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Black artists hold their own awards amid Oscars row

Leading black artists in America have held their own awards ceremony to celebrate talent they say is going unrecognised by the organisers of the Oscars.

The All Def Movie Awards night was held largely in response to a row over a lack of diversity at the Academy Awards, ITV News correspondent Nina Nannar reports.

The rapper Ice Cube said the event was intended as a celebration - but struck out at the Oscars as he said "tonight is our night".

You know I don’t think you should worry about somebody else’s event, you should worry about your own event.

They will do their thing on Sunday, but tonight is our night.

– Ice Cube

The award will be broadcast on Sunday night, putting them squarely up against coverage of the Oscars.

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Gabon footballer punished for reacting to racism

Racist chanting is a big problem in Russia, where the 2018 World Cup will be staged. Credit: PA

FC Rostov midfielder Guelor Kanga has been banned for three matches and fined £600 by the Russian Football Union after reacting to racist chants.

The Gabon international flashed his middle finger at a section of Spartak Moscow supporters who subjected him to monkey chants during yesterday's 1-1 draw in the Russian Premier League.

Kanga's punishment was handed out for what the RFU has described as an "insulting gesture to fans." Spartak Moscow have also been fined £830 for the behaviour of their supporters.

Earlier this season, former Blackburn Rovers and QPR defender Chris Samba, who now plays for Dynamo Moscow, received a two match ban after reacting to racist abuse in a similar fashion.

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