It looks like Snoop Dogg will be joining Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee in boycotting the 2016 Academy Awards.
On Monday night, the rapper explained in an Instagram post that he will not be tuning in for the Oscars on February 28 because there “ain’t no n*ggas nominated.”
“Somebody asked me if I was going to watch the muthaf*ckin Oscars,” he said. “F*ck no. What the f*ck am I going to watch that bullsh*t for.”
He continued, “They ain’t got no n*ggas nominated. All these great movies and all this great sh*t ya’ll keep stealing from us. F*ck you.”
On Monday, Jada and Spike made headlines after revealing that they will be boycotting this year’s award show because of the lack of diversity, something that the Academy’s president, Cheryl Boone Isaacs said she wants to change.
It what appears to be some damage control, Isaacs released a statement following the boycott announcements that read:
“I’d like to acknowledge the wonderful work of this year’s nominees. While we celebrate their extraordinary achievements, I am both heartbroken and frustrated about the lack of inclusion. This is a difficult but important conversation, and it’s time for big changes. The Academy is taking dramatic steps to alter the makeup of our membership. In the coming days and weeks we will conduct a review of our membership recruitment in order to bring about much-needed diversity in our 2016 class and beyond.”
The statement continued, “As many of you know, we have implemented changes to diversify our membership in the last four years,” she continued. “But the change is not coming as fast as we would like. We need to do more, and better and more quickly.”
Isaacs concluded, “In the ‘60s and ‘70s it was about recruiting younger members to stay vital and relevant. In 2016, the mandate is inclusion in all of its facets: gender, race, ethnicity and sexual orientation. We recognize the very real concerns of our community, and I so appreciate all of you who have reached out to me in our effort to move forward together.
Following last week’s nominations, #OscarsSoWhite took over social media after Concussion’s Will Smith, Beasts of No Nation’s Idris Elba, Creed star Michael B. Jordan, Creed director, Ryan Coogler nor the cast of N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton were recognized for their outstanding performances.
Exclusive: The Bullet Scars That Will Forever Haunt Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Son, Etienne Maurice
Sheryl Lee Ralph shared a graphic photo on Instagram earlier this week of her son, Etienne Maurice, laying in a hospital bed bandaged up from bullet wounds. The purpose of the image was to be yet another voice calling to end gun violence.
On Wednesday, students across the country walked out of class to protest against gun violence, something that hit home for Ralph four years ago. “This mother wants #gunreform now! #guncontrol now,” she wrote.
It was during a night out in West Philadelphia that Ralph’s then 22-year-old child was robbed at gunpoint and shot three times; twice in the leg and one which grazed his forehead.
So as Ralph joined Wednesday’s national conversation about gun laws, HipHollywood talked exclusively with Etienne who shared exactly what went down the night a gun could have taken his life for good.
“I was shot four years ago, November 9 … I was black out drunk. The next thing I know I remember I woke up in the hospital, doctor said I had two bullet holes in my leg and a grazed bullet hole above my eyebrow.”
Maurice, who was robbed for his iPhone and his wallet, went on to tell us that this is something that he is reminded of constantly. “Having been shot is something that I carry with me every day. I still have numbness at the bottom of my leg from the nerve damage.”
And while he will always remember how he felt knowing his life almost ended, Etienne had a hard time fathoming how his famous mother felt. “We had the conversation about it last week and she said she peed on herself,” he told us.
For Maurice, he’s proud to see young children use their voices to make change. “There’s so many angles where we can talk about gun violence and how it’s effecting different communities,” he said. “Gun reform needs to take place now.”
Since that night, he hasn’t picked up a drink and has been now sober for four years. As for the suspects, a father-son duo, they are behind bars for attempted man slaughter.
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