Academy takes 'historic' steps to increase diversity

January 22, 2016 8:23 PM

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Academy takes 'historic' steps to increase diversity

After the Academy Award nominations were announced and there were no people of color among the 20 acting nominees, a controversy and conversation has been brewing in Hollywood over diversity and representation in the industry. Stars have been speaking out on the issue, some saying they will boycott the Oscars. Will Smith said that he will join his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith by boycotting the Oscar ceremony. "(Jada and I) have discussed it, and we're part of this community but at this current time, we're uncomfortable to stand there and say that this is okay. ... There's a regressive slide towards separatism, towards racial and religious disharmony and that's not the Hollywood that I want to leave behind. That's not the industry, that's not the America I want to leave behind."

Jada Pinkett-Smith announced her intention to boycott the Oscar ceremony in a Facebook video. "Maybe it is time we pull back our resources and we put them back into our communities, into our programs, and we make programs for ourselves that acknowledge us in ways that we see fit, that are just as go...

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