CALLS FOR BOY­COTT GROW­ING OVER LACK OF OS­CAR DI­VER­SITY

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New york » Calls for a boy­cott of the Academy Awards are grow­ing over the Os­cars’ se­cond straight year of all- white act­ing nom­i­nees, as Spike Lee and Jada Pin­kett Smith each said Mon­day they will not at­tend this year’s cer­e­mony.

In a lengthy In­sta­gram post, Lee said he “can­not sup­port” the “lily white” Os­cars. Not­ing that he was writ­ing on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Lee— who in Novem­ber was given an hon­orary Os­car at the Gov­er­nors Awards— said he was fed up: “Forty white ac­tors in two years and no flava at all,” he wrote.

In a video mes­sage on Face­book, Pin­kett Smith also said she wouldn’t at­tend or watch the Os­cars in Fe­bru­ary. Pin­kett Smith, whose hus­band Will Smith wasn’t nom­i­nated for his per­for­mance in the NFL head- trauma drama “Con­cus­sion,” said it­was time for peo­ple of color to dis­re­gard the Academy Awards.

This year, Academy of Mo­tion Pic­tures Arts and Sci­ences pres­i­dent Ch­eryl Boone Isaacs has made a point of pre­sent­ing amore in­clu­sive show. The Feb. 28 broad­cast will be hosted by Chris Rock and pro­duced by “Django Un­chained” pro­ducer Regi­nald Hudlin and David Hill.

Charles Sykes, Invision

Spike Lee says he will not at­tend this year’s Academy Awards cer­e­mony.

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