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Russell Simmons’ “Black Oscars” Will Play All Night on Disney-Owned Network, While Disney’s ABC Airs Main Show


Oscars so white? Not if Russell Simmons has anything to say about it.

The entire night of the Oscars– Sunday, February 28th– Simmons will run and run and run his hour long “Black Oscars” aka “All Def Movie Awards” on Fusion TV. The cable channel is available on all systems across the country.

Simmons will tape the “All Def Movie Awards” on Wednesday night at Lure Nightclub in Hollywood, with Tony Rock– brother of Chris Rock, the host of this year’s Oscars– at the microphone.

The group has five Best Picture nominees, all of which can be voted on at They are “Beasts of No Nation.” “Chi-Raq,”  “Concussion,”  “Creed,” “Dope,” and “Straight Outta Compton.”

The Fusion showings will begin at 7pm Eastern on Sunday and rerun all night while the Oscars are on ABC, which is owned by Disney. Ironically, Disney co-owns Fusion with Univision. So far they’ve got a bunch of all star black celebs and actors from Marlon Wayans and Vivica A. Fox to Sanaa Lathan, Regina Hall, Michael Ealy, Nick Cannon, Tyrese Gibson Bill Duke, Robert Townsend, and stars from all the nominated movies.

It’s amazing that neither Jet, Ebony, Essence or BET thought of this– great idea, can’t wait to see how it plays out.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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