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Feb 25, 2020.

Matthew A. Cherry Shares Why Being Recognized at the 2020 NAACP Image Awards Means Just as Much to Him as the Oscars

Matthew A. Cherry Shares Why Being Recognized at the 2020 NAACP Image Awards Means Just as Much to Him as the Oscars

Matthew A. Cherry is no stranger to award shows.

The former NFL player, producer, director,

Oscar winner , and my personal “tweet-it-and-receive-it” goals achiever spoke with The Root on the red carpet of this year’s NAACP Image Awards about the importance of showing love to black folks, attending Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s Gold Party, and more in the video above.

Check it out and be amazed by both his...

Feb 21, 2020. 11 comments

President Parasite Slams Foreign Movie for Winning Best Picture Oscar, and They Clap Back, ‘Understandable, He Can’t Read’

President Parasite Slams Foreign Movie for Winning Best Picture Oscar, and They Clap Back, ‘Understandable, He Can’t Read’

At this point, Trump is touring more than Kevin Hart, Doug E. Fresh and the black-famous Maze featuring Frankie Beverly. The Root Senior Writer Michael Harriot has already found that Trump is the

10th highest paid athlete in the country , but did you know that he’s the most sought-after masturbating comedian? Fine, there is no other comedian who masturbates onstage. Wait, you’ve never seen...

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Feb 11, 2020. 2 comments

Forget the Awards. Everyone Knows We're Really Here for the Afterparty

Forget the Awards. Everyone Knows We're Really Here for the Afterparty

Real talk? No shade—okay, maybe just a little—but if we had a choice between being invited to the Oscars and being invited to the legendary Vanity Fair Oscars afterparty, well...we’re disco-napping and will see y’all after the Best Picture is announced. And apparently, much of Hollywood feels the same way, since the silver carpet at the night’s most exclusive after-event is far more...

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Feb 11, 2020. 7 comments

Stand Up! The Oscars May Not Give Cynthia Erivo Her Flowers (Yet), But We Will

Stand Up! The Oscars May Not Give Cynthia Erivo Her Flowers (Yet), But We Will

Did you watch the 2020 Academy Awards? No? Was it because the #OscarsSoWhite? I mean, they were (and accordingly, we’re going to have our lightest Oscars slideshow ever today), but in a year that denied both people of color and women their nomination shine (shoutout to Natalie Portman for having the names of this year’s overlooked female directors embroidered on her evening cape), people of...

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Feb 10, 2020. 3 comments

Oscars 2020: Matthew A. Cherry Manifests #HairLove Success and Janelle Monáe Welcomes Us to the Neighborhood

Oscars 2020: Matthew A. Cherry Manifests #HairLove Success and Janelle Monáe Welcomes Us to the Neighborhood

It’s the biggest (and whitest) night of film once again and we’re here to give you the scoop.

The 92nd Academy Awards marks the conclusion of awards season (but not really because there are at least two big award ceremonies I’ll be attending later this month as Los Angeles loves to pat itself on the back) and it has been quite a week. We made it!

Janelle Monáe welcomed us to the neighborhood...

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Feb 08, 2020.

Oscars Still White: April Reign Explains Why 'Diversity' Alone Isn't Cutting It

Oscars Still White: April Reign Explains Why 'Diversity' Alone Isn't Cutting It
“If you’re throwing a party and you want everybody to come, equity is ensuring that there are different price points. Diversity is inviting everybody. Inclusion is actually asking people to dance once they’re at the party.” —April Reign

It’s 2020 and this awards season is looking real white. What happened to all of those “diversity” initiatives, you say? Enter attorney April Reign.

The...

Feb 05, 2020.

From Kickstarter to Kickin' It At the Oscars: Matthew A. Cherry and Karen Rupert Toliver Talk Hair Love

From Kickstarter to Kickin' It At the Oscars: Matthew A. Cherry and Karen Rupert Toliver Talk Hair Love

Animation raised me.

Yes, I know we all grew up watching Saturday cartoons and animated movies, but those little doodles of Roger Rabbit and Mickey Mouse shaped my desire to tell stories. I wanted to create animated films. I wanted to be Cree Summer. I wanted to have anything and everything to do with the celluloids that had such a stark effect on my imagination. While I don’t have the...

Feb 01, 2020. 13 comments

The Big Payback: Gabrielle Union, Dwyane Wade and Matthew Cherry Give Hair Love to Student Told to Cut Dreadlocks to Walk at Graduation

The Big Payback: Gabrielle Union, Dwyane Wade and Matthew Cherry Give Hair Love to Student Told to Cut Dreadlocks to Walk at Graduation

Texas high schooler Deandre Arnold may not be walking with his graduating class at Barbers Hill High School in Mont Belvieu, Texas, this year, but he will be walking the red carpet on Oscars night, thanks to Hair Love director Matthew Cherry, producers Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade, and personal care brand Dove.

Deandre, a high school senior who wears dreadlocks to honor his Trinidadian...

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Zack Linly Zack Linly Jan 15, 2020. 18 comments

Stephen King Speaks on Diversity. Me, Ava DuVernay and Black People, in General, Need Him to Zip It

Stephen King Speaks on Diversity. Me, Ava DuVernay and Black People, in General, Need Him to Zip It

You know, maybe all the white Hollywood insiders just need to keep diversity’s name out their mouths and just yield the floor to the writers, directors, and actors of color who actually have to deal with the lack thereof.

Iconic author Stephen King took to Twitter on Tuesday and came dangerously close to traveling in the footsteps of Tim Burton, who defended the lack of non-white actors in his...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Jan 14, 2020. 20 comments

How to Win an Oscar If You’re Black

How to Win an Oscar If You’re Black

The #OscarsSoWhite, they called the police on the BET Awards.

The #OscarsSoWhite, Pete Buttigieg was almost nominated for an award.

The #OscarsSoWhite, Cuba Gooding Jr. tried to marry his statue.

On Monday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the 92nd Academy Awards and, as usual, they’re rooting for everybody white. Although the Oscar committee has touted...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jan 14, 2020. 5 comments

A Boomerang of Black Erasure: Welp, Eddie Murphy’s 1988 Oscars Presentation Is Still Relevant in 2020

A Boomerang of Black Erasure: Welp, Eddie Murphy’s 1988 Oscars Presentation Is Still Relevant in 2020

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Shortly after the

nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards were announced, writer Todd Spence shared an eerily relevant clip of Eddie Murphy presenting the Best Picture award at the 60th Academy Awards in 1988.

As Murphy stood on the stage, he recalled what led him to this moment, noting he first thought “No, I ain’t goin’” when he was...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jan 13, 2020. 22 comments

Oscars 2020: On a Scale of Taylor Swift to Gary Owen, How White Were the Nominations?

Oscars 2020: On a Scale of Taylor Swift to Gary Owen, How White Were the Nominations?

East Coast privilege was alive and well as West Coasters woke up before the sun rose (at 5:18 a.m.) while the right coast woke up at 8:18 a.m. to hear the nominations for the biggest night in film.

I’ve had my calendar marked to this date for a while, but let’s pause for a minute to talk about that errant time. I sat here wondering, why 5:18? Sure, I knew the time zones of our rather large...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jan 10, 2020. 9 comments

#OscarsSoWypipo: How Is the 2020 Academy Awards Going Hostless Again When Michael Harriot Is Right Here?

#OscarsSoWypipo: How Is the 2020 Academy Awards Going Hostless Again When Michael Harriot Is Right Here?

If you think the 2020 Oscars was going to return to regularly scheduled programming by featuring a single comedian performing a snarkily narcissistic monologue in front of actors who take themselves too seriously, think again!

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 92nd Academy Awards will carry on without a host for the second year in a row.

“Let me confirm it now, together with the...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Dec 20, 2019. 11 comments

10 Years an #OscarsSoWhite: Only 5 Actresses of Color Were Nominated for Lead Actress in the Entire Decade

10 Years an #OscarsSoWhite: Only 5 Actresses of Color Were Nominated for Lead Actress in the Entire Decade

The stench of stagnant progression is in the air as we look back at the history of Oscar nominations in the 2010s.

The Hollywood Reporter recently highlighted every Oscar-winning actress (in both lead and supporting categories) in the 2010s and in doing so, found one glaring bit of news: only five actresses of color were recognized by the Academy in the lead actress category in the past...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Nov 27, 2019. 11 comments

Who Should Host the 2020 Oscars? The Blackademy Weighs In

Who Should Host the 2020 Oscars? The Blackademy Weighs In

Do you hear that? It’s the sound of Hollywood patting themselves on the back because awards season is ramping up once again!

Following the controversy surrounding his homophobic comments, Kevin Hart

stepped down from hosting the 91st Academy Awards. Since a qualified and willing replacement was never found, the show went on, hostless. As we look forward to the 92nd Academy Awards in 2020,...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Nov 05, 2019. 15 comments

Nigeria's First Oscars Submission Disqualified For Having Too Much English, Which Is the Country's Official Language

Nigeria's First Oscars Submission Disqualified For Having Too Much English, Which Is the Country's Official Language

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has some explaining to do.

According to The Wrap, Nigeria’s Lionheart has been disqualified from the 92nd Academy Awards race. The film, directed by and starring Genevieve Nnaji, was vying for a spot in the Best International Feature Film category. Nnaji portrays Adaeze Obiagu, who “tries to keep her father’s struggling company afloat in a...

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Damon Young Damon Young Feb 27, 2019. 21 comments

A List of Things Personally Threatened By Billy Porter's Red Carpet Gown

A List of Things Personally Threatened By Billy Porter's Red Carpet Gown

1. My sexuality (of course)

2. My blackness

3. My black male-ness

4. My fashion sense

5. My understanding of how gowns work

6. My relationship with my dad

7. My feelings about carpets

8. My feelings about the color red

9. My feelings about when things like “carpets” and “red” are in close proximity

10. My feelings about niggas who go by “Billy” instead of “Bill” or “Will” or “Willie” or “William”

11....

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Feb 27, 2019. 24 comments

Lisa Bonet’s ‘C’mon, White People’ Eyeroll, Explained

Lisa Bonet’s ‘C’mon, White People’ Eyeroll, Explained

I was sitting at a table in a late-night Chicago diner when I first discovered my negro superpowers.

At another table, sat an older white couple. They looked like regular white people who kiss their dogs in the mouth and enjoy the occasional Pat Benatar ditty. But there was something about them that gave me pause, especially when they started chatting up a black woman sitting at the counter....

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Corey Townsend Corey Townsend Feb 26, 2019. 20 comments

Billy Porter Wore a Gown and You Will Deal With It

Billy Porter Wore a Gown and You Will Deal With It

The day of the 2019 Oscars, thousands of men—who I’m presuming live in their parents’ basements and holla from the passenger side of their best friend’s ride—had their already-fragile masculinity shattered when Billy Porter entered the Academy Awards resembling the black Cinderella and bibbidi-bobbidi-booed all over the red carpet.

Porter, who has made it known that the red carpet belongs to...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Feb 26, 2019. 17 comments

What It Means When White People Call You Racist

What It Means When White People Call You Racist

The angriest I’ve ever been was when my cousin failed to show up after promising to give me a haircut on the day of my senior prom. Coming in at a close second is the day I gave Gray Segal (not his real name, but close) a black eye.

Gray and I had gym together when I was in the eighth grade. One day, while we were getting dressed in the locker room, Gray told a semi-racist joke that I can now...

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