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HOLLYWOOD, CA – March 27, 2022: Venus Williams and Serena Williams talk backstage during the show at the 94th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood on Sunday, March 27, 2022. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
I write, “Last Night’s Oscars were one for the books! After years of low ratings, Will Packer and Shayla Cowan produced a show that was full of diversity and history making moments, from performances to slaps! #Beyonce opened the show with her Oscar Nominated song “Be Alive,” an original song from the King Richard soundtrack. The lyrics go, “It’s so Good to be Alive. Got all my family by my side. Couldn’t wipe this black off if I tried. That’s why I lift my head with pride.” It was a night to feel tremendous pride, particularly for the movie King Richard. Will Smith, who plays the no nonsense, hard nosed father to tennis phenoms Venus and Serena Williams in the film, brought home an Oscar for his portrayal. But while the world rejoiced with his historic win, his triumph was unfortunately overshadowed by the slap heard around the world—Smith smacked and verbally assaulted comedian Chris Rock for joking about wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s alopecia. While Will was apologetic later, and said he was defending his family (as he should), nothing can justify physical violence, no matter how tasteless the joke.”
HOLLYWOOD, CA – March 27, 2022. Chris Rock and Will Smith onstage during the show at the 94th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood on Sunday, March 27, 2022. (Myung Chun / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
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