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'Young, Gifted and Black' Actors Struggle in Hollywood, Says Chadwick Boseman

"Black Panther" wins SAG award and Boseman keeps it all in perspective in a speech that has gone viral.

Ryan Coogler's film "Black Panther" won a SAG award Sunday night for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, and Chadwick Boseman's impromptu speech has gone viral on social media. He delivered a message that presented the reality of the spaces Blacks don't occupy in Hollywood.


"To be young, gifted and Black, we all know what it's like to be told that there is not a place for you to be featured, yet you are young, gifted and Black," Boseman said.

"Black Panther" has received seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. In the last decade, the SAG ensemble winner has gone on to win the Oscar for Best Picture, half of the time.

In the Academy's 88-year history, only 38 Oscars have been given to Black actors and actresses out of over 3,000 presented.

Six Black directors have received Oscar nominations in the Academy's history but so far, no Black filmmaker has won in that category.

Following the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, a "diversity initiative" was put in place pledging in 2016 to diversify its membership by 2020, adding additional Governor's seats and reducing the lifetime voting status to 10 years.

In 2018, the Academy boasted that 38 percent of the Oscars' governing body's new class is made up of people of color. That only increased representation from 13 percent in 2017 to 16 percent.

It still remains largely white and male (only seven actors of color out of 51 are governors; zero people of color are officers).

In 2017, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the first Black and only third woman president of the Academy, decided to leave its board and she did not seek re-election, short of the goal to double the diversity in membership. She was replaced by a white man, John Bailey.

According to UCLA's " Hollywood Diversity Report," people of color accounted for the majority of ticket sales for five of the top 10 films in 2016 (ranked by global box office).

Boseman said Black actors are rarely featured in dynamic ways in Hollywood. This lack of representation inspired the cast to go to work everyday to give the world something special."

That we could be full human beings in the roles that we were playing, that we could create a world that exemplified a world that we wanted to see," he said.

Coogler, the first Black director in Marvel's blockbuster film realm, was given $200 million to make a movie set in Africa with a predominantly Black cast.

And the film proved studio executive naysayers at the Association of Motion Picture and Television Producers wrong about Black films not being successful, making a over $1 billion globally.

The actors celebrated the accomplishment on social media:



Woke, Legendary Sportscaster Warner Wolf Arrested For Vandalism

The sportscaster allegedly took down the word "plantation" from the sign at the private community where he lives.

Longtime sportscaster Warner Wolf was arrested in Naples, Fla., on Thursday for defacing a portion of a sign in the residential community where he lives.

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Cardi B Turned Down Super Bowl Halftime Show to Support 'A Man Who Sacrificed His Job for Us'

The award-winning rapper took part in Super Bowl-related events, but explains why she's not performing at the main event and why it wasn't an easy decision.

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Cardi B is nominated for five Grammys and competing for both record and album of the year. If she accepted the offer to perform during Super Bowl 53 on Sunday, her audience would have been more than 100 million Americans. But she declined the NFL's offer. She stands in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, "a man who sacrificed his job for us."

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Octavia Spencer Says LeBron James Helped Her Get Equal Pay for Netflix Project

James was Spencer's sponsor, ensuring she would receive pay equal to her male counterparts for a biopic about Madam C.J. Walker.

In business settings, a sponsor will actively advocate for you by using their influence and networks to help you earn raises and promotions and garner success. According to Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer, Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James was her sponsor in pay negotiations with Netflix.

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UPDATE: Jussie Smollett Releases Statement on Attack

"I still believe that justice will be served," said Smollett as police have new leads in the case.

UPDATE: Feb. 1, 2019

"Empire" actor Jussie Smollett has released his first public comments about the incident:

"Let me start by saying that I'm O.K.," Smollett said in a statement released on Friday. "My body is strong but my soul is stronger. More importantly, I want to say thank you. The outpouring of love and support from my village has meant more than I will ever be able to truly put into words."

"I am working with authorities and have been 100 percent factual and consistent on every level. Despite my frustrations and deep concern with certain inaccuracies and misrepresentations that have been spread, I still believe that justice will be served."

The FBI and Chicago PD are investigating have new leads.

Chicago police said an envelope with white powder and a threatening letter with magazine cut outs pasted on paper was received at Cinespace Studios, where "Empire" is filmed, on Jan. 22.

HAZMAT responded, but the white substance turned out to be aspirin.

Police have released photos of two individuals wanted for questioning.

Video of Smollett walking into a hotel after the attack with a noose around his neck, along with the noose and his sweater have also been acquired to help try to identify more clues to find the attackers.

Smollett said he was on the phone with his manager when the attack happened.

His family's statement said this was a "violent and unprovoked attack," and "a racial and homophobic hate crime."

A witness, who requested anonymity, described a "creepy" white man outside the building with a clothesline hanging from his pants, staring at another man near another entrance about 300 hundred feet away.

She told TMZ, "He looked out of place." He had scruff on his face, wearing a blue winter beanie, a blue zip-up sweatshirt with a hood and blue jeans that were too short. He had "thick, grey hunting socks" with camel-colored dress shoes.

She talked to detectives when she found out there was an attack.

ORIGINAL STORY

"Empire" star, Jussie Smollett, was brutally attacked and hospitalized early Tuesday morning.

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Soul Legend Gladys Knight to Sing National Anthem at Super Bowl

"I am proud to use my voice to unite and represent our country in my hometown of Atlanta," Knight said. There's mixed reactions on social media.

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It has been confirmed that legendary soul singer, Gladys Knight, will sing the national anthem at Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, Ga., on Feb. 3.

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Cardi B. Delivers a More Effective Speech About Trump's Shutdown on Instagram Than Politicians

"Our country is in a hellhole right now," she said. "All for a f‐‐‐ing wall."

Rapper Cardi B. told her 39 million Instagram followers on Wednesday night what she really thought about President Trump's partial government shutdown, his wall and about his absurd request to force people who aren't getting paid to go back to work.

She didn't mince words (she uses explicit language in the video).

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