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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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The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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