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Jada Pinkett – Smith: We No Longer Need To Be Invited Anywhere, We Have Power

Jada Pinkett Smith To Boycott Oscars

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.”



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Damon K. Jones is an Activist, Author, and Publisher of Black Westchester Magazine, a Black-owned and operated newspaper based in Westchester County, New York. Mr. Jones is a Holistic Health Practitioner, First Aid in Mental Health Practioner, Diet, and Nutrition Advisor, and Vegan, Vegetarian Nutrition Life Coach. Mr. Jones is a 31 year Law Enforcement Practioner, New York Representative of Blacks in Law Enforcement of America. Mr. Jones has been a guest commentator on New York radio stations WBLS (107.5 FM), WLIB (1190 am), WRKS (98.7 FM), WBAI (99.5 FM), and Westchester's WVOX (1460 am). Mr. Jones has appeared on local television broadcasts, including Westchester News 12 “News Makers” and Public Television “Winbrook Pride. You can now hear Damon every Wednesday at 830 AM on WFAS 1230 AM, Morning with Bob Marone Show.
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