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Metta World Peace Talks Oscars & Jada Pinkett Smith's Boycott

Angus Walker
February 25, 2016 12:52
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Metta World Peace gives his take on the #OscarsSoWhite controversy.

Continuing his #BrownHistory29 interview series, which seeks to touch on one relevant topic each day throughout Black Brown History Month, Metta World Peace sat down with Drea Avent to discuss the controversy surrounding the Academy Awards and the lack of diversity in this year's class of nominees. 

In Metta's opinion, he feels that -- instead of boycotting the Oscars, as stars like Jada Pinkett Smith have pledged to do -- minority actors and celebrities should team up to start their own award show. He also believes racism within the Academy should be dealt with, if it indeed exists, but Metta thinks the solution is not to boycott the existing award show, but, rather, to create a better one that's more in touch with a diverse audience. 

Earlier this month, Metta gave another nuanced take on the disturbing number of sexual assault allegations directed at Bill Cosby, and his presumed guilt in the public eye. Watch that here, and check out the full #BrownHistory29 series on Metta's website

Metta World Peace's next album, Streets & Ball, drops on March 1. 

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