Kerry Washington, Taye Diggs and Octavia Spencer are expected at the first American Black Film Festival Awards — organized in response to the Oscars’ snub of black performers.
The ABFF Awards in LA on Sunday will honor Diahann Carroll, Don Cheadle, Regina King, “Creed” director Ryan Coogler and Will Packer.
Carl Weathers, who played Apollo Creed in the “Rocky” films, will present the film category. The awards show will air on BET and Centric on Tuesday.
This is what we need to recognize and honor “us” when others don’t. We don’t need a Oscar to validate our talent and hardwork. We need exactly this platform by us, for us, to showcase our talents and achievements.
Be sure to tune in Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on BET and Centric as the American Black Film Festival, BET, and Black Enterprise host ABFF Awards, an annual gala saluting excellence in motion pictures and television.
All hail Kendrick Lamar 🙌🏿 the voice of revolutionary hip hop for this day and time. The rapper with substance and content driven lyrics who has come into the game and demanded attention. The Compton bred rapper is giving us a inside view of where he comes from and how he came up in this rap industry. Watch his story and journey below.
Beyoncé has become publicly in tune with her blackness, and has been giving us the audio and visual display to prove it. On the heel of the SUPERBOWL 50 controversy, she has put out a 8 minute mini documentary of her “Precious Lord” performance that was oddly somewhat stolen from Ledisi, as she was the singer in the Film “Selma”. The jury is still out on the Ledisi shade 😒 but Beyoncé highjacked the song and sang it, and tells us the song has special meaning to her and her family as she recalls her mother singing the Mahalia Jackson version when she was a young girl.
I’m a bit undecided as to why she chose the most softest spoken men for this documentary. Perhaps with the intent to give off the black men are non threatening and vulnerable vibe, which of course many are, but a good mix of that along with some deep strong voices, and bold masculinity wouldn’t have hurt either. I’m just saying. We are a wide range of people, all experiencing injustices and discrimination on various levels.
Give it a watch as she sings the old negro spiritual with an all male choir, giving us the back story and meaning of this song and how it still resonates today.
How enlightening to know that women directors are out there, and making notable films we’ve heard of and or seen. Like “Bessie” starring Queen Latifah, which just won a NAACP Image Award. The movie “Black Nativity” starring Forrest Whitaker, and even “Eve’s Bayou” all directed by women – black women. Something great to acknowledge and celebrate during black history month. Check out all five in the dedicated video below.
Via – http://blavity.com/5-black-women-directors-you-need-to-know/