The nominations for the Golden Globes were announced on Monday morning and there was one actress who seemed to be completely left out of the fold: Tiffany Haddish.
The actress certainly made her mark in Hollywood this year and there’s no doubt Haddish was the standout star in Girls Trip, the top rated comedy of the year. So why was the beauty not recognized for her talents?
Jada Pinkett Smith seems to know that answer, but this year, she’s choosing to stay quiet. “I have so much to say on why @TiffanyHaddish was not nominated for a Globe,” Jada wrote across her social media platforms. “But I won’t.”
You might remember, Smith boycotted the 2016 Academy Awards after her husband, Will Smith, was overlooked for his role in the drama, Concussion. That particular year, deemed Oscars so White, Smith and several other A listers called for folks to boycott the awards show.
“Is it time that people of color recognize how much power, influence, that we have amassed, that we no longer need to ask to be invited anywhere?” she said in a Facebook video at the time. “Maybe it’s time that we recognize that if we love and respect and acknowledge ourselves in the way in which we are asking others to do, that that is the place of true power.”
“Begging for acknowledgement, or even asking, diminishes dignity and diminishes power. And we are a dignified people and we are powerful,” she continued. “Let’s do us, differently.”
Jada has not yet vowed to boycott the Globes, but the star is certainly not happy.
As for where Haddish’s name could have been perfectly placed — probably in the BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY.
Instead, the ladies up for the coveted award are Judi Dench (Victoria & Abdul), Helen Mirren (The Leisure Seeker), Margot Robbie, (Tonya), Saoirse Ronan, (Lady Bird), and Emma Stone (Battle of the Sexes.)
Netflix’s ‘Step Sisters’ Is ‘Bring It On’ … But Way More Woke!
Netflix is getting ready to “Bring It On” … in more ways than one. The streaming service’s new flick Step Sisters is reminiscent of the 90s dance film, but delves deeper into racial themes like cultural appropriation, tokenization and interracial dating.
In the film Megalyn Echikunwoke (Arrow) plays the president of a black sorority who is tasked with teaching one of the campus’ white sororities how to step for a charity competition. At first glimpse the film seems to be stepping into a can of worms — and had folks on Twitter up in arms, but the creators and cast told HipHollywood it isn’t about cultural appropriation but instead cultural exchange.
“There’s a strong political message, and there’s a lot of racial content,” said Nia Jervier. “But I think that the pill that may be difficult to swallow is dipped in honey, because it’s funny.”
What also helps is that producer/writers like Lena Waithe (Masters of None), Chuck Hayward (Dear White People) and Ben Cory Jones (Underground) are behind the project – so you know it’s woke.
“At the end of the day, Jamila the lead character in our minds she’s reaching over to show them a part of our culture. It doesn’t dilute our culture,” said Jones. ” And I love that we can take stepping and evolve that into issues of race and culture.”
Step Sisters begins streaming on Netflix January 20th.
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