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The Oscars Were Invented To Breakup Hollywood Unions

David Thomson Vanity Fair
Last week's Oscar's ceremony was groundbreaking and historic, let's look at the origins of the awards 95 years ago. It started when the original Hollywood titans wanted an industry free of unions, of residuals, union benefits, well you get the idea.

Friday Nite Videos -- January 15, 2016

Get Up Stand Up | Live in Brazil. The Legend of Bernie Sanders. Fortunate Son -- Creedence Clearwater Revival. The Great Of The Union. Oscars' Voting Is Biased Toward Bland Movies.

Why It Should Bother Everyone That The Oscars Are So White

Brennan Williams, Christopher Rosen, Irina Dvalidze Huffington Post
If Common and John Legend win an Academy Award for Best Original Song this Sunday, it will be only the 32nd time in 87 years that a black person has held a competitive Oscar on Hollywood's biggest stage. That's 32 times out of more than 2,900 winners. This year's Oscar nominees in the four acting categories, the least diverse group of contenders since 1998.

“Timbuktu”: A Timely African Film on Islam — and a Spectacular Breakthrough

Andrew O'Hehir Salon
[I wish those who complain about 'Muslim silence' would go see this film,] both because “Timbuktu” vividly depicts the courageous resistance of ordinary Muslims, especially Muslim women, to fundamentalist tyranny and because it makes the crucial but heretical point that Islamic militants are also human beings, and more likely to be driven by human motivations like greed or lust or power than by apocalyptic zealotry.
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