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#BlackExcellence: Regina King, Black Panther, Spike Lee Win Big at Oscars

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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.

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Floyd Mayweather Talk Top fights, Kobe & More on Drink Champs on TIDAL

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Today, the undefeated boxing champ, Floyd Mayweather, joins N.O.R.E and DJ EFN’s “The Most Professional Unprofessional, Podcast” Drink Champs on TIDAL. In this episode, Mayweather, dubbed one of the best “pound-for-pound” fighters in the world, discusses feeling lost to the untimely passing of Kobe Bryant, coining himself as “Cinco De Mayweather” when fighting Oscar De La Hoya, mastering the Mayweather Defense, beef with 50 Cent, chopping trees as preparation for his fight with Manny Pacquiao and a potential Mayweather vs McGregor round 2.

Members can watch the episode on TIDAL.com/DrinkChamps

The podcast adds to the growing list of content that TIDAL offers – from albums and singles to original video content, concert giveaways, unique events, and artist meet & greets – TIDAL provides members with culture-shifting content.

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Dwyane Wade Reveals 12-Year-Old Child Now Goes By Zaya

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With all of the obstacles that exist within our society, it’s incredible to see 13-time NBA All-Star and former player, Dwyane Wade and his wife Gabrielle Union empowering their pre-teen, Zaya, to live her truth.

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Wade recently appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to promote the upcoming ESPN documentary D Wade: Life Unexpected. Following a clip from the documentary, he shared that his middle child, formerly known as Zion, now identifies as “her” and goes by the name Zaya. 

As DeGeneres praised him for his support of Zaya, Wade replied, “Me and my wife Gabrielle Union are proud parents of a child in the LGBTQ+ community. And we are proud allies as well. We take our roles and our responsibility as parents very seriously.”

He went on to share that Zaya expressed her desire to live her truth at 9-years-old. “I don’t know if everyone knows, originally named Zion, born as a boy — came home and said, ‘Hey, I want to talk to you guys. I think going forward I’m ready to live my truth. I want to be referenced as she and her, I would love for you guys to call me Zaya,” he explained.

Immediately the parents began to educate themselves and seek advice from members of the LGBTQ+ community, Union reaching out to the cast of the popular FX series, Pose. For Wade, it’s all about giving her “the best opportunity to be her best self” while preparing her to live life openly.

According to Wade, “Once Zaya came home and said, ‘I want you to call me Zaya and I’m ready to take on this,’ I looked at her and said, ‘You are a leader. And this is our opportunity to allow you to be a voice.’ Right now it’s through us, because she’s 12 years old, but eventually, it will be through her.”

For more on his journey post-career and as the father of an openly gay pre-teen, tune in to D Wade: Life Unexpected. The ESPN documentary airs Sunday, February 23rd. 

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