Another awards season, another lily white Oscars, and more awards for people who kinda deserve them. And just like we all were expecting the Oscars to be as pale as the Brady Bunch, we were also expecting Black people to have something to say about it. This year, those people happen to be Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett-Smith. These two have decided to boycott the Oscars, and are calling on Black actors in Hollywood to do the same. While I completely agree with Spike and Jada, and I think the Academy is full of sh*t, there’s one little thing we’re forgetting-Chris Rock’s Black ass is the host.
Women do everything. We’re the givers of life for starters, and in my humble opinion, that settles any and all debts for all of eternity. But besides being Mother Nature personified, we’re the leaders of movements, we’re teachers, we own businesses, we’re mothers, doctors, writers, game-changers. But why is it that we’re still not equally represented all across the board?
So of course when I got an invite to a screening of the much anticipated film, San Andreas, I was more than thrilled. I’d been dying to see a new movie, and naturally, I’m always down to look at “The Rock” for a few hours. But I have to say, the movie was not what I expected at all.
Well ladies, and gentlemen, Jamie Foxx is back with a new album. Last week, he made a pit stop in Hotlanta to chat with press, friends and fans about what’s next for him. His new album entitled “Hollywood”, is set for release on RCA Records, May 18th.
If you’ve been paying attention, there’s no question that you’ve heard of Ernestine Johnson. If you’re a social media Queen (or King) like me, you first came across this young lady on Instagram or maybe even Youtube. It seemed like everywhere I looked, I saw her video. She even became the topic of discussion in some of my groupchats with my besites, everyone praising her for her honesty, for her undeniable skill, for her raw talent.
Just when we thought Starbucks’ #RaceTogether campaign, Kanye West and the election of our nation’s first Black President had solved all of our race problems, here comes Deadline’s co-editor-in-chief, Nellie Andreeva, f*cking it up for all of us.
In case you didn’t know, The Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards will air on OWN on February 21st at 10 PM EST.
Via Essence President Michelle Ebanks:
“Together with OWN, we are proud to extend the reach of the ‘Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards’ and share this important recognition of our leading ladies who are creating, performing and calling the shots. Over the past seven years, Essence has celebrated the power of our presence in Hollywood, and this first-time television special is certain to broaden the conversation around images in media, personal inspiration and empowerment for women around the world.”
Today, these phenomenal women gathered together to walk the red carpet, do interviews, and of course, enjoy the Awards and each other! Check out this EPIC selfie. Look at all this Black woman EXCELLENCE! See any faces you recognize? I can’t wait to tune in and give you guys a recap!