Backstage Oscar Drama: Patricia Arquette Calls On ‘Gay People And People Of Color’ To Fight For Women’s Rights
Academy Award winner Patricia Arquette took the time to mention the need for equal pay for women during her Oscar acceptance speech saying,
“To every woman who gave birth to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States of America.”
Her comments lead to widespread applause but not long after the applause started, Arquette quieted supporters of and kicked off a firestorm when she said,
“… there are huge issues that are at play that really do affect women. It’s time for all the women in America and all the men that love women and all the gay people and people of color that we’ve all fought for to fight for us now.”
On Tuesday, Roland Martin and “NewsOne Now” discussed Arquette’s comments and the backlash that she has received as a result of her unscripted backstage comments at the Oscars.
“NewsOne Now” panelist Avis Jones-DeWeever had a couple of issues with Arquette’s statement and told Martin, “… not all ‘white women’ have been fighting for LGBT and people of color.”
“Was she out there with the #BlackLivesMatter movement? I doubt it, and then beyond that of course there is this issue of intersectionality. There happens to be women who are women of color, there happen to be women who are lesbians … when you talk about the issue of equal pay, we’re especially suffering,” said DeWeever. “If you look at the wage gap with white women, it’s 78 cents to the dollar, for Black women it’s 64 cents to the dollar, for Latinos it’s 54 cents to the dollar.”
DeWeever added, “Let’s get very real about this, on a couple of different areas, she missed the mark.”
Manago told Martin, “What Patricia has inadvertently revealed is that sense of white entitlement that a lot of people have in that community.”
He also stated, there was a time when white gays would say “We gave y’all a Black president, we let y’all have that, now y’all should support us.”
“It’s the same mentality, they let us have stuff, so that’s a racist perspective under the guise of being inclusive and progressive, which is what Arquette revealed.”
A new documentary “Little Ballers” chronicles the journey of four 11-year-old boys and their coach as they try to win New York City’s Amateur Athletic Union Championship (AAU).
The documentary contains interviews with some of basketball’s biggest names including Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, Walt Frazier, Chamique Holdsclaw, Joakim Noah, Steve Nash and TV One’s own, Roland Martin. Amar’e Stoudemire and Lupe Fiasco are executive producers of the film.
“Little Ballers” director Crystal McCrary joined Martin Tuesday on “NewsOne Now” to discuss the documentary which will air February 25th at 9PM EST on Nickelodeon’s Nicktoons (check your local listings for time and channel).
McCraray told Martin she wanted to show “boys from diverse backgrounds and how basketball has become transformative for them.”
She also touted Martin’s appearance in the soon to be released documentary as giving a “master class” by explaining the realities of NBA hopefuls actually making it to the professional level.
Martin said on “NewsOne Now,” “So many of them want to be Stephen Curry, want to be LeBron James, want to be a superstar ballplayer, but very, very, very few ever even get to that point.”
McCraray explained each of the young men highlighted in the film were playing basketball for different reasons. Judah, one of the “Little Ballers,” was playing ball to “save his family’s life.” His father had lost his job and as Judah began to develop as a basketball “prodigy,” McCraray said, “It brought his family hope.”
McCraray’s son is also featured in the film and for him, basketball offered an “opportunity to control his temper.”
“Each of the players got something that moved beyond what happened on the court,” said McCraray.
Be sure to watch “Little Ballers” February 25th at 9PM EST on Nicktoons.
Roland Martin and “NewsOne Now” take a look at March magazine covers featuring African Americans.
In this inaugural edition of “NewsOne Now’s” new segment, we highlight Tracee Ellis Ross adorning the cover of “Essence Magazine,” Kerry Washington gracing the cover of “InStyle,” Rihanna on “Harper’s Bazaar,” Lupita Nyong’o on the cover of “Lucky,” Gugu Mbatha-Raw taking over “Town and Country USA,” funnyman Kevin Hart holding it down on Men’s Health, Rihanna has a second cover on stands with “I-D magazine,” Taraji P. Henson is on “Uptown Magazine’s” Hollywood issue, Will Smith is on the cover of “Esquire,” Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant are on “GQ Magazine’s” cover and First Lady Michelle Obama adorns the “Cooking Light” magazine’s Family Dinner issue.
Stay tuned for next month’s list highlighting our best and brightest on the covers of our favorite magazines.
All that and more in this edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast.