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Lupita Nyong’o Joins Call For Oscars Change

Lupita Nyong’o has added her voice to a rising chorus of actors and actresses that are calling for more diversity when it comes to the Academy Awards. Joining those like Jada Pinkett Smith, who ...
Lupita Nyong’o Joins Call For Oscars Change
Written by Lacy Langley
  • Lupita Nyong’o has added her voice to a rising chorus of actors and actresses that are calling for more diversity when it comes to the Academy Awards.

    Joining those like Jada Pinkett Smith, who will be boycotting this year’s Oscars, Lupita Nyong’o posted a statement to Instagram.

    Part of Lupita Nyong’o’s statement read, “It has me thinking about unconscious prejudice and what merits prestige in our culture. The Awards should not dictate the terms of art in our modern society, but rather be a diverse reflection of the best of what our art has to offer today.”

    However, Lupita Nyong’o didn’t say whether or not she would be boycotting the Oscars this year.

    Jada Pinkett Smith posted a video to Facebook earlier this week in which she said, in part, “Maybe it’s time we pull back our resources and we put them back into our communities, and we make programs for ourselves that acknowledge us in ways that we see fit, that are just as good as the so-called mainstream.”

    We must stand in our power.

    Posted by Jada Pinkett Smith on Monday, January 18, 2016

    However, not all African-American actors are jumping on board. One who disagrees with the outrage, for example, is Janet Hubert. Hubert played Will Smith’s Aunt Vivian on Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

    Be forewarned, there is some NSFW language:

    To the Smiths!

    Posted by Janet Hubert on Monday, January 18, 2016

    What do you think about the push back by actors like Lupita Nyong’o and Jada Pinkett Smith?

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