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While most were surprised by David Oyelowo’s (pictured left) Oscar snub for his portrayal of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the critically acclaimed “Selma,” the actor himself was not. Speaking Sunday at the Virtuoso Awards at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in California, he said Hollywood has a long history of ignoring Black actors cast […]

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Sunday’s Academy Awards was championed by many for its diversity. The program had big wins for people of color. Quite a few also presented awards. The NewsOne team hit the streets of New York City for the latest in our “On the Corner” series to ask people how they felt about the show and the […]

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Barkhad Abdi (pictured) has been riding an amazing wave of increasing notoriety and fame, this after snagging a coveted Academy Award nomination for his role as a Somalian pirate in the film Captain Phillips. Although Abdi has never acted before his role as the menacing real-life criminal Abduwali Muse, he has captured the attention of the Hollywood elite […]

At last night’s 2014 Academy Awards ceremony, many took notice of 12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen clapping somewhat reluctantly for screenwriter John Ridley after he won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. Even more glaring, Ridley did not thank McQueen during his acceptance speech thus sparking murmurs of a feud. Adding fuel to […]

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Jeff Johnson and Raynard Jackson, guests on the “NewsOne Now” panel, joined Roland Martin Monday to discuss diversity at the 2014 Oscars and the future of opportunities for black filmmakers. During the segment, the question was raised whether Best Picture winner 12 Year a Slave highlights the Academy’s penchant toward of rewarding black stories that center […]

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A brand new infographic highlights just how white and male the Academy Awards really are. According to research by book publisher Lee & Low, since the Academy Awards’ inception in 1927, the academy has been dominated by whites males. Lee & Low found that, of the 6,000 industry professionals that compose the academy, 94 percent white. Lee & […]

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Octavia Spencer inspired her formidable character in “The Help,” but the actress turned into a softy Sunday as she accepted an Oscar for the role. “Oh, thank you,” a tearful Spencer said as many in the audience rose to their feet. She expressed gratitude to her family, her colleagues from “The […]