The 88th Annual Academy Awards will air on Sunday, February 28th at 7pm EST…and so will the All Def Movie Awards Special. We told you all about All Def Digital’s 1st annual awards show hosted by comedian Tony Rock purposed to be a platform to celebrate the talents of people of color. The award show’s debut comes a time when criticism of the Oscars and the Academy’s lack of diversity has reached an all time high. All Def Digital has struck a deal with Fusion to air an hour long highlights special at the same time that the Oscars will air on ABC. The special will repeat throughout the night. Will the Oscar’s ratings suffer? Probably not, but the intent is clear.
I’m not telling anyone not to tune in to the Oscars (although I won’t be watching), but I do believe it’s important to support those that make it a point to celebrate us, especially when others choose not to. It’s our responsibility to take care of us. A prime example is the boycott of Beyonce’s “Formation World Tour” by police officers after her “pro-black” superbowl performance. So far, Miami, Tampa and Tennessee police said that they will not work the tour as security nor will they be purchasing tickets. Well Minister Louis Farrakhan has said that if the police won’t protect one of the most highly acclaimed black stars we have even seen, the Fruit of Islam will.
“But when one of us shows some independence, look how you treating Beyoncé now,” he said. “You gonna picket. You not going to offer her police protection? But the FOI (Fruit of Islam, the security branch of his organization,) will.”
It isn’t confirmed as to whether or not the Fruit of Islam will indeed be providing security for the Formation World Tour, but what’s important is the offer to assist; to take care of our own and protect what’s ours. Isn’t that what every other culture does?
The ADMA’s will honor Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director as well as Best Bad Muh Fucka and other often overlooked categories, such as Best Helpful White Person and Best Black Survivor in a Movie. Confirmed to appear are Tyrese Gibson, Nick Cannon, Terry Crews, Marlon Wayans, Vivica A. Fox, King Bach, Sannaa Lathan, Regina Hall, Robert Townsend and more. The public can participate by voting for two categories, Best Picture and Most Quoted Movie online through midnight tonight. Click here to cast your vote. Will you be tuning in to the Oscars or the ADMA special? You already know my answer.