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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Actress Viola Davis attends the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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Viola Davis Breaks Down The Root Of The #OscarsSoWhite Discussion

Viola Davis joins the discussion on the lack of diversity, but says it goes deeper than the Academy. 

In the midst of the massive coverage surrounding the hashtag, #OscarsSoWhite and the discussion about the lack of diversity in Hollywood award's shows, Viola Davis is the next actress of color to come forward on the matter. Davis, who has been nominated twice at the awards show, joins the discussion, breaking down the problems with the Academy and this conversation. And while she may agree with Jada Pinkett Smith's sentiment, she says the problem is not with the Academy but a greater issue.

Davis told Entertainment Weekly that the issue goes beyond the Academy. "The problem is not with the Oscars, the problem is with the Hollywood movie-making system."

She also highlights Hollywood's lack of distribution of Black films. “How many Black films are being produced every year? How are they being distributed? The films that are being made, are the big-time producers thinking outside of the box in terms of how to cast the role?” she continues, "can you cast a Black woman in that role? Can you cast a Black man in that role?”

In the past couple of years, there have been few black-casted or produced films to hit theaters. And among those to make it to theaters a handful have been split into two categories, being movies like Tyler Perry films or the Wayans brother's parody flicks, which showcase black casts in a comedic spotlight, and films such as Selma, or The Help, all of which focus on the struggle of the black man or woman. The parodies often fail to be recognized and the dramas, although often recognized, typecast black actors in this singular role.

Davis went on to speak more about the issue. “The problem isn’t even our pay. You could probably line up all the A-list Black actresses out there [and] they probably don’t make what one A-list white woman makes in one film," she said. "That’s the problem. You can change the Academy, but if there are no Black films being produced, what is there to vote for?"

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Netflix Gives Sneak Peek Of Jay-Z Produced Western ‘The Harder They Fall’

Netflix gave a preview of the streaming giant's upcoming films on Tuesday (Jan. 12). Among them, the highly anticipated western, The Harder They Fall.

Produced by Jay Z and written and directed by musician Jeymes Samuel, the film stars Jonathan Majors, Idris Elba, Regina King, Delroy Lindo, Lakeith Stanfield, Zazie Beetz and Woody McClain.

The Harder They Fall follows the fictional character, Nat Love (Majors), as he seeks revenge on the man who murdered his parents. Besides signing on as a producer, Hov also created original music for the film.

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“And show you something you’ve never seen before,” adds Majors while clips from their film plays on the screen.

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“Prentice and I are so grateful that HBO believed in our show from the beginning and kept the faith in us to see our vision through the end,” said Rae.“We always planned to tell this story through five seasons, but we couldn’t have made it this far without the tremendous support of our audience. I feel blessed beyond measure to bring our characters’ stories to an end, on-screen at least.”

HBO’s Programming EVP Amy Gravitt, noted that Rae has “turned insecurity into an iconic form of comedy.”

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Season five will reportedly begin filming later this month with Rae, Yvonne Orji, Jay Ellis, Natasha Rothwell and Amanda Seales all expected to return. The previous season ended with Rae’s character at yet another crossroads with her on-again-off-again boyfriend, Lawrence (played by Ellis).

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