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The Word: Aunt Viv (Janet Hubert) Fires Back At The Smiths, Calls Them Out On Their Hypocrisy!

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The “blacktress” Janet Hubert is not here for the lets boycott The Oscars train being driven by Jada Pinkett Smith. Aunt Viv took to her Facebook page on MLK day to call out Jada and her husband Will Smith for what she considers bull you know what. We knew we was in for a treat when she started out her rant with “Ms thing” and “does your man not have a mouth of his own with which to speak ?”.

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In case you missed it, in a video posted to her Facebook page, Jada Pinkett Smith made it very clear that she and we will assume her husband Will Smith will have nothing to do with The Oscars this year. She also urged other black actors and actresses to follow her lead and do the same.

Now Jada and will are facing a lot of backlash over comments Will made about encountering race in the industry during a round-table discussion with The Hollywood Reporter. Will’s comment in question is his eluding to “racism being rare” in the industry, which understandably has people frowning at Jada and her call to boycott. Peep the interview below:

Now Jada wasn’t alone, quickly after famed director Spike Lee announced via his Instagram account he would also be boycotting The Oscars this year. Now keep in mind he did already accept his honorary Oscar already this past November. He also did touch lack of diversity in Hollywood as well at the same time. Checkout what Mr.Lee had to say on his decision to boycott below:

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#OscarsSoWhite… Again. I Would Like To Thank President Cheryl Boone Isaacs And The Board Of Governors Of The Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts And Sciences For Awarding Me an Honorary Oscar This Past November. I Am Most Appreciative. However My Wife, Mrs. Tonya Lewis Lee And I Will Not Be Attending The Oscar Ceremony This Coming February. We Cannot Support It And Mean No Disrespect To My Friends, Host Chris Rock and Producer Reggie Hudlin, President Isaacs And The Academy. But, How Is It Possible For The 2nd Consecutive Year All 20 Contenders Under The Actor Category Are White? And Let's Not Even Get Into The Other Branches. 40 White Actors In 2 Years And No Flava At All. We Can't Act?! WTF!! It's No Coincidence I'm Writing This As We Celebrate The 30th Anniversary Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday. Dr. King Said "There Comes A Time When One Must Take A Position That Is Neither Safe, Nor Politic, Nor Popular But He Must Take It Because Conscience Tells Him It's Right". For Too Many Years When The Oscars Nominations Are Revealed, My Office Phone Rings Off The Hook With The Media Asking Me My Opinion About The Lack Of African-Americans And This Year Was No Different. For Once, (Maybe) I Would Like The Media To Ask All The White Nominees And Studio Heads How They Feel About Another All White Ballot. If Someone Has Addressed This And I Missed It Then I Stand Mistaken. As I See It, The Academy Awards Is Not Where The "Real" Battle Is. It's In The Executive Office Of The Hollywood Studios And TV And Cable Networks. This Is Where The Gate Keepers Decide What Gets Made And What Gets Jettisoned To "Turnaround" Or Scrap Heap. This Is What's Important. The Gate Keepers. Those With "The Green Light" Vote. As The Great Actor Leslie Odom Jr. Sings And Dances In The Game Changing Broadway Musical HAMILTON, "I WANNA BE IN THE ROOM WHERE IT HAPPENS". People, The Truth Is We Ain't In Those Rooms And Until Minorities Are, The Oscar Nominees Will Remain Lilly White. (Cont'd)

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – His senior photo from Morehouse College (Class of 1948) Good morning, people. With my essay " #OscarsSoWhite …Again" that I posted yesterday, it was cut off half way through. This is the remainder of it. Please read and Thank You for your love and support for the position my wife, Ms. Tonya Lewis Lee and I have taken for the upcoming 2016 Oscars. ———————— As I Said In My Honorary Oscar Acceptance Speech, It's Easier For An African-American To Be President Of The United States Than Be President Of A Hollywood Studio. Also The United States Census Bureau Released A Report Stating White Americans Will Be A Minority In America By The Year 2044. Don't You Think It's A Wise Business Decision To Have Your Product And Workforce Reflect The Diversity Of The Greatest Country On This God's Earth? I Ask, What's The Hold Up? And Please… Don't Go To The Well And Say There Are No Qualified Minority Candidates For These Green Light Gate Keeping Positions. It's Amazing How Far Sports And Music Have Moved Ahead Of Hollywood And Television, But Maybe We Can Learn From Them Too. Your Honor, I Present Exhibit A: The National Football League's Rooney Rule. It's Named After The Late Dan Rooney, Owner Of The Pittsburgh Steelers. Mr. Rooney Was Also Chairman Of The League's Diversity Committee. The Rooney Rule States NFL Teams MUST Interview Minority Candidates For The Positions Of Head Coach And Senior Football Executives Before Hires. Since Being Put In Place Before The 2006 Season, African-American Hires Have Increased. Facebook And Pinterest Have Their Own Version Of The Rooney Rule To Hire Minorities. Why Can't Hollywood Do The Same? It's Worth The Effort Or It Will Be The Same Old Hi-Jinks. I Do Hope In My Children's Lifetime Things Will Change For The Betterment Of All Americans. A Great Diverse America. Spike Lee Filmmaker Da Republic Of Brooklyn, New York MLK Day January 18th, 2016

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Which brings us to last night, Janet Hubert, whom is affectionately known to us all as Aunt Viv from the classic 90’s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air gave her opinion on the matter. Now if you can ignore the messenger and whether or not she is “salty”, made some valid points in the video. Hubert used her best comic book filter and called out the Smith’s for being pretty much hypocrites and wasting time on a matter that no one should really care about. Hubert also brought up in her rant an incident from the past where Will Smith only looked out for his best interest instead of the cast of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. She also pointed out that Jada should be more focused on the current issues such as people dying, our boys dying, bills and the Oscar gripe just “ain’t that deep”.  See Janet’s entire video below:

Now again she makes some valid points, but we will let you voice your opinion on the matter. Do you think the blacktress is speaking the truth? Or is she still bitter about what happened to her on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air?  Let us know in the comment section below.

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Fly Person of The Week: Tracie Collins Wants To Bring More Awareness About Stage Play Diversity

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A female entrepreneur in her own right, writer-producer-director Tracie Collins has been hard at work with more than four full-production stage plays under her belt, countless staring roles with Bay Area natives on her side, as they consistently cheer her on. But there’s only one problem — she still continues to stay stagnant on her journey to the top just because of her skin color. Sounds familiar? Indeed, it does — and Tracie wants to do something about the problem that not only she deals with on a daily basis, but all African-American women in the same field, and perhaps beyond.

Her purpose:

To make a difference for women of color behind the scenes in the arts to diversify what the world sees on-scene in mainstream media.

We recently spoke with Tracie about the issue at hand, natural hair success on the runway with Angolan model Maria Borges, female director/writer Shonda Rhimes and more.

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Check out a few snippets of our interview below:

Why do you think your success and accolades is going unnoticed due to the color of your skin?
The power of the dollar in the black community is real! A great example is how a viral video about Pattie LaBelle’s pies have caused sell outs
across America—imagine if we supported black businesses like that across the board!
With the success of African-American female mainstream writers like: Shonda Rhimes (Scandal, How To Get Away With Murder), Zoanne Clack (Grey’s Anatomy) and Courtney Kemp Agboh (Power), how do you think the spotlight of other black female writers in stage play can be knowledge and brought to the forefront?  
The same way these other women have. Black women writers in theater are out there but media needs to wake up and pay attention. Stage is either where people start or where they go back to to brush up on there skills. Like Denzel Washington, Debbie Allen, Viola Davis just to name a few. This speaks to the Power of the Stage.
I have may projects for television and film already written but stage is where that adrenaline is right now.
On a “Black Girls Rock” note: Angolan Model Maria Borges just made hair history in the Victoria Secrets fashion show with being the very first female American-American model to walk in a VS show with her own natural hair. What were your thoughts on that epic moment? 
I thought it was excellent!!!! I was so happy to see that, especially having been natural for nearly 10 years myself.
Tell us about your upcoming “One Women Show”.  
Being from the Bay Area is unique in itself. I’ve made stage relevant in an area where folks don’t see it relevant. Not black people anyway. But in my quest, people are always asking Who Is Tracie Collins? Why should we know her or why should be care? Being the type of person I am, I decided to create a show to answer those questions for the naysayers.
I wanted to bring my journey to light so others can know, number one, don’t give up on your dreams and two, we all have a purpose and a platform. I will address pivotal moments in my life that shaped the actress or that shaped the producer in me. But more importantly that shape the woman you see. My tenacity really shows through in this piece. I want people to know that being a leader didn’t and sometimes still doesn’t come easily for me, but I know this is where I belong. I want to make a difference in entertainment so our daughters can look on TV and in magazines and see more women that look like them. That is my goal. It’s about the legacy. It’s about the longterm.
For other women that are trying to reach the goals that you’ve already obtained so far, what advice would you give to them? 
This sounds so cliche, but never give up. It’s hard and it’s meant to be that way for a reason. The process weeds out the weak. I’ve cried a hundred tears. I’ve invested thousands of my own money. I’ve sacrificed time with my family for what’s been bestowed upon me to create and do because the work is bigger than Tracie. So my response to that is, just don’t give up. The only thing that separates them from us is they didn’t stop.
We would like to thank Tracie Collins for speaking with SFPL!
Visualize her story through social:
Twitter – @TracieCollins
Instagram – @TracieCollins
About Tracie Collins

Born in San Francisco and bred in Oakland, Tracie Collins was inspired by the sub cultures of art, theater and stage performances anywhere from the avenues right outside of San Francisco to the abstract depth of the cultured Bay Area. While the oldest of her siblings and deemed responsible for their upbringing, Collins’ dreams of her voice to be heard around the world were conceived in these very moments. And it was in these moments that her modernized renaissance tale was conceived.

After honing her acting chops and the importance of the stage from the American Conservatory Theatre, where she mastered her stagecraft under the tutelage of veterans, she landed her first theatrical role as “Lorelle” in the critically acclaimed play “Dream Girls,” which prepared her for the role as “Pam” in “Misery Loves Company.” Collins’ desire to use her beloved platform to develop a new dialogue around women of color in the arts was promoted by this very moment in her bubbling career.

A year later, filmmaker JD Walker cast Collins as “Tonisha” in his new project “The Postwoman.” With a background in fashion and a pure love for black film, she was able to own this role. So much, it gained an honorable mention in The Sundance Table Read My Screenplay Contest. Collins used this opportunity to propel her dreams and take a real chance at success.

Collins made her directorial debut with the sold out, self-produced stage play, The V Monologues: A Black Woman’s Interpretation (October 2013).  Inspired by Eve Ensler’s original work The Vagina Monologues, Collins’ off Broadway adaptation chronicled the lives of various African-American women and their struggles to break generational chains and misogynistic falsehoods. In years to come, Collins kept the momentum and produced three more sold-out plays, including “Knocking At Love’s Door” (April 2014), “Girlfriend Chronicles” (June 2014) and “Cold Piece of Werk” (March 2015).

With the resounding success of the launch of Tracie Collins Productions and her electrifying stage productions that have drawn audiences and fans from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, Collins has lined up forthcoming productions including an experiential “One Woman Show,” which are all in development for 2016. Collins’ ability to draw from the many changes happening in Oakland, CA allows her to write, direct and produce entertainment that opens a forum for dialogue and self-awareness.

With a passionate force, Collins is a visionary at the forefront of the arts and film industry. Not only for the culture of the skill but moreover providing a new platform for black women all from behind the scenes. Her career embodies what she stands for the most: blending her love for stage plays with the inception of the new-generation performers creating a distinct balance for the future of the art. Her personal cause for art merges pop culture and the stage. Call it the millennial evolution of stage performance.

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#BlackLivesMatter: Black Violin Duo Releases Tribute Video “Stereotypes”

The talented instrumental duo, Black Violin touches on a few topics at hand, #BlackLivesMatters being the most high-profiled socially conscious statement with their newest visual titled “Stereotypes.”

The visual is a tribute to the above pledged wording and challenges some of today’s stereotypical issues.

Check out the visual below:

The upcoming album (also titled Stereotypes) is due on September 18th via Universal Classics and features Black Thought, Pharoahe Monch, Melanie Fiona, Robert Glasper and Kandace Springs.

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#JusticeForMikeBrown: New Orleans Rapper Shorty Questions Ferguson Verdict with Compelling ‘Why’ Visual

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New Orleans rapper Shorty channels his frustrations about the #Ferguson verdict in a new unprecedented visual entitled “Why?.” Wanting a better life for all African-Americans, the uptown barber by day, and artist by trade questions hardships experienced by his people in New Orleans and beyond. Check out more below…

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#JusticeForMikeBrown: Tink – “Tell The Children”

 

 

There has been an uproar in #Ferguson, and all over the nation about the non-indictment results for the fatal shooting of unarmed teen, Michael Brown, gunned down my (officer) Darren Wilson. Stepping in to give her take on this tragic situation, Mosley Music Group/Epic Records’ Tink chimes-in and delivers a moving track entitled “Tell The Children,” produced by Timbaland. The song gives a hint of Lauryn Hill‘s massive hit song, “Doo Wop (That Thing).” Check it out below…

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Lauryn Hill Releases New Song “Black Rage” In The Name of #Ferguson [Fly Music]

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Lauryn Hill comes to the forefront, providing her interpretation of “Black Rage”, in the name of the Ferguson, Missouri’s attack-tics. Acoustically, Lauryn pours out her heart in the lyrics, that were clearly embedded within her soul. Listen below, as Lauryn expresses her feelings about fighting for racial equality.

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The Daily Word: Lil Scrappy Accuses Nickelodeon Resort of Racism

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Lil Scrappy is known for wanting to put the PAWS on anyone that he feels is disrespecting him or his family. But this time, his PAWS were on ‘0’ and not ‘100’, politely placed behind his back; as he tries to rectify an alleged racial issue. Check out more on the story below…

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Video: SNL’s “#DonaldSterling Press Conference” #Comedy

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SNL was definitely on a roll last night as they touched on many topics, especially the Donald Sterling x Clippers racist controversy. Check it out below, as the cast add their comedic references to an open press conference taunting at Donald, as he makes subliminal racist comments.

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[New Video Exclusive] TRAYVON MARTIN PSA

A dear friend of mine and filmmaker/director by the name of Pierre M. Coleman sent this important video clip over to me. As I viewed the PSA concerning the matter of Trayvon Martin, I was really impressed by the execution of the message that Pierre and a number of filmmakers from Newark, NJ were trying to convey. I would like to share with our Fly readers….The Trayvon Martin PSA