Billy Porter

Actor Billy Porter sparked praise and outrage when he wore a black crushed velvet tuxedo gown designed by Christian Siriano to the 2019 Oscar Awards in Hollywood on Sunday. Twitter users were in a frenzy, expressing praise and admiration for the openly homosexual actor who stars in "Pose" on FX Network.

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Iconic director Spike Lee finally won his first ever Oscar award after being nominated 5 times since 1990. Lee won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for BlacKkKlansman at the 91st annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday.

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Jay Hart, Hannah Beachler

Marvel Studios gambled on a majority Black cast for its big screen adaptation of the Black Panther comic book series. That gamble paid off when Black Panther landed in the top 5 of the biggest-grossing movies of all time. At the 91st annual Academy Awards on Sunday night, Black Panther became the first movie to win an Oscar Award for Marvel Studios.

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Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston

Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston's new movie The Upside ended Aquaman's reign atop the North American box office over the weekend. The Upside was a surprise hit after LGBT organizations called for their members to boycott the film over old derogatory tweets and jokes by Hart resurfaced online in December.

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Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart is reconsidering his decision to quit hosting the 2019 Academy Awards in February. Hart pulled out in December after the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences asked him to apologize for anti-ghey tweets he wrote 10 years ago.

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Tiffany Haddish at the 90th Annual Academy Awards

Comedienne Tiffany Haddish honored her absentee father's Eritrean heritage by wearing a traditional Eritrean gown to the 2018 Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday. Haddish's father walked out and abandoned his family when Haddish was 3. Her ex-husband William Stewart located Haddish's long lost father who agreed to give Haddish away at her and Stewart's first wedding. Haddish filed for divorce from Stewart in 2011 and again in 2013.

EDIT: Haddish's father passed away in 2017.

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Mahershala Ali

New dad Mahershali Ali won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in the gay coming-of-gay film Moonlight.

As he took to the stage, the 43-year-old Oakland native made sure to give a special shout out to his wife Amatus Sami-Karim, the mother of his newborn daughter Bari Najma Ali, who was born on Wednesday, Feb. 22.

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Chris Rock lawn jockey

Chris Rock's monologue at the 88th Annual Academy Awards was a no holds barred view on the #OscarsSoWhite controversy from a black comedian's perspective.

While many consider Rock's Oscars opening monologue to be legendary, not everyone was impressed with Rock's jokes.

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Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith

Actor Will Smith is one of the few black stars on the official (read: white) Hollywood A-list. But his membership into that exclusive club may be in jeopardy.

In an interview with ABC's Good Morning America, Smith confirmed he will not attend the Oscar Awards on Feb. 28.

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Lupita Nyong'o

Actress Lupita Nyong'o says there's an "unconscious prejudice" in the Academy Awards nominations process.

The 32-year-old Mexican who won an Oscar for her role in '12 Years a Slave' in 2014, expressed disappointment in “the lack of inclusion in this year’s Academy Awards nominations,” which she says “has me thinking about unconscious prejudice and what merits prestige in our culture."

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Oscar nominations

The Academy Award nominations were announced live this morning to much fanfare. Oprah's vanity film 'Selma' received an unlikely Oscar nod. Click the link to see if your favorite actor or movie was nominated. By the way, fan favorite Unbroken, directed by Angelina Jolie, was snubbed by the Academy for a Best Picture nom.

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Celebrities at the LAX

Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o was all smiles as she waded through a sea of paparazzi at Los Angeles Airport (LAX) today. Nyong'o, 31, won the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her role in 12 Years a Slave on Sunday. Lupita was upstaged by her lesser famous sibling Peter Nyong'o, who attends Stetson University in DeLand, Florida. Peter photo bombed a star-studded Selfie that was tweeted by Ellen Degeneres, who hosted the Oscars.

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12 Years a Slave wins Best Picture Oscar

Steve McQueen's slavery-themed film 12 Years a Slave won the top honor at the 86th Annual Academy Awards Sunday night in Los Angeles.

Actor Will Smith, who was awarded a Razzie on Saturday for worst actor in a flop (After Earth), presented the Best Picture Oscar Award to 12 Years a Slave.

Director McQueen said: "Everyone deserves not just to survive but to live... I dedicate this award to all the people who have endured slavery and the 21 million people who still suffer slavery today."

It was another "end of white guilt" moment for the Oscar Academy who have conditioned audiences to believe that black actors are only at their best when they portray slaves or humble domestic help.

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