Unless you have been living under a rock you would have already heard that there were no nominees of color for Sunday’s Oscars/Academy Awards ceremony. In fact, the only nominee of color is musician, The Weeknd for his song “Earned It” on the soundtrack to the film “50 Shades of Grey”. The telling dismissal of epic films with black actors playing lead roles like “Straight of Out of Compton” or “Concussion” has sparked a media frenzy.
In opposition to OscarsSoWhite and in an effort to positively promote male actors of color the Icon Mann Sessions were held Tuesday, February 23 in Beverly Hills, California. The panel is an equality driven event.
Variety Magazine who sponsors the event describes the panel series as — sponsored by Variety, SAG-AFTRA, the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African-Americans and Lexus — [the Icon Mann Sessions] will explore how African-American men have been represented in 2016 awards season films, and how minority films and filmmakers are valued internationally.
In addition to the Icon Mann here are some other parties shedding light on Africans and Africans of the Diaspora
Thursday February 25
Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon
Friday February 26
Icon Mann Power Dinner
Sunday February 28
Mercedes-Benz and the African-American Film Critics Assn.’s Viewing Party