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Whoopi Gets Snubbed By The Academy?

Now I know some folks in the black community have "issues" with Whoopi Goldberg for whatever reason. But oh well. This needs to be said. Last night's Oscars program conveniently left out Whoopi Goldberg during their ALL ACADEMY AWARDS HOSTS MONTAGE clip. Yes, they also conveniently forgot Steve Martin as well, but I believe this exclusion of Whoopi stung because of the history she made while hosting the Oscars. She was the first woman ever to host the Academy Awards alone, as well as the first Black person ever to host the Awards show at all. Not only has she hosted once, but four times. She also made history by being the first black person to ever win all four of the major show business awards: The Academy Award, The Tony Award, The Emmy, and The Grammy. Not to mention being only the second black woman in history (after Hattie McDaniel) to even win an Oscar. For a program as esteemed as the Academy wants us to believe their awards are, this oversight of not even acknowledging Whoopi as a host of the program is unacceptable to say the least. Not only is this Black History month, but it was the 80th anniversary of the Awards show and in many ways last night, the writers made a point to showcase the history of its organization. But conveniently left out Whoopi. I happen to actually like Whoopi (who surprisingly is one of the best co-hosts The View has ever seen), despite whatever personal choices she has made that many people in the black community feel the unnecessary need to hold against her. However, this is 2008, and given that this country still acts like it's the early 1900's in many ways, we should protect and embrace our history so that we can pass it down through generations. Many people (especially younger generations) have no clue about the history Whoopi has made as a black woman in entertainment, and the fact no one has really even brought up the multitude of this snub speaks volumes. And if you watch The View or have followed Whoopi's career, you know that she rarely ever (if at all) lets situations emotionally affect her, especially not on national tv. But as you can see in the video above, when Whoopi's co-hosts brought up the snub and expressed their concern and confusion on how this could even happen to a woman who has made so much history in that very organization, she was moved to tears. The simple fact that she's the first black woman to step into the lead co-hosting role on one of the top rated daytime television shows (The View) right now is history in the making. Like it or not. I can only hope people can respect her accomplishments and give credit where its due. So I felt compelled to bring this whole situation to the attention of others and you do what you will with it. Just my $19.13.

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THAT WAS NOT AN "ACCIDENT"...WATEVER..THE PERSON WHO BELIEVES THAT WAS AN ACCIDENT IS A FIRST CLASS FOOL...
T-Raven's picture

[quote comment="41926"]1) If

[quote comment="41926"]1) If you don't like how Natasha runs her site then don't visit!!! Go visit some other alias-ass site Black celebrity gossip site that ONLY reports on the latest beefs, and all that other coonery and bafoonery. She can comment if she wants to, how she wants to, when she wants to, SHE RUNS THIS SHIT!![/quote] No one is disputing that. I was just offering some constructive criticism. No matter how great Natasha and her site are, we can all always do better. I had an idea about how, and I offered it. I also don't understand why so many of you are resistant to respectful comments that disagree with Natasha's conclusions. Of course, not all of the critical posts have been respectful, but a lot of them have been. Isn't the point of creating a forum like this having productive, important discussions about issues of interest to our communities? We can all learn from each other if we stop shouting.
pia's picture

i only watch the view for WG.

i only watch the view for WG. She has very strong views and stands for them: whether you agree or not. She has always had her look no matter what the style as of late-curl or relaxer. she has accomplished quite a bit considering the fact that she stands her ground and isn't a waif or trying to pass for anyone idea of beauty but her own. kICK THE DEUCES, WHOOPI!!!!
SB23's picture

I agree to disagree. Glad

I agree to disagree. Glad Whoopi got her apology.
YBFChick2385's picture

Im not saying deny your

Im not saying deny your difference, Im saying make a distinction that is relevant. What does it matter what you call yourself, Black-American, African-American, does it change who you are? Really, all it does is just make people like you and Whoopi look very confused, and ignorant of their history, and leaves us all still divided. Well all know that you and your family have been in America for a while, and because of that you’ve developed a new culture, but why deny your roots. And you can visit Africa, anytime, all of Africa’s people are your people. The discussion has been real, great post Natasha and great comments all…keep it fab!
MJB's picture

I stand corrected. Thanx for

I stand corrected. Thanx for the history lesson. But last time I checked, most of the posts in response to this article were outraged that she, one of “OUR” people was overlooked. Isn’t that “looking at what unifies us”? And I’m happy that you are able to go back to visit your relatives over in your respected country in Africa, but unfortunately, I am not. So I don’t necessarily have DIRECT ties to any place in Africa but that doesn’t make me less proud of WHO I AM. Nor do I try to seperate myself from others of my race. I just might not call myself African-American like everyone else. The beauty in us all being descendants of different lands IS the fact that we have different cultures, etc. to share with one another. Monotony is boring. Im not saying deny your difference, Im saying make a distinction that is relevant. What does it matter what you call yourself, Black-American, African-American, does it change who you are? Really, all it does is just make people like you and Whoopi look very confused, and ignorant of their history, and leaves us all still divided. Well all know that you and your family have been in America for a while, and because of that you've developed a new culture, but why deny your roots. And you can visit Africa, anytime, all of Africa's people are your people. The discussion has been real, great post Natasha and great comments all...keep it fab!
MJB's picture

Natasha, I LOVE your $19.13,

Natasha, I LOVE your $19.13, Soror! You're preachin'...and I'm glad you spoke on it.
B's picture

Thanks Natasha, I had no

Thanks Natasha, I had no idea.....Amazing post.....how could they treat such a legend like her that way.......I'm not going to watch the Academy Awards again unless they apologize for being so blatantly petty towards her........
MW09's picture

WOW...I have NEVER seen

WOW...I have NEVER seen NATASHA make a post in the Comment Section!!!!!!THAT ISH WAS THRILLING. Natasha...you just took this commenting ISH to ANOTHER LEVEL...PLEASE MAKE MORE VISITS TO THE COMMENTS SECTION AND PUT SOME BRICKS IN SOME OF THESE WACKASS COMMENTERS ON YOUR DAMM SITE. I LUUUUUUVVVVVVVS IT!!! YOU ARE OFF 'DA CHAIN. KEEP IT REAL... I always wondered if you read the comments or made comments under some code name...now I know...Please don't stop doin' what you do!!!
deLis's picture

Ummm...am I the only person

Ummm...am I the only person who remebers Beyonce saying that she wanted to be the first black woman to win an Oscar, Grammy, and Tony award???? I'll be damned but it looks like Whoopi beat her to the punch. I hope Bey stops saying that mess now and recognizes that her inability to fulfill that goal is not only because of her lack of acting talent.
Annie's picture

If you disagree with Natasha,

If you disagree with Natasha, fine. Take a grown up pill and move on. To bash her on her own site is rude. If you dont like what she says log on to Perez and join the Black People bashers that are on his site. He gets paid nice money to talk sh@t about us. I agree with you Natasha. Whoopie was snubbed and thats the bottom line. How would you feel if you have worked your entire career on being proud of what you have accomplished, only to be dismissed because you are black, and a woman. Natasha, your site has always provided the most credible source of info to me. Move on people please. Next topic.
ShoeDiva's picture

Kudos Tasha great post!

Kudos Tasha great post!
B's picture

I'm pretty sure her name

I'm pretty sure her name isn't actually Goldberg...wasn't she born Karen Jonhson or something very generic like that?
lawyerlady's picture

[quote comment="42158"]The

[quote comment="42158"]The reason why the West Indies, Caribbean, and Haiti has black people is because slaves from Africa were brought there, also the vast majority of slaves that were brought to the Americas were from the Yoruba tribe in Nigeria, yes there were some from Ghana, formerly Gold Coast, and all down the western African shore as far as Angola. But in the end what does it matter, if you are black, you ARE the descendant of an African. The term Hispanic, encompasses many different linguistic sects, or "tribes" as some would say, but do you see them publicly bickering over what they are called. No, because they value unity and solidarity more than we. My parents are from Africa, I was raised in the states, but I still visit and have close ties to my family back home, and have much love for the black, or african-american, or afro (as my SL people would say) family that I have made here. What sickens me, how black people in America feel the constant need to divide and conquer ourselves. When I meet other young people in the states who are from countries throughout Africa, from Ethopia, to Sudan, to Tanzania, to Nigeria, they are all happy and proud to identify themselves as African! Yes we know we have cultural and linguistic differences, but our so many cultural similarities and ties that bind us, and we are happy to unite and celebrate those. I just really can't understand why so many black americans work so much harder at defining why they separate instead of looking at what unifies us and working towards a greater good.[/quote] I stand corrected. Thanx for the history lesson. But last time I checked, most of the posts in response to this article were outraged that she, one of "OUR" people was overlooked. Isn't that "looking at what unifies us"? And I'm happy that you are able to go back to visit your relatives over in your respected country in Africa, but unfortunately, I am not. So I don't necessarily have DIRECT ties to any place in Africa but that doesn't make me less proud of WHO I AM. Nor do I try to seperate myself from others of my race. I just might not call myself African-American like everyone else. The beauty in us all being descendants of different lands IS the fact that we have different cultures, etc. to share with one another. Monotony is boring.
YBFChick2385's picture

Thank you for posting

Thank you for posting this!!!! Awesome!
3rdSupreme's picture

I like whoopi

I like whoopi
Jbaby's picture

Natasha, I just want to

Natasha, I just want to commend you and what you do. Your statements, while your own opinion, were well thought out and right on time. I, like most people who read your blog, am constantly amazed by your clever insights and quips and always appreciate the escape it provides to the workday. However, I am also constantly moved when you make us all stop and think about the more serious issues facing our community and by extension, America. I am a new reader (about a year strong) but I find your blog to be the most professional when it comes to "blogging" about current affairs and the more serious fare. Anyway, from one African-American woman to another, you are doing an excellent job, and I appreciate it and commend you.
Scoop716's picture

Haiti/West Indies/Carib etc.

Haiti/West Indies/Carib etc. also had Africans imported there. The West Indies were part of the triangular trade. The indigenous peoples were not black. They were Indian. Africans were imported to the Indies to be slaves just like they were to the US. The intermingling of the French, Spanish, Indians and Africans is what makes up the current populations, kinda like the soup that is the US today. Descendants of people who emigrated as long ago at 1852 from Ireland because of the great potato famine still call themselves Irish and nobody blinks an eye. The last recorded slave ship was 1859 with slaves supposedly smuggled into Mobile, Alabama (where my family is from). So I'm thinking anybody who wants to have as much right to call themselves African as those Irish do.
Eva_baby's picture

The reason why the West

The reason why the West Indies, Caribbean, and Haiti has black people is because slaves from Africa were brought there, also the vast majority of slaves that were brought to the Americas were from the Yoruba tribe in Nigeria, yes there were some from Ghana, formerly Gold Coast, and all down the western African shore as far as Angola. But in the end what does it matter, if you are black, you ARE the descendant of an African. The term Hispanic, encompasses many different linguistic sects, or "tribes" as some would say, but do you see them publicly bickering over what they are called. No, because they value unity and solidarity more than we. My parents are from Africa, I was raised in the states, but I still visit and have close ties to my family back home, and have much love for the black, or african-american, or afro (as my SL people would say) family that I have made here. What sickens me, how black people in America feel the constant need to divide and conquer ourselves. When I meet other young people in the states who are from countries throughout Africa, from Ethopia, to Sudan, to Tanzania, to Nigeria, they are all happy and proud to identify themselves as African! Yes we know we have cultural and linguistic differences, but our so many cultural similarities and ties that bind us, and we are happy to unite and celebrate those. I just really can't understand why so many black americans work so much harder at defining why they separate instead of looking at what unifies us and working towards a greater good.
MJB's picture

I'm know this is late,

I'm know this is late, however I wanted to thank Natasha for always being conscious on the issues that effect the black community. This is one thing that really sets you apart from other black blogspots. I really appreciate all the time and effort that goes into report on whats important, and always doing it with class. It really is a shame the in 2008 we as black are still treated as second class citizens. Whoopi is a trail blazer and should be recognized for all that she has done for not only the black community as it relates to entertainment but for being a great comedian and actress. Whoopi keep doing what your doing and Natasha keep up the good work.
Missy's picture

P.S. This country is also not

P.S. This country is also not made up of solely descendants of Africa. The West Indies/Carribbeans/Haiti, etc. had natives stolen from their land and brought to the colonies for forced labor...I don't necessarily like the basic term "Black", but I guess for now it's the only thing that I can closely relate to when I'm filling out job applications.
YBFChick2385's picture

*Not use the whole continent

*Not use the whole continent to classify a group of people, my bad
YBFChick2385's picture

I can understand people not

I can understand people not liking being called "African-American". Last time I checked, Africa was a continent....aren't there countries in Africa? Can we not use the whole continent a whole group of people? They like to be identified where they're from same way you do...you wouldn't necessarily like being grouped in the same classification of Canadians or Mexicans would you? We live in a different country with different laws, cultures, economies, etc. I mean I live in North America, does that make me North American-American? Or American-North American? No, until I do further research to find out exactly where I'm from in Africa, I'm Black. I might not even be from Africa! How bout this...today I'm an AMERYKAHN...yeah that's right, go cop Ms. Badu's new album! ANYWAY, Whoopi's choices are her business, BUT that chick has definitely made some strides for Black Amerykah.
YBFChick2385's picture

wow thanks for bringing this

wow thanks for bringing this up Tasha I didn't realize how many milestones she set and I do remember her hosting and pushing boundries when I was young. This is the first blog I've encountered so far that's spoken on this, good post.
y f dubble's picture

[quote comment="42001"][quote

[quote comment="42001"][quote comment="41976"]I don't think the Oscar snub was personal. That's great that you're so pro-Whoopi Natasha but Whoopi wrote a book and said don't call her "African-American." She proudly talked about her ancestors that came over here on the Mayflower. Whoopi may be a part of your history but she ain't a part of mine.[/quote] A lot of people don't want to be called African-American because that is a term that has recently come about believe it or not. When I was growing up we were called Black. African-American to some people does not truly encompass who we are because if you think about it, A white person who was born in Africa and now live in America can call themselves African-American. So it is not uncommon for Black people, particularly older Black people, not to feel comfortable with that term. That doesn't mean she doesn't embrace her race.[/quote] I am one of those people. It is actually lot of black people that do not like that term. It was media created, Jesse Jackson hyped, and pushed into our laps. We are black Americans. We have a rich "black" history as descendents of African slaves in this country, not a rich "African" one, because we have no clue what tribe most of us came from. As well, with all the rape/race mixing we endured, we are out of place to call ourselves African Americans. Actually Teresa Heinz-Kerry and Charlize Theron have more rights to call themselves such than we do.
Tikipunch's picture

@YBFChick2385 Perfectly

@YBFChick2385 Perfectly said. I'm reading some of these comments and thinking 'Are you serious?' Thank you.
K's picture

[quote comment="41976"]I

[quote comment="41976"]I don't think the Oscar snub was personal. That's great that you're so pro-Whoopi Natasha but Whoopi wrote a book and said don't call her "African-American." She proudly talked about her ancestors that came over here on the Mayflower. Whoopi may be a part of your history but she ain't a part of mine.[/quote] A lot of people don't want to be called African-American because that is a term that has recently come about believe it or not. When I was growing up we were called Black. African-American to some people does not truly encompass who we are because if you think about it, A white person who was born in Africa and now live in America can call themselves African-American. So it is not uncommon for Black people, particularly older Black people, not to feel comfortable with that term. That doesn't mean she doesn't embrace her race.
Annie's picture

VERY WELL SAID SOROR -- on

VERY WELL SAID SOROR -- on each and every response. Everyone please take a moment and reflect on your own history. No disrespect but this site is set up for black African-American colored people. If you come here to criticize Natasha for what she believes then it is a complete waste of your time. This is her site and she can control/maintain it any way she likes. Let's please stop all the references to other sites -- Natasha has chosen to do it her way and that's clearly the best for her and us. Now for Whoopi to have been snubbed at the 80th Anniversary of the Oscars was wrong. I clearly remember the year that she hosted and she played Queen Elizabeth -- classic acting. This was just another prime example of how "we" are not included in "their" society. Just my $ 19.13
KeithLover's picture

GREAT GREAT POST NATASHA.

GREAT GREAT POST NATASHA. AND FOR THE PERSON WHO REFERS TO PEREZ HILTON'S BLOG SHAME ON YOU. YOU ARE MISSISNG THE WHOLE POINT. NATASHA WAS JUST REPEATING WHAT WAS HIGHLIGHTED ON THE "VIEW". I DIDN'T WATCH THE OSCARS OR THE VIEW SO I DID NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS. IT IS A BIG DEAL. THE OSCARS WERE HIGHLIGHTING "A HOST MONTAGE" AND TO LEAVE OUT THE FIRST FEMALE HOST IS VERY WRONG ESPECIALLY SINCE SHE WAS THE HOST 4 TIMES!!!!! TO LEAVE OUT STEVE MARTIN WAS WRONG TOO AND SHOTTY WORK BY WHOEVER PUT THAT TOGETHER. I AM PERSONALLY TIRED OF THESE "OVERSIGHTS" TIME AND TIME AGAIN BY THE MEDIA. AND APOLOGY SHOULD BE ISSUED TO WHOPPI AND STEVE. GREAT JOB NATASHA
Annie's picture

I totally agree and I am glad

I totally agree and I am glad you brought the subject up! If they keep this up the ratings are going to fall even more then they did this year!
hersay2it's picture

@ Mocha DOn Cheadle in Talk

@ Mocha DOn Cheadle in Talk TO Me- Brilliant Chiwetel Ejofor-Talk to ME WIll Smith- I AM Legend Jurnee Smollet- Great Debaters Nate Parker- Great Debaters Halle Berry- Things We Lost in the Fire Terrence Howard- Pride not a long list but its something and all these roles had depth
bored at work's picture

I don't think the Oscar snub

I don't think the Oscar snub was personal. That's great that you're so pro-Whoopi Natasha but Whoopi wrote a book and said don't call her "African-American." She proudly talked about her ancestors that came over here on the Mayflower. Whoopi may be a part of your history but she ain't a part of mine.
Isla's picture

Big ups to Whoopi...she had

Big ups to Whoopi...she had me all teary eyed. She's the best thing that has happen to The View, because of her I watch it again.
Sunshine's picture

the academy is very wrong

the academy is very wrong they love to snub black ppl..when in the world are they going to give will smith the oscar he deserves.. they feel as though they have given a few black ppl an award then they are okay
equality's picture

Oh and Natasha, while I too

Oh and Natasha, while I too may not always agree with your comments on celebs or situation, thank you for keeping this site classy and coon-free.
Lola Falana's picture

[quote

[quote comment="41826"]Actually Natasha, I think that you're the one who doesn't get it: I don't think that the arguments made in your original post hold any weight. Because: 1. Whoopi Goldberg likes playing the victim and she has a very thin skin. Am I the only one who remembers how she boo-hooed and was so offended when Halle Berry didn't mention her name in her own Oscar speech? (She sounded just as crazy as Aretha Franklin after the Grammys). And on The View, she constantly brings up how the media has given her a hard time. 2. Whoopi Goldberg can't be defended under the black history flag. I don't remember exactly where she said it (I think it was on 60 Minutes in the late 90s), but she rebuked an interviewer who called her African American because she said that her people could have been from Egypt. Yeah, she said that in real life with a straight face. 3. The inaccuracies in your original post are examples to me of when black people want to get all riled up about nothing. So Whoopi Goldberg wasn't included in the last night's clip montage? What does that change? Does it undo the fact that she hosted four times? Does it give a black actress one less role? It was a clip montage. You try condensing 80 years of history into a three hour show; you'll leave some stuff out, too (especially the unfunny stuff). P.S. I didn't mean any disrespect in my comment (and I will continue to read this blog), but for someone who spends her time dishing gossip and decreeing who is and isn't foolywang material, you have an awfully thin skin.[/quote] Sis, Let's just say you don't like Whoopi and you disagree with Natasha's stance. To go on and on with these examples ( which many of them were actually incorrect) is pointless. First off, this is Natasha's site and she has the right to say whatever the hell she wishes. Secondly, to put Whoopi in the same category with OJ is insulting not just to her, but to our intelligence. That woman has NEVER EVER degraded us in such a way. Some black people were pissed because she did things her way without their tired approval. Brothas were pissed because she dated only YT boys, but these same brothas-in her words- never gave her a glance before she was famous. Baby, its more than one side to every story. Lastly, I have been watching the Oscars since 1976, so I really know great moments, and no doubt Ms. Goldberg was certainly more than one of them.
Lola Falana's picture

And regardless of race or

And regardless of race or even gender Whoopi Goldberg has done some monumental things as far as being a comedienne in Hollywood goes.
BooK's picture

[quote comment="41926"]1) If

[quote comment="41926"]1) If you don't like how Natasha runs her site then don't visit!!! Go visit some other alias-ass site Black celebrity gossip site that ONLY reports on the latest beefs, and all that other coonery and bafoonery. She can comment if she wants to, how she wants to, when she wants to, SHE RUNS THIS SHIT!! 2) Regardless if it was some "Hit and Miss" bullshit, Whoopi should have been acknowledged. SHE MADE HISTORY. No, her not being acknowledged doesn't change the fact that she made history, but she deserved to be acknowledged for her noteworthy contributions....THEY HAD HIGH RATINGS WHEN SHE DID HOST IT, DIDN'T THEY? 3) The Oscars are a joke. Period. Halle humped some NASTY old white man, got an award. Denzel was more corrupt than the US Government, won an award. Seriously? The Oscars are pure comedy. Yes they made history, but look at the roles they played. KING KONG AIN'T GOT NOTHIN ON "THE COLOR PURPLE"! 4) Wikipedia Whoopi. Whether you like her or not, she's on point. Let's see how many of us can do that in a lifetime. 5) Yeah, let's play the race card. It's called using your resources to your advantage. White people use their money, their last names, their money, their skin color, their money, their credentials, and their money to their advantage all the time. How long was Paris in jail? Yeah, that's what I thought.[/quote] Thank you! All points VERY well stated. I know I wasn't the only one who had a look of disappointment on their face when Halle and Denzel won their Oscars. (In the bigger scheme of things glad they they won them...but for those roles? Seriously?) Ok so Training Day was different from all his previous work...and Malcolm X wasn't? That's such a cop-out response. To my knowledge I don't think Denzel has EVER played the same kind of character so bump that. And I'm STILL trying to figure what Halle did for cinema with her role in Monster's Ball.
BooK's picture

The academy didn't put her in

The academy didn't put her in a montage, one of the best hosts that boring show has ever had, but Heath Ledger who KILLLED HIMSELF was put in a montage. Thanks Academy!
Tai's picture

1) If you don't like how

1) If you don't like how Natasha runs her site then don't visit!!! Go visit some other alias-ass site Black celebrity gossip site that ONLY reports on the latest beefs, and all that other coonery and bafoonery. She can comment if she wants to, how she wants to, when she wants to, SHE RUNS THIS SHIT!! 2) Regardless if it was some "Hit and Miss" bullshit, Whoopi should have been acknowledged. SHE MADE HISTORY. No, her not being acknowledged doesn't change the fact that she made history, but she deserved to be acknowledged for her noteworthy contributions....THEY HAD HIGH RATINGS WHEN SHE DID HOST IT, DIDN'T THEY? 3) The Oscars are a joke. Period. Halle humped some NASTY old white man, got an award. Denzel was more corrupt than the US Government, won an award. Seriously? The Oscars are pure comedy. Yes they made history, but look at the roles they played. KING KONG AIN'T GOT NOTHIN ON "THE COLOR PURPLE"! 4) Wikipedia Whoopi. Whether you like her or not, she's on point. Let's see how many of us can do that in a lifetime. 5) Yeah, let's play the race card. It's called using your resources to your advantage. White people use their money, their last names, their money, their skin color, their money, their credentials, and their money to their advantage all the time. How long was Paris in jail? Yeah, that's what I thought.
YBFChick2385's picture

Whoopi is a terrific host and

Whoopi is a terrific host and we have made her "pay" for "sleeping white" in ways that surprise...OJ did it for decades under the radar, for example. Not enough ink to list those that did or do. Ever hear of Frederick Douglas? Jack Johnson. She ain't sleeping with me so i don't care. Oscars were wrong. Her cohosts were touching.
CorpAtty's picture

I'm sorry, but I don't see

I'm sorry, but I don't see this as a big deal. And we shouldn't assume the "snub" was race related. She was included in the clip of Oscar winners. And as far as everyone complaining about Ruby Dee not winning, and the lack of Black nominees this year... 1) Ruby Dee had so little screen time in American Gangster, I'm surprised she was even nominated. And besides Denzel, how many black actors were in Oscar-worthy roles last year? You have to admit, there aren't many PROFOUND black films. It's either silly, slapstick comedy or those boring, predictable, feel-good Tyler Perry movies. Denzel won for Training Day because it was a complete 180 from his other roles and showcased his range as an actor. Halle Berry's win - I don't know WHAT the hell that was all about. If any black actress deserved an Oscar, it should've been Angela Bassett for "What's Love Got To Do With It." And to the person that said no other black directors besides Spike Lee were in attendance - John Singleton was there too. We gotta stop with ALWAYS pulling the race card, and ALWAYS looking for YT's validation.
mocha's picture

[quote comment="41658"]I

[quote comment="41658"]I completely agree with you!!!! This was a MAJOR snubb. They can't explain this away. Damn if hollywood isn't petty as ish. I don't care what may have happen betwen Whoopin and the "Acadmy". She should've been recognized. Ish is tacky and classless. Some serious hateration going on there.[/quote] I agree with you too!!
STDlove's picture

I dont usually make a comment

I dont usually make a comment but this time i feel that it wouldnt be right to not say something. I'm a black woman from South Africa and what the academy did to Whoopi seriously pisses me off. This cannot just be brushed off as a mistake. Its too obvious to be mistake. There is no where in the world where black people are not treated as second class citizens. Right now i'm in South Africa and we're still treated as second class citizens. I take pride in the fact that black people always maintain their dignity and class in the face of injustice and thats exactly what Whoopi has done. She could have said a string of pissed off remarks but she didnt. AND STILL WE RISE.
Hetty's picture

well her feelings were

well her feelings were obviously hurt so don't say it wasn't a bid deal. the prestigious ocscars should know better. people need to see things how they are - i know it's painful to believe that this world is still so prejudiced and flawed but recognize it for what it is. Whoopi blew my mind in the best movie of all time - the color purple. she's fine with me. I, too, don't want to be called an African American. And I'm as power-to-the-people as it comes. So you can't judge someone for being who they are. i commend her for stepping out there and voicing her opinion despite the backlash.
kisha's picture

but don't you all think its

but don't you all think its ironic that whether or not you disassociate yourself from black people, white people will never fully accept you. We all have to be real about the fact that Whoopi has done her fair share of downing her own race, and here we all are, angry as hell when she get snubbed. Im not saying I don't respect her accomplishments, Im just saying, I wish all black people, not matter how accomplished or un-accomplished could respect the power of our UNITY. I think the comparison of Whoopi to OJ was apt in some ways, he didn't know he was black either until he was in a position to need the support of his community. I wish we would stop doing that to each other. Im not saying she deserved to be snubbed, but maybe the outpour of support that Whoopi will get from the black community over this snub will teach her a lesson about "where she's from"
MJB's picture

......damn.....

......damn.....
Lil's picture

If memory serves -- Whoopi

If memory serves -- Whoopi was in the montage. I remember it because I think Denzel presented it to her.
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THANK YOU NATASHA!!!!!!!!

THANK YOU NATASHA!!!!!!!! This is the real reason why we need Black Entertainment Blogs, because we need to be covered. I'm hearing about the Brad Reno snub from the Oscars as well. Truth is, the Oscars usually get it wrong. As far as Halle and Denzel roles being honored, they are great actors and yea it's bad when it has to be for being corrupt or sleeping with a white man, but it is about the acting. I do think that we need better scripts than everyone sitting at the family dinner table. Anyway Natasha I loved your commentary on this, you hit the nail on the head. I love Whoopi as well and she was honestly snubbed.
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HARLEM CHIC--I don't believe

HARLEM CHIC--I don't believe "Whoopi Goldberg" is her real name--it's just her stage name she made up, as many comedians do... I like whoopi on the view for the most part... I think "the view" panel made a big deal out if it... For those arguing about Eygpt being in Africa etc... Just as many African Americans like to claim they have "indian in their family" as if that makes them better, there are many Africans, especially on the North East Coast who don't like to be classified as such, and claim to be something else... and if you ask many people--they don't know Eygpt is located in Africa (that may sound stupid, but its true)--alot of people like to consider it part of Europe because the many achievements of Egyptians don't want to be credited to "blacks" or Africans.
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