Patricia Arquette, I’m sure you meant well, but… #diversity #inclusion #equalpay #Oscars2015

So last night was the Oscars, and brothers Common and John Legend won big, making black history, while we’re still celebrating Black History Month. Their award-winning song “Glory” from Selma was positive and deserving, and I regret not watching the event to see them walk across that stage and do the damn thing. They gave a wonderful acceptance speech, but sadly for me, the joy over their win was overshadowed by another winner. Patricia A

Patricia Arquette also won an Oscar for her role in Boyhood, and she created quite a furor with her passionate acceptance speech calling out the pay inequities women suffer. But it was her comment during a press conference later that struck a sour note with me – and with many.

I can’t say whether she intended to slight women of color or to lump all men and all women into the same buckets as though their life experiences match like lost puzzle pieces. I can’t confirm what her intentions were beyond shining a light on the fact that women are unilaterally not paid the same as men, and there’s no reason for it. I agree with Arquette – about that. But this whole “It’s time for all the women in America — and all the men that love women and all the gay people and all the people of color that we’ve all fought for– to fight for us now.” – that’s 50 shades of crap. Continue reading “Patricia Arquette, I’m sure you meant well, but… #diversity #inclusion #equalpay #Oscars2015”

David Oyelowo explains why Selma was snubbed at the Oscars #diversity #bias

David Oyelowo hits the nail squarely on the head in this four minute video from a Q&A at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Black people are celebrated more for subservience and being ‘less than,’ as opposed to being lauded for embodying positions of great power and authority, beauty or talent outside a sports arena. … Continue reading David Oyelowo explains why Selma was snubbed at the Oscars #diversity #bias