The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences continues to move forward with its diversity and inclusion efforts regarding membership. The Academy unveiled a new class on Thursday of 395 artists and executives to become members this year, including big names in the R&B community.
Among the invitees are Janet Jackson, H.E.R., Dernst â€œDâ€™Mileâ€ Emile II, Andra Day, Tiara Thomas, and Meshell Ndegeocello. Of this group, four singer-songwriters have either been nominated or won Best Original Song at the Oscars.
â€œFight For You,â€ performed by H.E.R., was the recent winner of this prestigious award. She shares the win with Dâ€™Mile and Thomas, who co-wrote and produced the track from Judas and The Black Messiah.
Jacksonâ€™s invitation comes close to 30 years after receiving an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song for â€œAgain,â€ taken from end credits of 1993â€™s Poetic Justice, which she starred in.
According to the Academy, the incoming class is 46% women, 39% underrepresented ethnic/racial communities, and 53% international from 49 countries outside the United States. Those selected to be new additions were considered based on professional qualifications, with representation, inclusion, and equity remains a priority of Academy Aperture 2025.
The 94th Oscars is set for March 27, 2022. at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.