2015 and 2016 were both record-breaking years for the good folks over at The ACADEMY Of MOTION PICTURE ARTS And SCIENCES!!!
For both years, there were exactly ZERO ACTORS/ACTRESSES Of COLOR to be nominated for an Academy Award in any of the four Acting Categories.
Following the 2016 Diversity Debacle, ACADEMY President CHERYL BOONE ISAACS and the governing board passed a series of measures that were designed to include a more appropriate representation of the overall demographics of the Voting Body.
Those measures include the following: 1. Members must remain active for 10 years, 2. Members must remain active in Motion Pictures during that same 10 years, 3. If activity requirements are met, membership is renewed, 4. Those who do not Active Status qualifications will be moved to Emeritus Status, where they will enjoy ALL privileges of membership EXCEPT voting, 5. Winners and/or Nominees of Academy Awards, and; those who have served THREE 10-year terms are granted LIFETIME VOTING RIGHTS.
As a response to the historically whitewashed historic OSCARS, in early 2015; Entertainment Attorney/ BROADWAY BLACK Managing Editor APRIL REIGN created the Hashtag-turned-Media Firestorm #OSCARSSOWHITE, that scorched its way across ALL of Social Media.
APRIL REIGN Makes iT RAIN In TRUTH for the new issue of ROLLING OUT Magazine.
Here are some interview interludes: