Over 25 Black Celebrities Invited To Join Movie Academy Including Bill Bellamy, Damon Wayans & Aunjanue Ellis

by Krystal Franklin

June 26, 2018

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The Academy is desperately trying to move away from the 2016 #OscarsSoWhite controversy by diversifying their voting pool in a massive way, adding more than 25 black actors and actresses to the elite organization. Some of our favorites, who quite frankly we’re surprised haven’t been a voting member until now, include Bill Bellamy, Damon Wayans, and Aunjanue Ellis.

Others include Joy Bryant, Vanessa Bell CallowayDanai Gurira and Trevante Rhodes.

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See the full list below.

Hannibal Buress

Larenz Tate

Michael K. Williams

Dave Chappelle

Tika Sumpter

Kendrick Lamar

Taye Diggs

Omar Epps

Tiffany Haddish

Jada Pinkett Smith

Roger Guenveur Smith

Mekhi Phifer

Wendell Pierce

Amandla Stenberg

Blair Underwood

Quvenzhané Wallis

Audra McDonald

Derek Luke

Regina Hall,

Corey Hawkins

Rashida Jones

Daniel Kaluuya

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