Vivica A. Fox talks joining The Academy’s diverse class of 2016 [VIDEO]


All wrapped up in beauty, grace, and sass, actor Vivica A. Fox recently spoke candidly about receiving an invitation to The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and what the cultural diversification of the organization means for African Americans in the field of theatrical motion pictures. 



While choppin it with during this year’s ultra LIT African American Festival, the incomparable actress–who boasts an illustrious cinematic career throughout which she has slayed performances in box office classics such as “Independence Day,” “Two Can Play That Game,” “Set It Off,” and “Why Do Fools Fall In Love,”– revealed that she was utterly shocked to learn she was one of the 683 Hollywood heavyweights who’d been offered membership into The Academy’s diverse class of 2016.  

“I thought it was so amazing,” Vivica said of her invitation into The Academy. “It was actually such a wonderful pleasant surprise for me.”

As previously reported on Cheekywiki, a great number of television and film heavy hitters of color were tapped to join The Academy on June 29 following the controversial #OscarsSoWhite trending topic that plagued social media in 2014 and 2015 when little to NO black actors were nominated for an Academy Award either year. 

After spilling that she and two-time Emmy nominated producer, Debra Martin Chase, learned they’d both been asked to join the once predominantly white organization as they were in a meeting discussing future collaborative projects, an ever-eloquent Vivica shared her elation over the positive changes being made in the name of equality all throughout tinsel town..

“I’m so glad that the president now of Screen Actors Guild, when she told us that she was going to get in there and she was going to make changes, that she delivered. It’s a blessing,” the Empire star stated. 

Vivica A. Fox talks joining The Academy's diverse class of 2016

“It’s about time that finally we’re going to…let our voice be heard,” she added. “That you won’t feel that it’s white washed. That you won’t feel like we’re not represented. Because we work very hard just like they do and we need to be honored and uplifted and get on stage and thank our mama and ’em…and Jesus.”



Vivica shares this incredible honor with fellow TV/movie gawds Nia Long, Idris Elba, Michael B. Jordan, Marlon Wayans, and many more.


By : Asia Grace

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