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Russell Simmons Responds to #OscarsSoWhite by Creating His Own Awards Show

Russell Simmons Responds to #OscarsSoWhite by Creating His Own Awards Show

“In 2016 there continues to be a stunning lack of diversity
in the studios, in the green light process, in the decisions of what films and
television series get made, and what stars get chosen,” Simmons said. “This needs to be
addressed institutionally. The All Def Movie Awards are not the Black Oscars
but they could be. This will be a fun, entertaining and hopefully thought
provoking celebration of the uncelebrated.”

In addition to the usual Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Director awards, the cheeky program — to be emceed by Tony Rock, younger brother of Oscar host Chris — includes categories like Best Bad Muh Fucka, Best Helpful White Person, and Best Black Survivor, all following a glamorous Black Carpet. Fans can vote online for Most Quoted Movie and Best Picture, the nominees for which are “Beasts of No Nation,” “Chi-Raq,” “Concussion,” “Creed,” “Dope” and “Straight Outta Compton.”   

Unmentioned by Simmons is the fact that there is an awards show that “celebrates the outstanding achievements and performances of
people of color in the arts, as well as those individuals or groups who promote
social justice through their creative endeavors,” though it doesn’t label itself the “Black Oscars” either. At last Friday’s 47th NAACP Image Awards, which honors work in TV, music, and publishing as well as film, “Creed” star Michael B. Jordan won Entertainer of the Year and Outstanding Actor, while “Straight Outta Compton” beat out “Beasts of No Nation,” “Concussion,” “Creed,” and “Dope” for Outstanding Motion Picture.  

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