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Hip Hop Snubbed for Oscar Nominations 2016: Full List

Today the Oscar nominations were announced and fell short of a diversified nominees list (as usual).

Besides Johnny Depp not making the list for his performance in Black Mass, which was definitely Oscar-worthy, another film didn’t make the cut.

Can you guess? Yes, Straight Outta Compton was snubbed for the Oscar Nominations 2016. I guess a film directed by Gary F. Gray with a gross of over $200 million worldwide doesn’t qualify for at the very least, a nomination.

Straight Outta Compton did get a nomination for Best Original Screenplay…so basically the white woman and white man behind the script may be up for an Academy Award. Still not good enough.

According to TMZ only 8 movies were nominated for a 2016 Oscar, but there could have been 10. If that doesn’t say something about how things are being handled at these awards ceremonies, what does?

Some may say that the committee behind these award ceremonies are racist, but it’s more about being biased. Hip hop never really gets the full recognition it deserves, but somehow the culture is always ripped off and capitalized off of in the corporate world.

Take this new Honda Civic commercial for instance. They used Fabolous’ song “Killin It” in this piece. Besides the fact that Blacks and Latinos gravitate towards this make of vehicle (smart move Honda), this clearly shows how influential the hip hop culture is on a mainstream level.

So why are these awards still so reluctant to acknowledge the culture? It’s because the people behind the voting committee are old and outdated.

It’s time to get with it America, hip hop has been here for the last 30+ years and isn’t going anywhere. Especially since you continue to bank off the culture, not to mention steal the lingo and fashion.

Below is a list of Oscar Nominations 2016

Best Supporting Actor

Christian Bale, “The Big Short”

Tom Hardy, “The Revenant”

Mark Ruffalo, “Spotlight”

Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”

Sylvester Stallone, “Creed”

Best Supporting Actress

Jennifer Jason Leigh, “The Hateful Eight”

Rooney Mara, “Carol”

Rachel McAdams, “Spotlight”

Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl”

Kate Winslet, “Steve Jobs”

Best Song

Earned It, “50 Shades of Grey”

Til It Happens To You, “The Hunting Ground”

Writings On The Wall, “Spectre”

Manta Ray, “Racing Extinction”

Simple Song 3, “Youth”

Visual Effects

“Ex Machina”

“Mad Max: Fury Road”

“The Martian”

“The Revenant”

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Best Adapted Screenplay

“The Big Short”



“The Martian”


Best Original Screenplay

“Bridge of Spies”

“Ex Machina”

“Inside Out”


“Straight Outta Compton”

Best Animated Feature


“Inside Out”

“Shaun the Sheep”

“Boy and the Wild”

“When Marnie Was There”

Best Documentary Feature


“Cartel Land”

“The Look of Silence”

“What Happened, Miss Simone?”

“Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom”

Best Foreign Language Film

“Embrace of the Serpent”


“Son of Saul”


“A War”

Best Director

Adam Mckay, “The Big Short”

George Miller, “Mad Max: Fury Road”

Alejandro G Inarritu, “The Revenant”

Lenny Abrahamson, “Room”

Tom McCarthy, “Spotlight”

Best Actress

Cate Blanchett, “Carol”

Brie Larson, “Room”

Jennifer Lawrence, “Joy”

Charlotte Rampling, “45 Years”

Saoirse Ronan, “Brooklyn”

Best Actor

Bryan Cranston, “Trumbo”

Matt Damon, “The Martian”

Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”

Michael Fassbender, “Steve Jobs”

Eddie Redmayne, “The Danish Girl”

Best Picture

“The Big Short”

“Bridge of Spies”


“Mad Max: Fury Road”

“The Martian”

“The Revenant”



A$AP Rocky on the Cover of Forbes, Talks Harlem Fashion and Being a Businessman

A$AP Rocky might just be following the footsteps of hip hop mogul, Jay Z. Really he is, it’s not far-fetched. Although he is still a relatively new artist, he is making noise as a rapper, fashion lover and businessman.

In Sept. 2015 news broke about his collaboration with Guess for a new collection, which launches this Thurs., Jan. 14. Now you can see A$AP Rocky on the cover of Forbes.

In an interview with Zack O’Malley Greenburg A$AP Rocky talked about Harlem’s fashion influence, expanding into artist management and his evolution from ghetto hipster to businessman.

ZOG: There’s something to Harlem that style is a really important thing in a way that it isn’t in other parts. People who aren’t from New York don’t get it. They don’t understand why Harlem is different from Brooklyn. Harlem and Brooklyn couldn’t be more different.

Rocky: When it comes to fashion and stuff, we’re just nostalgic. Harlem, from the Renaissance, from music, everything cultural, I think it’s impactful to an urban community on another level. … We had our own fashion sense. You’ve got music, you’ve got culture, you’ve got food. What I think is incredible about Harlem is that no matter who you are coming out of Harlem you just feel like somebody.

ZOG: Tell me too about your expanding into artist management.

A$AP Rocky: The first artist that I signed was, the first personality that I signed was Ian Connor … I noticed that his influence on Tumblr and on the internet doing streetwear fashion. Being the face for it, he was the king of the youth. … I’m working with artists and businessmen and it’s kind of cool, and this business brings me money. I kind of like this world of signing thing.

ZOG: My colleague Natalie Robehmed interviewed you a couple years ago for Forbes, and you told her that you felt you were a ghetto hipster. Does that still hold true?

Rocky: I would have to say I’m an artist and businessman. I think that’s where I stand. I’m happy to be here, that’s what I would say. … I did it from my own bedroom, Zack. I tell these kids, you can definitely do it just as good. If you’ve got some good shit, whatever you do, pursue that shit. … The only advice we had was, “Want to run around, make a quick 20, a quick hundred?” You want to pull big money and get that shot, man. That’s what we see: football, basketball, baseball, or f**king rapping. That’s why more people more people know the difference between rappers and artists, true artists. I’m going to classify the way I’m going to be, I’m going to dress, I’m going to be. I want to be considered who I am and that’s a genuine do-it-yourself artist. … Make more money, try to grow as a businessman, it’s that simple.

Read the full interview here.

30 UNDER 30.

Posted by ASAP Rocky on Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Tupac Shakur Biopic News: Danai Gurira Cast as Tupac’s Mother Afeni Shakur

Some interesting news has developed about the Tupac Shakur biopic, All Eyez On Me. They’ve finally cast someone to play the role of Tupac’s mother, Afeni Shakur.

The Walking Dead actress Danai Gurira (a.k.a. the woman with the sword) will hit the screen as Tupac’s mother and fans couldn’t be happier. She’s actually perfect for the role.
We tend to associate actors with their characters, so playing the mother of the infamous West Coast rapper isn’t far fetched for Gurira. On The Walking Dead series she plays a strong, smart woman that gives zombies a run for their money.
Taking on the role of the “Dear Mama” rapper should be easy for Danai Gurira to transition into. Not to mention, it’s something Tupac fans can really look forward to; in a short time on the small screen Gurira has made an impact on TWD series.
Given the traits of Afeni Shakur, it will be interesting to see her character come into fruition in the Tupac Shakur biopic, “All Eyez On Me.”