So the Oscars- now a platform for addressing Racism!


By Andrew I Kazibwe

Racism is more on the spot this week than ever before in years!. Yes, this week- why?, because this topic has been shone on by the famous legendary Oscars, which are quite a overtimes and high ranking awarding event.

Currently trending right from #Oscarsaresowhite, which has run viral via twitter, a campaign literally which has this year attracted a growing number of celebrities right from the Smiths, Spike Lee, Lupita, 50 Cent, Tyrees to the trending topic of ‘Should Chris Rock Quit hosting the Oscars?!’

See, much as the Oscars are being pointed at- they are gaining a lot of prominence, so are the businesses around them. Whoopi Goldberg’s reaction towards this whole heated debate is a unique one too- why does this issue surface and all of a sudden disappear!- Whoopie suggests that the public shouldn’t boycott the Oscars, but the movies themselves!. Could this be the therapy of approaching this issue from its roots?!- maybe!

Its surprising that #Oscarsaresowhite issues has for years been into existence, but it re-surfaces towards the vent, and disappears again!, Is it a marketing tool?, a platform for prominence for either sides or an irony?!

Actor and comedian Chris Rock is on the spotlight-since ‘his own’ are poking him off the idea of not hosting the Oscars. They do have an issue-which can clearly be pointed out if well looked into, but not hosting the event would rather seem not the solution. Wouldn’t hosting the Oscar by a black (sorry using it) more pass on a message to the world how racism should be put to an end?

As an artiste, if Chris Rock goes ahead to host the Oscars-which I hope he will (not because of the cheque, but the spotlight and the representation he holds currently), am sure he is to pass on a message not only to the Oscar’s committee-the selection team, the whites (sorry I used that again!), but to the world, which has for ages been haunted and scavenged by ‘Racism’.

Much as the platform is currently lucrative, Chris Rock will earn a reputation too by how he is to package it all.
While the blacks and whites in the western world are rambling and torn apart with ‘Racism’ and ‘Religion’, in Africa we are majorly torn apart by ‘tribalism’, which all cautions our humanity.

Good luck Chris Rock!!!

The Writer;
Andrew Israel Kazibwe is an African Rwandan-based freelance Journalist , a learner, Arts enthusiast and advocate. Passionate about what goes on within lives, he shares whats within, around and closer to you. Its an Insight!!!

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The City’s Changing Faces (II)


By Andrew I Kazibwe
It is, of course so unpredictable…As am strolling through this neat street, right in the urban, two pretty looking ladies, stand aside whispering to each other (which I hear quite clearly), “Its unbelievable, what  such an insane man is doing here in the city, how did he get here?!,” one wonders.

It was a mad man (I feel its rude calling them that way…), but there he was, this poor ragged, dirty man, moving,holding dirty plastic bottles, smiling ear-to-ear while walking through- just like us…Uhmmmm, its the city, and he is part of it. True is that when walking into the city, one will least keep it in mind; that the mad, beggars, blind, thugs… will be part of the crowd to find!!!.

We all always associate the city to smart, neat place filled with wits, geniuses,yet interesting we will find how surprised we get when the least is sighted. As it grows, it nurtures various kinds with it, since its people who make it, from those in suits to those in rugs, those who serve and who they serve, landlords and tenants, patients and medical personnels, teachers and learners…

So, walking past a beggar, that person sleeping close to the trench, the crippled, the mad, the ‘trick stars’doing business their own way, those youths who seem so idle (They so seem), all tells one of the diverse picture of the city, descriptions so complicating yet depicting reality.

Imagine a street with out all these-what we call confusion, disorder…Well I enjoy this diversity of life because it speaks to the world, lights it up, make it complete.
Am not imagining it, it exists-look around you!!!

The Writer;
Andrew Israel Kazibwe is an African Rwandan-based freelance Journalist , a learner, Arts enthusiast and advocate. Passionate about what goes on within lives, he shares whats within, around and closer to you. Its an Insight!!!