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Abiola Oke For CNN: “The Oscars Snubbed 'Beasts Of No Nation’ Because Of Its Blackness"

Okayafrica CEO Abiola Oke weighs in on the #OscarsSoWhite controversy for CNN.

Idris Elba and Abraham Attah were some of this year's most egregious Oscar snubs argues Abiola Oke.
Our fearless leader, Abiola "Oke-Africa" Oke weighs-in on the #OscarsSoWhite controversy for CNN. Yes, he's an unabashed fan of Beasts of No Nation, but there's more to it than that. See below, or read the whole thing on CNN.com.

Beasts of No Nation: The most shocking Oscars snub?

Abiola Oke, Special for CNN


New York (CNN) "Beasts of No Nation" was one of the best films of 2015, yet it didn't receive a single Oscar nomination. In fact, out of 528 nominations in the Best Picture category, no film with an all-black cast has ever been nominated for Best Picture. Even space has more gravity than the number of all black-cast films nominated.

In the spirit of fairness, "Slumdog Millionaire" and "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon" which featured virtually all non-white casts, received nominations and won respectively.

It might be irresponsible but certainly not irrational of me to suggest that one of the reasons "Beasts" was snubbed at the Oscars was because of the racial make-up of its cast.

When you consider the Academy's 87-year history of ignoring black performances—only 15 African Americans have won the honors for acting—the thought of unintentional bias doesn't seem so absurd.

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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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