Jada Pinkett Smith Pushes for African-American Boycott of Oscars

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Jada Pinkett Smith is unhappy with the 2016 Academy Award nominations.

Because her favorite movie or actor didn't make the cut? Not exactly.

Because not a single man or woman of color was recognized for his or her performance by the Academy.

After suggesting that African-Americans should maybe boycott the event, Pinkett Smith took to Facebook and calmly explained her position further.

In the following video, Pinkett Smith says:

“Today is Martin Luther King’s birthday and I can’t help but ask the question, ‘Is it time that people of color recognize how much power and influence we have amassed, that we no longer have to ask to be invited anywhere?'”

The wife of Will Smith, who many believes would be nominated for his lead role in Concussion, went on to add:

"Maybe it’s time we recognize that if we love, respect, and acknowledge ourselves in the way in which we are asking others to do… that is the place of true power.”

Pinkett Smith then gives props to host Chris Rock… says she will not be attending the ceremony or watching it on TV and concludes:

"The Academy has the right to acknowledge whomever they choose; to invite whomever they choose; And now I think that it’s our responsibility to make the change...

"“Begging for acknowledgment, or even asking, diminishes dignity and diminishes power… Let’s let the Academy do them, with all grace and love, and let’s do us differently. I’ve got nothing but love."

Watch the full video below for yourself:

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