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88th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals

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Kerry Washington didn’t sweep down the red carpet at the Golden Globes earlier this year but she did attend the 2016 Oscars.

While some may not considered that to be a big deal. Keep in mind that many african american celebrities decided to boycott tonight’s Oscar ceremony to make a statement about the lack of inclusiveness for people of color.

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However, Washington walked the red carpet and attended the ceremony proudly and when asked why she decided to attend, her response was:

“As a new member of the Academy, I want to be a part of the conversation so there is institutional change, so we never have a year like this again,” she added. “You need all those voices at the table. It’s about women, about people of color, its about age.”

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