World-Renowned Artists Have Transformed IKEA Dining Pieces into One-of-a-Kind Designs in Celebration of 30 Years of PAFF 


The Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF) is proud to present, “All Artists Have a Seat at the Table,” a new and innovative art program sponsored by IKEA in celebration of 30 Years of PAFF. Under the direction of PAFF's Art Director, Allohn Agbenya, five esteemed artists are contributing their creativity to revamp an IKEA dining set. The furniture has been transformed into individual pieces of art inspired by the theme: PAFF 30, PAFF Roots. The pieces were previously on display at four IKEA stores throughout Southern California and will be viewable at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, April 21 - May 1st.

Marc Brogdon, Marketing Director for PAFF stated, “One of my favorite African Proverbs says, ‘A tree’s beauty lies in its branches, but its strength lies in its roots.’ Utilizing our artists and IKEA wooden furniture to create powerful artwork is the perfect symbolism of our deep-rooted connection to the community.”

“All Artists Have a Seat at the Table,” is a celebration of PAFF and the artistry showcased over the years. For more than three decades, PAFF has united folks across the diaspora—creating an inspiring platform for the partnership with IKEA. “The dining table is the universal space for gathering, our sustainable and accessible furniture provided the perfect blank slate for the artists to illustrate PAFF’s rich legacy and commitment to bringing people together to share the Black experience.” Kevin Matthews, Regional Marketing Manager at IKEA U.S. shared. “As the leader in life at home, we want to celebrate the importance of home and the role it plays for the many. This work naturally demonstrates our core value of togetherness in a vibrant and unique way.”

“As a curator and art director, I selected artists for the IKEA Project whose works of art present an array of diasporic characteristics that borrow from the broad field that is our celebrated history & traditions,” said Allohn Agbenya, PAFF Art Director. “Africa and her global artistic roots and outreach have been influential on every continent. Rich in texture, proverbial wisdom, beauty, and evolutionary flow.”

Participating Artists:

  • Allohn Agbenya (PAFF Art Director)
    Allohn Agbenya is a contemporary artist whose roots celebrate the fibers and cultural pride of West Africa and beyond! Born in Ghana, Agbenya now resides in Los Angeles and is the Production Designer for PAFF as well as the Director/Curator for the ArtFest.
  • Sandra Zebi
    Sandra Zebi is an artist from Sao Paulo, Brazil and came to Los Angeles in 1986, intrigued and inspired by the cultural diversity that the city has to offer.
  • Marvin Obasogie Aimiuwu (MOA)
    MOA started drawing and painting as a child in Nigeria, studied fine art in college, and has pursued artwork full time since coming to the United States.
  • Aziz Diagne
    Aziz Diagne is a multi-media artist from Senegal, West Africa. He grew up amid the traditional art forms of his homeland including rock carving, ceramic and wood sculpture, murals, tapestry, and Thiesoise (reverse painting on glass).
  • Charles A. Bibbs
    A native son of Southern California, Charles Bibbs is an internationally acclaimed artist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist who has made a significant impact on contemporary arts.

The full program for the 30th annual Pan African Film and Arts Festival will take place in person and virtually, April 19 - May 1, in Los Angeles at its flagship venues the Directors Guild of America, Cinemark Baldwin Hills and XD and Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza.

About IKEA
At IKEA, the vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people by offering well-designed, functional and affordable, high-quality home furnishing, produced with care for people and the environment. Ingka Group (Ingka Holding B.V. and its controlled entities) is one of 12 different groups of companies that own and operate IKEA retail under franchise agreements with Inter IKEA Systems B.V. Ingka Group has three business areas: IKEA Retail, Ingka Investments and Ingka Centres. Ingka Group is a strategic partner in the IKEA franchise system, operating 389 IKEA stores in 32 countries – including 52 retail locations in the U.S.

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About the Pan African Film & Arts Festival

Established in 1992 by Hollywood veterans Danny Glover (The Color Purple, Lethal Weapon), the late Ja'Net DuBois ("Good Times"), and Ayuko Babu (Executive Director), the Pan African Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has remained dedicated to the promotion of Black stories and images through the exhibition of film, visual art, and other creative expression. Every year, hundreds of filmmakers, fine artists, and unique craftspeople from more than 40 countries and six continents converge in Los Angeles to showcase their work. Annually, PAFF showcases more than 190 new high-quality Black films from the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, South America, Europe, the South Pacific, Canada and increasingly, Asia. Most importantly, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has designated PAFF as an official qualifying film festival for live action and animation short films.

PAFF is the largest and most prestigious Black film festival in the U.S. and attracts local, national, and international audiences. It is also one of America's largest Black History Month events.

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Maria Schneider Orchestra with Regina Carter at LA Phil with Leimert Park Village Book Fair Jazz Lounge’s Tribute to Women in Jazz

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Come out for the great music of Maria Scheider Orchestra Featuring Regina Carter at the LA Phil on Friday, March 25, 2022, at 8 p.m.

Stop by BP Hall before the concert, at 6;30 p.m., for the Leimert Park Village Book Fair Jazz Lounge “Tribute to Women in Jazz.” There will be special displays, exhibits, photos, memorabilia, and more.

Get 20% off discount using the code LPVF.

The concert is located at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, home of the LA Phil

LA Phil Music and Artistic Director is Gustavo Dudamel

Pan African Film and Arts Festival Announces Kickoff of Yearlong 30th Celebration With Black History Month Retrospective Series

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Virtual retrospective series to celebrate 30 years of PAFF Feb. 15-28 with ‘Best of PAFF’ Hybrid in-person and virtual festival still set for April in Los Angeles

Jimmy Jean-Louis in Rattlesnakes, which was shown at the 2019 Pan African Film Festival, is among the films to be screened during PAFF's Black History Month Retrospective Series
Jimmy Jean-Louis in Rattlesnakes, which was shown at the 2019 Pan African Film Festival, is among the films to be screened during PAFF's Black History Month Retrospective Series

LOS ANGELES — The Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF), one of the largest Black History Month events in America and the largest Black film festival, will kick off its yearlong 30th celebration in February with the first of several specially curated blocks of the festival’s most fascinating, complex and most liked films over the past three decades. Throughout the festival’s 30-year history, PAFF has celebrated Black filmmakers and actors whose work has pushed the envelope in cinema in the US and abroad in Africa and other parts of the world. The Best of PAFF Retrospective Series kicks off with a Black History Month exhibition featuring nearly two dozen cinematic groundbreaking foreign and domestic films. The inaugural Best of PAFF Retrospective Series will take place virtually Feb. 15-28, 2022. Film listings, tickets, and passes are available at

To celebrate PAFF’s 30-year milestone, the festival will continue its retrospective series in March highlighting Black female filmmakers and their films.

In addition, the 30th annual Pan African Film and Arts Festival is slated to place April 19-May 1 after being postponed due to the rise of COVID cases in Los Angeles County. The hybrid festival of in-person and virtual screenings will take place in Los Angeles at its flagship venues the Directors Guild of America, Cinemark Baldwin Hills, and XD and Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza.

The Best of PAFF Retrospective Series is sponsored in part by the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture, Los Angeles County Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell, Los Angeles City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson (8th District), Los Angeles City Councilmember Curren Price (9th District); the 10th Los Angeles City Council District; the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, LA Arts COVID-19 Relief Fund with the California Community Foundation, and the LA County COVID-19 Arts Relief Fund administered by the LA County Department of Arts and Culture.

About the Pan African Film Festival

Established in 1992 by Hollywood veterans Danny Glover (The Color Purple, Lethal Weapon), the late Ja’Net DuBois (“Good Times”), and Ayuko Babu (Executive Director), the Pan African Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has remained dedicated to the promotion of Black stories and images through the exhibition of film, visual art, and other creative expression.

PAFF is the largest and most prestigious Black film festival in the U.S. and attracts local, national, and international audiences. It is also one of America’s largest Black History Month events.

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The PAFF is generously supported by the City of Los Angeles, the Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles County Arts and Culture, Los Angeles County Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell, Los Angeles Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson and Los Angeles Council District 10.

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It’s Back! The 89th Hollywood Christmas Parade Supporting Marine Toys for Tots


After cancellation of the 2020 Hollywood Christmas Parade due
to the COVID 19, Hollywood kicks off the 2021 Christmas Holiday.

The 2021 Hollywood Christmas Parade is co-hosted by parade producer, Laura McKenzie, Montel Williams, Dean Cain, Erick Estrada and special co-host Elizabeth Stanton.

The Grand Marshall is The Talk co-host Sheryl Underwood.


The celebrities helping to ring in the Christmas Season are, Kariamah Westbrook, Rome Flynn, Lou Ferrigno, Kimberlin Brown, Lynnette Romero, Matt Mauser, French Steward, Lieutenant General James B. Laster USMC (Retired)

The marching bands participating this year are, Gevorkian Dance Academy, PAVA Korean Traditional Band KAYPA, Greenwood Marching Woodman and Irish Guard, LA Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums, Maker Empire, Milton High School Marching Band, Penn High School Marching Band, The Los Angeles Catholic Schools Band, LA Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums, Mira Costa High Marching Band and Colorguard and Thundersquad Drumline.

The 2021 Hollywood Christmas Parade will be televised on The CW Network and for the international audience on Armed Forces Network.




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New York, NY- October 15, 2021 — The Key West Film Festival announced today the recipient of its annual Golden Key Awards, including two new awards honoring Emerging Talent and Breakthrough Florida director.

This year’s Golden Key Award for Excellence in Filmmaking goes to Sean Baker, director of Red Rocket, opening nationwide in December via A24. Baker will attend in person and participate in a discussion with Carlos Aguilar, film critic for the Los Angeles Times, The Wrap and, following the film’s screening. Baker’s film Starlet was featured in the first edition of the Key West Film Festival in 2012.

The inaugural Golden Key for Emerging Talent, given to actors who will be destined to grace our screens for years to come, will be presented to Kodi Smit-McPhee for his breakout role in the Netflix release of Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog, which will screen at the festival just as it begins its national theatrical release. Aguilar will host a pre-recorded discussion with Smit-McPhee following the screening, which will serve as the Closing Night film. Smit-McPhee stars alongside Benedict Cumberbatch, Jesse Plemons, and Kirsten Dunst in the film.

Another inaugural award- the Golden Key for Breakthrough Florida director, recognizing a Florida bred director whose films will be seen widely in the future – will be given to Clint Bentley. A Florida native, Bentley’s Jockey, starring Clifton Collins Jr, will be released by Sony Pictures Classics later this year. The award will be presented by former ESPN anchor Bob Ley following a screening of the film.

Filmmaker Sean Baker
Filmmaker Sean Baker

Sean Baker is a writer, director, producer and editor who has made seven independent feature films over the course of the past two decades. His most recent film was the award-winning The Florida Project (2017) which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and was released by A24 in the U.S. Among the many accolades the film received -- including an Oscar nomination for Willem Dafoe for Best Supporting Actor -- Sean was named Best Director by the New York Film Critics Circle. His previous film Tangerine (2015) premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won an Independent Spirit and two Gotham Awards. Starlet (2012) was the winner of the Robert Altman Independent Spirit Award and his previous two features, Take Out (2004) and Prince of Broadway (2008), were both nominated for the John Cassavetes Independent Spirit Award.

Kodi Smit-McPhee
Kodi Smit-McPhee

Kodi Smit-McPhee is an Australian actor known for his critically acclaimed roles as The Boy in The Road, Owen in Let Me In, Norman Babcock in ParaNorman, Alexander in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Nightcrawler in X-Men: Apocalypse, and Dark Phoenix, and the lead role in the prehistoric film Alpha. Upcoming roles include Jane Campion's much anticipated The Power Of The Dog, for which he is already generating major Oscar buzz for Best Supporting Actor.

Filmmaker Clint Bentley Headshot (Credit: Sony Pictures Classics)

Michael Tuckman, Director of Programming of the Key West Film Festival, "We are elated to present these two new awards to Kodi and Clint, whose work will continue to astound, amaze and inspire audiences for decades to come. Kodi’s performance in “Power” is one that immediately places him among the finest actors of his generation. Clint’s steady and intimate portrait of an aging jockey shows the work of director years beyond his directorial debut. Sean continues his mastery of telling the story of American lives, literally on the other side of the tracks, in Red Rocket as he has been doing since his award-winning “Take Out” first graced the screens.”

Visit for full program information – which will be announced on October 19, along with a schedule of events and travel and lodging details.


Honoring creativity, diversity, sustainability and beauty, the Key West Film Festival is an annual celebration of film and filmmakers set to take place November 17-21, 2021.

A diverse, entertaining and artistically rigorous selection of films will be represented through a broad array of categories that offer opportunities for filmmakers, both aspiring and established, to commune and exchange ideas while showing their work to audiences in an historic and artistically vibrant tropical paradise.

For more information, visit our website:

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Marla Gibbs Receives the 2,698th Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Marla Gibbs Hollywood Walk of Fame.  Photo: Yevette Renee
Marla Gibbs Hollywood Walk of Fame. Photo: Yevette Renee

Legendary and iconic actress Marla Gibbs was honored with the 2,698th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today.

The emcee for today's event was Rana Ghadban, President and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. And there to help celebrate Marla Gibbs was Mr. Hollywood, Norman Lear and the truly funny and talented Tisha Campbell.

The other celebrities celebrating Marla where, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Kim Whitley, Sherry Sheppard.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Ms. Gibbs later moved to Los Angeles, California with her three children where she eventually pursued a career in entertainment.

To prepare herself for her new career she studied at the Performing Arts Society of Los Angeles and took classes at Mafundi Institure and the Watts Writers Workshop.

Gibbs breakout role was as the funny and fiesty maid Florence on Norman Lear's CBS televison show 'The Jeffersons'. After that huge success, she was given the opportunity to bring her original stage play '227' to CBS, where she received credit as Executive Producer.

Gibbs is the co-writer of the theme song for '227' and it is her beautiful voice that is heard singing.

The eight-time NAACP Image Award winner was responsible, along with her daughter, Angela, for bring the Crossroad Theater and Acting school to the community.

Marla was instrumental in providing a place for jazz artist  to showcase the art of music at her renowned jazz supper club 'Marla's Memory Lane.



The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) announced today it will broadcast its 29th annual Tribute Award Honors Show virtually throughout the world through its partnership with Facebook streaming Live exclusively on the PAFF Facebook page Thu., July 22 7:00 PM-9:00 PM PT. Watch the livestream on PAFF's Facebook page here. The PAFF Awards Show is presented by Warner Bros. Pictures’ Space Jam: A New Legacy available in theaters JULY 16th and on HBO Max.

For nearly 30 years, PAFF has showcased films from all parts of the world, representing such countries as Angola, Nigeria, Jamaica, New Zealand, Rwanda, Canada, Mozambique, Egypt, the Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Brazil, Kenya, Fiji, Mexico, the U.K., South Africa, England, Japan, France and of course, the United States. With the pulse on the international film market, PAFF has opened the minds of its audiences, and transported them to far-away places and back home again.

“Over the years, filmmakers the world over have become more sophisticated in telling their stories,” says Asantewa Olatunji, the director of programming for PAFF. “In our ever-shrinking world, it is so important to understand the experiences and points of views of diverse peoples and cultures.”

This year's awards show will feature the following honors and talent:


Shola Adewusi
Shola Adewusi

presented by Shola Adewusi

Vernee Watson
Vernee Watson

presented by Vernee Watson

Tory Kittles
Tory Kittles

presented by Tory Kittles
(The Equalizer, NBCUniversal & CBS)

Thomas Q. Jones

presented by Thomas Q. Jones
(Johnson, Bounce TV)


presented by Folake Olowofoyeku


Awarded to young filmmakers and content creators whose work shows a promising young start from their storytelling to their content creating styles.
YOUTH VISIONARY AWARD is a new award this year.


Awarded to up-and-coming female actors whose body of work thus far exemplifies a positive and uplifting Black image and experience. Past winners of the BEAH RICHARDS AWARD include Tessa Thompson and Regina King.


Awarded to up-and-coming male actors whose body of work thus far exemplifies a positive and uplifting Black image and experience. Past winners of the CANADA LEE AWARD include Idris Elba, David Oyelowo and Nate Parker.


Awarded to writers, directors, producers, actors, musicians, and promoters. In Pan African cultures, a DJELI is a storyteller, a historian, one who carries the culture and maintains the history. DJELI is a new award.


Awarded to actors whose body of work and achievements exemplify Black excellence. Past winners of the JA’NET DUBOIS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD include Alfre Woodard, Forest Whitaker, and Phylicia Rashad.

This year, PAFF competitions included over 65 World premiere titles and over 29 US premieres.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 29th Pan African Film Festival Tribute Award Honors Show will be held virtually on-line and on-demand exclusively via Facebook Live. The virtual component allows PAFF to reach a global audience. More information can be found at

The 30th PAFF will take place February 8-21, 2022.


Looking forward to its 30th Anniversary, the Pan African Film Festival (PAFF), is America’s largest and most prestigious Black film festival. Each year, it screens more than 200 films made by and/or about people of African descent from the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, South America, the South Pacific, Latin America, Europe and Canada and increasingly Asia. In conjunction with its simultaneous Art Showcase, PAFF holds the distinction of being the largest Black History Month event in the US.

PAFF was founded in 1992 by award-winning actor Danny Glover (“The Color Purple,” “Lethal Weapon”), the beloved Emmy Award-winning actress Ja’net DuBois (best known for her role as Willona in the TV series “Good Times”) and executive director, Ayuko Babu, an international legal, cultural and political consultant who specializes in African Affairs. PAFF is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the promotion of ethnic and racial respect and tolerance through the exhibit of films, art, and other creative expressions.

The goal of PAFF is to present and showcase the broad range of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive and images, help to destroy negative stereotypes, and depict an expanded, realistic vision of the Black experience. PAFF believes film and art can lead to better understandings and foster communications between people of diverse cultures, races, and lifestyles, while at the same time, serves as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our time.

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Marla Gibbs to Receive Walk of Fame Star


Iconic actress Marla Gibbs to receive the 2,698th star on the world famous Hollywood Walk of Fame, on Tuesday, July 20, 2021  at 6840 Hollywood Boulevard in front of Jimmy Kimmel Live.

90 year-young, Gibbs starred as Florence on The Jeffersons and later as Mary Jenkins on 227. Television roles that have endured fans over the many generations.

The ceremony will be emceed by Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, President and CEO Rana Bhadban.

The guests speakers will include Tisha Campbell, who starred in the television series Martin and My Wife and Kids, and more.

Musso & Franks, Hollywood’s Oldest Restaurant Re-Opens May 6th

Musso & Frank Grill

The oldest restaurant in Hollywood and a part of Hollywood history , Musso & Franks will re-open its doors for dinner on Thursday, May 6, 2021.

Like with other restaurants in Los Angeles and around the country, Musso & Frank closed its doors due to
COVID-19 and will reopen after a year.

Opened over 100 years ago on September 27, 1919 by Frank Toulet as Frank's Cafe located at 6669 Hollywood Boulevard.
Frank later went into business with Joseph Musso and renamed the restaurant Musso & Frank's Grill.

Eight years later, in 1927, the two sold the restaurant to Joseph Carissimi and John Mosso,
who moved the restaurant to 6667 Hollywood Boulevard, still its current location.

Musso & Franks was the place to be. It had the first pay phone installed in Hollywood. During the Golden Age of Hollywood,
it was a place for movie stars like Rudolph Valentino, Charlie Chaplin, Greta Garbo, Humphrey Bogartand others were regulars.

The Screen Writers Guild was located near Musso and would become the place that authorsm who were recruited
to write Hollywood studios' next best script, would hang-out. Authors like Max Brand, T.S. Elliot, Aldous Huxley,
John O'Hara, Dorothy Parker and John Steinbeck.


Martin Scorsese to Introduce MEAN STREETS and GOODFELLAS at 2021 TCM Classic Film Festival

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Martin Scorsese's introduction is a part of the Masters of Filmmaking Section.

the introduction for Goodfellas on HBO Max  is available from May 6th.
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Introduction for Mean Streets on TCM is May 6th at 11:15 p.m. ET
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Goodfellas (1990)
Directed by Martin Scorsese 
Shown: Joe Pesci (as Tommy DeVito), Ray Liotta (as Henry Hill)
Goodfellas (1990) Directed by Martin Scorsese Shown: Joe Pesci (as Tommy DeVito), Ray Liotta (as Henry Hill)

2021 TCM Classic Film Festival

Thursday, May 6th through Sunday, May 9th at two virtual venues: the TCM network and the Classics Curated by TCM Hub on HBO Max.

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About Turner Classic Movies (TCM)

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is a two-time Peabody Award-winning network that presents great films, uncut and commercial-free, from the largest film libraries in the world highlighting the entire spectrum of film history. TCM features the insights from Primetime host Ben Mankiewicz along with hosts Alicia Malone, Dave Karger, Jacqueline Stewart and Eddie Muller, plus interviews with a wide range of special guests and serves as the ultimate movie lover destination.

With more than two decades as a leading authority in classic film, TCM offers critically acclaimed series like The Essentials, along with annual programming events like 31 Days of Oscar® and Summer Under the Stars. TCM also directly connects with movie fans through events such as the annual TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood, the TCM Big Screen Classics series in partnership with Fathom Events, as well as through the TCM Classic Film Tour in New York City and Los Angeles.

In addition, TCM produces a wide range of media about classic film, including books and DVDs, and hosts a wealth of material online at and through the Watch TCM mobile app. Fans can also enjoy a TCM curated classics experience on HBO Max.

About HBO Max

HBO Max® is WarnerMedia’s direct-to-consumer platform,
offering best in class quality entertainment. HBO Max features
the greatest array of storytelling for all audiences from the iconic
brands of HBO, Warner Bros., DC, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Turner
Classic Movies and much more. The streaming platform initially launched
in the United States in May 2020. This year, it will expand into Latin America and the HBO-branded streaming services in Europe (the Nordics, Spain, Central Europe, the Baltics and Portugal) will be upgraded to HBO Max.