The Weeknd, Pharrell And Other Black Stars To Appear At Oscars

Amid controversy, some black stars will take the stage. 

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

The Oscars are just weeks away but amid the #OscarsSoWhite controversy and promised boycotts by actors like Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, there will be black stars taking the stage at Hollywood’s biggest night.

According to People, Whoopi Goldberg, Pharrell Williams and The Weeknd are among those who will appear at the 88th Academy Awards. "Each of these artists brings a wonderfully distinctive element to the Oscars stage," producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin said in a statement. "Together they represent the many thrilling ways stories can be shared about the human experience, and we're honored they will be part of the celebration."

"We no longer need to ask to be invited anywhere... Have we come to a new time and place, where, we recognize that we can no longer beg for love, acknowledgement or respect of any group?” Jada shared in her decision to boycott the ceremony. "My Wife, Mrs. Tonya Lewis Lee And I Will Not Be Attending The Oscar Ceremony This Coming February. We Cannot Support It,” director Spike Lee added, about his own decision to stay home.

Count on a polarizing ceremony on February 28!


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