‘I Am Not Your Negro’ erased the sexuality of James Baldwin. What if it wins an Oscar?

On Sunday, the 89th Academy Awards will honor some of Hollywood’s cinematic achievements of 2016.

When I was younger, my family would gather around our living room to watch the Oscars — especially, when black actors and actresses were nominated. Usually, this meant being disappointed by the results; black narratives and white voters don’t usually go hand-in-hand. That’s because in Hollywood, black films rarely fare well under the white gaze. This year, however, viewers may receive some redemption by way of the number of black films being honored: MoonlightHidden FiguresFences, and I Am Not Your Negro are leading the pack in undeniable ways.

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