Five events everyone will be talking about tonight.
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Post #OscarsSoWhite Backlash, The Academy Rolls Out New Rules
In a statement released today, the Academy announced a series of changes they plan to roll out to ensure a diverese organization so that #OscarsSoWhite explosion never happens again.
"Beginning later this year, each new member’s voting status will last 10 years, and will be renewed if that new member has been active in motion pictures during that decade. In addition, members will receive lifetime voting rights after three ten-year terms; or if they have won or been nominated for an Academy Award. We will apply these same standards retroactively to current members. In other words, if a current member has not been active in the last 10 years they can still qualify by meeting the other criteria. Those who do not qualify for active status will be moved to emeritus status. Emeritus members do not pay dues but enjoy all the privileges of membership, except voting. This will not affect voting for this year’s Oscars."
Donald Trump Walked The PWF Runway
Sort of. Fashion house Avoc's Autum/Winter 2016 catwalk featured models sporting latex headgear of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. The whole idea of a Trump model was in reference to "natural born pirates," designer Bastien Laurent told HuffPost the inspiration came from "young pirates ... talking fast, breaking doors, driving without license, freewheel." K. (Via: HuffPo)
What Are YOU Doing During This Weekend's Blizzard?
via: Speaker Blog
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is blessing you the opportunity to watch snow accumulate from his outside his DC office. "Give your Netflix a break and check out the snowfall for a few minutes. Or a few hours," Ryan offers on his blog.
Nah, I'm good. (via: Twitchy)
Iggy Azalea Responds To Macklemore's 'White Privilege II', Misses The Entire Point Of The Song
Macklemore released the part II to his 2005 track, "White Privilege" featuring Jamila Woods, in which the rapper grapples with the concept of his privilege and race relations. In the first verse, Macklemore unpacks his feelings about his role at a Black Lives Matter protest, and how he fits into the hip-hop landscape. "Am I in the outside looking in, or am I in the inside looking out?/Is it my place to give my two cents/Or should I stand on the sisde and shut my mouth for justice?"
But the line that's being widely referenced is a shot at Iggy Azalea and Miley Cyrus that is totally 10000% correct. "You're Miley, you're Elvis, you're Iggy Azalea/Fake and so plastic, you've heisted the magic/You've taken the drums and the accent you rapped in/You're branded 'hip-hop,' it's so fascist and backwards,"" Iggy has since responded to her shout out, and the entire message went over her head. Again. Not surprised.
The track has promted a wave of reactions - from side-eyes to co-signs including one from activist, DeRay McKesson. Whatever your feelings are about Macklemore, "White Privilege II" is a track that'll spark dialogue among Macklemore fans (read: mainstream, middle 'Merica white ppl) and it's overall message is spot on. Listen above.
Chill Vibes Track: Wild Nothing's "Reichpop"