Jada Pinkett Smith - Oscars

Jada Pinkett Smith Shares A Special Message On MLK Day

On Saturday, Jada Pinkett Smith took to social media to express her disappointment with the Oscars, who have once again overlooked people of color.

At the Oscars…people of color are always welcomed to give out awards…even entertain, but we are rarely recognized for our artistic accomplishments. Should people of color refrain from participating all together? People can only treat us in the way in which we allow.

With much respect in the midst of deep disappointment,


Jada released a video on Martin Luther King Jr. Day posing the question, “Is it time that people of color recognize how much power and influence that we have amassed that we no longer need to ask to be invited anywhere? I ask the question: Have we now come to a new time and place where we recognize that we can no longer beg for the love, acknowledgement, or respect of any group?”

She went on suggest that we put our resources back into our communities and create our own platforms to recognize our people and accomplishments.

Maybe it is time that we pull back our resources and we put them back into our communities…into our programs…and we make programs for ourselves that acknowledge us in ways that we see fit that are just as good as the so-called ‘mainstreams.’

Begging for acknowledgment or even asking diminishes dignity and diminishes power. We are a dignified people and we are powerful. And let’s not forget it.

Watch Jada Pinkett Smith’s powerful message on page 2.