Ever since the Academy Awards were announced with not one person of color among the acting nominees, we’ve been following the #OscarsSoWhite discussion about diversity in Hollywood. We’re sure there are more brilliant pieces to come before the ceremony on February 28, but in the meantime, here’s our roundup of reads we recommend (in no particular order) to get caught up on the controversy.
The LAMP’s Education Associate, Zenzele Johnson, may have grown up watching actors like Halle Berry and Denzel Washington break barriers. But she still learned what Hollywood thought of her – if it thought of her at all – and has carried that lesson since childhood.
The host for this year’s Oscars wrote this essay back in 2014, but it’s still worth revisiting for its poignant humor and a glimpse of what to expect from him in the broadcast.
April Reign, creator of the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag, talks with Salon about the movement’s origins and why it’s about much more than race in movies.
Slate writer Aisha Harris makes a cogent argument for the relevance of Academy Award nominations, and explains how Creed stands apart among other recent films featuring black protagonists.
When journalists ask celebrities to weigh in on the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, those celebrities have often been coached by a team of handlers and publicists. In this piece, we’re reminded how people behind the scenes of the Hollywood star machine can have an unseen impact on cultural conversations.