NBC’s ‘The Wiz’ Called ‘Racist’ for Having All-Black Cast

NBC’s The Wiz Live! was a massive success for the network Thursday night, drawing an estimated 11.5 million viewers for the special live broadcast of the 1974 Tony-winning musical — however, some social media users, apparently unaware of the musical’s history, called the show racist for its use of an all-black cast.

THE WIZ LIVE! -- Pictured: (l-r) -- (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC)

SNL Spoofs Common’s Race Rhetoric

NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” did a mock version of singer Common’s rhetoric regarding race and racism. In the sketch, a mock version of “Hollywood Game Night,” Common, as one of the contestants, uses his introduction to say “I play tonight


Watch: Common/John Legend Acceptance Speech

Hip Hop star Common and R&B singer John Legend accepted the Oscar for Best Original Song at Sunday night’s Academy Awards for their song Glory from the film Selma. Common began by thanking God before relating how lucky he was

Common Legend Acceptance