WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Wednesday night, the Obamas honored music legend Ray Charles by inviting nearly 200 people to the White House for a star-studded musical tribute. Sitting not too far from the first family was Ray's ex-wife and the couple's eldest son and daughter.
Who didn't make it past the velvet rope are 8 of Ray's living children, who were fathered with 8 different women during and after Ray's 22-year marriage.
Some of Ray's illegitimate children have spoken out. They say this isn't the first time they've been told to hit the road. One child even says she found out about a postal service concert being held for her father in Atlanta only because she worked for the Post Office at the time.
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The actor who won an Oscar for portraying Ray Charles is taking sides in another controversy. As we head into Oscar weekend, much has been made about the fact that there are no black nominees for the second year in a row.
Many black actors have taken issue with the snub. Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith even said they're boycotting the Oscars this year. At the American Black Film Festival Awards, Jamie Foxx implied that black actors simply need to act better if they want to get nominated. Foxx also made fun of Smith's Nigerian accent in the film Concussion.
No word on whether the Smiths plan to boycott all Jamie Foxx content for the foreseeable future.