The 91st annual Oscar ceremony has brought awards season to a close with career milestones for some and upsets for others.
Best Supporting Actress
Regina King has earned 13 best supporting actress awards for her performance as Sharon Rivers in the film If Beale Street Could Talk. Now she can add an Oscar to the impressive list. Escorted to the stage by The Best Chris (Evans), Regina accepted the award tearfully. Thanking James Baldwin and her mother, who was her date, Regina celebrated her achievement by stating she is “an example of what it looks like when support and love is poured into someone”. If she wins a Tony, Regina will able to add herself to the short list of entertainers to complete the E.G.O.T.
Best Supporting Actor & Best Picture
Maheshala Ali had already secured six awards for his performance in the very controversial Green Book. Now, his role as Dr. Don Shirley has earned him a second Oscar. Having won in 2017 for Moonlight, Ali is two-for-two in nominations and wins. He thanked Dr. Shirley for his inspiration, his grandmother, as well as Octavia Spencer, who was an executive producer on the film.
Green Book is currently drawing criticism after upsetting many who had hoped Black Panther would secure the Best Picture award. Spike Lee was also very vocal in his disapproval. When questioned about his visible disgust when the film won, he answered “I thought I was courtside at The Garden. The ref made a bad call.”
Best Writing of an Adapted Screenplay
Spike Lee secured the award for Best Writing of an Adapted Screenplay for BlacKkKlansman, along with Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, and Kevin Willmott. Asked by a reporter if his win made up for Do The Right Thing being snubbed, Champagne in hand, Spike remarked that “every time somebody is driving somebody, I lose…but they changed the seating arrangement.” In 1990, Spike was nominated for Best Screenplay for Do The Right Thing, which lost to Dead Poets Society. However, he still believes that he failed to receive a Best Picture nomination that year because The Academy favored Driving Miss Daisy.
Black Panther Wins 3 of 7 Oscars
Although many were disappointed the Marvel superhero film did not win Best Picture, there is still cause for celebration. Black Panther secured wins for Best Original Score, Best Costume Design, and Best Production Design. Hannah Beachler gave an emotional speech as the first African-American to be nominated and win for Best Production Design. Ruth Carter accepted her first award for Best Costume Design, having previously been nominated for Malcolm X and Amistad. This achievement came as the cherry for decades of hard work. While the King of Wakanda did not win, it’s still beautiful that the people who helped to bring his mythical home to life did.
You can view the full list of Oscar winners here.
Uncle Snoop Get Your Apology to Ari Lennox Ready
Apparently, everyone’s favorite uncle likes apologizing. Fresh off of his apology tour for his controversial comments towards broadcast journalists Gayle King, Snoop Dogg decided to comment on Ari Lennox’s Instagram live to instruct her to “grow your own hair.”
Yesterday, the Dreamville songbird took to Instagram Live in true Ari fashion to document her trying on a new lace front wig. Not known for wearing wigs, she struggled with figuring out how much lace to cut and securing the hair as she entertained her followers with hilarious gestures and commentary.
Eventually, a snippet of the video ended up on The Shade Room for everyone’s viewing pleasure.
Moments later, Snoop was unnecessarily commenting under the video.
In no time, women were coming to Ari’s defense, reminding the legendary rapper that his wife and daughter are no strangers to wigs.
You’d think men would know to leave their opinions to themselves when it comes to women’s hair, especially black women, but clearly, Uncle Snoop forgot to read that particular memo.
Once Ari caught wind of Snoop’s comments, she delivered a lovely little shade tree, posting a photo of Snoop wearing a blonde wig with the caption, “Uncle I just…I just thought we had an understanding….”
Following the backlash that he’s currently receiving, I can already envision the apology that’s sure to follow. Perhaps someone should remind Uncle Snoop that the best apology is changed behavior…
DJ D-Nice Has Spun His Way Into the Living Rooms of Thousands
Every day, legendary DJ D-Nice (a.k.a. Derrick Jones) spends countless hours helping thousands of global citizens forget about the coronavirus pandemic and financial woes with his “Homeschool” parties.
Initially jumping on Instagram Live to cure his boredom while “self-isolating,” D-Nice had an audience of a few hundred, mostly friends. As word began to spread, it grew to a few thousand. By Sunday, over 160,000 people joined his live for a virtual party that included the heavyweights such as Michelle Obama, Jennifer Lopez, Jada Pinkett-Smith, 9th Wonder, Jimmy Fallon, and Vice President Joe Biden.
During a CBS This Morning interview, D-Nice shared, “I literally just played what feels good. I wanted people to feel good. I wanted their experience to be lifted through music, just one song at a time.” And he’s done just that. While on live, his comment section is a constant stream of cheers, shout outs, and music-lovers asking, “Where the drinks at?” It feels like the best VIP section you’ll ever experience but from your living room.
“No matter what your problems are, you can put on a good tune and it just takes you away and I was trying to do that,” he explained. “It wasn’t just the music, it was the whole experience and everyone escaping what’s going on today just for a few hours.”
While some of his neighbors have complained about the noise, D-Nice is committed to keeping the party going as the universal language of music is playing a vital role in keeping us all connected.
We have DJ D-Nice to thank for that!
Jay Electronica & Joe Budden Used Their Twitter Fingers to Exchange Insults
It took 10 years for Jay Electronica to release his highly-anticipated album, A Written Testimony. While some are singing his praises, others are incredibly disappointed. One such person is former rapper turned media personality, Joe Budden.
Budden used his platform, The Joe Budden Podcast episode Dry Snitching to express his disappointment. Budden proclaimed, “You’ve been missing for ten years- which is cool, ’cause you’ve been living life. But that confidence that I thought you might’ve been living life with is suppressed…that lens that I’m looking through paints the story of a different MC. And that MC is one that would get smacked around by Hov on every song.”
In response, Electronica took to Twitter and posted a video clip of DaBaby saying “fuck it,” directing the tweet at Rory, one of the co-hosts on Budden’s podcast.
Shortly after, Budden responded referring to Jay-Z’s performance on A Written Testimony, where he appears on eight of ten tracks. “I never got absolutely mopped around on my own project either… @ me, not Rory.”
Here’s how the rest of that conversation went:
The tirade ended with Electronica demanding credit for “lighting up” the podcast episode.
Electronica released A Written Testimony on Friday, March 13th. It’s his first solo album after more than ten years of delays with features by Jay-Z, The-Dream and Travis Scott, with additional production by The Alchemist, No ID, Swizz Beatz and Hit-Boy.