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Spike Lee had a Kanye West moment during Saturday evenings Governors Awards. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gave the veteran director an honorary Academy Award for his amazing career work, and during the ceremony he gave an epic 17 minute long acceptance speech that included putting Hollywood on blast for it’s lack of diversity.

“I don’t know if you noticed but the United States census bureau says by the year 2043, white Americans are going to be the minority in this country,” said Lee. “And all you people out there in the position of hiring, you better get smart because you’ll work for us. Reflect what this country looks like.  Honestly, it’s easier to be president of the United States than the head of a studio or head of network.”

HipHollywood caught up with Lee Monday morning while he was promoting his new film Chi-Raq and asked if he felt the recognition was long over due. “You already know the answer to that. I don’t even have to say it,” he laughed. “I’m glad my wife Tonya didn’t have to wheel me out there with drool coming down my mouth … I’m happy it wasn’t like that.”

Lee was nominated for an Oscar, but didn’t win, for Do The Right Thing and his documentary Four Little Girls. On Saturday evening, Wesley Snipes, Denzel Washington, and Samuel L. Jackson were on hand to present him with the award, and also talked about working with him on films like Malcolm X, Jungle Fever and Mo’ Better Blues.

Check out the video above from highlights from the show, and click here if you want to hear Lee’s entire speech.

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Exclusive: Diddy Wants To See More Of This On Fox’s ‘The Four’



Fox’s The Four: Battle For Stardom will never have a loser, at least according to panelist and show creator, Diddy.

Every week, singers around the country will fight for stardom by doing all they can to stay in the top four of the singing competition show. But while some might get sent home, Diddy tells HipHollywood that there are “no losers in this situation.”

He explained while at last week’s taping, “the people that lose actually win because people don’t agree with what goes on, so now they have a platform.”

The music is not only out of this world, but it’s also just straight up fun. Host Fergie unveiled to HH, “Your heart beats racing, but we also can really laugh at ourselves and have a good time and be idiots.”

She added, “There’s a good amount of we care care that much to be intense and serious and be invested and want to stand behind these artists; but also at the same time we all like to have a good time.”

Panelist DJ Khaled is all about the jovial antics and banter, but he doesn’t want “nobody taking my kindness for weakness.” He told us, “I’m going to give you the keys and let you know how I feel.”

The show is on it’s way to becoming a world renowned phenomenon. Diddy, however, would like to see one thing. “More rappers,” he told HipHollywood. “Rapers don’t have a relationship with shows like this so there’s not that database. So we are doing something original.”

The Four airs on Thursday night’s at 8pm on Fox.

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