Okema Discusses #OscarsSoWhite on The Root's All-Black Panel

While we all know that the Oscars have been so white since forever, the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite has only lived a couple of years on social media. This year the social media phenomenon has taken wings and, on its flight, has gathered up outrage and inspired everyone, from Twitter users to A-list celebrities, to speak out.

 

But we wanted to hear from us. So The Root gathered a panel of stellar black people—all of them in the entertainment industry—to discuss on Periscope why we're excluded from one of the biggest award ceremonies in Hollywood. Cameron Ross, a producer and writer; YaZarah St. James, a singer-songwriter for Lenny Kravitz; Lande Yoosuf, a casting director; Okema T. Moore, an actress and writer; and Nneka Onuorah, a filmmaker, all gathered together to discuss #OscarsSoWhite, Jada Pinkett Smith's reaction and call to action, Spike Lee's boycott, and...

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