The debate in Hollywood right now is diversity. Hip Hop magazine, The Source, shared its voice to the ongoing debate through its recent cover which shows an Oscar award holding up a fist for Black power. The award is flanked by movie reels that include images of movies that were seen as “snubbed” by the Academy Awards. The article itself discusses whether its too late to sway opinions of Academy members that vote on movies.
There has been a cloud of criticism over the Oscars for their lack of diversity. There were no actors or actresses of color nominated for any role this year. Many believe that actors such as Idris Elba and Michael B. Jordan deserved to be recognized. In addition, the Hip Hop biopic, Straight Outta Compton, was only nominated for Best Original Screenplay. Hip Hop artist and actor, Will Smith, was also expected to be nominated for his leading role in Concussion. He also expressed his solidarity by not attending the ceremony.
On the heels of the Grammy Awards, Kendrick Lamar gave an outstanding and ground breaking performance. His critically acclaimed album, To Pimp a Butterfly, tells the story of himself dealing with conflicts and struggles as a black man in America. Hip Hop continues to evolve and rappers are still relying on hip hop from the 90’s for inspiration. Hip Hop has also seen its share of diversity, whether its wanted to or not. Artists like Mackelmore, Iggy Izaela, and Machine Gun Kelly have been able to find their places in the Hip Hop world. But when hardly any black artists won in Hip Hop categories last year, people began to wonder about where the art was headed.
As Hip Hop continues to grow in Hollywood, we will continue to see good and bad changes. We can look back and see how far Hip Hop has come in film and music.