When comedian Chris Rock took to the Dolby Theatre stage to start the Oscars telecast Sunday night, the track "Fight the Power" by rap group Public Enemy played in the background. That same song, used by Spike Lee to cap his seminal film "Do the Right Thing," also played at the end of the show as the credits rolled. Both instances were a reminder, comedic or otherwise, to keep pushing for greater diversity prompted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' mostly white list of nominees for a second year in a row. And fighting the power is what the #OscarsSoWhite movement plans to continue doing.
Chris Rock's opening monologue for Oscars 2016 addressed the #OscarsSoWhite controversy.
Gil Robertson, president of the African American Film Critics Assn.:
Times reporter Josh Rottenberg contributed to this report.
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