for such a quick response in regard to the issue at hand. I look forward to the future. (pt 2)
Jada Pinkett-Smith - 'Freeze Frame' Gala and Architects of Change - Arrivals at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Thursday 4th February 2016
The 'Concussion' star appeared on 'Good Morning Britain' to explain his decision to boycott this year's Academy Awards.
Will Smith has spoken some more about his decision to join his wife Jada Pinkett Smith in boycotting this year’s Oscars ceremony, saying that he wants to be “part of the solution” to the diversity problem in the movie industry.
Smith is currently in Britain promoting Concussion, the movie which had seen him tipped to be in contention for the Best Actor trophy before the nominations were announced and he was left off the five-strong shortlist. For the second year in a row, all 20 acting nominations were taken up by white actors, much to the ire of social media.
Will Smith at the European premiere of 'Concussion' in January 2016
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Smith is the latest celebrity to speak out about the lack of diversity in the Oscars nominations.
Will Smith has announced that he’s joining his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, in her protest at the absence of diversity in the Academy Awards nominations, and won’t be attending the February 28th ceremony.
Appearing on ‘Good Morning America’ on Thursday (January 21st), the Concussion star said: “My wife’s not going. It would be awkward for me to show up with Charlize [Theron]” he quipped, before saying seriously “we’ve discussed it and we’re a part of this community, but at this current time, we’re uncomfortable to stand there and say this is okay.”
Will Smith will be joining his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, in boycotting the Oscars
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It's getting pretty complicated now...
This year's Academy Awards season is turning out to be a pretty intense ride, with the uproar over the nominations' lack of cultural diversity causing a division in the entertainment world. While some people are saying that they're planning to boycott the ceremony when it was revealed that not one black actor or director had been nominated, others are saying that the situation has been blown way out of proportion.
So what exactly is the debate? This is year is the second year in a row that not one person of colour has been nominated for an Oscar in the major categories. It's not even that it hasn't been an option, especially when you look at the Golden Globe nominations and the calibre of movies featuring black lead actors in 2015 like 'Chi-Raq', 'Creed', 'Beasts of No Nation', 'Straight Outta Compton' and 'Concussion'. Last year, admittedly, did see fewer options. However, 'Selma' was one of the biggest movies of the year (and probably one of the most important in this decade) but still only managed to scoop a Best Original Song prize. Justin Simien's 'Dear White People' wasn't recognised at all and nor was Denzel Washington's 'The Equalizer'.
Continue reading: The Academy Awards Boycott: Both Sides Of The Debate
Clooney and Nyong’o join the growing list of names speaking out over the lack of diversity in this year’s Oscar nominations.
Lupita Nyong’o and George Clooney have become the latest stars to speak out about this year’s Oscar nominations, which have been criticised for their lack of diversity. Already director Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett-Smith have said they’ll be boycotting this year’s ceremony which for the second year in a row features no non-white nominees in any of the major categories.
Lupita Nyong’o has joined the debate over this year’s Oscars.
Nyong’o, who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 2013, wrote on Instagram: "I am disappointed by the lack of inclusion in this year's Academy Awards nominations. It has me thinking about unconscious prejudice and what merits prestige in our culture."
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Both Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett-Smith will be boycotting this year’s ceremony.
As the debate over the lack of diversity among this year’s Oscar nominees continues, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, has released a lengthly statement addressing the issue. The statement comes after director Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett-Smith announced they wound not be attending this year’s ceremony, which has been criticised for failing to recognise non-white actors and directors.
Academy preisdent Cheryl Boone Isaacs.
"I’d like to acknowledge the wonderful work of this year’s nominees," Isaacs wrote. "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.”
Lee is the latest star to speak out over the lack of diversity in this year’s Oscar nominations.
Director Spike Lee has announced he will not be attending this year’s Oscars, due to the lack of diversity among the nominees. For the second year in a row the Oscar’s was criticised for failing to honour non-white actors and directors, causing the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite to trend on social media.
Director Spike Lee will not be attending this year’s Oscars.
In a letter posted to Instagram, Lee began by thanking the Academy for awarding him an honorary Oscar in November, but stated that he and his wife Tonya Lewis Lee would not be in attendance at this year’s ceremony.
For the second year in the row the Oscars has been criticised for ignoring non-white performers, so is it time for a boycott?
Actress Jada Pinkett-Smith has raised the question of whether or not people of colour should boycott The Oscars after this year’s nominations once again failed to recognise non-white actors and directors. When the nominations were announced on Thursday the hashtag #Oscarssowhite immediately began trending with the Academy being accused of ignoring non-white performers in the major categories.
Jada Pinkett-Smith has asked whether this year’s ‘so white’ Oscars should be boycotted.
‘At the Oscars...people of color are always welcomed to give out awards...even entertain,’ Pinkett-Smith tweeted. ‘But we are rarely recognized for our artistic accomplishments. Should people of color refrain from participating all together? People can only treat us in the way in which we allow. With much respect in the midst of deep disappointment.’
Jada Pinkett Smith - Variety's Creative Impact Awards And 10 Directors To Watch Brunch at The 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 3rd January 2016
Jada Pinkett Smith - Variety's Creative Impact Awards and 10 Directors To Watch Brunch at the Parker Palm Springs hotel - Arrivals at Parker Hotel - Palm Springs, California, United States - Sunday 3rd January 2016
The 15-year-old wants to 'continue excavating my inner worlds'
Willow Smith has surprised fans by ‘pulling a Beyonce’ and dropping her debut album unexpectedly. Ardipithecus hit on Friday morning and is now available on iTunes and Spotify. The album features 15 new tracks and comes five years after Smith released her first single, ‘Whip My Hair’.
Willow Smith has released her debut album Ardipithecus.
In a statement about the record to Fader Smith said: "Ardipithecus Ramidus is the scientific name of the first hominid bones found on earth. I wanted to name my musical compilation after it because, while I was making these songs I was in such a transitional state.”
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Willow Smith has landed a modelling contract.
Willow Smith is officially a model! The 14-year-old daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith has signed a contract with a modelling agency. Smith has signed with The Society Management agency, based in New York.
Willow Smith at the Black Girls Rock! event in New Jersey, March 2015.
Will Smith honoured Jada Pinkett Smith on her birthday with a touching Facebook message.
Will Smith posted a touching tribute to his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, on her 44nd birthday. Smith shared a touching throwback picture on Facebook on Friday (18th September). In the caption, he worked out how many candles he had watched her blow out and how many times he had told her he loved her during the 20 years they had been together.
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith at the L.A. premiere of Focus in February 2015.
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Over the last few months we’ve seen a host of celebrity divorces and rumours of marital discord. In case you’ve missed any, here’s a rundown of the most shocking splits of Summer 2015.
For those living in the Western hemisphere, summer is drawing to a close. Unfortunately, this summer has been filled with news of celebrity divorces and separation rumours concerning some of the most beloved stars on the planet. In case you’ve missed any – let’s face it, there’s been a lot to keep up with – here’s a recap.
Date of birth
18th September, 1971
for such a quick response in regard to the issue at hand. I look forward to the future. (pt 2)
I would like to express my gratitude to the Academy, specifically Cheryl Boone Isaacs, (pt 1)
We must stand in our power. https://t.co/jaCJf4b9rH
People can only treat us in the way in which we allow. With much respect in the midst of deep disappointment. J (pt 3)
But we are rarely recognized for our artistic accomplishments. Should people of color refrain from participating all together? (pt 2)
At the Oscars...people of color are always welcomed to give out awards...even entertain, (pt. 1)
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One woman is all women.
#BlackWomenMatter #DanielHoltzclaw! #AllWomenMatter!
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Happy Thanksgiving you beautiful people! J
Rhonda Rousy put female fighters on the map. A champion can always make a come back. Respect to Holly Holm...congrats.
Today is a good day!
And yes, we still need white women and women of color to do better in sharing power flows between one another but step by step.
Time to hunt as a pack! Woman up!
Janice Min has used her power and influence for the betterment of ALL women today!
One more step towards defining ourselves beyond the patriarchal construct.
Stop the ranking and nurture the linking between women. Congrats to THR:)
Giving a lil Friday night Josephine Baker:) What a beautiful era. Happy Friday;) J https://t.co/4JLvR8jNG4
Giving a lil Friday night Josephine Baker:) What a beautiful era. Happy Friday;) J https://t.co/yIZnNyO0N3