The Oscars Promote Diversity
In the beginning of the year the Oscars released the nominations for their annual award show. Actress, Jada Pinkett Smith, decided to express her dismay on the award show after finding out her husband Will Smith wasn’t nominated. She shared her thoughts on the Oscar’s for lack of diversity. The actress called for a change saying:
“it’s our responsibility now” to make the difference.Begging for acknowledgement, or even asking, diminishes dignity and diminishes power. And we are a dignified people and we are powerful,” she said. “Let’s do us, differently.”
“Notable names on the list include Idris Elba, Vivica A. Fox, Morris Chestnut, Michael B. Jordan, Nia Long, Gabrielle Union, and Marlon and Damon Wayans. ‘Star Wars’ newcomer John Boyega is the youngest at 24 added to the list. O’Shea Jackson also made the cut … interesting since the “Straight Outta Compton” snub ignited the controversy.”
Many may believe that there's still a long way to go for equality and that this is not much of a change, but this is definitely a huge start. This all happened because opinions were made, and voices were heard! I'm sure this is just the beginning.