Jada Pinkett Smith stood up on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday to deliver a video message on Facebook acknowledging the power of people of color and we do not have to beg these institutions for acknowledgement. Jada used this video to announce her decision to boycott the Academy Awards, which for the second year in a row have only white performers nominated in the four actor and actress categories.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, she said, has the right to acknowledge whomever it chooses and to invite whomever it chooses. However, she added:
“Maybe it is time that we pull back our resources and we put them back into our communities, into our programs, and we make programs for ourselves that acknowledge us in ways that we see fit, that are just as good as the so-called ‘mainstream’ ones. I don’t know.”