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Watch Trevor Noah Talk About the Lack of Diversity in the 2020 Oscar Nominations

In a segment of 'The Daily Show', the South African comedian shares his views about the glaringly White and male nominations for this year's Oscars.

Following the release of the Oscar nominations recently, there's been widespread outrage with the glaring lack of diversity among this year's nominees.

Recently, South African comedian and host of the The Daily Show, Trevor Noah, gave his views on the matter. As always, he held nothing back.


In the short clip of the segment, Noah starts off with a recap of Issa Rae's announcement of the nominees for "Best Director". He then applauds the creator of Insecure for her ability to throw subtle shade when congratulating the all-male nominees.

Speaking about Greta Gerwig's snub with regards to her critically acclaimed film Little Women, Noah says, "It's really strange it was nominated for six awards including Best Picture, Best Screenplay, two acting nominations but then somehow Greta Gerwig wasn't nominated for Best Director." He also adds that, "How the hell did that happen? Two people were like, 'Yeah, what an amazing movie.' 'Yeah, did you know the movie directed itself?"

On the matter of race, he congratulates Cynthia Erivo for her nominations but adds that, "It is kind of predictable that it was for playing a slave." In years gone by, there has been a continued critique of the Academy nominating people of color who have starred in movies about slavery especially.

Erivo scored two Oscar nominations for her stellar lead role in the Harriet Tubman biopic Harriet as well as her original song for the film in "Stand Up". The British-Nigerian actress has also been openly critical of recent snubs of people of color in the industry at prominent awards shows.

Watch the short clip of Noah speaking about the matter below:

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6 Samples From 'Éthiopiques' in Hip-Hop

A brief history of Ethio-jazz cultural exchange featuring songs by Nas & Damian Marley, K'naan, Madlib and more.

This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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