Dr. Boyce Watkins: Black Hollywood Should Abandon the Oscars to Find Something More Meaningful

4 Mar

Halle Berry

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse UniversityScholarship in Action 

I don’t watch the Oscars, the Academy Awards, or whatever you like to call it. But then again, I never have. While I spent years thinking that perhaps I was the only person not sophisticated enough to appreciate what I deemed to be the most boring night of the year, I then saw data showing that viewership fell again this year, implying that perhaps I am not alone in my disdain. While there are some who watch the show religiously, the truth is that many Americans (especially black folks), would rather watch old MC Hammer videos at the dentist’s office than endure the psychological tragedy of being both insulted and bored senseless, all at the same time.

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