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He's tired of awards only going to folks who play slaves, so he had to say it

I'm so glad an actor finally had the guts to say this.

He's tired of awards only going to folks who play slaves, so he had to say it

You may recognize this guy.

He's an actor named David Oyelowo and plays the role of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the box office hit "Selma."

In case you haven't seen the film, it tracks an epic 54-mile civil rights march, led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., trailing from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. The purpose was to drum up support for the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which allowed black people the right to vote without being discriminated against.*


So far, "Selma" has won Best Original Song for "Glory" at the Golden Globes and was nominated in the same category at the Oscars, along with Best Motion Picture of the Year.

Great stuff!

So, what's the problem?

David, the star of the film, was totally snubbed by the Academy.

He didn't receive a nomination, recognition, or even a head nod.

Some may say, "Well, lots of films get nominated while some stars don't."

True.

But unfortunately for black actors, this has become an all too familiar pattern during awards season. In this case, lots of people were outraged that David was not among the nominees.

So when asked at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival what it feels like to "be the subject of Oscar snub outrage," he took a deep breath and responded with:


Then the actor gave these chilling examples:

Denzel Washington in "Malcolm X"

"To me, Denzel Washington should have won for playing Malcolm X. ... To me, if I ask you all of you here what film do you think Sidney Poitier won his Academy Award for? 'In the Heat of the Night.' He wasn't even nominated for 'In the Heat of the Night.' He won for 'Lilies of the Field.'"


Sidney Poitier

"We just have got to come to the point whereby there isn't a self-fulfilling prophecy, a notion of who black people are that feeds into what we are celebrated as. Not just in the Academy, just in life generally. We have been slaves, we have been domestic servants, we have been criminals, we have been all of those things, but we've been leaders, we've been kings, we've been those who change the world. And those films where that is the case are so hard to get made."

Hmmm, very interesting stuff. To hear more of David's thoughts, check out this video:

*Clarification: While the 15th Amendment in 1870 technically prohibited the restriction of voting rights "on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude," state and local laws effectively denied black people the right to vote until 1965, when the Voting Rights Act was enacted.

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A video of a busker in Dublin, Ireland singing "You've Got a Friend in Me" to a young boy with autism is going viral because it's just so darn adorable. The video was filmed over a year ago by Terence Power, the co-host of the popular "Talking Bollox Podcast."

It was filmed before face masks were required, so you can see the boy's beautiful reaction to the song.

Power uploaded it to TikTok because he had just joined the platform and had no idea the number of lives it would touch. "The support on it is unbelievable. I posted it on my Instagram a while back and on Facebook and the support then was amazing," he told Dublin Live.

"But I recently made TikTok and said I'd share it on that and I'm so glad I did now!" he continued.

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We're redefining what normal means in these uncertain times, and although this is different for all of us, love continues to transform us for the better.

Love is what united Marie-Claire and David Archbold, who met while taking a photography class. "We went into the darkroom to see what developed," they joke—and after a decade of marriage, they know firsthand the deep commitment and connection romantic love requires.

All photos courtesy of Marie-Claire and David Archbold

However, their relationship became even sweeter when they adopted James: a little boy with a huge heart.

In the United States alone, there are roughly 122,000 children awaiting adoption according to the latest report from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services. While the goal is always for a child to be parented by and stay with their biological family, that is not always a possibility. This is where adoption offers hope—not only does it create new families, it gives birth parents an avenue through which to see their child flourish when they are not able to parent. For the right families, it's a beautiful thing.

The Archbolds knew early on that adoption was an option for them. David has three daughters from a previous marriage, but knowing their family was not yet complete, the couple embarked on a two-year journey to find their match. When the adoption agency called and told them about James, they were elated. From the moment they met him, the Archbolds knew he was meant to be part of their family. David locked eyes with the brown-eyed baby and they stared at each other in quiet wonder for such a long time that the whole room fell silent. "He still looks at me like that," said David.

The connection was mutual and instantaneous—love at first sight. The Archbolds knew that James was meant to be a part of their family. However, they faced significant challenges requiring an even deeper level of commitment due to James' medical condition.

James was born with congenital hyperinsulinism, a rare condition that causes his body to overproduce insulin, and within 2 months of his birth, he had to have surgery to remove 90% of his pancreas. There was a steep learning curve for the Archbolds, but they were already in love, and knew they were committed to the ongoing care that'd be required of bringing James into their lives. After lots of research and encouragement from James' medical team, they finally brought their son home.

Today, three-year-old James is thriving, filled with infectious joy that bubbles over and touches every person who comes in contact with him. "Part of love is when people recognize that they need to be with each other," said his adoptive grandfather. And because the Archbolds opted for an open adoption, there are even more people to love and support James as he grows.

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Actor and comedian Patton Oswalt has made a name for himself off screen as a blunt yet caring, compassionate human. His raw openness after his wife's unexpected passing and his willingness to engage in conversations about depression and dadhood after her death has touched people's hearts and opened people's minds.

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The dark mountains that overlook Provo, Utah were illuminated by a beautiful rainbow-colored "Y" on Thursday night just before 8 pm. The 380-foot-tall "Y" overlooks the campus of Brigham Young University, a private college owned by the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), commonly known as Mormons.

The display was planned by a group of around 40 LGBT students to mark the one-year anniversary of the university sending out a letter clarifying its stance on homosexual behavior.

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