Spike Lee announced on Instagram this morning that he will not be attending the 88th Academy Awards because of the lack of diversity in nominees highlighted by the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag campaign. According to People, this will be the second year in a row that Lee has chosen not to attend Hollywood’s most glamorous awards show.
In the previews for Quentin Tarantino’s latest film Django Unchained, a western-themed work set in America’s south during slavery, the lead character Django, portrayed by Jamie Foxx, announces coyly that “the d is silent” in the pronunciation of his name. Following a Christmas day release it’s become abundantly clear that the n-word does not remain silent in the feature. Read what lead actor Jamie Foxx had to say about the abundance of said word and how it caused difficulties for Leonardo DiCaprio. In addition find out why fellow director Spike Lee is opposed to the film without ever having seen it.