The 50 Most Powerful Blacks in Hollywood

black hollywood top 50Are you wondering why the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite is now trending on Twitter?  2016 is the year Black Hollywood has had enough of the Oscar subs.

In an unbelievably tone deaf move, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences decided to nominate all white actors for its main acting categories. There isn’t a single African American up for any of the major awards this year.

Hollywood is now howling at the lack of diversity and many black superstars like Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith are talking about boycotting the Oscars.

“People of color are always welcomed to give out awards,” Jada argued on Twitter. “But we are rarely recognized for our artistic accomplishments…Should people of color refrain from participating all together?”

Despite the disrespect from the Academy, it’s worth noting that black filmmakers have been creating amazing work in recent years.

Let’s take a look at the top 50 most powerful and important players in Black Hollywood.



#50. Barkhad Abdi


Barkhad Abdi
CV: The Somali actor came out of nowhere to earn a nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Captain Phillips.
Star Power: Falling