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NEWS BRIEFS

Merkley to Hold Town Hall in Clackamas County

Sen. Jeff Merkley to hold town hall in Clackamas County, May 30 ...

NAACP Monthly Meeting Notice, May 27, Portland

NAACP Portland invites the community to its monthly general membership meeting ...

Photos: Fundraiser for Sunshine Division's Assistance Programs

Under the Stars fundraiser took place on May 18 at the Melody Grand Ballroom ...

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Governor Kate Brown Signs Foster Children’s Sibling Bill of Rights

Current and former foster youth advocated for policy to maintain critical sibling relationships ...

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NAACP on Supreme Court's Decline to Review NC Voter ID Law

NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks made the following remarks ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

ENTERTAINMENT

Cheryl Boone Isaacs

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After widespread criticism of the film academy's overwhelmingly white slate of Oscar nominees this year, the organization has announced a roster of potential new members that skews younger and more diverse.
Kevin Hart, Common, Emma Stone, Dev Patel and "Whiplash" writer-director Damien Chazelle are among the 322 membership invitees announced Friday.
"It's really gratifying to see the big increases in genre, people of color, age and national origin," academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs said in an interview.
Others invited to join the academy include Benedict Cumberbatch, David Oyelowo, Sergio Mendes, Elizabeth Banks, John Legend, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Hardy and "Dope" director Rick Famuyiwa.
kevin hartMembership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is by invitation only. Oscar nominees are automatically considered; others must be sponsored by two members of their branch of filmmaking.
"We've stressed very much that our members in each branch, it's their duty to really pay attention to a diverse talent pool, to those coming up, to those that may have been overlooked for membership," Boone Isaacs said. "I think that effort has paid off well this year."
The nearly 6,000-member international group has long been criticized for its largely white, male membership.
All 20 of the acting nominees at the most recent Academy Awards were white, which inspired the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite on social media and increased scrutiny of the lack of diversity in the ranks of the organization.
The criticism was "part of the conversation" that drove existing academy members to actively seek new talent in places they may not have ordinarily looked, Boone Isaacs said.
"It's gotten folks thinking in a way that maybe they just hadn't thought before," she said.

PHOTO: Actor Kevin Hart poses for a portrait in the promotion of "The Wedding Ringer" in Los Angeles. (Photo by Rebecca Cabage/Invision/AP, File)

 

 

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