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For Better Or Worse, Chris Rock Made The Oscars As Black As He Possibly Could

Despite the fact that no black actors were nominated in any high-profile categories, Academy Awards host Chris Rock kept race at the center of the event.
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NBC Parts Ways With MSNBC Anchor Melissa Harris-Perry

MSNBC anchor Melissa Harris-Perry had repeatedly questioned the network's commitment to progressive voices and people of color, NBC says. She vented her concerns in a widely circulated email.
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Russell Simmons Has Your Oscars Alternative

Hip hop mogul Russell Simmons talks about his new awards ceremony, the All Def Movie Awards, created in response to the lack of diversity in Hollywood.
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'Black-Ish' Opens Conversation About Race And Police Brutality

Wednesday's episode of the ABC comedy "Black-ish" took a risk: It presented a dramatic look at race and police brutality. Rachel Martin talks with showrunner Kenya Barris.
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#OscarsSoWhite? Not At This School

Ahead of the Oscars, school kids on Milwaukee's west side decided to pay tribute to African-American cultural icons in their own awards ceremony.
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What It's Like To Freefall From 20 Miles Above The Earth

Early Air Force experiments helped pave the way for the space program. Joseph Kittinger, who jumped from a balloon 103,000 feet up, talks about his experience.
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#OscarsSoWhite, #ForSoLong

Protests around the Academy Awards' trouble with racial representation feel like a fresh, contemporary controversy, but they go back almost a half-century.
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Here's What People Are Doing Sunday Night To Avoid Watching The Oscars

Oscars too white for you? Here are some alternative ways to celebrate film — and people of color in film — on Hollywood's big night.
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Hollywood Has A Major Diversity Problem, USC Study Finds

The study examined more than 21,000 characters and behind-the-scenes workers on films and TV, and found an "epidemic of invisibility." For example, just 3.4 percent of film directors were female.
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Researchers Examine Hollywood's Lack Of Diversity

TV and film production is sorely deficient in gender, racial and ethnic diversity according to a study from the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

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