Civil Rights Groups To Protest Oscars Over Lack Of Diversity

Notable minority exclusions at this year’s Oscars include British actor David Oyelowo and director Ava DuVernay of Martin Luther King Jr biopic Selma, which earned a best picture nomination.  Photograph: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Civil rights groups are calling for a boycott of Sunday’s Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles to demand more diversity among Academy Awards voters after no actors from ethnic minority groups earned nominations this year.
Activist and political commentator Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, civil rights group Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable said they would demonstrate on Sunday before the televised ceremony.
“We are calling for a boycott of Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony,” National Action Network political director Najee Ali said at a news conference. “We believe the Oscars needs more diversity within its membership.”...........GET FULL GIST HERE; IrishTimes