by Marc W. Polite
The controversy over this year’s Oscar nominations lack of diversity invited spirited debates in the industry, and in media as well. Actors of color were once again erased from the mainstream view, and Black directors were similarly marginalized. It is important that in moments such as this, that we see the value in affirming our own, and the importance of doing this in the face of snubs that we know and unfortunately, have to expect will come.
Next week, ImageNation will host the Revolution Awards at SVA Theatre, honoring Black actors as well as scholars. On February 10th, honorees such as MSNBC‘s Melissa Harris-Perry and director Ava Duvernay will be recognized for their contributions to media and film, respectively. In addition, a few actors will be receiving awards. Hill Harper from CSI will be there, as will Danai Gurira, who plays the katana wielding Michonne from The Walking Dead. This program also features an advanced screening of “1982” starring Harper, Sharon Leal, and La La Anthony among others.
Here, is an example of an awards ceremony that represents our own achievers. We can advocate for the mainstream to change, but it is also wise to support one another when we can. For further information and tickets, visit Cocktail’s, Cinema and Revolution