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The Oscar nominations were recently announced and, like in so many of the previous years, the nominee field is nearly lily white. Jada Pinkett Smith made her thoughts known by broaching the subject in a different manner, making everyone stop for a moment to ponder the issue a bit more closely. Via Twitter, Pinkett opined…

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As Viola Davis so graciously discussed during her recent acceptance speech, there must first be more opportunity in order for people of color to receive nominations. With only a handful of great roles being written for POC, it is clear that the Academy – and the film industry as a whole – is behind the bell curve.

When will the time come that the majority of the POC nominated are not for roles as maids, drug dealers, et cetera?

The rest of the world is anxiously awaiting that change.

Triston
Triston is an American jetset performance artist, writer, event organizer, and activist based in Europe. As a freelance journalist, he has covered both the underground and mainstream aspects of the arts, culture, music, entertainment, travel, fashion and Fashion Week in several cities, including New York, London, Berlin, Istanbul, Sydney, Bangkok, Hong Kong, and Tokyo to name a few. He has been published in The Huffington Post, Trespass (London), Adaras Magazine (Miami) as well as featured in publications such as the New York Times, Vogue Italia, Turkish Huriyet and other on-line and print magazines in the U.S. and internationally. He recently released his memoir on life in Europe, 'Heaux Confessionals'. As a solo performer and with his band $kandal Du$t, he has toured in some of the world's most renowned clubs, simultaneously maintaining an underground renaissance, blurring the lines of all that is traditional and leaving his indelible, and ultimately unforgettable impression. There is no divide.

Brace yourself.


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