Let’s face it. The Oscars are not always the most relatable award show experience for members of our community. From fighting for visibility in the award nominations sector or simply not getting invited to participate in the festivities to off-kilter jokes, Black folks don’t really rock with the Oscars. Regardless of who chooses to acknowledge our talents and light, we are here proudly and unapologetically. However, the Academy Award’s efforts to incorporate more diversity into their evening of cinematic excellence have paid off this year.
Here are some of the Blackest moments from the 93rd Academy Awards.
Daniel Kaluuya sharing a moving reflection and embarrassing his mom in the same breath during his acceptance speech
Travon Free wearing the names of Black folks who have been killed by police on his suit jacket in homage
Tyler Perry urging the entertainment community to “refuse hate” while accepting the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
Black Hollywood sporting the dopest looks on the red carpet.
Singer Celeste singing a beautiful rendition of “Hear My Voice”.
H.E.R. , Tiara Thomas and D’mile accepting the Oscar for Best Original Song.
Leslie Odom Jr.’s performance of “Speak Now”.
Lil Rel Howery getting Glenn Close to do “Da Butt”. (Yes, you read that right.)
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Savannah M. Taylor is a native of Springfield, MA, and a graduate of Syracuse University where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in African American Studies with a minor in Communication & Rhetorical Studies. Some of her many passions include storytelling through various mediums and bringing awareness to Black history and culture through the advocacy of the Black diasporic community. These passions led her to start her own initiative called The Silhouette Brand, a platform to provide access to resources, opportunity, and exposure for people across the African diaspora.