The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) has partnered with Los Angeles City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson to present the inaugural AAFCA Day at City Hall on April 27, according to a press release.
During the ceremony recognizing the impact of cinema in Los Angeles, USA limited series Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G. will be honored, as well as show creator, Anthony Hemingway.
“One of our tags as an organization,” explained AAFCA co-founder/president Gil Robertson, who is also a Los Angeles native, “is using the power of cinema to bring communities together. We are involved with several grassroots organizations not only in Los Angeles but throughout the country creating and executing projects that educate and inform people about how cinema can be a tool for positivity and a tool for sparking growth personally and for the entire community.”
Hemingway, whose resume includes The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, The Wire & Treme, will join his Unsolved collaborators and key cast before a fully assembled City Council tomorrow for a formal proclamation and reception as they are saluted as the very first honorees of AAFCA Day at City Hall, with the AAFCA releasing this statement.
“AAFCA is pleased to join City Hall in recognizing Hemingway and his Unsolved crew for highlighting the city and the community at large more multi-dimensionally than numerous other productions. It is our hope that AAFCA Day at City Hall will go a long way in encouraging other stories and productions on the scale of “Unsolved” that render deeper and more complex portraits of Los Angeles as a whole.”
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.