Nick Cannon Shrugs Off #OscarsSoWhite Controversy in Rhyme: ‘Don’t Waste Your Voice, Don’t Waste Your Prayers’ (Video)

The “Chi-Raq” actor rapped about the debate that has led many people like Will Smith and Michael Moore to boycott the award show this year

Nick Cannon has weighed in on the Oscar diversity controversy in rhyme, advancing a new perspective that urges people to save their energy for events that really matter, such as “the thousands killed in Nigeria,” instead.

“Don’t waste your voice, don’t waste your prayers, save it for the thousands killed in Nigeria, Kenya, the Philippines, Syria, or right here in our urban areas,” he rapped in a Facebook post. “Nah, now no one cares.”

In the two-minute video, the “Chi-Raq” star implores the community to not be distracted “by these lottery tickets and statues” amid outrage over the Academy’s exclusion of actors and actresses of color for the second year in a row.

Since then, people like Spike Lee, Michael Moore, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith and Mark Ruffalo have spoken out about the controversy, some even vowing to boycott the Feb. 28 event. However, Cannon criticized those people in his rhyme as well.

“We’re crying for votes, but how many of us are on the board?” he asked. “Better yet, when is the last time you showed up and supported the NAACP Awards?”

After claiming that the poem was “not another trophy rant,” he went on to list several civilian deaths in the past years.

“Look what they did to Oscar,” he said. “I’m talking Oscar Grant, Sandra Bland, Mike Brown, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray. Why we trust what the news say anyway?”

“Hollywood mainstream don’t validate me, yo,” Cannon added. “You in this show for the business, or this business for the show?”

Cannon also addressed the controversy surrounding the show’s host Chris Rock, whom many have asked to step down in light of the diversity issue. Rock has decided not to bow out of the ceremony, but will instead address the controversy and is reworking his opening monologue.

“That’s why I told Chris, man go ahead and rock that shit,” Cannon said. “Hell yeah, I’m gonna watch that ceremony where they gonna let a black man be the Master for at least two hours.”

Watch the video below.

#SpokenSunday #Oscar #poetry #DontBeDistracted OscarDamn! Look what they did to Oscar.Nah, not another trophy rant.I’m talking Oscar Grant, Sandra Bland, Mike Brown, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray.Why we trust what the news say anyway?It’s blasphemous, don’t get distracted by these lottery tickets and statues. It’s just fake gold and plastic.We come from Pharaohs with no masters.What happened? We went from golden tombs to closed caskets.The Black Plague, they want us to catch it.Just ask Magic, Malcolm, Martin, Muhammad Ali, Bill Cosby. It’s tragic. How the enemy can tear down our community and rewrite the history by highlighting our flaws.But let he who cast the first stone, who constitutes the new laws.Nah, I ain’t never seen Empire but I serve my own throne.What I look like begging them to let royalty into they home.As for me and my house, we’ll serve the Lord!We crying for votes but how many of us is on the board.Better yet, when’s the last time you showed up and supported the NAACP Awards?I want what’s mine, not yours.Fuck getting my foot in.I’m building my own doors.Hollywood mainstream don’t validate me, yo. Like Hov say, Save the accolades, just the doe.You in this show for the business, or this business for the show?Talent and brilliance? Hands down, man we got that shit. That’s why I told Chris, man go ‘head and rock that shit.You got the Juice now. Fight the Power.Hell yeah, I’m gonna watch that ceremony where they gonna let a black man be the Master for at least two hours. So don’t waste your voice, don’t waste your prayers.Save’em for the thousands killed in Nigeria, Kenya, The Philippines, Syria or right here in our urban areas.Low America.Nah, now no one cares.What about my mother raising a son while working three jobs and still equating to less than minimum wage?What about me being placed on medication before my system could age?What about that prison industrial system turning Brothers into new slaves?Where’s the outrage? Where the complaints at?Overcoming obstacles, definition of Black.Hashtag #facts.But I guess they don’t make no awards for that.Real talk.Real Kings don’t need no pats on the back.#Dontbedistracted

Posted by Nick Cannon on Sunday, January 24, 2016

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