Jada praises black stars’ nom­i­na­tions in 2017 Acad­emy Awards

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Ac­tor Jada Pin­kett Smith (above) has praised the Acad­emy for rep­re­sent­ing more black stars with the nom­i­na­tions for the 2017 Os­cars. The 45-year-old ac­tor and her hus­band and ac­tor Will Smith joined a range of celebri­ties in protest­ing against the ap­par­ent lack of di­ver­sity amongst the Acad­emy Award nom­i­na­tions for 2016, but she has been blown away by the rep­re­sen­ta­tion of black stars in this year’s short­list, re­ported Va­ri­ety. “I feel re­ally fan­tas­tic. It’s a beau­ti­ful thing to see. We had a lot of ex­cep­tional films this year. I’m very proud this morn­ing,” Jada said.

She feels it is more im­por­tant than ever be­fore for artists to use their sta­tus to ex­press how they want Hol­ly­wood to be “iden­ti­fied” es­pe­cially post the elec­tion of Don­ald Trump as Pres­i­dent.

“As artists it’s im­por­tant we use our plat­form to help shine light on how we want to be iden­ti­fied as a coun­try. I look at this as a beau­ti­ful step to­wards that. Just our par­tic­i­pa­tion as artists in this time of how we want to rep­re­sent our coun­try, what is the mes­sage we want to give to the world. As artists we have strong voices. We create strong im­agery in re­gards to the iden­tity of our coun­try. It’s im­por­tant that we take re­spon­si­bil­ity for that.”

PHOTO: PAS­CAL LE SEGRETAIN/GETTY IM­AGES

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