Nick Cannon on Oscars Lack of Diversity, ‘Don’t Waste Your Prayers’

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Nick Cannon is trying to direct the #OscarsSoWhite outrage towards another hashtag: #BlackLivesMatter. 

The actor posted a spoken word poem to his Facebook that begins, “D—! Look what they did to Oscar. Nah, not another trophy rant.” He proceeds to list off victims of police brutality. “I’m talking Oscar Grant, Sandra Bland, Mike Brown, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray,” he rhymes:

Cannon does add his voice to the increasing number of celebrities speaking out about the Academy’s lack of diversity and the boycott started by his Chi-Raq director, Spike Lee:

“We crying for votes but how many of us is on the board? Better yet, when’s the last time you showed up and supported the NAACP Awards? I want what’s mine, not yours. F— getting my foot in. I’m building my own doors.”

Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs and the Board of Governors recently announced “historic” changes to increase diversity, including creating three new seats on the board.

Elsewhere, Cannon touches on whether host Chris Rock should step down:

“Talent and brilliance? Hands down, man we got that s—. That’s why I told Chris, man go ‘head and rock that s—. You got the Juice now. Fight the Power. Hell yeah, I’m gonna watch that ceremony where they gonna let a black man be the Master for at least two hours.”

The 35-year-old rapper even touches on the ongoing Bill Cosby scandal, name-checking the comedian, who was charged with aggravated indecent assault in December:

“The Black Plague, they want us to catch it. Just ask Magic, Malcolm, Martin, Muhammad Ali, Bill Cosby. It’s tragic. How the enemy can tear down our community and rewrite the history by highlighting our flaws. But let he who cast the first stone, who constitutes the new laws.”

“So don’t waste your voice, don’t waste your prayers,” Cannon concludes. “Save’em for the thousands killed in Nigeria, Kenya, The Philippines, Syria or right here in our urban areas.”

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Source: ETOnline | John Boone

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