A lot has happened since the on and offline uproar that exploded after the Motion Picture Academy failed to nominate people of color across most major award categories for the second year in a row. Chief among the reactions has been the academy's decision to re-examine and course correct its internal push for diversity among its well-publicized overwhelmingly older, white male ranks. Meanwhile, there have been numerous calls to register our collective disappointment with the academy by tuning out the broadcast or boycotting the Oscars ceremony all together, while another cultural touchstone has begun to take its time-honored place in our national imagination: Super Bowl XLIX. On its face, Sunday's big game will be an epic showdown between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos, but beyond the gridiron lies history and the hard-earned results of the NFL's resolve to promote inclusion among its ranks-a commitment that might serve as a lesson to the Motion Picture Academy.
by Marc Morial
"The Academy has a problem. It's a problem that needs to be solved...For 20 opportunities to celebrate actors of color, actresses of color, to be missed last year is one thing; for that to happen again this year is unforgivable. This institution doesn't reflect its president...I am an Academy member and it doesn't reflect me, and it doesn't reflect this nation."
- David Oyelowo, Actor, January 2016
This is the summary of the second part of Stephen Sabludowsky’s hangout with Marc Morial. The former mayor talked about the All-Star Game weekend, Louisiana politics, higher education, and the Urban League.
The Ray Nagin trial and verdict have shaken not only New Orleans, but also the rest of the state and the country. When Stephen Sabludowsky met with former mayor Marc Morial in a Google Hangout on the very same day that Morial’s successor was convicted, the Nagin case inevitably became a topic of discussion.
Today is a sad day for New Orleans, a city, which over its histories of hurricanes and oil busts, has suffered many sad days.
For the first time in the city’s almost 300 years, its chief executive, its mayor has been convicted of major crimes. Today, a federal jury in the US District Court of New Orleans, the city over which he presided for eight years--found former Mayor C. Ray Nagin, guilty of 20 out of 21 counts of corruption-related crimes.
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