Below The Fold welcomes April Reign creator of #OscarsSoWhite, managing Editor of BroadwayBlack.com and Editor at Large of NU Tribe Magazine to discuss the #OscarsSoWhite campaign and this unique historical moment informed by the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Also discussed, how do the recent performances of Beyoncé at the Super Bowl and Kendrick Lamar at the Grammys set the stage for Chris Rock to host the Academy Awards?
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00:25 Ironically, it is the success of April’s viral #OscarsSoWhite campaign that makes this year’s show, with Chris Rock serving as the MC for an Academy Award Ceremony where are grand total of zero black actors were nominated in the individual acting award categories, must see television.
9:00 How is #BlackLivesMatter influencing Pop Culture? April Reign talks about the nexus between Beyoncé’s homage to the Black Panthers at the Super Bowl, Kendrick Lamar’s performance at the Grammy’s, and the wild success of the Broadway musical Hamilton and how that feeds the #OscarsSoWhite campaign.
11:28 Star Wars and Hamilton prove how women and Black performers can open blockbuster productions that make money.
13:30 #OscarsSoWhite they wanna touch my hair. How the viral campaign started as a ‘joke’
15:05 Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing’s Influence on #OscarsSoWhite
16:15 #OscarsSoWhite is NOT calling for a boycott of the Oscars
18:20 Chris Rock is expected to hit hard as Academy Awards Show host.
21:28 #OscarsSoWhite they wear Birkenstock’s in the winter
26:20 What would April Reign have Chris Rock say during his opening monologue?
28:50 Matt Damon: White. Progressive. Racist?
30:30 On efforts to co-Opt #OscarsSoWhite
35:25 Live tweeting in support of #OscarsSoWhite