The 2018 American Black Film Festival (ABFF) Honors will recognize several African American entertainers for their contributions in television and film. Tiffany Haddish, the breakout star from the summer blockbuster Girls Trip, will be presented with the “Rising Star Award,” while Power actor Omari Hardwick will be honored with the “Distinguished ABFF Alumni Award.” Director Ava DuVernay will receive the “Industry Visionary Award” and legendary actor, singer, and writer Billy Dee Williams will be presented with the “Hollywood Legacy Award.”
A number of hit movies and television series will also compete for awards, including Jordan Peele’s horror masterpiece Get Out and Malcolm D. Lee’s Girls Trip, which are both up for the “Movie of the Year Award.” Two original Netflix’s series, Dear White People and Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It, were nominated for the best comedy TV show of the year award. Past ABFF Honors awardees include Denzel Washington, Regina King, Issa Rae, Ryan Coogler, and Will Packer.
The award show will be hosted by actor and comedian Cedric the Entertainer on Sunday, Feb. 25. ABFF Honors was created in 2016 by ABFF Founder Jeff Friday to celebrate the work of black filmmakers and actors in Hollywood.
Check out a full list of the nominees below.
Nominees for “Movie of the Year”
- DETROIT (Annapurna)
- GET OUT (Universal Pictures)
- GIRLS TRIP (Universal Pictures)
- MARSHALL (Open Road Films)
- MUDBOUND (Netflix)
Nominees for “Television Show of the Year” (Drama)
- HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER (ABC)
- POWER (STARZ)
- THE QUAD (BET)
- QUEEN SUGAR (OWN)
- SNOWFALL (FX)
Nominees for “Television Show of the Year” (Comedy)
- BLACK-ish (ABC)
- CLAWS (TNT)
- DEAR WHITE PEOPLE (Netflix)
- INSECURE (HBO)
- SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT (Netflix)
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When it comes to gender diversity, the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards nominations missed the mark. Most notably, the nominees for the Best Director category—released this week in the midst of a feminist reckoning in Hollywood—are all white and male.
2017 was a particularly hard year to overlook women’s contributions in the film industry—adding insult to injury. Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird was the best-reviewed film in Rotten Tomatoes history (until a male critic gave it its first negative review). Dee Rees’ Mudbound was named the #1 Best Film of the Year by the Washington Post. And Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman, which broke records at the box office, wasn’t nominated in any category.
The women snubbed this year didn’t just direct films that critics loved, but films whose protagonists were also women—and whose stories help viewers grapple with complex social issues. Mudbound tackles the intersections of race and gender; Wonder Woman presented female strength and allowed viewers to imagine women literally smashing the patriarchy to pieces.
“The push to hire and recognize female directors has intensified in the wake of the Academy’s efforts to improve diversity and the massive sexual harassment scandals that are gripping Hollywood,” Pat Saperstein wrote for Variety. “Instead, the [Hollywood Foreign Press Association] nominated Guillermo del Toro, whose The Shape of Water had the most noms overall, Martin McDonagh, Christopher Nolan, Ridley Scott and Steven Spielberg.”
The Best Director category at the Golden Globes has long been male-dominated. This is the second year in the row that only men were nominated. Only three women have been nominated in the category in the last 20 years, none of which won. And only one woman has ever won the award—Barbra Streisand, 33 years ago in 1984, for Yentl.
“The message I’m getting is that no woman in the past 33 years has made a movie worthy of being considered above those created by men,” Anne Cohen wrote for Refinery29.” The fact that Wonder Woman wasn’t nominated for a single category, despite its monumental success at the box office and universal praise, is especially telling. That would require an acknowledgment that female stories, told from a female point of view, matter as much as those of men. And apparently, that’s not a concession Hollywood is willing to make.”
Lynn Rosado is an editorial intern at Ms. She studied at California State University, Northridge, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — This year’s Kennedy Center Honors recognizing outstanding artists and performers managed to skip the political drama that loomed over it earlier this year — just ask honoree Norman Lear.
Ahead of Sunday night’s festivities at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the longtime television producer behind “All in the Family” and other hits reacted with mock surprise when reminded that President Donald Trump was not attending.
“Really? Wow!” Lear said as he entered the building. “I’m expecting a warm, funny, wonderful evening. My guess is that the focus tonight will be on the arts.”
The president usually sits with the honorees and other guests. But Lear threatened to boycott the event over his opposition to Trump, and other artists expressed unease with the idea of meeting the president. A showdown was avoided when Trump announced in August that he and first lady Melania Trump would not attend.
Another honoree, rapper and actor LL Cool J, called the evening “an amazing, amazing moment” for a hip-hop artist who officials said was the youngest-ever Kennedy Center Honors recipient at 49.
He said there were many deserving rappers and performers from his generation but would not go so far as to say that anybody deserved the honor over him.
“I’m humble, but I’m not going to play pseudo-humble,” he said before the program. “I’m the one!”
The 40th annual Kennedy Center Honors ceremony also paid tribute to dancer and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade and musicians Lionel Richie and Gloria Estefan.
Honorees each received a lengthy and personally tailored onstage tribute sprinkled with surprise guests.
Estefan was greeted with performances of her greatest hits and a solo performance by her daughter Emily.
For LL Cool J, they recreated a club onstage with performances by Busta Rhymes and members of The Roots as well as a testimonial by Queen Latifah.
For Lear, a series of quick changes transformed the stages into the sets from “Good Times,” ”All in the Family” and “Maude,” with testimonials from Rob Reiner, Dave Chappelle and Anthony Anderson from the current hit show “Black-ish.”
In addition to the Sunday ceremony, this year’s recipients were honored Saturday at a gala State Department dinner. The program was to be televised Dec. 26 on CBS.
In the past, most U.S. presidents have attended the ceremony, but it’s not unprecedented for a sitting president to skip it. Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton all missed ceremonies during their terms in office, but in all previous cases the first lady attended.
Kennedy Center officials didn’t hide their relief when Trump announced he wouldn’t attend. Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter and Chairman David M. Rubenstein released a statement saying they were “grateful” to the Trumps for avoiding a conflict that would overshadow the ceremony.
“In choosing not to participate in this year’s honor’s activities, the administration has graciously signaled its respect for the Kennedy Center and ensures the honors gala remains a deservingly special moment for the honorees,” the statement said.
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California is the first state to officially recognize a third gender
Though California is currently dealing with still-raging wildfires, the government made time for gender rights. California Governor Jerry Brown signed the Gender Recognition Act on October 15th, which gives transgender, intersex, and nonbinary people the opportunity to select a third gender option on California state-issued IDs, like driver’s licenses and birth certificates. As Equality California noted, this bill makes California the first U.S. state to not require people to identify as male or female on official documents and is a major milestone for the LGBTQ+ community.
California Senators Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) and Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) authored this landmark bill, SB 179. “It will keep California at the forefront of LGBTQ civil rights,” Atkins said at a news conference when they proposed the bill in January 2017, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Along with having a third option for gender on government IDs, the Gender Recognition Act will make it easier for people to change their gender on existing documents. It will also allow people 18 years old or younger to apply to change their gender on their birth certificates.
While the legal recognition of a third gender in the U.S. is relatively new, Esquire noted that countries like Australia, Canada, Germany, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Thailand, and the U.K. have already enacted or have started to consider bills like these.
It’s also important to note that California isn’t the only state to take steps to better represent nonbinary people. (The new California law defines “nonbinary” as an “umbrella term for people with gender identities that fall somewhere outside of the traditional conceptions of strictly either female or male,” according to The Sacramento Bee.) The state of Oregon became the first state to offer a third option for gender on its driver’s licenses. NBC reported that New York and Washington, D.C. also proposed bills that offered a third sex on driver’s licenses and ID cards.
With states like California and Oregon leading the way, there’s hope that the rest of the country will follow in making the U.S. a more inclusive nation for all.
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The Cherokee Nation will now recognize same-sex marriage, according to an opinion issued Friday by the tribe’s attorney general.
Todd Hembree, the tribe’s attorney general, wrote in his opinion:
The right to marry without the freedom to marry the person of one’s choice is no right at all. The history of perpetual partnerships and marriage among Cherokees supports the conclusion that Cherokee citizens have a fundamental right not only to choose a spouse but also, with mutual consent, to join together and form a household irrespective of sexual orientation.
The decision followed a request made by the tribe’s tax commissioner for an official opinion on the issue a few weeks ago.
“We were increasingly being contacted by departments in the Cherokee Nation on how to handle certain issues with same-sex marriage,” Chrissi Nimmo, assistant attorney general of the Cherokee Nation, told The Huffington Post on Friday.
Native American nations are governed by Congress, not the federal courts. So the 2015 Supreme Court decision to recognize gay marriage in all 50 states did not legally affect the Cherokee Nation, but Nimmo said the bulk of Friday’s decision was indeed informed by it.
Hembree’s decision was also influenced by historical Cherokee Nation sexuality narratives. He wrote in Friday’s decision:
Our oral history teaches us also that the Cherokee and Euro-American worldviews differed dramatically regarding appropriate gender roles, marriage, sexuality, and spiritual beliefs. Indeed, while the majority of Cherokees subscribed to the traditional gender roles, evidence suggests a tradition of homosexuality or alternative sexuality among a minority of Cherokees.
“It think it’s a really interesting part of the decision,” Nimmo told HuffPost. “Through historical research, we were able to identify research sources that indicate there was some type of historical recognition of homosexuality.”
Hembree’s opinion nullifies a law the tribe passed 12 years ago called the Cherokee Nation and Family Protection Act, which banned same-sex marriage among tribe members.
Though same-sex marriage is still illegal in some Native American tribes, like the Navajo Nation, Nimmo believes most tribes don’t take a stance on it either way.
“I think you will see a mixed reaction [to Friday’s decision] like you do in the American public at large,” Nimmo told HuffPost. “Without a doubt, there will be tribal members and officials who support this and are proud of this, and there will be others … who don’t like it.”
The Cherokee Nation’s legal recognition of same-sex marriage will take effect immediately. Nimmo said Hembree’s decision is “binding and considered legally valid,” though it can be challenged by other Cherokee officials at any time.
“I don’t really know who would challenge it,” Nimmo added.
Supporters of the decision shared their excitement on social media:
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