Oscars Shady, But the Show Must Go On
Jan22

Oscars Shady, But the Show Must Go On

By Leah T. Johnson/ColorBlind Magazine   #OscarsSoWhite #OscarsStillSoWhite The hashtags have been surfacing everywhere thanks to 1) the lack of diversity of Oscar nominations and 2)the announcement of the Smith’s (Will and Jada) boycotting the Oscars.  In my opinion, we (meaning mankind in general) have bigger fish to fry. Yes, I said it. There are more important things to be concerned about than the lack of diversity at the Oscars, which could be argued that this issue was primarily brought to the forefront because Smith was not nominated for his role in the film “Concussion.” This issue isn’t new, nor is it a secret. Most people know that the academy is comprised of predominately Caucasian males, and that in the academy’s 87 year history only 35 Oscars have been given on behalf of talented African Americans. Is that number bad? Is that number low? Yes, and Yes. But, do we (meaning black folk) really need an Academy to tell us that we are great writers, directors, actors, and actresses? I’d argue that we don’t. Last year there was disappointment because Selma wasn’t nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. So? Does that snub of a recognition take anything away from the extraordinary Ava Duvernay? Of course not. She’s still the bomb, and her and the cast of Selma cleaned up at the NAACP Awards, BET Awards, and other award shows last year. Yes, we honored our own and there’s nothing wrong with that. What’s also not a secret is that Will Smith is loved by the Academy. Actually, he and Jada have made a great name for themselves in Hollywood. Not all people can transition from having a comedy sitcom from Philly to Bel-Air, to Gettin’ Jiggy Wit’ It in the music industry, to portraying a boxer known primarily by his three-letter last name, and another role as a rags to riches millionaire who was in Pursuit of Happiness. But, he (Smith) did that. He did it well, and continues to do it well. It just hasn’t been his time-yet. I will most definitely miss seeing him and Jada walk the Red Carpet at the Oscars this year. Being honest, knowing I would see them at the Golden Globes was the only reason I watched the Golden Globes. But, to each his own, and this year the Academy has obviously struck a chord with the Smith’s- a chord that had probably been struck before but this time the reverberations couldn’t be silenced. To them, like many in Hollywood, those who make up the Academy are like the Parents of Hollywood. And ironically, as Smith himself said years ago: Parents just don’t understand....

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Fashion at the Globes!
Jan11

Fashion at the Globes!

The awards season has started! Here’s a recap of the Fashion and Glam that I enjoyed from the 2016 Golden Globe Awards: Eva Longoria wore a red and white fitted-mermaid dress, her hair was swept back into a low bun. Longoria discussed her return to television with her new show “Telenovela”. The night prior to the Globes Longoria was in San Antonia to celebrate her parent’s 50th wedding anniversary. Jennifer Lopez (Golden Globe Presenter) wore a mustard-yellow color gown with an attached cape and a slit exposing her leg (Angelina Jolie-style) In my opinion, Lopez’s fashion choice was different from anything she has ever worn on the Red Carpet. Couple of the Night- Hands Down it was Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith. I’ve been watching Red Carpet Pre-Shows for years, and seeing the seasoned actors and actresses such as Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, and Will and Jada is what I always look forward to. Therefore, knowing that I would see The Smith’s tonight for Will’s performance in Concussion (nominated for Best Actor) made me extra excited to watch because it’s been a few years since they walked the Red Carpet. Will Smith still looks like he’s 30 with his tailed tux, and Jada Smith wore a flowing and flawless green gown with matching green heels. Cannot wait to see their look at the Oscars this year. Photos Here Hope you enjoyed the...

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