• Arts & Entertainment

    Kevin Hart’s past derails opportunity to host Oscars

    By: Shaline Mahadeo            These first few weeks in the new year are always hard to get through, but the awards season always seem to make it a little more bearable. Be it the Golden Globes, the Grammys or Oscars, our television screens and social media feeds are always buzzing about the shows’ best jokes, roasts, hottest fashion and, of course, the big winners and losers of the night. This season, one story has dominated the news, and it involves Kevin Hart’s controversy with hosting the 2019 Oscars. The controversy began shortly after he announced he would be hosting the A-list event, when a series of Hart’s homophobic tweets from 2009…

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    Ongoing discussion of diversity and the Oscars

    #OscarsSoWhite dominated the discussion around the ceremony last year, speaking volumes not only about the state of the Academy Awards, but the sad state of diversity in Hollywood. While the nominations that do end up at the Oscars deserve their spot, it became clear the films and actors being snubbed for specific award positions had one glaring similarity—they were starring or made by people of color. Great films like “Straight Outta Compton” and “Creed” with African American directors and thespians were recognized by the Academy, merely for roles that were held by white men, which for “Compton” meant its screenwriters were nominated, not the films director or any member of…