• Labor 411 Founder and Publisher Cherri Senders weighs in onCityWatch on the Oscars controversy, but says there's one historic element people aren't talking about, and how it's still alive and well today.

    By Cherri Senders

    OSCAR POLITICS--If Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s legendary co-founder Louis B. Mayer (Photo above, with actress Helen Hayes) were alive today, he would likely applaud the boycott of the Oscars, but not necessarily in protest of the lack of racial diversity at Hollywood’s preeminent awards ceremony. It would be to rail against the presence of all the card-carrying members of the Teamsters, the Screen Actors Guild and numerous other unions of the film industry’s highly organized workforce.

  • By Ross Lenihan

    In response to the #OscarsSoWhite movement, Russell Simmons, co-founder of Def Jam Records, decided to throw an impromptu alternative ceremony. Held on Wednesday, the 2016 All Def Movie Awards were hosted by Tony Rock, brother to Chris Rock, the Oscar’s host. The honorees and award winners - who were given golden statues called “The Goldie,” inspired by the 1973 film “The Mack” – were a heavily union crowd.

  • By Ross Lenihan

    Perhaps the biggest issue surrounding the 2016 Academy Awards can be summarized in one hashtag: #OscarsSoWhite. Considering how union Hollywood is, a logical question becomes, “What can Hollywood unions do to promote more diversity, both racially and with respect to gender?”