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Latino outrage missing from calls for all-white Oscars boycott, many fear for career

Those with ‘the green light’ vote.”

Director Spike Lee and actress Jada Pinkett-Smith have both decided they will not attend this year’s ceremony in protest, saying it’s time for people of color to disregard the Academy Awards.

“We are in the same boat, but from a different perspective,” he said, adding that Mexican filmmakers Alejandro G. “And we are a dignified people and we are powerful.”

When asked if Latino stars should join the boycott, Sanchez said that “boycotts have not worked out well for us when it comes to TV or film,” in reference to a failed attempt to boycott Donald Trump’s hosting stint of “Saturday Night Live.”

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“Because of the lack of opportunities, [Latino] talent has always been afraid of biting the hand who feeds them,” Felix Sanchez, co-founder and chairman of the National Hispanic Federation of the Arts, told Fox News Latino on Monday. Follow her on Twitter @luciasuarezsang

When Oscar nominations were announced last week, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences President Cherly Boone Isaacs acknowledged she was “disappointed” that all 20 acting nominees were again white. Many awards handicappers expected a nomination for Benicio Del Toro for “Sicario.”

“Begging for acknowledgement, or even asking, diminishes dignity and diminishes power,” Pinkett-Smith said in a Facebook video on Monday. “There are few heavyweights in the community that can make those kinds of statements. The gatekeepers. population.

“It’s not as diverse as reflected in today’s society. This is where the gatekeepers decide what gets made and what gets jettisoned to ‘turnaround’ or scrap heap.

Calls for boycott of the Academy Awards have been growing over the Oscars’ second straight year of all-white acting nominees.

It was a statement echoed by Sanchez, who said membership rules needs to be restructured to only have people who are currently working in Hollywood eligible to vote.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

In addition to this fear that speaking out will hurt any career, Sanchez said that the conversation needs to be expanded from the black-white paradigm to include all minorities, but especially Latinos, who make up more than 17 percent of the U.S. IƱarritu and Emmanuel Lubezki were also nominated for best director and cinematography, respectively; however they seem to be excluded from the diversity conversation by Hollywood.

However, missing from the voices of outrage is Hollywood’s Latino talent – nobody in the Hispanic community has raised the issue that Latinos were also notably omitted from the acting categories, and have been for many years. Suarez Sang is the Entertainment Editor for Fox News Latino. This is what’s important. She can be reached at The Academy currently has 5,783 members.

Lucia I. Isaacs has worked to diversify membership for the academy, which a 2012 study by the Los Angeles Times found is overwhelming white and male.

He said, though, the onus is still on the studios and agents to make any meaningful change by getting more Latino stars in leading roles.

“We had only two actors [Benicio del Toro and Oscar Isaac] that could have been nominated this year,” Sanchez noted.

“The Academy Awards is not where the ‘real’ battle is,” wrote Lee on Monday. “It’s in the executive office of the Hollywood studios and TV and cable networks. [We've] got to fix that,” she said at the Critics’ Choice Awards.

In his Instagram post boycotting this year’s ceremony, Spike Lee made it clear the Academy Awards is only part of the problem in an industry with deep-rooted diversity issues.

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“They represent a unique diversity which we celebrate,” he said.

“Jane the Virgin” actress Gina Rodriguez, who does not outright support a boycott of the Academy Awards, told Entertainment Today on Sunday that to impact future nominations, the diversity of the Academy’s board needs to be dissected. Nobody [else] wants it to hinder their career.”

Preakness 2012: Six horses to watch – Page 2

He was the morning-line favorite in the Derby, and he’s the morning-line choice in this one, too. Mike Smith is back to ride, and look for the Hall of Fame jockey to put his colt in front right out of the No. 7 post in the 11-horse field.

Exercise rider George Alvarez rides Preakness hopeful Bodemeister during a morning workout at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, May 17, 2012. The Preakness is a sixteenth-of-a-mile shorter, plus Bodemeister won’t be pressured early like he was in the Derby by Trinniberg and Hansen, who are not entered. Beyer doesn’t foresee the same result on Saturday. It probably doesn’t hurt that his trainer, Bob Baffert, has won the Preakness five times in 11 tries. The Derby winner drew really well, also.”. “With the Preakness, you just don’t want to be stuck on the inside where you have to use your horse a little bit. “Bodemeister wins the Preakness in a runaway,” he predicts.

“With him, anything in the middle would be fine,” the Hall of Fame trainer said.

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Derby winner is second-favorite at Preakness

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Some horse racing handicappers, like the Washington Post’s Andrew Beyer, thought Bodemeister actually ran the better race at Churchill Downs despite coming in second. 7 gate.

Baffert was delighted to receive the No. Why? Because he’s fast, and the 1 1/4-mile Derby distance was just a little too far for him to carry all that speed

Golf Handicap & Course Management by Kevin Phillips

So every time you stand on that tee and think about making 4 you are making it harder for yourself. Think this way and you will be pleasantly surprised how many times you make an actual par, which in your case means … Manage your own game better by thinking correctly and your course management will improve along with your enjoyment of the game. How much easier is that on the mind? With a nod of thanks and a gleam in his eye Jim wandered off to the bar to join his friends and have a well-earned drink. . I know it goes against the grain but it will make each hole seem easier and allow you to play with more confidence and relax. So I asked Jim what do you think your par is for that hole? It’s a par 4 Kevin you know it is, he replied. I hope you get my drift here because it’s an important part of managing your game.

Your par for that hole is 5 not 4, with your handicap you can take a 5 and still not lose anything in relation to your handicap. I can never make a par there he says, it always messes up my scorecard along with a few other holes I could mention.

I finished off by saying to Jim think about your approach to the golf course now! Standing on par 3′s that now become par 4′s .. This is where good course management and thinking comes in to play.

This great game of golf is hard enough without putting undue pressure on yourself. BIRDIE ….

What you should do is make out a personal scorecard relative to your handicap. In Jim’s case there is only one hole on the golf course that he is expected to par and that is stroke index 18 the easiest hole on the course. Now if you stood on that tee and said to yourself it’s a par 5 how would you feel then? I am sure you would be more relaxed and think that’s not hard I can do that, and that is exactly how you should approach every hole you play.

And therein lies the problem most mid to high handicap golfers have, they are not playing their own game they are trying to play scratch golf. Instead of getting out the driver on these tough longer holes and then messing up because you feel you must try to get a par, take clubs you are more confident with. If your golf course has a par of 70 and your handicap is 15 then your par for the course is 85. Draw up your own personal scorecard.. It is for me I said but what’s your par? He looked at me with a vacant stare so I proceeded to put him out of his misery.

It’s a Sunday morning in the Pro Shop at my Golf Club and I am handing out scorecards for the weekly golf competition, when in walks Jim, a club member bemoaning his luck on the golf course. Just to put you in the picture The 13th Hole at our golf course is a 368yd par 4 with a stroke index of 2. NOW !!

I knew Jim to have a mid to high handicap so I asked him exactly what it was he was playing off these days, I play off a 17 handicap he said. I asked him what’s wrong and he replied that they should dig up the 13th hole. Now you have your new way of thinking with regard to par you will be surprised at how much easier it is to play each individual golf hole. Look at each hole on your golf course in a different light. A par 4 on the course where you have a stroke means 3 shots to reach the green and 2 putts