LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 01: Jada Pinkett Smith poses backstage in the media room at the "Chime For Change: The Sound Of Change Live" Concert at Twickenham Stadium on June 1, 2013 in London, England. Chime For Change is a global campaign for girls' and women's empowerment founded by Gucci with a founding committee comprised of Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini, Salma Hayek Pinault and Beyonce Knowles-Carter. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for Gucci)
Photograph. The Oscars. 1/17/16. Retrieved via
Photograph. The Oscars. 1/17/16. Retrieved via

The saying goes, “It’s not what you say. It’s how you say it in order to get a message across.”

Actress, mother and wife Jada Pinkett Smith took to social media to share her thoughts regarding the Academy and the recent Oscar nominations. Jada’s husband Will Smith starred in a sport biopic film, Concussion, which made over $10 million dollars in its opening weekend in 2015. Although, critics and fans were overly satisfied with Will’s performance, Jada was a little taken aback that the Academy thought otherwise. In response, Jada dropped a few gems through social media stating:

“Maybe its time we pull back our resources and we put them back into our communities, and we make programs for ourselves that acknowledge us in ways that we see fit, that are just as good as the so-called mainstream.”

The strong-willed actress went on to elaborate on how powerful and dignified the black demographic is, which are reasons as to why acknowledgement should not have to come from begging. She continued: “Its time to pool our resources together and look at ourselves the way we’re asking mainstream to look at us.”

Jada’s message was calmly presented not to create chaos, but more so to raise awareness of what goes on within the entertainment industry and the mission was certainly accomplished as film writer, director and actor Spike Lee also decided to boycott this year’s award ceremony. Spike thought to join Jada in this movement due to the lack of diversity in the nominations. Spike took to social media as well to voice his opinions regarding the matter as he wrote an open letter addressing the Hollywood issue.

As more stars are becoming more familiar with the issue, the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite has become very popular across all platforms of social media. Jada made it very clear that she will not be in attendance for the Oscars, nor will she watch it, however she concluded her statement by wishing this year’s host, and friend Chris Rock, good luck.

What are your thoughts on Jada Pinkett Smith’s sentiment? Should African-Americans continue to fight for their acknowledgments and seats in the mainstream section?

Written By: Chey Lyn


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