Whitaker, Hudson Win Big On Oscar Night

Two big dreams were fulfilled last night when Forest Whitaker and Jennifer Hudson won Oscars at the 79th Annual Academy Awards. Whitaker took home Best Actor for his exceptional work in The Last King of Scotland and Hudson was honored as Best Supporting Actress for her breakout performance in Dreamgirls. Both actors had swept up numerous pre-Oscar awards???including top prizes from the Golden Globes and British Academy of Film and Television Arts???yet Whitaker and Hudson seemed genuinely shocked last night at their Oscar wins. ???I thought if it would happen that I would be a little overwhelmed, and I am,??? said Whitaker, as he fumbled for his acceptance speech. Hudson, who seemed overcome with emotion as she walked onstage, said, ???I didn’t think I was going to win but, wow, if my grandmother was here to see me now. She was my biggest inspiration for everything, because she was a singer and she had the passion for it, but she never had the chance. And that was the thing that pushed me forward to continue.??? She went on to sincerely thank God, family, cast members???and Jennifer Holliday, the original actress who portrayed Effie White.

There were some upsets: Eddie Murphy???s comeback joy ride came to a halt when he lost the Best Supporting Actor award to Little Miss Sunshine???s Alan Arkin. And in the Best Original Song category, three (!) Dreamgirls songs were overlooked for Melissa Etheridge???s winning ???I Need to Wake Up,??? from An Inconvenient Truth. Still, the night ended on a high note. With Whitaker’s and Hudson???s wins, children from East Texas to Chi Town now know that if you just believe, Oscar dreams really can come true.

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Women of Color Day

The International Association for Women of Color Day was established to promote the commemoration of Women of Color Day March 1st, annually and world wide.

In 1981, the National Institute for Women of Color (NIWC) was established to build a strong national network for women of African, Alaska Native, American Indian, Asian, Hispanic, Latina and Pacific Island heritages and to advance the issues of Women of Color. These efforts resulted in National Strategies Conferences for Women of Color in 1982 and 1983 in Washington, DC, 1984 in Reno, Nevada and 1987 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. NIWC also published three Fact Sheets on Women of Color and as well as several NIWC Brown Papers???researched writings on issues of concern to Women of Color.

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This past winter, I noticed something very unsettling while I was visiting my family in St. Louis. Almost all the black women I encountered were sporting lavishly long hair weaves, fake locks that can add length and volume after being sewed or glued to the scalp. Weaves come in straight, curly and kinky textures. But most black women with weaves wear them to extend and straighten the appearance of their naturally coiled and nappy hair.