On Wednesday (Feb. 24) night, just four days prior to the 88th Academy Awards, Russell Simmons brought out Black Hollywood’s finest for the All Def Movie Awards, also known as the “Black Oscars.”
Part of Simmons’ digital consumer entertainment brand and cross-platform network, All Def Digital, that delivers comedy, music, news, poetry and innovative artistry in all forms globally, the Movie Awards celebrated African American talent that will more than likely be missing from the Academy’s ceremony.
Hosted by comedian and actor Tony Rock, the night’s production was to celebrate black and brown faces in the entertainment industry in wake of the #OscarsSoWhite controversy. “It’s not a protest. It’s a celebration, a celebration of people who otherwise would not be celebrated,” he said.
During the illustrious and melanin-filled night, Ice Cube took home multiples awards: Friday earned Most Quoted Movie, his role in Anaconda took Best Black Survivor in a Movie, and Straight Outta Compton won Best Picture. Will Smith was honored with a Lifetime Achievement award, while newcomer and contender Michael B. Jordan scored a win for Best Actor in Creed. Not to mention Amber Rose stole the show winning an award for Most Likely to Steal Your Girl — a plug from Trey Songz’ cocky moniker.
Multi-talented star Tyrese was also in the building that night for the ceremony to “support” Simmons, he told TMZ, continuing that showing up was necessary because it shows just how important it is to have equal opportunity in Hollywood. “You put your time and energy into anything, we all, doesn’t matter if you’re white, black, Latin, Asian, gay, or straight, if you put that time and energy into your craft, we all deserve an opportunity to be honored and recognized for what we [brought] to the table,” he said.
You can catch the All Def Movie Awards this Sunday (Feb. 28) at 7 p.m. on Fusion.