The 91st Academy Awards was truly a night of black excellence.
For the first time, two African-American women won Oscars in non-acting categories. Hannah Beachler won for production design and Ruth E. Carter won for costume design, both for their work on “Black Panther.”
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Beachler and Carter played crucial roles in bringing the vision of the fictional African Country, Wakanda, to life.
Carter, whose career expands over three decades, is a Hampton University alumnus and is well known for her work in films such as “Amistad”, “Selma” and more.
“This has been a long time coming,” Carter said in her acceptance speech. Carter was nominated twice before for “Amistad” and “Malcolm X”.
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Lee, who thanked his ancestors, family, and HBCU’s in his acceptance speech, triggered a Twitter rant from Donald Trump.
Trump accused Lee of being racist in his speech. Lee called for people to “pick love over hate” when the 2020 presidential elections roll around.