Where the Oscars’ missing black people are going

February 24, 2016 8:28 AM

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Where the Oscars’ missing black people are going

When the red carpets unroll and the spray tans descend on the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles for the Academy Awards this Sunday, up to 20 white actors — this year’s crop of acting nominees — will show up to see if Oscars will go to them. But, after the #OscarsSoWhite controversy highlighted the Academy’s decision to honor exactly zero black thespians for two years in a row, some big names, invited and not, will be sitting the event out. And some are now making their alternate plans public.

The latest among them: Ava DuVernay — the first black woman nominated for Best Director, for “Selma” last year. DuVernay announced she would spend Oscar night in a place far less glamorous than the Dolby, and perhaps far more relevant to spotlighting racial inequality in America: Flint, Mich., a maj...

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