(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.

(Photos) Tyrese Suggests Chris Rock Forfeit His Position As Host Of The Oscars

Jada Pinkett-Smith (with Aunt Viv adding her commentary), Spike Lee, and Snoop Dogg are among the many celebrities who feel that The Academy has continuously overlooked the Black community of actors and actresses when it comes down to the Oscars. This being the reason other celebrities, namely R&B singer Tyrese, are making attempts to stop Chris Rock from hosting the upcoming ceremony. Tyrese has offered his opinion on Rock not making the show by asking him to “do the right thing.”

(Video) Spike Lee & Jada Pinkett Smith Tells The Academy: “We’re Not Begging For Your Acknowledgment Anymore”

Since the reveal of this year’s Oscar nominations, critics of the 88th Annual Awards show have slammed the Academy for their lack of diversity. Actors and fans alike, have spoken out to express their views and question why so many black films in particular have been tossed aside. Actress Jada Pinkett Smith has been one of the more vocal critics and s he expressed her thoughts on the matter in a statement on Facebook over the weekend. She wrote,

At the Oscars…people of color are always welcomed to give out awards…even entertain, but we are rarely recognized for our artistic accomplishments. Should people of color refrain from participating all together? People can only treat us in the way in which we allow.

Following her statement, Pinkett-Smith shared an emotional video expressing her thoughts further and announcing she will not be attending this years Awards. Check out more below.

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