Soledad O'Brien on #OscarsSoWhite: Why Did It Take So Long to Have This Discussion?

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Soledad O'Brien wrote an essay on the hollywoodreporter.com website about the recent situation concerning the 2016 Oscar nominations and the lack of diversity.

"It's critical to think about whose voice is being heard — and whose voice is never heard," says the award-winning journalist and documentarian.

In my experience, diversity doesn't just "happen." It has to be very intentional. People have to have a genuine desire to make a change.

It's hard to tell what's going to happen this time around. There are some bright signs, including the fledgling efforts of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. And, most importantly, there is an active, honest conversation going on.

It began with black artists — and lots of people of color — who said “enough.” And that's certainly why AMPAS announced that it will attempt to increase the diversity of Oscar judges, along with changing the rules of how and when they are qualified to vote. But the dialogue has now spread to other people, organizations, others who feel the sting of discrimination, and opponents...

I'm hoping that's what Hollywood is about to do, now that a bit of pressure has made them aware of how frustrating the problem is and how widespread. All it will take is giving people a chance to prove they can excel — and a conversation that allows people to discuss why it's worth it.                                             Read the full article
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