Mary J. Blige Confirms Whether Or Not She’s Dating This ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Star

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Mary J. Blige may have gotten her groove back.

Rumors have been swirling all week that the newly divorced songstress has found love with Straight Outta Compton star Jason Mitchell. On Wednesday, the Queen of Hip Hop/Soul confirmed whether or not she’s dating the actor – sort of. A bunch of tweets, which have since been deleted, added more fuel to the rumor mill.

No word on whether or not her account was hacked, but Mitchell sure isn’t hesitant about posting photos of his rumored boo, whom he met on the set of Mudbound, which is currently showing at Sundance.

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Do you think MJB has taken a page out of J.Lo’s cougar book? We shall see.

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British Press Attacks Prince Harry’s “Straight Outta Compton” Girlfriend And “Visibly Black Mom”

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Some pretty nasty comments are being made about Prince Harry‘s new girlfriend Meghan Markle. But how surprised are we really?

The world got a kick out of learning the Prince was dating a Black actress, but it seems not everybody approves of their reported union. Instead of celebrating, the British Press is making attempts to smear Markle’s good name by playing up the usual stereotypes that unfortunately come along with being Black.

Just yesterday, the Daily Mail published an “exclusive” article that all but said Markle is a ghetto, Black girl getting a free ride out of Compton. The article is quite literally titled, “EXCLUSIVE: Harry’s girl is (almost) straight outta Compton: Gang-scarred home of her mother revealed – so will he be dropping by for tea?”

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The site attempts to fasten Markle to a “crime and street gang”-riddled area of L.A. by pointing out her mom still lives in their old neighborhood, adding “Crenshaw has endured 47 crimes in the past week.” What that has to do with Toronto-based Markle – unless she somehow committed any or all of those crimes – we have no idea.

Daily Mail continues:

But social worker Ragland might now find herself welcoming a royal guest to downtrodden Crenshaw after Prince Harry was revealed to be dating her daughter – Suits actress Meghan Markle. Markle, 35, is now based in Toronto, Canada, but her mother remains in LA and moved to her modest green-painted home five years ago after the death of her own father, Alvin, in 2011. 

Markle was brought up in a large yellow-colored detached home in central Los Angeles, while her rumored royal boyfriend spent much of his childhood between Kensington Palace and Prince Charles’ Gloucestershire mansion, Highgrove. But Harry’s literally palatial homes couldn’t be more different from the tatty one-storey homes that dominate much of Crenshaw.

And while there have been a total of 21 crimes in the immediate area around Highgrove over the past 12 months, 47 have taken place in Crenshaw in the last week alone – including murder and robbery.

The Guardian has also called attention to the British Press’ natural skill for making Markle seem less than the appropriate date for a royal, writing in this article:

The British press have a different approach. They have made it clear that her relationship with Harry is scandalous, for a number of reasons: she is divorced; she is older (Markle is 35, Harry 32); she’s played raunchy scenes in the US TV series Suits – and her mother is visibly black, with dreadlocks.

Honestly, we expected as much – we just thought they’d be a lot less tacky about it.

SOURCE: Daily Mail, The Guardian

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Why Dr. Dre Shouldn’t Be Mad About His Portrayal In Michel’le’s Movie [EXCLUSIVE AUDIO]

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Dr. Dre is threatening legal action against Sony Pictures for the upcoming film, “Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Me,” which is set to air on Lifetime on October 15th. “Surviving Compton” is a biopic former Death Row R&B singer Michel’le.

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When the N.W.A. biopic, Straight Out Of Compton came out in theaters last year, its widespread praise was punctuated by those who noted the film conveniently left out the abusive relationship N.W.A tended to have with women. Abuse of women by men like Dr. Dre and Suge Knight is no secret- in fact, some might remember that Dre even publicly acknowledged it himself. So why is he so mad about it being included in Surviving Compton? Click on the audio player to hear more in this exclusive clip from the “Ed Lover Show.

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Eazy-E’s Daughter Sides With Jerry Heller In ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Lawsuit

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Just days after N.W.A manager Jerry Heller died from a heart attack while driving, the late Eazy-E‘s daughter breaks her silence on Straight Outta Compton‘s portrayal of the businessman.

It’s been over a year since the blockbuster film rocked the box office and called Heller’s management decisions into question. Following the movie’s release in theaters, Heller denied accusations that he ripped N.W.A off and also said the film’s portrayal of him was “very hurtful,” then filed suit.

E.B. Wright surprisingly agreed with the deceased legend. While leaving Ace of Diamonds, Eazy-E’s daughter told TMZ photogs, “I’m still depressed about it” in reference to Heller’s death.

She then said she’ll be putting out a documentary that will expose what really went down, adding, “At the end of the day, I don’t feel [Straight Outta Compton] was 100% true. I stand behind Jerry Fuller to the fullest. He was like a second father to my dad…”

Watch her speak on the controversy and Heller’s death in the video above, plus Ice Cube’s son O’Shea Jackson’s response to his death here. May Heller rest in peace.

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Former N.W.A. Manager Jerry Heller Dead At 75

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Jerry Heller, known to most as the co-founder of Ruthless Records and manager of the “World’s Most Dangerous Rap GroupN.W.A. has died. Heller co-founded Ruthless Records with partner Eazy-E and went on to sell millions of records with N.W.A., Dr. Dre, Ice CubeJ.J. Fad, The D.O.C., Michel’le and others.

In 2015 after the release of the biopic “Straight Outta Compton,” Heller filed a $110 Million Lawsuit Against Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Eazy-E, & NBC Universal over his portrayal and claimed he never gave NBC Universal permission to use his likeness for the film.

Heller had a very successfu career before rap, representing artists such as The WhoGrand Funk Railroad and Black Sabbath through his Heller-Fischer Agency.

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Related: Jerry Heller: Eazy-E Not Shown In The Proper Light In “Straight Outta Compton,”

Related: Jerry Heller, Former N.W.A Manager, Comments On Possibility That Suge Knight Injected Eazy-E With AIDS

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Jason Mitchell Assault: Alleged Victim Speaks Out For The First Time

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Straight Outta Compton star Jason Mitchell is in hot water after one young woman accused him of slamming her to the ground in an altercation that reportedly sent her straight to the hospital.

Jason, who played Eazy-E in the blockbuster film about iconic hip-hop group N.W.A, claims the alleged victim Emily Marquez, 18, hit him first after trying to “crash his party.” Now, Marquez is threatening to get the law involved.

From TMZ:

Emily Marquez told us she thinks Mitchell assaulted her Monday night at The Ritz in Boston because she embarrassed him by rejecting his advances … in front of his friends.

In a video posted to the site, Marquez claims things went left when Mitchell attempted to kiss her neck. Watch the teen explain her side of things above and leave your thoughts below.

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#OscarsSoWhite: Edited “Straight Outta Compton”Trailer Perfectly Illustrates The Academy’s Diversity Probelm

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The Oscars are less-than 24 hours away and outshining any buzz surrounding who will win what is the important conversation on the long-running lack of diversity in Hollywood.

Although a handful of African-American TV and film stars, as well as thousands of fans, have publicly vowed to boycott the award show altogether tomorrow, the chatter surrounding the topic on social media has only intensified. Perfectly illustrating the Academy’s melanin-deficient nomination process, this unofficial revised trailer for “Straight Out Of Compton” gives the world a look at the story told from a different angle……one that would have likely gotten enough of the Academy’s attention to secure a nomination.

While undeniably comical, the truth in the comedy of this edited trailer is all too real.

Be sure to join us tomorrow night for our “Straight Outta Compton” Twitter viewing party during the Oscars!

Ice Cube Is Making Plans To Shake Hollywood Up With Studio Venture

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On the eve of the 88th Academy Awards the discussion over #OscarsSoWhite has yet to die down. And with more and more actors boycotting the event that excluded Creed, Beasts of No Nation and Straight Outta Compton from major recognition, the list of no-shows is growing.

Actor, rapper and producer Ice Cube was on hand to talk about why he’s not attending for The Hollywood Reporter‘s interview series, “The Hollywood Masters”.

Filmed at Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film & TV in front of an audience of students, the 46-year-old music veteran kept it 100 about the industry, what he wants to see and how to make progress happen.

“I’ve been fighting my whole career to show a different side and prove naysayers — not prove them wrong, because I don’t think you should get your energy from negative people, like, ‘He don’t believe in me so I’m doing it.’,” he said about rejection in Hollywood. “That’s the wrong approach. You should just do it ’cause you feel like you the sh*t and you can do it… There’s not enough Ice Cubes getting a chance to do their thing. And hopefully my example will break down more doors.”

As a producer, Cube has 26 titles under his belt; as an actor, 41 titles. But despite being a respected and successful multi-talented entertainer he stills faces roadblocks to get films made.

“I’m ready to run a studio,” he said. “I’m ready to green light movies, and be in it to win it, you know? It’s close. It’ll happen.”

And as far as making movies to appeal to the Academy, he’s consistent on his opinion on them. “When you go to a movie, you don’t care for one Oscar, really. Do you care if a guy got a Oscar on the shelf or is it a good movie? And, you don’t care how much the movie made. Do you like it?”

Adding, “A good movie is a movie that you could see over and over again, not a movie that wins a Oscar, or a movie that makes a lot of money. It’s a movie that you personally can watch over and over again. That, to me, is a measure of a good movie.”

Read more of the sit down interview with The Hollywood Reporter here.

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Ice Cube On Hollywood: “It Ain’t Cool Enough Yet…I’m Ready To Run A Studio”

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Ice Cube hasn’t been shy about his disapproval of the Academy Awards.

But the West Coast legend admitted earlier this month that he’s not fazed by #OscarsSoWhite, he’s only interested in making movies for the fans. Cube may be taking a step in that direction and gearing up to run his own studio, according to his latest interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

“[Hollywood] ain’t cool enough yet. Cool people still have a hard time showing what they got in Hollywood. And I’ve been fighting my whole career to show a different side. But there’s not enough Ice Cubes out there. There’s not enough Ice Cubes getting a chance to do their thing,” he told the site.

Fresh off the success of Straight Outta Compton and Ride Along 2, the actor says it’s his turn to be behind the scenes and give people opportunities, saying, “I’m ready to run a studio. I’m ready to green light movies, and be in it to win it.”

Check out what else Ice Cube had to say about the film industry and the rest of his interview here.

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“Straight Outta Compton” Producers & N.W.A. Hit Back At Jerry Heller’s $110M Lawsuit

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N.W.A.‘s dispute with former manager Jerry Heller lives on.

Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, other N.W.A. pioneers, and those behind the film Straight Outta Compton want a huge chunk of Heller’s $110 million defamation suit dropped.

The lawsuit stems from Heller’s disapproval of his portrayal in the biopic. The motion to dismiss reads in part, “The ‘Jerry Heller’ character in the film is not shown committing any improper or illegal actions, or even admitting that he had ever done anything improper. Rather, the film depicts criticisms articulated by others about plaintiff, which plaintiff’s own memoir concedes had been very publicly leveled against him … It is impossible to conceive of a serious docudrama exploring this history that would not depict these disputes, and the first amendment protects the right of film-makers to tell this story.”

Meanwhile, Ice Cube and son O’Shea Jackson Jr. are still basking in the success of Straight Outta Compton; the duo is set to present an award at this year’s Grammy Awards, notes Billboard.

Ken Ehrlich, the award show’s executive producer, thought their presence was a must, saying, “We felt it was important to represent Straight Outta Compton on the show. That movie and that soundtrack had a tremendous impact on our culture this past year.” Too bad the Oscars didn’t take note.

Catch the father and son hitting the stage together at the Grammys on February 15 at 8 p.m. on CBS.

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NAACP Image Awards: Michael B. Jordan, O’Shea Jackson Jr., & More Answer The Question, “Did O.J. Simpson Do It?”

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American Crime Story: The People Vs. O.J. Simpson is captivating a nation just like the real trial did back in the ’90s. With over 12 million viewers, ACS is FX’s highest debut for a new series ever.

The show’s popularity has reopened the debate that made this the trial of the century.

We hit the red carpet at the 2016 NAACP Image Awards in Pasadena, Calif. and asked everyone from Michael B. Jordan, to O’Shea Jackson Jr., Tika Sumpter, and more a simple question: Do you think O.J. did it?

Back then, it was often split down the middle according to race; White people thought he was guilty and Black people thought the opposite. Have those ideas changed over time? Find out above.

American Crime Story: The People Vs. O.J. Simpson airs tonight at 10 p.m. on FX.

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2016 NAACP Image Awards: ‘Empire’ Wins Big; Michael B. Jordan’s Riveting Speech & More

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The 2016 NAACP Image Awards was a night to celebrate the fullness of Black excellence in all of its forms.

With a handful of major awards being handed out on Wednesday night, viewers may have been wondering what there was actually left to experience at the 47th Annual Image Awards. However, anyone that tuned in knows there was still plenty to take in at the event, and we’ve broken down some of the best moments of the night.

Anthony Anderson Brings Bars And Shade

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The show opened with a tribute/parody of NWA with performance from Nominees With Attitude and their song “Straight Outta Hollywood.” During the opening set, Anthony questioned why Black-ish didn’t get any love at the Emmys, and he criticized the fact that neither Michael BAE Jordan nor director Ryan Coogler were recognized for Creed at the Golden Globes.

Black-ish Won Big

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Snagging awards for both Outstanding Actor and Actress In A Comedy Series, the cast and crew of Black-ish brought all of their families on stage to accept the award for Outstanding Comedy Series. It was probably one of the Blackest moments of the evening. Don’t get mad at us, Anthony said it!

Tracee Ellis Ross Ignores The Wrap Music

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There were a lot of awards to get through at the 2016 NAACP Image awards, so winners didn’t have a lot time to make their acceptance speeches. Producers were quick on the button with that wrap music, but they underestimated how much she had to say.

She had an incredibly passionate speech, and her moment was not to be disrupted. Tracee had a lot to say about how grateful she was not just for the award, but also the event itself. And she let her feminist flag fly while celebrating the fact that all of the women got to be celebrated for being funny without having to be a stereotype.

Empire Dominated The Drama Category

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Not unlike Black-ish, Empire had a huge night. Both Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard took home the awards for Outstanding Actress and Actor In A Drama series respectively. Then the show won for Outstanding Drama Series.

Hey, Will & Jada!

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Anthony pointed out that Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith were front row-center for tonight’s ceremony. Given Jada‘s call for Black people to focus their talents on creating out own content given the #OscarsSoWhite fiasco, it would have been a huge surprise if they stayed home.

“They better be in here after all this is they started,” Anthony said, swiftly following up with a joke about some of their recent drama. “Janet Hubert, who played Aunt Viv, is here.”

Janet never actually appeared, but those fireworks would have been amazing.

Straight Outta Compton Finally Got Its Props

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After being snubbed by the Academy in every way, the cast and crew behind Straight Outta Compton took home the award for Outstanding Motion Picture.

Going up against Dope, Beasts Of No Nation, Concussion, and Creed. The award was well-deserved and well-earned, but Ice Cube made it a point to recognize the other nominees and shared the award with them.

The Image Awards Teaches The Academy A Little Something About Diversity

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It’s true that the NAACP Image Awards are focused on uplifting Black art and activism, but that doesn’t mean there’s no room to welcome others. Gina Rodriguez of Jane The Virgin was nominated for Outstanding Actress In A Comedy Series, and Ken Jeong presented the award for Outstanding Actor In A Drama Series.

Beyond that, many of the winners for group awards for projects brought their teams on stage with them. And do you know what we saw? A patchwork of people of different kinds working together to create incredible content. It’s a step in the right direction, and Hollywood should be taking note.

 

Sylvester Stallone Joins The Party

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Sylvester Stallone was welcomed with a standing ovation when he came out to present Creed for Outstanding Motion Picture, and it seemed that the crowd had forgiven him for his major faux pas at the Golden Globes. How are you gonna forget the director and the lead actor?!

As though he was keenly aware of the criticism he got for that mistake, he noted that he was surprised to get such a warm welcome, stating, “I certainly didn’t expect that.”

 

Michael BAE Jordan Was Adorbs

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Michael B. Jordan won the award for Outstanding Actor In A Motion Picture, and had what had to be the sweetest acceptance speech of the night. He didn’t even attempt to play it cool as he got on stage.

“They got that ticking clock over there; it’s crazy. I know how Sly felt at the [Golden Globes]. It’s rough,” Michael said before launching into a verbal love letter to God and his family.

Unfortunately, he also forgot to thank Ryan Coogler! Where’s the love? It’s ok, though! He got a chance to correct the mistake when he returned to stage moments later to accept the Entertainer of the Year Award.

“Man I forgot my director last time I was up here!” Michael said. “Ryan Coogler, that man is a genius. I don’t know where I would be without him.”

Michael couldn’t believe he was being recognized again, and he didn’t initially count himself among the talent that he was up against.

“Honestly, I thought it was a typo when I was in this category anyway,” Michael confessed. “I’m blessed to be in a category with Viola Davis, and Misty Copeland, and Pharrell…and Shonda Rhimes is a genius who owns Thursday nights. It’s amazing!”

“I’m proud to be Black in this room,” Michael said, sharing his humble beginnings 12 years ago. “I use to sneak into the Image Awards and now I’m standing here as the Entertainer of the Year.

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ANOTHER SNUB: Ice Cube And Straight Outta Compton Cast Didn’t Get Invited To The Oscars

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Just when we were ready to applaud The Academy for responding to its lack of diversity by changing it’s membership process, the organization has taken two steps back.

According to TMZ, Ice Cube, the executive producer of “Straight Outta Compton”–which received two Oscar nominations for Best Original Screenplay, wasn’t invited to the Awards ceremony. Neither was the film’s cast.

Walking the Oscars red carpet is a big deal because of the photo opps, press and it’s ability to solidify one’s fashion icon status.

Most of the attendees at these high profile award shows aren’t necessarily nominees or even presenters, they’re just A-list celebrities that fans tune in to see. Case in point, Jennifer Lopez has never been nominated for a Golden Globe yet she slayed this year’s red carpet in a yellow Giambattista Valli‎ gown.

Attending an event like the Oscars is on par with being nominated; it’s a symbol of your elite status in Hollywood. For the Academy not to send invitations to the predominately African American cast or the producers of an “Oscar Nominated Film” reiterates the steep racist connotations of the organization.

Ice Cube and the cast will be in attendance at this year’s NAACP Image Awards where the film received multiple nominations.

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Ice Cube Reveals Possible N.W.A. Reunion

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Ice Cube visited “The Talk,” this week and spoke about his upcoming performance at Coachella. Speaking about the music festival in Indio, California, Ice Cube shared that he’s working on putting together a reunion with those in N.W.A.

With the N.W.A biopic, Straight Outta Compton nominated for a number of awards, Ice Cube was asked about what the late Eazy-E would think of all the success of the movie and group. “’I told you,’” Cube said. “He is the architect of this movement. He was the one who said ‘I wanna do real records.’”

Peep the entire video and the talk about the possible N.W.A. reunion.

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Ice Cube Responds To ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Being Snubbed By The Oscars

Many people are still reeling from the shock that no African American actors were amongst the 20 nominees for this year’s Academy Awards. Immediately following the announcement, rapper and actor Ice Cube was a guest on The Wendy Williams Show.

Cube was there to promote his upcoming film with Kevin Hart, Ride Along 2, but Wendy had to ask his opinion on Straight Outta Compton being snubbed by the Academy. The biopic based on his former rap group N.W.A was a critically acclaimed box office success in 2015.

While the film did receive a nod for best original screenplay, it was two white writers, Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff, who were recognized.

“I’m not pissed [and] I’m not surprised. You know it’s the Oscars and they do what they do,” said Cube who was one of the film’s executive producers.

“The people loved the movie. The people supported the movie. Number one at the box office over $200 million worldwide. I can’t be mad.”

The cast of the film which includes Jason Mitchell, O’Shea Jackson Jr. and Corey Hawkins have already won several awards at film festivals. The biopic has also been nominated for multiple accolades at this year’s NAACP Awards, Producers Guild of America Awards and Screen Actors Guild Awards.

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2016 Oscar Nominations Op-Ed: “Straight Outta Compton” & “Creed” Didn’t Get Snubbed At All

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This morning’s presentation of the 2016 Oscar nominations left Creed and Straight Outta Compton fans feeling like their favorite films of the year weren’t nominated for Best Picture. But like Ice Cube said to TMZ, they shouldn’t be worried.

Creed was an amazing film led by the brilliant Ryan Coogler, who made Philadelphia look magnificent on the big screen. The story of a boxing legend’s youngest child who overcomes all the odds to earn respect, while another legend, Rocky, embarks on a fight against cancer, is absolutely award-worthy. Sylvester Stallone was nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and even though it didn’t nab a Best Picture nod, Creed didn’t get “snubbed” by the Academy Awards.

Straight Outta Compton will always be a masterpiece. The story F. Gary Gray and Ice Cube brought to the big screen was scintillating in every way. They picked the perfect cast, the shots were remarkable, and the movie was as entertaining as every film that got a Best Picture nomination. Still, Straight Outta Compton wasn’t “snubbed.”

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TMZ made a big deal about two White Straight Outta Compton screenwriters getting nominated for Oscars, but they are race-baiting. Those White screenwriters did a phenomenal job telling the story and they are the people Ice Cube hired to write his movie. In the words of comedian Kerry Coddett, my 2016 resolution was to stop all the fake outrage.

With the exception of Brooklyn, which I never heard of but don’t deny that it’s a great film, The Big Short, Bridge Of Spies, Mad Max, The Martian, The Revenant, Room, and Spotlight are all outstanding movies. I’ve seen them all, twice. They are deserving of a Best Picture nomination. So again, Compton didn’t get snubbed. Compton and Creed were each nominated for the categories they deserved.

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I don’t know why Creed and Compton weren’t given nominations for Best Picture and I’m not going to imply that it was because they’re Black films. But what can’t be ignored is the lack of color in this year’s nominees is all too familiar and equally disappointing.

Will Smith didn’t get a nomination for his Concussion performance as Dr. Bennet Omalu, but the Best Actor nominees all played great roles as well. But I don’t believe Smith wasn’t passed over in order to add another undeserving White actor. Everyone nominated this year earned it.

Hollywood has finally started making movies to show that Black people are more than just slaves, drug dealers, and murderers. They are doctors, lawyers, soldiers, musicians, and bankers turned boxers who just so happen to befriend legends. They are directors who create beautiful works of art. It’s about time to start recognizing them on the grand stage.

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