From The Preacher’s Wife to The People vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story, actor Courtney B. Vance is known for bringing memorable roles to life on the big screen and television. The Detroit native—who has been in the entertainment industry for over 30 years—recently hit a major career milestone. According to Deadline, Vance was named president of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation.
The organization focuses on providing educational resources for artists. It is dedicated to supporting individuals who are pursuing all forms of performing arts including actors, dancers, and other artists. The SAG-AFTRA Foundation also runs a children’s literacy program as an avenue to empower youth through storytelling. Vance’s appointment was made official at the foundation’s 4th Annual Patron of the Artists Awards which took place on November 7 at Los Angeles’ Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Vance will lead the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s newly minted Entertainment Industry Council which was designed to provide support for artists throughout their careers. He succeeds JoBeth Williams who has been at the helm of the foundation for a decade. He’s excited to take on the role.
“The SAG-AFTRA Foundation is a vital organization and it is a privilege to shine a light on it in my new role as President. My parents raised us to be helpers and just as there are no small roles, there are no small jobs. This is an opportunity to help people and educate artists who are the backbone of our industry,” Vance said in a statement. “JoBeth set a high bar and I look forward to building upon her legacy with our new Entertainment Industry Council and our Actors’ Council. Together, we will raise increased funding for our assistance and scholarship funds, and continue creating more robust, free programs for our artists. I can’t wait to get started.”
His appointment comes at a time where there is a major need for diversity within non-profit organizations. Research shows that African Americans remain underrepresented in leadership positions within that sector.
Ava DuVernay, Black Twitter And More Slam The Oscars Over Snubbing Nigerian Film
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To @TheAcademy, You disqualified Nigeria’s first-ever submission for Best International Feature because its in English. But English is the official language of Nigeria. Are you barring this country from ever competing for an Oscar in its official language? https://t.co/X3EGb01tPF— Ava DuVernay (@ava) November 4, 2019
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Lionheart was today disqualified from the Oscar’s Best Intl Film.. because.. it is mostly in English.— Samira Sawlani (@samirasawlani) November 5, 2019
Nigeria was colonised by the Brits.
English is an official language in the Country.
You really can’t win with this lot.
Quite literally cannot win. https://t.co/Ie052bUXF4
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Lionheart has been disqualified from the Oscar.— Efam Harris (@efamharris) November 5, 2019
Reason: A Nigerian movie should not have so much English.
Mind you, we were colonized by this same English people, English is our official language.
This right here is BS! And it's discriminatory.
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The fact that “Lionheart” is even a conversation, on that level. Mehn, I am proud of @GenevieveNnaji1— Do2dtun Energy gAD (@iamDo2dtun) November 5, 2019
This is the beginning of something big. Now, they will pay more attention to us here
Nigerian creatives matter on all levels
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LionHeart’s disqualification from the Oscars is a very disgraceful one. And the reason they gave is a shallow one. “A Nigerian movie shouldn’t have so much English in it” but our official language in Nigeria is English language. What exactly does that mean?? BS!— Mazi Olisaemeka C. ™ (@OlisaOsega) November 5, 2019
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So Oscar disqualified Genevieve’s LionHeart because it was filmed in English Language ?— Biyi 🔥 (@BiyiThePlug) November 5, 2019
Oya now let us submit ‘Alani Pamolekun’ that one has too much Yoruba language spoken in it.
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“Lionheart” has been disqualified from the Oscars because it’s mostly in English which violates their Best International Feature Film rule. Fine, we move but if you come and say the movie is wack & doesn't stand a chance at the Oscars, make I clear you now, your brain don pafuka.— 𝘼. 𝙄. 𝙈. Ⓜ 👨🏽🚀 ✈ (@AimThaMachine_) November 5, 2019
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Dear @TheAcademy, your criteria is valid, but so is our reality. Creating 2 categories - Best Foreign Film and Best International Film - is probably best. Filmmakers don't make films for awards. We make films for our audience. #Lionheart https://t.co/VjqspoiWi3— Zulumoke (@zvlv_o) November 5, 2019
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#Lionheart disqualified 4rm Oscars 4 English? How long before we realize our official language is foreign, most of us go by our slave names, our religions are alien, educational system, system of govt etc. When shall we go back 2 being Africans? Oscar has sent us a coded msg.— Attamah Ifeanyi (@fybloom) November 5, 2019
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On Lionheart.— ‘Tunde Omotoye (@TundeTASH) November 5, 2019
It’s okay if you say you disqualified a movie because the story line isn’t good enough. Or the picture quality. Or the sound.
But why penalize because the movie is in English, the country’s official language?
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