Black Oscar Nominations 2017 – Oscars not so white this year

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Naomi Harris (Moonlight)

The Oscars had something to prove this year after the “Oscar So White” debacle last year. The amount of great films staring Black people let the Academy off the hook this year. They could not overlook the greatness. Films like Moonlight, Fences and Hidden Figures have been in the middle of Oscar buzz since their releases. The usual suspects Denzel Washington and Viola Davis have both been nominated again. Mahershala Ali who was recently cast as Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes in the Netflix Tv series Luke Cage has been nominated for his first Academy Award for his portrayal of a drug dealer in the 2016 film Moonlight. Naomi Harris’s portrayal of a crack addicted mom in Moonlight also earned her a nomination. “I really cannot believe this. I heard the news from my brother because I was too terrified to listen to the nominations. I couldn’t be more thrilled that the movie has been nominated in so many categories, it’s so unexpected. It was a [role] I initially turned down, so this is quite a result!” -Naomi Harris speaking with the BBC

Moonlight leads the Black pack with 8 nominations including one for Best Picture and Director. There are non-white actors in each of this years acting categories. Let’s hope this trend continues. Black people have been overlooked for years. Let’s see if all of these nominations translate into more awards and more roles for Black people.

The 89th Academy Awards is shaping up to be a historic night. Take a look at the Black Oscar Nominations from the major categories below.

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)

Best Actor

Denzel Washington (Fences)

Best Supporting Actress

Viola Davis (Fences)

Naomi Harris (Moonlight)

Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures)

Best Actress

Ruth Negga (Loving)

Best Director

Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)

Best Picture

Fences

Hidden Figures

Moonlight

– Precise

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Are you a Rapper or a Nigger? – 12 Years A Slave

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I wasn’t really sure what to expect when it came to this movie. When it comes to movies that have the intention of telling the story of the African American Holocaust/Slavery I find that something always seems to be missing. The depictions are watered down. “The Butler” which is a great movie is an example of this. The African American Holocaust/Slavery and Civil Rights can not be summed up in stock videos and a few pictures of Harriet Tubman and Dr King. It is a complex, layered, and gruesome history that must be told in its totality.

“12 Years A Slave” does an exceptional job at pulling the curtain back on the history of America when it comes to its mired past.

**SPOILER ALERT (Not really)**

“12 Years A Slave” is based on a true story from the 1853 biography of Solomon Northup. Solomon Northup played by Chiwetel Ejiofor was a FREE BLACK MAN from Sarasota Springs New York, who was kidnapped while he was in Washington DC in 1841 and was sold into slavery. He spent 12 yrs as a slave.

There were a few scenes that stood out. One scene in particular involved Solomon who was renamed Platt after he became a slave. William Ford his master at the time was having difficulty moving lumber down the narrow Indian Creek in Louisiana. Platt explained to him that he could build log rafts and use those to ship his lumber down the creek. As he was giving his explanation one of the overseers Tibeats was looking extremely confused and jealous because of Platt’s extensive knowledge. William Ford looks at Tibeats and explains how he is impressed with Platt’s knowledge. Tibeats turns to Platt and asks him “Are you an engineer or a nigger?”

12-years-a-slave-paul-dano-600That specific question resonated with me specifically because of the hyper racial society we live in now.

Solomon/Platt maintained a dignity that seems to be lacking in our society today.

In  2013 we have people who are comfortable with being called and labeled niggers. We are bombarded with buffoonery. Many times the worst examples of who we are broadcast throughout the world as a representation of our culture.

It’s time to draw a line in the sand.

filesWhen I tell people Im a rapper I get a look from them….a confused look. :-/ They may say “You don’t look like a rapper.” or ” Where is all of your jewelry?”. I could go on and on with the assumptions and judgements people make with respect to me being a rapper, but that would take up my entire post.

I come from a school of thought that understands the ability that all of us have as human beings. I represent a culture that at its best is truly the voice of who we are. We educate, we learn, we have fun and influence the world.

I feel like Hip Hop has been enslaved for the past 20+ years and its time to free ourselves. We must never forget who we are. We can never forget our purpose.

Our purpose is to change the world.

I am a Rapper not a nigger.

Who are you?

-Precise

Have you seen the movie? What did you think about it? Share your insight below. I really would like to know what you think. Leave a comment below and share.

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