“Begging for acknowledgement, or even asking, diminishes dignity and diminishes power. And we are a dignified people. And we are powerful. Let’s not forget it. So let’s let the Academy do them, with all grace and love. And let’s do us.” 

— Actress JADA PINKETT SMITH  on why she is boycotting the 2016 Academy Awards Ceremony for its lack of diversity

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“As I see it, the Academy Awards is not where the ‘real’ battle is. It’s in the executive office of the Hollywood studios and TV and cable networks. This is where the gate keepers decide what gets made and what gets jettisoned to ‘turnaround’ or scrap heap.”

Director Spike Lee on the lack of diversity among Hollywood studio executives

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