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…

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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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