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01/22/2016 01:45 pm ET

'Empire' Star Malik Yoba Says Inclusion At The Oscars Isn't A 'Birthright'

But he says everyone should "work toward building our own pathways to get our stories out to the masses."
Actor Malik Yoba attends the 'Kirstie' premiere party at Harlow on December 3, 2013 in New York City.
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Actor Malik Yoba attends the 'Kirstie' premiere party at Harlow on December 3, 2013 in New York City.

"This weekend will be... whiter than the Oscars," is the front page headline from Thursday's edition of the New York Post which compares the record-breaking Snowstorm Jonas that's heading to the East Coast to the homogenous sea of white actors nominated for Oscars this year.

"Empire" star Malik Yoba can now be added to the list of black actors and actresses who've called out the Academy for its lack of diversity after he posted a photo of the Post's front page on Instagram Friday morning. 

"Such an interesting time we're living in," his caption read. "The more things change the more things stay the same."

Yoba noted that regardless of one's background, everyone wants to be appreciated and honored for their talents. His gentle reality check to his followers, however, was that inclusion isn't always a guarantee.

"Working in a business that doesn't always see the big picture is a challenge but being included is not a given or a birthright," he wrote. "All we can do as individuals is continue to honor our gifts and work toward building our own pathways to get our stories out to the masses. None of this is easy and every little bit counts including the protestations."

Read his entire Instagram message below.

Well said, Malik.

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