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Jada Pinkett Smith puts the Academy Awards on Blast

Jada Pinkett Smith has voiced her opinion of the ‘Oscars so white’ feud in a very public way. The wife of Will Smith, 2016 Oscar snub nominee, released a two minute video Monday that voiced her opinion about the Academy Awards. In the video, Jaden and Willow’s mom, sat down calmly and spoke directly into a video monitor asking a question, “Is it time that people of color recognize, influence, that we have amassed that we no longer need to ask to be invited anywhere?”

The actress continues by saying, “I ask the question, have we now come to a new time and place where we recognize that we can no longer beg for the love, acknowledge or respect of any group. That maybe it’s time that we recognize that if we love and respect, and acknowledge ourselves in a way in which we are asking others to do, that [that] is the place of true power.”

Smith says she believes, “The Academy has the right to acknowledge whomever they choose. To invite whomever they choose. And, now I think that it’s our responsibility [now] to make the change. Maybe it is time that we pull back our resources and we put them back into our communities, into our programs, and we make programs for ourselves and we make programs for ourselves that acknowledge us in ways that we see fit that are just as good as the so-called mainstream.”

She went on with more powerful words. She ended by acknowledging Chris Rock, who is set to host the Oscars for a second time. In her shout out to Rock, Smith said, “Hey Chris, I will not be at the Academy Awards and I won’t be watching, but I can’t think of a better man to do the job at hand this year but you my friend, good luck.” Smith acknowledged the viewers by saying, “And to the rest of you, nothing but love, always.”

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You can see the entire video here: https://www.facebook.com/jada/videos/10153983404106320/

 

 

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