Netizen24.com – Entertainment Prime News: 2016 was great for black cinema, but don’t kill off #OscarsSoWhite just yet
Edwards noted a slight increase in diversity off screen, as well.
Directors Denzel Washington (“Fences”), Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight”) and Ava Duvernay (“13th”) are garnering awards season buzz for their films. Duvernay also launched her hit OWN series “Queen Sugar.” Other show creators including Issa Rae (“Insecure”) and Donald Glover (“Atlanta”) have received critical acclaim for their new shows. John Legend lent his skills to the music of “La La Land” and Pharrell Williams scored the film “Hidden Figures,” about three little known African American woman pioneers at NASA played by Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe.
But don’t retire that #OscarsSoWhite hashtag just yet.
On Thursday, Mashable found itself the target of Twitter vitriol after declaring in a tweet about an Oscar story that “We’ve canceled #OscarsSoWhite for 2017 with half the field poised to be actors of color.”
The site offered a mea culpa in a subsequent tweet which read, “We apologize for a thoughtless tweet that appeared here earlier. We made a mistake and we’ve since removed it. We can and will do better.” Mashable also added an editor’s note to their original story, but the damage was done.
April Reign, creator of #OscarsSoWhite, begged to differ and created #MashableCancels, which then trended.
Robertson said there’s still more work that needs to be done to make Hollywood more inclusive — including expanding opportunities and recognition for women, Latinos, Asians and LGBTQ people in the industry.
“We are hopeful that the trend will carry over to 2017,” he said. “We are all Americans and we all contribute to the bottom line.”
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