(Video) Jada Pinkett Smith Says Adding Black Voters To The Academy Won’t Solve #OscarsSoWhite Problem

Incase you were wondering, Jada Pinkett Smith still is not attending this year’s Oscars. TMZ photogs caught with her in Flint, Michigan earlier this week where she met with the Mayor over the current water crisis. When asked how she felt about The Motion Picture Academy’s decision to add more black voters, she addressed the fact that The Academy still just doesn’t get it. According to Jada, adding black voters doesn’t mean that more black actors and films will get the credit they deserve. She explained,

“Of course I think that it’s necessary but I’m also hoping that the Academy understands that it’s not just about having more black voters to give the connotation that black people vote black, but that the Academy as a whole, we all need to as human beings get to know each other.”

She broke down her view using Idris Elba’s “Beasts of No Nation” as an example. Check it out below.

The Academy Claims It’s Not Their Fault The Cast Of ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Wasn’t Invited To The Oscars

As we previously reported, the cast of ‘Straight Outta Compton’ would not be attending this year’s 88th Annual Academy Awards. Their decision not to attend however, had nothing to do with the Oscars boycott that has caused numerous celebs including Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith to announce they would not be attending. The Compton cast reportedly was not invited to the Oscars, the only people invited were the two writers for the film that were nominated. Ice Cube remained unbothered by the fact he was not only snubbed for an nomination but left out of the ceremony all together. However, when The Academy was questioned about their reasoning for the diss, they claimed it wasn’t their fault and passed the buck! More below.

(Video) Ice Cube And Straight Outta Compton Cast Will Not Attend The Oscars Because They Weren’t Invited

Ice Cube remains unbothered by the growing controversy surrounding The Oscars. While actors like Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee have called for a boycott of the 88th Annual Awards show, Ice Cube isn’t worried about boycotting because he wasn’t invited! According to TMZ, the cast of “Straight Outta Compton” will NOT be at the Oscars because the only people invited were the two writers that were nominated. It remains unclear if this was done intentionally or what the Acadmey’s process is for inviting actors, but Cube doesn’t seem to care. He’s been questioned multiple times about the Oscars and his feelings and he’s stuck to his answer, “I’m not worried abut the Oscars.” Sources close to him reveal even if he was invited he would have RSVP’d “No.” The Acadmey has yet to respond about why Ice Cube and the cast were not invited but it’s been reported we can expect to see them at the SAG Awards and NAACP Image Awards. More below.

(Video) Nick Cannon Posts A Powerful Spoken Word Video Discussing Oscar Controversy

After all of the recent drama surrounding the Oscars, numerous African-American actors have been commenting on the controversy. Nick Cannon is one of the latest celebs to be speaking out against what is occurring with the awards. He posted a very powerful video where he discussed both the Oscars and other issues that are damaging the black community in a spoken word form. Check it out below.

What Will Chris Rock Joke About During The Oscars; He Doesn’t Even Know

There has been so much scrutiny surrounding the upcoming Oscars ceremony for its lack of diversity. For a balance act (most would assume), Black actor Chris Rock has been awarded the privilege as host. While Rock himself has been called out for taking on the challenge, he has not pulled out and has yet to devise a monologue strategy, says his publicist Leslie Sloane. Hit the jump for more.

Wiz Khalifa Talks Oscars Snub/Juicy J Reworking “Bake Sale’

Wiz Khalifa had a colossal 2015 and it was all due to just one single – “See You Again”. That song is still in regular radio rotation and will forever be an anthem and memento for the late great Paul Walker. Now, he’s gearing up to release his next album, Khalifa, and gives Billboard the exclusive on what’s been going on with his new level of stardom including “See You Again” not being nominated for Best Original Song at the Oscars and Juicy J re-producing his Travis Scott assisted stoner anthem “Bake Sale”. Hit the jump.

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