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Race and the Oscars, tentative Greek pact, and more

Oscar statues were seen onstage during last night’s Academy Awards ceremony.REUTERS

Check out five opinions trending online, from the amazing RBG to a defense of screen time.

Movies in black and white: Writing in Quartz, essayist Morgan Jerkins skewers Hollywood for its "race problem" and notes that the top ten films in 2014 were all directed by white men. In a piece entitled "The Monochrome Awards," she writes:

"A talented actor of any racial or ethnic background could certainly have played these roles, but when was the last time a black actor was lauded for his portrayal of the average human condition?" Read more.

The phenomenal RBG: There are T-shirts. There's a blog. There's even a tattoo. New York Times columnist Gail Collins explains why Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has, at 81, become something of a phenomenon.


"It's the combination of Ginsburg's woman-hear-me-roar history, her frail-little-old-lady appearance, and her role as the leader of the Supreme Court's dissident liberals that have rallied her new fan base, particularly young women." Read more.

Tentative Greek pact: A deal between Greece and eurozone countries gives reason for optimism – although it could still unravel, write the editors of Bloomberg View in an editorial.

"With their tentative agreement on financial aid for Greece, the eurozone's finance ministers have paused a drama that could still end in disaster and should never have happened in the first place." Read more.

Time for a Kurdish state? Quoting President Woodrow Wilson on the virtues of nation-building, the Economist writes that it's time for the Kurds to have a state of their own in northern Iraq.

The editors write: "Since the fall of Mosul (where Islamic State holds sway), Kurdistan has crept towards de facto independence, with its capital in Erbil. While Islamic State's maniacs are howling at the gates of Baghdad, a divorce cannot take place. But in due course separation would give the Kurds international protection from any violent Iraqi Arab attempt to reassert control. The Kurds want a country of their own. They have earned it." Read more.


In defense of screen time: Perry Hewitt, Harvard University's chief digital officer, writes in defense of screen time and mobile devices in WBUR's Cognoscenti blog.

"The nostalgia for a life without screen time is misplaced  – we're fast finding ways to reap the benefits and develop strategies for the risks." Read more.

Ellen Clegg is a member of the Globe staff. She tweets @ellenclegg.