Nick Cannon pens poem about the Oscars: 'Don't Waste Your Voice'
As Hollywood continues to debate #OscarsSoWhite, Nick Cannon has found a unique way to voice his opinion on the accusations of inequality.
In a video released this week, Cannon delivers a spoken-word poem from a staircase in a black and white clip. Yet the 35-year-old starts off by explaining that the piece was “not another trophy rant.”
“Look what they did to Oscar,” the actor begins. “I’m talking Oscar Grant, Sandra Bland, Mike Brown, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray. Why we trust what the news say anyway? It’s blasphemous, don’t get distracted by these lottery tickets and statues.”
#SpokenSunday #Oscar #poetry #DontBeDistracted OscarDamn! Look what they did to Oscar.Nah, not another trophy rant.I'm talking Oscar Grant, Sandra Bland, Mike Brown, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray.Why we trust what the news say anyway?It's blasphemous, don't get distracted by these lottery tickets and statues. It's just fake gold and plastic.We come from Pharaohs with no masters.What happened? We went from golden tombs to closed caskets.The Black Plague, they want us to catch it.Just ask Magic, Malcolm, Martin, Muhammad Ali, Bill Cosby. It's tragic. How the enemy can tear down our community and rewrite the history by highlighting our flaws.But let he who cast the first stone, who constitutes the new laws.Nah, I ain't never seen Empire but I serve my own throne.What I look like begging them to let royalty into they home.As for me and my house, we'll serve the Lord!We crying for votes but how many of us is on the board.Better yet, when's the last time you showed up and supported the NAACP Awards?I want what's mine, not yours.Fuck getting my foot in.I'm building my own doors.Hollywood mainstream don't validate me, yo. Like Hov say, Save the accolades, just the doe.You in this show for the business, or this business for the show?Talent and brilliance? Hands down, man we got that shit. That's why I told Chris, man go 'head and rock that shit.You got the Juice now. Fight the Power.Hell yeah, I'm gonna watch that ceremony where they gonna let a black man be the Master for at least two hours. So don't waste your voice, don't waste your prayers.Save'em for the thousands killed in Nigeria, Kenya, The Philippines, Syria or right here in our urban areas.Low America.Nah, now no one cares.What about my mother raising a son while working three jobs and still equating to less than minimum wage?What about me being placed on medication before my system could age?What about that prison industrial system turning Brothers into new slaves?Where's the outrage? Where the complaints at?Overcoming obstacles, definition of Black.Hashtag #facts.But I guess they don't make no awards for that.Real talk.Real Kings don't need no pats on the back.#Dontbedistracted
Posted by Nick Cannon on Sunday, January 24, 2016
Several stars have vowed not to attend the awards – including Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith and director Spike Lee. People like Tyrese have even suggested that host Chris Rock should step down from the show, while others, like Oscar-winner Don Cheadle, believe there is “no one better poised” to address the controversy than Rock himself.
Danny DeVito, who is not only a veteran actor but also a member of the Academy, says the whole system is racist.
“It’s unfortunate that the entire country is racist,” the actor told the Associated Press at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday. “This is one example of the fact that even though some people have given great performances in movies, they weren’t even thought about.”
He continued, “We are living in a country that discriminates and has certain racist tendencies, so sometimes it manifests itself something like this, and it’s illuminated. But just generally speaking, we’re racists. We are a bunch of racists.”