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Viola Davis is the latest entertainer to throw her opinion on this year’s Academy Award nominations into the ring. Though Davis says she won’t be attending the Oscars because she’ll be “on vacation” she did speak on the controversy concerning the lack of diversity among the nominees and made a very interesting point about an oft unspoken wage gap.

“The problem is not with the Oscars,” Davis said of the whitewashed nominations. “The problem is with the Hollywood movie-making system.

“How many black films are being produced every year? How are they being distributed? The films that are being made, are the big-time producers thinking outside of the box in terms of how to cast the role? Can you cast a black woman in that role? Can you cast a black man in that role?”

“The problem isn’t even our pay,” she said later, while demonstrating that pay is an issue that one day should be addressed. “You could probably line up all the A-List black actresses out there [and] they probably don’t make what one A-List white woman makes in one film. That’s the problem. You can change the Academy, but if there are no black films being produced, what is there to vote for?”


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  • what the hell does she means she’s “zen about it”? why does that sound like Common’s “hand of love” *chuckling*?

    isn’t this exactly why it’s always one step forward, two steps backwards? because half the people are zen about things?

    i’mm always with her when she speaks because she doesn’t beat about the bush but i’m taken aback by this “zen about it”. i respected her saying “i don’t know” but the zen thing sounds like a cop out instead of calling a thing a thing – she doesn’t support the boycott.

    yeah? nah?

  • D1Mind

    You know I think it is lame when there are so many written works covering all aspects of black life in so many creative ways both factual and fictional that these Negroes in Hollywood can’t put together a script and fund a movie of their own without having to beg for scraps for some coon sambo role? You got wonderful African writers. You got black folks writing stuff in Europe, you got black folks writing stuff in America. You got other non African writers making stories drawing on the black experience. (Stephen King comes to mind here). You even got a bunch of comic books covering black stories. How long ago did Robert Townsend create Hollywood Shuffle with his own money? How long ago did Spike Lee make Shes gotta Have It? Yet here it is 30 years later and black folks still act like they need white folks to make movies about their own stories….. Aside from NWA most hip hop movies are not even by black directors….