Awards will be handed out at the 7th Annual AAFCA Special Achievement Awards Luncheon on March 3rd at the Los Angeles Athletic Club
AAFCA will also be celebrating the AAFCA Awards recognizing outstanding achievement in film its annual celebration on February 21st. Winners of the AAFCA Awards will be announced January 15.
LOS ANGELES, January 11, 2024 – The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) is proud to reveal its esteemed list of 2024 Special Achievement Honorees chosen for their prolific contributions to the entertainment industry. These outstanding honorees will be celebrated at the organization’s 7th Annual AAFCA Special Achievement Awards luncheon, taking place on Sunday, March 3rd in the Centennial Room at the Los Angeles Athletic Club in downtown Los Angeles.
The intimate, invitation-only luncheon will bestow honors upon the feature film “Killers of the Flower Moon,” which will receive the Stanley & Karen Kramer Social Justice Award for shining a light on the true story of the infamous Osage Nation murders.
Jamie Foxx and Datari Turner, the producing duo behind Foxxhill Productions, will be honored with AAFCA’s Producers Award for their exceptional work on three high-profile films released in 2023: "They Cloned Tyrone," "Story Ave," and "The Burial,” along with Foxxhill’s commitment to telling inclusive stories.
Renowned choreographer Fatima Robinson will be presented with AAFCA’s Salute to Excellence Award, recognizing her outstanding contributions to the art of choreography, including her work on "The Color Purple."
The late Michael Latt will receive the inaugural Freedom Award, established in his honor, recognizing his legacy as an exceptional marketing strategist, thought leader, and founder of Lead With Love. His passionate advocacy for amplifying underrepresented stories and using art to foster hope, understanding and healing among communities through the cinematic arts will be celebrated at the event with his family accepting the honor on his behalf.
Filmmaker Deon Taylor will be honored with the Horizon Award which spotlights and celebrates a talent on the rise. Already an established filmmaker, known for founding Hidden Empire Film Group and directing genre-bending thrillers like “Chain Letter” and “Traffik,” Taylor’s upcoming projects include “Free Agents” for Tristar and biopics on civil rights activist and congressman John Lewis and boxer Floyd Mayweather.
Finally, Delta Airlines will be honored with AAFCA’s Film Advocate Award in recognition of their commitment to diversity in entertainment offered aboard Delta flights and embracing emerging filmmakers with their programming.
"Our list this year includes titans and trailblazers whose work has transformed the cinematic arts," states AAFCA President and Co-Founder Gil Robertson. "Their work leaves us in awe of their incredible achievements and inspires us to move forward in all our endeavors with passion, creativity and determination. AAFCA looks forward to celebrating them."
Recipients of the AAFCA Special Achievement Awards are carefully selected by a committee and chosen based on their contributions throughout their careers. These honorees represent excellence both behind and in front of the camera, including executives, journalists, actors, crafts artists, and filmmakers.
Previous AAFCA Special Achievement Awards honorees include Ruth Carter, Jason Blum, Edward James Olmos, Pearlena Igbokwe, Channing Dungey, Sherry Lansing, John M. Chu, and Wesley Morris, among others.
Established in 2003, AAFCA stands as the premiere body of Black film critics globally, actively reviewing films and television programs with a specific focus on content that explores the Black experience and narratives from the African Diaspora. The organization’s primary mission revolves around nurturing understanding, appreciation, and advancement of the contributions made by African-descendant talents to the realms of cinema and television, from the historical legends of the past to the innovative breakthroughs of future generations. AAFCA boasts a diverse and geographically widespread membership of journalists who cover various cinematic genres across multiple media platforms, including print, TV, radio broadcast, and online, collectively reaching a worldwide audience exceeding 150 million. Committed to numerous educational and philanthropic initiatives, AAFCA particularly supports endeavors that foster and celebrate diversity and inclusion within the industry.
For more information on AAFCA and its programs, please visit http://AAFCA.com.