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Cheryl Boone Issacs Elected First AA President Of The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences

by Sergio
July 31, 2013 7:59 AM
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Cheryl Boone Issacs

Veteran Hollywood marketing executive Cheryl Boone Isaacs was elected, yesterday evening, as the new president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, who you will know better as the organization that hands out the Oscars every year.

Isaacs, the first African American to hold the post and only the third woman in the organization's 86 year history, is a longtime academy and industry insider, who most recently held the job of first vice president. She will serve a one-year term, with eligibility to stay in the role for three additional years.

Isaacs, who previously worked as president of theatrical marketing at New Line Cinema and executive vp of worldwide publicity at Paramount Pictures, has served in every office within the organization except president.

Of course, without saying, the election of Isaacs comes at a time when the Academy is interested in addressing the issue of diversity.

According to a recent  Los Angeles Times article, they found “that the academy was (still) overwhelmingly white, male and older,” which is not exactly a huge surprise.

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  • Lapacazo | July 31, 2013 5:39 PMReply

    She's up for the task and them some!

  • Peggy | July 31, 2013 4:17 PMReply

    Well, we see how much having a black US President has helped Black people...

  • M. | July 31, 2013 10:46 AMReply

    Another racialized topicality, instead of focusing on what really matters

  • sergio | July 31, 2013 12:02 PM

    HEY dope! You do realize that we're BLACK website don't you? We deal with issues pertaining by and about black people and the media? It says it right there at the top. Why are you here?

  • Dankwa Brooks | July 31, 2013 10:27 AMReply

    As I said online after I read the news, The Academy seems to be trying real hard to increase diversity in their ranks and I applaud them for that.

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