JUSTICEFORFLINT Ryan Coogler’s way of boycotting Oscars 2016 awards night? How will the rest of the Black Americans who embodied the “lack of diversity” issue respond to the others still attending the event?