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David Oyelowo Defends Benedict Cumberbatch

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Selma star David Oyelowo is defending actor Benedict Cumberbatch over comments the Sherlock actor made during an interview on Tavis Smiley.

Cumberbatch said last week that “as far as colored actors go,” there were more opportunities in the U.S. than Britain. “That’s something that needs to change,” he added. “Something’s gone wrong. We’re not representative enough in our culture of different races, and that really does need to step up apace.”

As expected, critics piled on the actor for his use of the term “colored,” but Oyelowo who plays Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma says people need to listen to the essence of Cumberbatch’s plea. “In relation to Benedict, it’s definitely gone too far in terms of political correctness,” the actor said at the London premiere of Selma. “He was actually being very supportive of the likes of me, and other black actors and actresses — we do have greater opportunities in the U.S. in relation to the U.K.”

“We use the term ‘people of color’ in America. Is that immensely different to what he said? I don’t think so, just focus on what he was trying to say.”

Cumberbatch has already issued an apology for his word choice, calling it “thoughtless use of inappropriate language.”

“I’m devastated to have caused offense by using this outmoded terminology. I offer my sincere apologies. I make no excuse for my being an idiot and know the damage is done.”

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Issa, Anthony, Sterling … Oh My! This Is Who We’re Rooting For At The Golden Globes

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Another year, another award show … but this time around a few new names have made the nominations cut.

The 2018 Golden Globes nominees were announced on Monday and some of our favorites like Anthony Anderson, his show “black-ish”, Denzel Washington (“Roman J. Israel, Esq”), Octavia Spencer (“The Shape Of Water”) and Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”) made the list again. But some newbies were announced that have us giddy like it’s Christmas morning.

First up, we’re super glad that “Get Out” is being recognized, although it’s in the “Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical” category (womp) and to see David Kaluuya getting some love is pretty dope.

In addition, one of our FAVE singer is now being recognized for her acting prowess! Mary J. Blige scored a nod for her supporting role in “Mudbound” and we can’t wait to see what she wears to the big show.

And although this is Issa Rae’s second year being a Golden Globe nominee, we’re just as excited as if it were her first! Oh, and maybe the Globes will get it right this year (wink, wink).

For a full list of the Golden Globe nominees click HERE!

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