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Rough Week For Black Celebs Ends On High Note At The Oscars


To say this past week has been a difficult week for Black celebrities is a significant understatement. The series of lows kicked into gear on Feb. 21st when 35-year-old “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett surrendered to police after being charged with felony disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false police report. He was released after posting $100,000 bail. Initially thought to be a victim of a hate crime, the evidence is pointing towards the ordeal being a hoax orchestrated by Smollett. According to multiple sources, the Empire actor allegedly choreographed his own attack due to the fact he’s dissatisfied with his salary.

R. Kelly proved the old adage “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” to be true. Kelly revisited his past, as once again multiple sex tapes starring the R&B singer and underage teenage girls were discovered. He was indicted on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a class 2 felony involving four alleged victims. On Feb.22nd, the Pied Piper turned himself in. Bail was set at $1 million dollars, but the singer remains incarcerated after he failed to produce the $100,000 cash required. Kelly’s cash flow has diminished due to numerous lawsuits, and child support payments.

For a third consecutive day, a shameful event took place on Feb.23. Former boxing champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather was having a birthday bash at the Hollywood club Sunset Room. Rapper Tyga got into a verbal dispute with an unidentified man on the red carpet. Tyga was physically removed by a security guard who grabbed the rapper by his neck. Once outside, a second security guard talks to Tyga trying to calm him down. During their conversation Tyga attempts to take the guard’s gun. The guard prevents the rapper from gaining possession of the gun. Eventually the angry rapper gets in an SUV and drives away.

Like a breath of fresh air, Oscar night arrives on the scene. This star studded event transitioned a week of Black shame to a night of Black Excellence. Regina King got the ball rolling with her win in the Best Supporting Actress category for her role in “If Beale Street Could Talk.” King plays a mother who’s helping her young pregnant daughter fight the justice system and get her innocent boyfriend out of prison. “I’m an example of what it looks like when support and love is poured into someone,” King said.

Mahershala Ali won Best Supporting Actor for his role  in “Green Book”. Ali made it two for two as he wins Best Supporting Actor for the second time. He collected the award in 2017 for his role in “Moonlight”. Marhershala Ali joins elite company as he and Denzel Washington are the only Black actors to win an Oscar more than once.

The blockbuster movie “Black Panther” became a multiple Oscar winner. The first victory was for Best Costume Design. The award went to Ruth Carter, who is the creator of the clothing worn by the citizens of Wakanda. “Black Panther” collected a second Oscar thanks to Hannah Beachler and Jay Hart. They teamed up to be the engine behind creating the scenic sights of the country known as Wakanda.

Director Spike Lee finally won his first Oscar for the movie “BlacKkKlansman”. After suffering frustrating defeats during the previous five nominations over a 30 year period, Lee finally received his vindication.

“Before the world tonight I give praise to my ancestors who built our country along with the genocide of our native people,” Lee said. “We all connect with ancestors to regain our humanity. It will be a powerful moment.”

This past week was a roller coaster ride for Black celebs. The week’s ending illustrated how quickly darkness can turn to light.



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