It was truly an inspiring evening at the 2015 WEEN Awards where numerous Black women in the entertainment industry were celebrated not only for their professional accomplishments, but for giving back to the community. Those honored were actress Regina Hall, actress Naturi, journalist Cari Champion, journalist Rocsi Diaz, CBS exec. Tiffany Smith Anoa’i, Marilyn Mosby, Esq. and singer Faith Evans.
California girl Ashley runs away from her home in LA to go to The Big Apple to find inspiration for her writing. With a background in entertainment public relations, journalism & activism in social issues and politics, mixed with her quest for spiritual enlightenment, she throws herself into the center of all facets of New York City culture, & starts a blog, "Ashley and New York".
6th Annual African American Film Critics Association Awards: Selma; Ava DuVernay; David Oyelowo; Oprah; Tessa Thompson; Gugu Mbatha-Raw; Stephanie Allain; Effie Brown; Debra Martin Chase; Donna Langley; Franklin Leonard; Susan King
|Director Ava DuVernay (Selma) won Best Director|
|actress Tessa Thompson (Selma / Dear White People)|
|actress Gugu Mbatha=Raw (Beyond the Lights / Belle)|
Legacy Award winner Stephanie Allain (film producer)
|BET's Robi Reed|
|Gil L. Roberston, AAFCA President and co-founder|
|feature film producer Amber Rasberry|
|Film producer Effie Brown was awarded for the film 'Dear White People'|
|TV and film producer Debra Martin Chase is honored with the Ashley Boone Award|
|Film producer Stephanie Allain accepts her award|
|Film producer Effie Brown's AAFCA award acceptance speech|
|Entertainment writer Susan King wins inaugural 'Roger Ebert Award'|
|Yesi Ortiz, DJ/Music Director at Power 106|
|The PR staff and event coordinators did an amazing job!|
|Oprah accepts award on behalf of Selma's win|
|Ava DuVernay's heart warming acceptance speech for Best Director (Selma)|
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Labels: African American Film Critics Association, Amber Rasberry, Ava DuVernay, david oyelowo, Effie Brown, Franklin Leonard, Gil Robertson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Oprah, Selma, Stephanie Allain, Tessa Thompson
'Nominate to Discriminate' (Open Letter Poem to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Regarding Their Problematic Oscar Nominations)
I was honored to meet and congratulate actor David Oyelowo for his exemplary performance as Martin Luther King in 'Selma' during the post-Golden Globes festivities
Nominate to Discriminate
(An Open Letter Poem to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
Sciences Regarding Their Problematic Oscar Nominations)
The Academy’s Oscar actor nominations are all white this year
What is it about Black, Brown and Yellow that you fear?
David Oyelowo’s performance in Selma is the cream of the crop
'Selma' director Ava DuVernay's talent shines brightly on top
Seriously? What are these obvious snubs truly about?
Is it studio politics, money related or a slap in the face?
Whatever the reasons, your actions are a total disgrace
If he were alive I’m sure he’d have a whole lot to say
“I had a dream that awards would be based on merit alone,
That sinister politics and exclusion would not be condoned,
Jury demographics would accurately reflect the U.S. of A.,
This year at the Oscars will be a grey, colorless day”
They’ve created #OscarsSoWhite, can you hear them shout?
Are you uncomfortable #BlackLivesMatter ain’t backing down?
Social justice movements shake this country’s ground
We’ve endured discrimination and ignorance ever since birth
Yet still we have organized to make the world a better place
For our resilience and spirit are blessed by God’s grace
Eyes of the enlightened behold the integrity you lack
It will take more than barring our heroes from your stage
To disempower the ever-growing resistance and rage
We’ll protest racism and police brutality until we see peace
From Selma to Ferguson, our movement will not cease
To value politics before principle in this sham of a game
Goodbye and we hope that you can sleep well tonight
Sincerely, the People - fighting the good fight
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