After Preaching at Two L.A. Churches, Al Sharpton to Lead Protest Over Lack of Black Oscar Nominees Near Dolby Theater Where Ceremony Is Being Held

Photo by REX Shutterstock (4797620h) Mayor Bill de Blasio (Democrat of New York), left, looks on as Rev. Reverend Al Sharpton makes remarks at a rally promoting "The Progressive Agenda" at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. - 12 May 2015
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Mayor Bill de Blasio (Democrat of New York), left, looks on as Rev. Reverend Al Sharpton makes remarks at a rally promoting “The Progressive Agenda” at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. – 12 May 2015

Rev. Al Sharpton will lead a rally protesting the lack of black Oscar nominees.

The civil rights leader and MSNBC host will orchestrate a demonstration near the Dolby Theater on Sunday right before the Academy Award broadcast begins. Earlier in the day, Sharpton will preach at two Los Angeles churches — the Second Baptist Church and the First AME Church.

The rally is being organized by the National Action Network, the civil rights group Sharpton founded and leads. In an interview with Variety last month, Sharpton said he planned to call for a “tune out,” urging viewers not to watch the awards show because voters had not recognized the work of black performers such as Idris Elba (“Beasts of No Nation”) and Will Smith (“Concussion”). It’s the second straight year that the acting category was made up entirely of white actors.

“If major advertisers know that people are tuning out and the ratings are down, that will impact the bottom line of the value of the Academy and the Academy has to, at some point, determine whether or not it is in their interest to continue excluding people and excluding them at what price,” Sharpton said.

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SOURCE: Variety – Brent Lang