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Motion picture academy president to step down

HOLLYWOOD — Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the first black president of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, has decided to leave the Academy board and not seek re-election when her board term ends later this year. Boone Isaacs has been a member of the Academy’s Board of Governors for the better part of the Read More…

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South L.A. activists plan another Oscar protest

LOS ANGELES — A coalition of minority groups and civil rights activists are launching another national boycott and protest of the 2017 Academy Awards. The announcement was made Jan. 24 hours after this year Academy Award nominations were announced and despite the fact that six black actors were nominated for Oscars, an all-time high. “We’re Read More…

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Hollywood diversity is a time-consuming process, insiders say

LOS ANGELES — As the 88th Academy Awards ceremony draws nearer, industry insiders reflect on the changes made in the Academy to address the lack of diversity in the recent nominees, and how they can serve as a building block for future progress. The conflict began after the Jan. 14 announcement of Oscar nominations, when Read More…