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Cynthia Erivo Cancels Performance at BAFTAs Following All-White Nominations List

'I work hard, and every single person of color who is working in these films this year has worked really hard,' the actress says.

Cynthia Erivo recently declined an invitation to perform at this year's British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards following an all-White nominations list.

The British-Nigerian actress, who was recently nominated for two Golden Globe awards for her stellar performance in the biopic Harriet and her original song in a motion picture "Stand Up", said that she would not allow herself or her art be used as a "party trick" in the continued dismissal of performances by people of color at prominent awards shows.


It's 2020 and it seems the memo on diversity still hasn't reached everyone.

According to People Magazine, Erivo voiced her disappointment saying, "I felt like [the invitation] didn't represent people of color in the right light. It felt like it was calling on me as an entertainer as opposed to a person who was a part of the world of film, and I think that it's important to make it known that it's not something you throw in as a party trick, you know?"

The actress continued saying that, "I work hard and every single person of color who is working in these films this year has worked really hard, and there are many of them who deserve to be celebrated." The fact that there were no women directors on the nominations list was also a point of contention for the Harriet lead actress.

Following the release of the nominations list, the BBC reports that BAFTA will allegedly carry out a "careful and detailed review" of it's voting process in light of the glaring lack of diversity. Speaking to Variety about the said review, Erivo concluded saying, "Let's see how [the review] does, whether it affects next year or the year after who knows, but I definitely think it's time for change, we can't overlook it any more."

However, BAFTA member and actor Nicholas Young, wrote in a letter to the Daily Telegraph commenting on the issue.

The letter read partially as follows: "As a voting member of Bafta, I take exception to the suggestion that my choices are based on anything other than excellence in each respective field." And so effectively, Young says he voted solely based on excellence and it just so happens that not a single person of color made the cut.

Of course.

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Rema Welcomes 2021 With New Single 'Bounce'

The Don Jazzy produced track reminds us of why the Nigerian singer-songwriter is topping charts.

Nigerian golden boy Rema took his time on deciding how to start of 2021—and we're glad he did.

The afropop hitmaker is out with his first project of the year, "Bounce", after stunning fans with word of an upcoming album, and the cooks in this kitchen have not disappointed.

Keeping it in the Mavin Records family, legendary producer Don Jazzy sprinkles his magic on the track, while undoubtedly motivating the young singer-songwriter to be his best self. And with this track being like nothing we've heard from Rema before, one could say Jazzy succeeded. "Bounce", fast-paced and fierce, is a love song dedicated to bewitchingly beautiful and blessed bottoms. The candid declaration and hip shaking beat are a force duo and we can't help but love it.

Of the single and collaboration with head honcho Don Jazzy, Rema says, "This record was inspired by the luscious and magnificent body of the African woman. Furthermore, I'm really excited about this tune because it's my first single with the legendary Don Jazzy."

Honestly, when you start the year off with a banger, you get to make songs about butts.

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