While covered in controversy due to a mistake with envelopes, Moonlight won best picture at the 89th Academy Awards. Moonlight, the story of Chiron, a young black gay man growing up in Miami, marks the first time an all-black cast has won best picture. The win follows years of heavy criticism of the Academy Awards lack of diversity in its nominations and picks under the umbrella #OscarsSoWhite started on Twitter by April Reign. Reign was quick to point out that this win and others by other black actors including Viola Davis and Mahershala Ali wasn’t based on the diversity campaign but rather from the talent of the actors and writers who created the work.

Screen Shot 2017-02-27 at 9.43.24 AMOne of the few critiques of the Oscar nod was from Fox News’s Tucker Carlson who claimed Moonlight only won due to political correctness.

Ignoring the fact that award voters have stated before that they take offense at things being political, and also noting that acknowledgement by the academy or any other organization doesn’t make black art great, the one thing I would say to Mr. Carlson is…




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