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Black Oscars: What the Academy Awards Tell Us about African Americans

Thursday, April 20
7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
This program is free, but
registration required.

Second only to the Super Bowl in audience size and revenue, the Oscars are more than a mere ceremony; they are a phenomenon. Hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for over 90 years, the Oscars have long been considered the pinnacle of fantasy, beauty, romance, and high class. They are eagerly anticipated and are heavily discussed. It is only recently that movements such as #OscarsSoWhite have raised awareness around the more complicated legacy of the Oscars and African American participation in film. Join us as we take a look “behind the scenes” at racial patterns for African Americans that have both changed and stayed the same over time. 

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