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Kerry Washington hit the red carpet on Sunday night for the 2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards in a stunning white, Cavalli Couture gown, Stuart Weitzman heels and Neil Lane jewelry. But there was one accessory Washington rocked that stood out among the rest.

The actress, who was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for her role in Confirmation, wore a safety pin on her sleeve in solidarity following President Donald Trump’s recent immigration order and Muslim ban.

Washington confirmed via social media before arriving to the red carpet why she would be wearing the pin on her arm. “I’ll be wearing one of these tonight. On my arm. To show solidarity. We will not stop fighting for our safety & the safety of our fellow citizens and human beings. #NoBanNoWall #safetypin,” she wrote, showing an image of the pin.

Last week, Trump approved an immigration order that blocks Syrian refugees from entering the United States, suspends all refugee admission for 120 days and that blocks citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Dozens of celebrities have spoken out about the order, many even making political speeches during the SAG Awards.

“I want you all to know that I am the daughter of an immigrant,” actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus said while accepting the award for TV Comedy Actress on HBO’s Veep. “My father fled religious persecution in Nazi-occupied France, and I’m an American patriot, and I love this country, and because I love this country I am horrified by its blemishes. And this immigrant ban is a blemish and it is un-American.”

“So I say to you this: Our sister guild, the WGA, made a statement today that I would like to read because I am in complete agreeance with it:’Our guilds are unions of storytellers who always welcomed those from the nations of varying beliefs who wish to share their creativity with America. We are grateful for them. We stand with them. And we will fight for them.'”

Mahershala Ali of Moonlight was very emotional while accepting the award for Best Supporting Actor, “I think what I have learned from working on Moonlight, we see what happens when you persecute people. They fold into themselves. And what I was so grateful about … was playing a gentleman who saw a young man folding into himself as a result of the persecution of his community — and taking that opportunity to uplift him and tell him that he mattered, that he was okay and accept him,” Ali said. “I hope that we do a better job of that. When we kind of get caught up in the minutiae, the details that make us different, I think there’s two ways of seeing that: There’s an opportunity to see the texture of that person, the characteristics that make them unique — and then there’s the opportunity to go to war about it.”

Ashton Kutcher even opened up the awards show with these words: “Good evening, fellow SAG-AFTRA members and everyone at home — and everyone in airports that belong in my America. You are a part of the fabric of who we are, and we love you and we welcome you.”

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Is Hollywood Trying To Make Sterling K. Brown The New Denzel Washington?

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Sir Sidney Poitier was a force to be reckoned with in the 60’s and 70’s. Denzel Washington came onto the scene in the late 80’s and instantly stole the hearts of women around the world. And we can’t forget about the Blair Underwoods, Morris Chestnuts and the Shemar Moores of the 90’s.

But while many of these men are still around knocking roles out of the ballpark, we can’t help but notice the push for one major newcomer: Sterling K. Brown.

Although having been in the business for some time, it was Brown’s portrayal of Christopher Darden in FX’s The People v. O.J. Simpson that really stole the attention of audiences around the nation.

And if that wasn’t enough, Brown became one of the most idolized characters on NBC’s This Is Us, playing a successful Black man in a successful Black marriage, navigating his way though his relationships with siblings.

Now after picking up two Emmy Awards, there seems to be a big push in the media to make Brown the new universal “it” man. Sure he is the ultimate trifecta — ear to ear smile, impeccable acting chops and a banging body.

But there’s a very direct narrative being told. Is Sterling on his way to becoming Hollywood’s new beef cake? Is Hollywood setting the star up to have the same level of celebrity and placement in this bizarre hierarchy as the beloved Denzel?

On Monday, Brown even appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres show for the first time somehow ended up with his shirt off.

Sure the popular daytime series had a “reason” behind having the actor ride a tractor without his shirt on … but this is clearly another way of reminding the world that the sex appeal is on point.

Needless to say, nobody will replace the many men who have led the way for stars before them. But there’s no doubt the industry is holding it’s arms wide open for Brown to come running in for the largest embrace of a lifetime.

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