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Yara Shahidi Dipped The Emmys Early To Make Class At Harvard University

Yara Shahidi has the amount of discipline that we all should aspire to have! When it comes to work-life balance, the 21-year-old actress has life totally figured out as she admits to dipping out on Sunday’s Emmys early to attend classes at Harvard University. “I do fly out tonight to make it to class in time,” shared the “Grown-ish” actress in an interview with ET. “The lovely people at The Academy really helped me out because I was like, ‘Guys, I have a hard out to make this flight.” That’s right, Shahidi put in a special request to present earlier in the ceremony in order to make her flight in time. She presented the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series to Brett Goldstein for “Ted Lasso” during the ceremony, which was hosted by Cedric The Entertainer.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Yara (يارا) Shahidi (@yarashahidi) Not only did she have to adhere to her duty to present during the awards ceremony, but the young actress was happy to be on the...

Sep 22, 2021

Valeisha Butterfield Jones Has Been Elevated To Co-President Of The Recording Academy

The Recording Academy is making boss moves! In an all-new power move, the Recording Academy has named Valeisha Butterfield Jones and Panos A. Panay as co-presidents. The announcement was made Tuesday (June 22) by CEO Harvey Mason, Jr. and will become effective on Aug. 16, 2021. “This new structure is recognition that further progress and building of the organization requires exceptional leaders with different strengths and areas of focus in order to drive innovation and accountability,” read the announcement. “With the aim of better serving Recording Academy members and the music industry at large, the team will work directly under Mason, whose title will shift to CEO.”   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by V A L E I S H A. (@valeisha) Butterfield Jones was named the first-ever chief diversity & inclusion officer of the Recording Academy just last year. Now, as the co-president, she will oversee the Recording Academy’s people and culture, membership, and awards, and...

Jun 23, 2021

DOJ Warns Academy About Potential Rules Excluding Streaming From Oscars

It’s no secret that streaming services like Netflix and Amazon have transformed the film industry. These services have become such huge competitors that the Academy allegedly considered changing the Oscars requirements to make it harder for streaming service originals to qualify. Now, the Department of Justice is stepping in to warn the Academy that altering the rules could raise antitrust concerns, according to Variety. “In the event that the Academy — an association that includes multiple competitors in its membership — establishes certain eligibility requirements for the Oscars that eliminate competition without procompetitive justification, such conduct may raise antitrust concerns,” Chief of the DOJ’s Antitrust Division Makan Delrahim said in a letter to the Academy. The DOJ cited rules against competitors making anticompetitive agreements and said that excluding streaming services from the Academy could negatively impact their sales. Director Steven Spielberg was among those...

Apr 4, 2019