Nick Cannon felt moved to deliver a spoken word piece regarding the #OscarsSoWhite controversy.
In a video of himself posted to Facebook over the weekend, Cannon tells viewers that his poem is not to be mistaken as “another trophy rant,” but rather a chance to focus on issues he believes are more important than boycotting an awards show.
He begins with the mention of another Oscar: Oscar Grant, the 22-year-old killed in 2009 by an Oakland police officer, and the subject of the 2013 film “Fruitvale Station.” That film, although critically acclaimed, was also snubbed by the Academy.
Cannon also name drops other police-involved deaths of unarmed African Americans like Mike Brown, Eric Garner and Freddie Gray.
He then touches more on the 2016 Oscars controversy, sparked by Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s announcement that they plan to boycott the event due to the lack of minority nominees.
“We crying for votes but how many of us is on the board?” Cannon says. “Better yet, when’s the last time you showed up and supported the NAACP Awards? I want what’s mine, not yours.”
Snubbed: Black Actors and Actresses Who Deserve Oscars
1. Octavia Spencer in "Fruitvale Station".1 of 7
2. Idris Elba in "Mandela".2 of 7
3. Oprah Winfrey in "Lee Daniels' The Butler".3 of 7
4. Michael B. Jordan in "Fruitvale Station".4 of 7
5. Chadwick Boseman in "42".5 of 7
6. Forest Whitaker in "Lee Daniels' The Butler".6 of 7
7. David Oyelowo in "Lee Daniels' The Butler".7 of 7
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