The official student newspaper of The Hockaday School

The Fourcast

The official student newspaper of The Hockaday School

The Fourcast

The official student newspaper of The Hockaday School

The Fourcast

Ms. Day speaks to Hockaday students as well as other students in the Dallas area as part of her role to involve Hockaday students in the community and lead them to fulfill their purpose.
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A day with Ms. Day
Sarah Moskowitz and Melinda HuMay 19, 2024

How did you get your start in social impact? Day: Out of college, I decided to do a year in a program called The Jesuit Volunteer Corps. It...

Lone Star Royalty Q&A
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Lone Star Royalty Q&A
Lang Cooper and Mary Bradley SutherlandMay 17, 2024

What initially interested you in beauty pageants? Roberts: When I was six I joined the Miss America Organization. This program is for girls...

Opinion
Branching Out During Break
Jessica Boll, Web Editor in Chief • May 16, 2024

Instead of lazily lounging by the pool this summer, taking advantage of an academic break is the best usage of the months when we don't have...

Senior Splash Day
Senior Splash Day
May 13, 2024

#OscarsStillSoWhite?

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On Jan. 15, the motion pictures academy released the complete list of nominees for 2016 films.

Yet again, for the second year in a row, the nominations include little to no minority actors for a majority of the categories. Although there are films like “Creed” and “Straight Outta Compton” who feature performances from minority actors, the nomination went to either the white supporting actor or the white screenwriter. Other films like “Beasts of No Nation” and “Concussion” which feature Idris Elba and Will Smith were not recognized at all.

Responding to the lack of diversity in the nominations of the Oscars, #OscarsSoWhite has started trending calling out the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization that oversees the awards, to make changes in deciding the nominees.

In an interview with Variety Magazine, actor George Clooney said, “If you think back 10 years ago, the Academy was doing a better job. Think about how many more African Americans were nominated. I would also make the argument, I don’t think it’s a problem of who you’re picking as much as it is: How many options are available to minorities in film, particularly in quality films?”

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Actress Jada Pinkett Smith has gone as far as to boycott the Oscars entirely. Additionally, filmmaker and actor Spike Lee made an announcement on Instagram stating that he will also not be in attendance of the 2016 Oscars.

Some have urged Chris Rock, the 2016 Oscars host, to step down from his position to boycott as well. Yet, he has still not made any comment on the debate. Instead, Rock has named the Oscars as the “White BET Awards.”

I am conflicted in my opinion about this issue. On the one hand, I think that the nominations should go to those that truly deserve the award for their performance in the film and I am in no way qualified to give out the awards because I have not seen all these films.

However, I also believe that minorities should be represented in the nominations. In total, only 23 black males and females have been nominated for Best Actor and Actress in a Leading Role. From those, only five have won the award.


– Maria Harrison – Asst. Perspectives Editor

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