Hollywood Black Out

The biggest losers in American on Thursday, January 14, 2016 were not the millions of Americans who lost when playing the historic 1.6 Billion Powerball but the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (The Oscars) for not nominating a single Black Director, Black Actor/Actress for the 20 slots up for grabs.

Like last year (2014) the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences excluded the fine performances of blacks for Oscars nominations.

Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the first black  President of the Academy said in a 2014 interview with NPR her goal is diversity, realizing that the Academy’s membership reflects the monochromatic film industry.

“It is still primarily white male, which will make sense for all the years that the Academy has been in existence,” she says. “And there is not a cut-off. It’s not like you get to be a certain age and you’re no longer a member. We don’t toss people out.”

Well Ms Isaacs since your  presidency the odds of a black actor or director is worsening since your installment because the 2016 nomination like last year has not produced a black nominee.

This is really too bad for fine Black Actors like Michael B. Jordan and his wonderful Oscar performance in Creed, and its director and writer Ryan Coogler but Sylvester Stone is nominated for Best Support Actor.

Too bad for many small children of any color who will not watch blacks take the stage and speak to millions across the globe, and maybe to encourage them to succeed in life when that person is someone who looks like them.

Recently, in Thailand an ad ran about whiting the skin that said that ‘White Skin is Better’. The ad was immediately pulled off the air waves but maybe white skin is  better in Hollywood these days. Too bad because Hollywood is a billion dollar industry that produces a greater impact than a 1.6 Billion dollar Powerball.



About melbrake

Mel Brake is an awarding winning Philadelphia based poet/singer/song writer, whose poetry has appeared in several media outlets and journals, including Philadelphia Poets 2007, 2008 and 2009, Mad Poets Review, Fox Chase Review, and The Philadelphia Bulletin. In addition, Long Island Sounds: An Anthology of Poetry, Writing Outside The Lines (WOSTL) Anthology, Word Riot Magazine, The New Verse News, Word Salad Magazine and Poetry Ink 2010 has published his works. Recently, his band, the Mel Brake Family Band performed a benefit concert at Cross Road Café in Delaware County. He is the Founder and Executive Director of MPW, a non-profit organization, focusing on using the arts to reach children in the Tri-state area. In addition, his first chapbook, “Obama Poetry Project” is available at: MelBrakEpress.blogspot.com.
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2 Responses to Hollywood Black Out

  1. Dee says:

    Mel, I can remember like it was yesterday when Sidney Poitier won the Oscar for Best Actor in “Lillies of the Field”. It was 1964 and I was ten years old. He was acknowledged for his talent, artistry and hard work and he had some very stiff (white, male) competition.

    This was over 50 years ago…do you think we are going backwards? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Thank you.
    xoxo Dee

    • melbrake says:

      Hello, Dee. It does feel that we are going backwards. There has been black actors who have won Oscars in the recent past but in the present time, there is stasis. Thank you for your thoughts.

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