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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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Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Share News of the Loss of Their Unborn Child

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Early Thursday morning Chrissy Teigen and John Legend let the world know of the loss of their unborn child. In a heartfelt and heartbreaking post to social media, Teigen described her and husband John Legend’s “deep pain you only hear about.” She went on to talk about how the couple does not typically name their children “until the last possible moment after they’re born, just before (they) leave the hospital,” but somehow they fell on the name “Jack.”

The heartbreaking news comes just days after first being admitted to the hospital for what she described as heavy bleeding. However, two days ago, she assured fans that both her and baby were healthy and doing well. Teigen, no stranger to social media, continued to engage her following, giving brief updates along the way, when shortly after midnight she shared photos of her and John in the hospital cradling their newborn in the immediate aftermath.

While her husband has remained largely unproblematic and scandal-free, Teigen has been the frequent target of scathing criticism – much of which is completely valid. From her ridiculing Black hair, to her seemingly mocking intimate partner violence when she referenced Megan Thee Stallion and Tory Lanez’s incident, Chrissy Teigen has been the focus of such harsh vitriol that she has threatened to quit social media altogether on multiple occasions. Sharing such personal news with the world may come as a surprise to many. 

Overwhelmingly, however, the internet’s response has been positive and embracing. Celebrities and non-celebs alike have offered words of support to the couple as they go through this difficult time. See both the model’s post and the heartwarming responses to it below.

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Chadwick Boseman Passes Away At 43

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Actor Chadwick Boseman, best known for his role as King T’Challa in the box office smash “Black Panther” passed away from colon cancer Friday.

The actor was first diagnosed with stage 3 cancer in 2016, but remained active in his career with much of his work being released post-diagnosis. A statement from his family confirmed that he continued to work despite his cancer progressing, befitting a man who brought America’s first Black superhero to the silver screen. 

As the news of the actor’s death spread, many took to social media to share their condolences. 

The tributes continue to flood in as news of his passing continues to ripple through. Read the official statement from his family below.

“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman.

Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV.

A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy.

It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther. 

He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side.

The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.”

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When White Privilege Isn’t Enough to Get Into USC: Lori Loughlin Sentenced to 2 Months in Prison

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Actress Lori Loughlin was sentenced to two months in prison today for her role in the college admissions scandal. If you haven’t followed the 10-month-long saga, Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli, a fashion designer, plead not guilty to a bribery charge in a college admission scam back in 2019… Because white privilege just isn’t what it used to be.

The two later plead guilty to paying William Rick Singer, the mastermind, $500,000 to guarantee their two daughters a spot at the University of South Carolina.

Loughlin’s sentence came several hours after her husband’s five-month sentence. According to the US Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, Giannulli’s five-month sentence also came with a whopping fine of $250,000 and 250 hours of community service.

“[Giannulli] engaged more frequently with Singer, directed the bribe payments to USC and Singer, and personally confronted his daughter’s high school counselor to prevent the scheme from being discovered, brazenly lying about his daughter’s athletic abilities,” US Attorney Andrew Lelling of Massachusetts said in the memo released on Tuesday. “Loughlin took a less active role, but was nonetheless fully complicit, eagerly enlisting Singer for a second time for her younger daughter, and coaching her daughter not to ‘say too much’ to her high school’s legitimate college counselor, lest he caught on to their [fradulent activity].

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