MOONLIGHT is finally writing history we have been waiting for

Let's not forget how important the wins and nominations for Moonlight really are, aside from just being well deserved. #Moonlightmovie #historyinthemaking #finally #imwithmoonlight

Oscar mistake overshadows historic moment for 'Moonlight'

By Lisa Respers France, via CNN 

It was lost in the confusion of the Oscar envelope snafu, but "Moonlight" made history.

The coming-of-age drama about a gay black man growing up in Miami became the first film with an all-black cast to win the Academy Award for best picture.

The movie, whose cast includes best supporting actor winner Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Trevante Rhodes and Janelle Monáe, has been a critical darling during awards season.

    With the win, it shattered a glass ceiling for black films.

    "Very clearly, even in my dreams this could not be true," director Barry Jenkins said in amazement when it was announced that "Moonlight," not "La La Land," had won. "But to hell with dreams, I'm done with it, 'cause this is true. Oh my goodness."

    In 2014, "12 Years a Slave" won best picture, but its cast was not all black.

    Both "Moonlight" and "12 Years" were produced by Brad Pitt's Plan B company.

    "Moonlight" made Oscar history in other ways.

    Ali, who played a sympathetic drug dealer who mentors a bullied young man, is the first Muslim actor to win best supporting actor.

    Jenkins became the first African American to score nominations for best director, best picture and best adapted screenplay in the same year. The film's co-editor, Joi McMillon, became the first African American to earn a nomination for achievement in film editing.

    The "Moonlight" win came in a year in which the Academy has been hailed for more diversity.

    White actors had especially dominated the major acting categories for two years, giving rise to the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag. This year, seven of the 20 nominees were people of color.

    Viola Davis, who won best supporting actress, became only the second black woman to win an Emmy, an Oscar and a Tony for acting. Whoopi Goldberg is the other, and the only black actor to have a so-called EGOT -- an Emmy, Grammy, Tony and Oscar.

    April Reign, who created the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag, tweeted Sunday night about the importance of the evening.

    "Viola, Mahershala, and the wins for Moonlight happened because they were DESERVED," she wrote. "Not because of #OscarsSoWhite. I want that very clear."

    April  @ReignOfApril

    Y'all have been in my Mentions showing love all night and I haven't seen it because I was on OKP's account. I thank you. I'm humbled.

    April @ReignOfApril

    Viola, Mahershala, and the wins for Moonlight happened because they were DESERVED. Not because of #OscarsSoWhite. I want that very clear.

    Earlier in the evening, Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney, who wrote the play that became "Moonlight" and co-wrote the screenplay, won the Oscar for best adapted screenplay. The pair paid homage to the disenfranchised in their acceptance speech for that award.

    Jenkins said: "All you people out there who feel like there's no mirror for you, that your life is not reflected, the Academy has your back, the ACLU has your back, we have your back and for the next four years we will not leave you alone, we will not forget you."


    On Friday I was fortunate enough to get to watch 13th, the new documentary from Ava DuVernay, and then hear her speak afterward. 

    I have to admit it made me sick to my stomach and so sad; I cried throughout the film; but I am so glad this documentary 13TH exist. It is because once you watch this, you know that there are no more excuses possible for one of the most atrocious crimes of the North American history over more than half a millennium - slavery and its different renditions over the years, and as it is now know as mass incarceration and the criminalization of African Americans and Hispanics.

    The title of Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing documentary 13TH refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.” The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity. With a potent mixture of archival footage and testimony from a dazzling array of activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men, DuVernay creates a work of grand historical synthesis. /via YouTube

    Thank you Ava DuVernay for making this film! This is the most important film you need to watch this year, no, actually the most important film until we finally change things in this country.

    If you don't trust me, check out Rotten Tomatoes, who has already given it a 100% review. That happens as good as never! I feel very confident to say, Ava will win the Oscar for this and she rightfully should! 

    And here are some clips from the Q&A with Ava. I know that her hope will be answered. If this film can't change things, then I am not sure what can. Please watch this film and share it!