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Oscar nominations were announced on Thursday morning and there was one major controversy that ensued.

Following the announcements, it became apparent that there were no actors of color nominated. Most notably, Will Smith, who many believe should have been recognized for his role in Concussion. 

Straight Outta Compton was nominated for Best Original Screenplay, however, none of the actors from the film were received nods. The film, which broke several records, was also snubbed in the Best Picture category.

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Many on Twitter also spoke about Michael B. Jordan being snubbed for his stellar role in Ryan Coogler’s, Creed. Yet, his co-star, Golden Globe winner Sylvester Stallone picked up a nod for Actor in a Supporting Role.

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HipHollywood talked with film critic, Shawn Edwards, who explained that he isn’t shocked at all. “It’s a business as usual in Hollywood and the critical consensus and perspective has no love for anything non-white. Never has and never will,” he said.

Edwards added, “Diversity is key, but the numbers are so skewed it’s embarrassing.”

What also makes the obvious snubs stand out is the mere fact that the Academy president is African American. Last year during a Q&A luncheon, Cheryl Boone Isaacs spoke out about diversity in Hollywood and suggested that the Academy has no power over Hollywood and how they hire, however, “What we can do, however, is to get them to widen their normal stream of thought.”

We however, can’t write this story and mention that The Weeknd’s track, “Earned It,” from Fifty Shades of Grey was nominated for Music (Original Song.)

What are your thoughts on this year’s snubs?

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  1. sunni_daze

    January 15, 2016 at 11:45 AM

    Instead of wanting to be acknowledged by folks who don’t respect your craft, black hollywood should have their own award shows just like SAG. I thik it would be stellar and they should have in ATL or DC.

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Becky With The Bad Braids: Meghan McCain + 8 Other Epic Braid Fails

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White folks rocking corn rows and braids is nothing knew, but Meghan McCain’s recent hair do while on The View had us shaking our heads.

Besides the fact that it’s Black History Month and they should put a pause on the cultural appropriation, it was just a bad look on Meghan. The Republican co-host (or her stylist) thought it was a good idea to put three cornrows in hair with a super teased pompadour in the middle section.  And to make matters worse the braids were chunky at the top and super thin towards the end. Sigh.

Clearly this was not a black hair dresser because if it were they would have at least added some hair. Instead they had Meghan out here looking like a character from Game of Thrones. Or maybe that’s what they were going for. Either way it’s a no for us dawg.

It was also a no for us when Christina Aguilera decided to get dirty and rock “medusa” braids to the World Music Awards in 2001.

Then sometime in the 2000s Fergie thought being apart of the Black Eye Peas gave her a pass to wear corn rows.

Kevin Federline also thought since his baby mama (Shar Jackson) was black he could walk around looking an NBA player. Deep sigh.

Melanie Griffin looked a hot damn mess rocking braids with beads and foil on the ends in 2000.

Ke$ha made us cringe in these colorful braids with knots the size of our knuckles.

Kim Kardashian also had us screaming girl bye when she first attempted to rock braids like Bo Derek.

Lena Dunham tried it with these pitiful plaits during her appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

And Coco almost got a pass until she decided to call her braids the “Coco swoop”.

 

 

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