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Organizers Consider Reviving ‘Black Oscars’ to Fight #OscarsSoWhite

With controversy raging over the lack of diversity among this year’s Academy Award acting nominees, organizers of the Tree of Life Awards, informally known as the “Black Oscars,” are reportedly considering reviving the defunct awards ceremony as way of honoring the industry’s top black talent.

The Associated Press

Academy Says Diversity Purge is ‘Not About Political Correctness’

The leadership at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) defended the organization’s controversial new diversity initiative, saying in an interview that the Academy did not bow to outside pressure when crafting the rule changes, which many are criticizing as an overt effort to purge older Academy members of their voting privileges while aggressively recruiting new voting members who, in the words of the Academy, “represent greater diversity.”

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‘Concussion’ Review: Preachy, Manipulative, Dull TV Movie

If you’re interested in the seemingly endless factual inaccuracies in “Concussion,” my colleague Dan Flynn has already knocked that ball out of the park.  Not being a football fan, I walked into the theatre as a movie fan, which is

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Will Smith: ‘Everybody Is Prejudiced,’ But ‘Racism Is Actually Rare’

Will Smith says that prejudice could not have affected his massively successful acting career because, at the end of the day, “everybody is prejudiced” – but “racism is actually rare,” the star notes, and “America is the only place on Earth” that allows “people that look like” him the opportunity to be a star.

Reuters

Will Smith’s Teenage Son Wears a Dress in Public, Brags on Social Media

The idea of resisting fashion and gender norms is apparently not an issue for the children of the Smith family, as 16-year-old Jaden Smith was not only photographed wearing a skirt in public this week, but also seemed to be enjoying the fashion “fad” on social media.

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‘Focus’ Review: Will Smith and Margot Robbie Lead Fun Heist Flick

A mix of the Thomas Crown Affair and Ocean’s Eleven, Focus is a surprisingly fun flick that’s outrageous in its plot twists and thrills in the best way possible. Directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (2011’s Crazy, Stupid, Love) give us a fun heist story, while Will Smith and Margot Robbie elevate the plot with their electric chemistry.

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