This week we talked about the overwhelming whiteness of Hollywood award season and honored Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Colorlines has a roundup of #ReclaimMLK and Day of Action and Remembrance activities.
Fifth graders from Watkins Elementary School in Washington, D.C. celebrated by reciting the “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial.
Lin-Manuel Miranda was among those honoring Civil Rights leaders at Riverside Church this past MLK day.
Chicago area pastors boycotted Mayor Rahm Emmanuel’s annual MLK breakfast in protest of his inaction surrounding police brutality.
Democratic presidential nominees discussed issues regarding diversity, immigration, and white privilege in the 2016 Iowa Brown & Black Democratic Presidential Forum.
Also regarding recognizing and dismantling white privilege: Stephen Colbert’s great interview with DeRay McKesson.
African American Policy Forum and Oklahoma Artists 4 Justice have joined forces to ensure that we remember the victims of Daniel Holtzclaw and continue to work towards justice for those women.
Deepa Iyer’s We Too Sing America looks at how South Asian, Muslim, Sikh, and Middle Eastern immigrants shape the country.
Matt De La Peña wins the Newberry Award for Last Stop on Market Street, becoming the first win for a Latino author.
It’s Oscar season!! Time to get disappointed yet again that the Oscars continues to exemplify why we’re in a golden age for television. If only we could think of some roles featuring non-white actors that deserve accolades. I guess The Revenant will have to cover all that diversity for us.
Even host Chris Rock is ready to skewer the Academy.
Here’s how to get ready for your Oscars watch party with a nail tutorial from Chescaleigh:
Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs responds with her disappointment and resolution to make change.
A statement from Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs pic.twitter.com/Nqhgc7sbqG
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) January 19, 2016
Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith, however, are leading a boycott of the award ceremony.
Pop Culture and Celebrity News
Underrated Rutina Wesley has snagged the lead in Ava DuVernay’s Queen Sugar.
Guillermo del Toro might also bring us a movie adaptation of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.
We have a new Robin Hood movie (how fresh and original) and Jamie Foxx will be Little John.
Kylie Bunbury will star in a new FOX pilot about the first woman pitcher in the Major Leagues.
FOX is also rebooting 24 and is looking for a black or Latino lead.
Donald Glover described his new show Atlanta as “Twin Peaks with rappers,” which has me interested.
Here’s a first look at Spike Lee’s new Michael Jackson documentary, From Motown to Off the Wall.
In case you needed a reminder why John Boyega needs to be a huge star, here’s a trailer for his new movie Imperial Dreams.
Speaking of which, Master of None won Best Comedy Series at the Critics Choice Awards and the creators called out the lack of diversity in Hollywood.
Here are some Women of Color YouTubers to follow.
George Takei & Lea Salonga’s musical Allegiance will be closing on February 14th.
So Rihanna is performing at the Superbowl? Who isn’t?
We end with Santigold’s new song “Chasing Shadows” which unfortunately, you have to head over to Tidal to hear.
Share your rage against the Oscars or inspiring Day of Action stories in the comments!