Jada Pinkett-Smith is boycotting the Oscars this year after no black actors were nominated for an award.
The 44-year-old actress posted a video on Facebook Monday morning announcing her decision.
“Is it time that people of color recognize how much power, influence, that we have amassed, that we no longer need to ask to be invited anywhere?” Pinkett-Smith said.
“Maybe it’s time that we recognize that if we love and respect and acknowledge ourselves in the way in which we are asking others to do, that that is the place of true power.”
“Begging for acknowledgement, or even asking, diminishes dignity and diminishes power. And we are a dignified people and we are powerful,” she added. “Let’s do us, differently.”
“I will not be at the Academy Awards and I will not be watching.”
In a series of tweets over the weekend, she said that “people of color” are always asked to give out awards or entertain, but are “rarely recognized for our artistic accomplishments.”
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released the nominations for the 88th annual Academy Awards last Thursday, but no black actors were nominated in any of the four categories for the second year in a row. (RELATED: No Black Actors Nominated For An Oscar)