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BY: MARQUIS GOODWIN

This weekend social media buzzed with topics that had people in an uproar. Racism, once again, reared its ugly head in a few trending topics, but leave it to the baby-faced assassin to bring the joy back to the weekend. Well, that is unless you are an Oklahoma City Thunder fan.  Then yeah, it was a pretty bleak weekend.

#Oscars

Sunday marked the annual 88th Academy Awards. While the show was undermined by the trending topic #OscarsSoWhite online, on television, the show went on unblemished. “Spotlight” won Best Picture, Leonardo DiCaprio won his first Oscar for Best Actor in “The Revenant,” and Brie Larson took home Best Actress for “Room.” Whereas “The Revenant” went into the Academy Awards with a leading 12 nomination, the film ended up taking home three awards: Best Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio), Best Director (Alejandro G. Iñárritu), and best Cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki). “Mad Max: Fury Road” led all films with six awards, including production design, makeup, and sound editing. Sam Smith, along with Jimmy Napes, picked up Best Song for “Writing’s on the Wall,” from “Spectre.” The most glaring snub was, Sylvester Stallone for his supporting actor role in the film “Creed.” The film was completely shut out at the awards.

[Courtesy of Oscars.org]

#OscarsSoWhite

The trend caught traction Sunday, but really grew out of the lack of nominations for Black actors, Black actresses and Black films—especially cultural standout “Straight Outta Compton.” CNN columnist John McWhorter wrote, "'If ‘Straight Outta Compton’ were about white street toughs and introduced a slate of vibrant young white actors on the order of, say, ‘Breaking Bad's’ Aaron Paul, it's reasonable to imagine at least a couple of them nominated for, and perhaps winning, Oscars.”

Sunday, host Chris Rock addressed the elephant in the room immediately, with an opening monologue taking on the racist undertones head-on. Rock called for more opportunities for people of color, not awards. “We want the black actors to get the same opportunities as white actors. That’s it. And not just once. Leo gets a great part every year” said Rock. He jokingly went on to say if they picked the Academy Awards host by nominations he would not have gotten the gig. In his words, Hollywood has a “sorority-like” racism. “It’s like: We like you Ronda, but you’re not a Kappa.”

Here is the monologue in its entirety:

 

#MakeDonaldDrumpfAgain

While we all have come to know the Republican front-runner as Donald Trump, he was actually born Donald Drumpf. It was not until the Thirty Years’ War that Trump’s German ancestors changed the name. Ironically, Trump once attacked Jon Stewart for ignoring his heritage by changing his name from Jonathan Leibowitz to Jon Stewart.  This hypocrisy and an onslaught of others all were denounced by, former employee and mentee of Jon Stewart, John Oliver.

The “Last Week Tonight” host has largely ignored Trump and his campaign due to his disdain, but with Trump now leading the polls going into Super Tuesday the issue could no longer be ignored. “At this point, Donald Trump is America’s back mole,” Oliver said on Sunday’s episode of “Last Week Tonight.” “It may have seemed harmless a year ago, but now that it’s become frighteningly bigger, it’s no longer wise to ignore it.” With respects to Trump, Oliver went on to say “You are either racist or you are pretending to be.” This comes after Trump did not unequivocally condemn, former KKK Grand Wizard, David Duke’s public endorsement for Trump. Oliver’s disdain went so far as to launch a #MakeDonaldDrumpfAgain campaign. He even purchased the domain DonaldDrumpf.com and filed the paperwork to trademark “Drumpf.”  “Drumpf is much less magical. It’s the sound produced when a morbidly obese pigeon flies into the window of a foreclosed Old Navy. Drumpf: It’s the sound of a bottle of store-brand root beer falling off the shelf in a gas station minimart.”

Here’s HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Donald Trump

 

#OKCvsWarriors

In an effort like no team since the 1987-88 Los Angeles Lakers, the Golden State Warriors clinched a playoff spot in FEBRUARY, with a 121 to 118 overtime victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.  Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 37 points before fouling out, less than a minute into overtime. This left Russell Westbrook to lead his team to victory. With seconds left and the game tied 118 to 118 it seemed as though Westbrook would get a second overtime to finish the job, but the baby-faced assassin thought otherwise.  

"What was that, 40 feet?" asked Golden State forward, Draymond Green. "That's absurd." Despite missing nearly half the third quarter with an ankle injury, Steph Curry finished the game with 46 points and tied the NBA single-game record with 12 made 3-point field goals. With 24 games left Curry topped his own and NBA most 3-pointers in a season record.

Side notes:

#Deadpool

For the third week straight, “Deadpool” led the box office. In those three weeks, the film has taken in nearly $300 million ($285.6 million). The superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character, appropriately named Deadpool, stars Ryan Reynolds in the eighth installment of the X-Men film series.

[Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox]

#TheMaster12

Recently it looked as if Yeezy really did jump over Jumpman, as rapper Kanye West proclaimed, but this past weekend, people lined up for the latest Jumpman release. Saturday, in celebration of the shoe’s 20th anniversary, Jordan released the Air Jordan 12 “The Master.” The sneaker received rave reviews and sold out immediately despite the $190 price tag. 

[Courtesy of Nike]