*The National Action Network a leading national civil rights organization founded by the Rev. Al Sharpton and a coalition of civil rights groups are calling for a boycott of this years “Oscars ceremonies.”
The boycott is in response to the lack of African-Americans and women excluded and not nominated in the major categories of Oscar awards.
“The lack of African Americans and women excluded from the major categories of Oscar nominees is appalling. Cheryl Boone Isaacs the African-American president of the academy is nothing but a pawn and the black face of Hollywood’s system and culture that is racist, sexist and lacks true diversity. Its important we boycott this year’s Oscars and tune it out,” stated National Action Network: L.A. chapter Political director Najee Ali.
“The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences made many promises last year to promote diversity in its film awards. It kept none of them. The proof is that despite a number of name, qualified black performers in major films, not one was nominated for an Academy award,” says Tulloss, and Hutchinson, “There’s only one thing that Hollywood understands and that’s dollars and ratings. We will launch a nationwide “TV Tune Out” of the Oscars ceremony, February 28. This will send the message that diversity in the film industry must be more than a hollow promise.”
Press Conference Info
Date: Today, Thursday, January 15 2016
Time: 4:00 PM
Location : National Action Network
2828 West Jefferson Blvd
Los, Angeles, CA.90018
Sponsors: National Action Network :L.A.chapter CEO Pastor K.W.Tulloss ; National Action Network (L. A. chapter) Political Director Najee Ali; Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable CEO Dr. Earl Ofati Hutchinson