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2019 Oscar Noms Are In! Black Panther Has 7

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The 91st Oscar nominations have rolled in and Black Panther is among the top nominees. Early this morning, Kumail Nanjiani and Tracee Ellis Ross shared the happy news for nominees across 24 categories.

After being disappointed at the Golden Globes, we all hoped Black Panther would have a shot at redemption. Now, they have seven. For the first time, a superhero film — a Black superhero film — has been nominated for Best Picture. This is a cinematic first!

The currently host-free event is set to take place live on February 24th from the Dolby Theatre. As the nominees prepare to celebrate their sum of their hard work, let’s take a look at who has a chance to win big:

Best Picture

Black Panther‘s Kevin Feige has been nominated for best picture but the competition is steep. BlacKkKlansman‘s team of producers, that includes Jordan Peele and Spike Lee, have also picked up a nom. The controversial Green Book rounds out the nominations for Black-centered films. Remaining nominees are Bohemian Rhapsody, The Favourite, Roma, A Star is Born, and Vice.

POC Actors and Actresses Make Gains

With only two POC nominees in Leading Actor/Actress categories and three in Supporting role categories, the Oscars still has a long way to go. Still, we can celebrate for Yalitza Aparicio’s nomination for her performance in Roma as a leading actress. She is the second Mexican actress to be nominated, following in Salma Hayek’s footsteps. Yalitza is up against Olivia Colman, Lady Gaga, Melissa McCarthy, and Glenn Close, the most nominated living actor to never win.

Egyptian Actor Rami Malek has picked up a leading actor nominated for his role as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. Achieving critical success through his performance as Elliot Alderson in Mr. Robot, Rami has just 2 spots to fill on his EGOT card. Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Willen Dafoe, and Viggo “hard r” Mortensen are also up for the award.

Supporting Nominees

It comes as so surprise that Mahershala Ali and Regina King have been nominated for supporting role Oscars. His performance in Green Book has already earned him a Golden Globe and his performance in Moonlight earned him an Oscar in 2017. Should be win this year, he will be 2-for-2, a rare achievement for any actor.

Regina King also has a lot to be proud of. She holds two Golden Globes and several Emmys. Regina is two letters away from an EGOT, needing an Oscar and Tony. Hopefully, she secures for win for If Beale Street Could Talk. Mahershala is two letters away as well, needing an Emmy and a Tony. Perhaps with his background in music, we could see him on the stage soon.

When it comes to best director, Spike Lee has finally been nominated after decades of phenomenal work. Ryan Coogler and Barry Jenkins have both been robbed of nominations this round. However, Barry is nominated for best adapted screenplay.

For a full list of Oscar nominees and categories, click here.

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Beyoncé Drops New Song “Black Parade” [LISTEN]

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Beyoncé celebrates Juneteenth with her new song “Black Parade“. Take a listen.

Also, listen to the extended version exclusively on Tidal.

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Noname Drops “Song 33” in Response to J. Cole Diss

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Chicago musician Noname has responded to J. Cole in her latest release “Song 33.” If you recall, two days ago we broke down the Noname/J.Cole beef and why many were calling Cole’s controversial song “Snow on Tha Bluff” misogynist and patriarchal. Noname appears to address the diss track and more on her latest release “Song 33.”

As soon as you press play the track hits you right in the feels. A sample saying “Oh, I have ambitions, dreams / But dreams don’t come cheap” opens the song, then immediately we listen to Noname discuss the patriarchal society in which Black women are forced to exist – a society that undervalues and ignores Black women. She said Oluwatoyin Salu’s name.

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I saw a demon on my shoulder / it’s looking like patriarchy

Like scrubbing blood off the ceiling and bleaching another carpet

She takes aim at J. Cole for staying silent while Black women routinely “go missing,” yet immediately having something to say when she called him out on it. 

One girl missing another one go missing / One girl missing another

But niggas in the back quiet as a church mouse / Basement studio when duty calls to get the verse out

Noname lists all the brutalities happening to Black people and Black women while at the same time, calling him to action. She reminds us Black women are going missing. 

I guess the ego hurt now / It’s time to go to work / Wow

Look at him go / He really ‘bout to write about me when the world is in smokes?

When it’s people in trees?

She then criticizes the internet at large for being too easily distracted by the “beef” and losing sight of “the new world order.” 

It’s trans women being murdered and this is all he can offer?

And this is all y’all receive? / Distracting you from the convo wit organizers

They talkin abolishing the police

This the new world order

Noname has always been an outspoken champion for Black women’s rights, often bringing attention to crimes committed against Black women that regularly go unheard. In her response to J. Cole, the musician again uses her platform to not only highlight the inherent patriarchy that causes so many Black female victims of violent crime to go unnoticed and forgotten, but to also galvanize Cole, to publicly and boldly challenge him and everyone listening to be the vanguards of a more just and equitable society. 

Noname’s call to action is one that has been repeated by women of color for years. Tarana Burke (below), a woman of color and the founder of the “Me Too” Movement, initially began saying the phrase to remind women of color that they are not alone when they struggle with coping with sexual harassment and sexual assault. 

Kimberlé Crenshaw (below), another woman of color and an outspoken feminist and civil rights activist, coined the term “intersectionality” to explain the myriad obstacles Black women face in society and how those obstacles compound on one another to create a unique brand of discrimination against them.

As we take each and every day, but especially this Juneteenth, to reflect on the painful history of the United States and remember the priceless cost of freedom, we must heed Noname’s call and begin to acknowledge the ways we Black Americans are not free, the ways Black women are not free. 

And we must do it in a QUEEN TONE!!!

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