6.26.2017

GDW EVENT ALERT June 26- July 12, 2017 - ENJOY - THERE'S MORE SUMMER TO COME

By Gloria Dulan-Wilson



Hello All:

We are officially in Summer - having arrived safely on Tuesday, June 21, and are now in the mode of gearing up for some summer fun, travel, vacation, street fairs, and all that other good stuff we've been waiting for.  And this year is shaping up to be pretty exciting.

We are also in the last  week of Black Music Month, and there are a bunch of events to attend as the time winds down - in the New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia and surrounding areas.  

The beginning of summer also heralds the beginning of the tourist season, with people traveling from all over the world to the US to see some of the most famous cities and soak up some of their culture and history - and the top three tourists attractions on the East Coast are New York City, Philadelphia (PA), Washington, D.C., as well as Boston, Massachusetts and the Jersey Shore.  Well, this focus is on New York and Philadelphia - with a side trip to LA for good measure.  I've only skimmed the list of events, and it's already more than enough to handle - and if you jockey back and forth between Philly and New York - you'll have more than enough to do this week.

Stay Blessed & 
ECLECTICALLY BLACK
Gloria 


NEW YORK CITY

JUNE 28-30

Demystifying Housing 2017 Conference Details
Date:               Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, June 28 – June 30, 2017
Time:               9:00 AM– 6:00 PM 
Location:         Harlem State Office Building- 163 West 125 Street – 3rd Floor




Demystifying Housing is a 3-day event: legal clinic, round-table talks and over 30 technical and poster sessions on cutting edge issues for renters and homeowners that are free and open to the public. The conference also offers participants the opportunity to meet with one on one with housing, labor, state planning, or immigration lawyers. 

Be sure to RSVP to any of the sessions by calling us at (212) 491-2541 or by visiting us online . 

JUNE 30, 2017

CEMOTAP:

On Sunday July 30th  at 3:00 PM, BEPAA, The Board for the Education of People of African Ancestry will host its 19th Annual Tribute to Professor John Henrik Clarke beloved Ancestor and Esteemed African Historian and Lecturer. This year's theme is "The Vision of Dr. John Henrik Clarke."   Professor Clarke who lost most of his eyesight in his later years saw more in a moment than most people see in a life time. The Keynote Speaker for this event will be Dr. Ron Brown. Other principal speakers will be Dr. Adelaide Sanford and  UNIA/ACL President General Michael Duncan. Many other community leaders and dignitaries, including BEPAA Chairperson, Reverend Dr. Shelia Evans Tranumn will give brief remarks on the vision of Dr. Clarke. The program will take place at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church at 212 Tompkins Avenue Brooklyn NY 11216. Admission is Free

JULY 1, 2017
AFRICAN STREET FESTIVAL
The grandest of all festivals kicks off on Saturday  and runs through  Tuesday July 4th with live entertainment, cultural events, something for everybody - will host a special African Dance Workshop at PS 287 - 50 Navy Street, Brooklyn, NY 
learn from the best!
 On Saturday July 1, 2017 from 10am - 4pm, the New York Chapter of the National Association of Kawaida Organizations (NAKO) in conjunction with the 46th Annual International African Arts Festival
(IAAFestival) will host its 28th Annual Symposium on Culture, Community and Struggle.
The symposium is designed to bring together leading scholars, intellectuals and activists to discuss, dialogue, and offer concrete solutions to the myriad of challenges confronting the global African community.
Panelists will speak on various community issues such as community empowerment, expatriates who have lived in various countries on the African continent, gentrification, analysis, and interpretation of African and Diaspora art, healthcare, Ujamaa and economic development.
Some of the confirmed speakers are...
-- Art historian and curator Dr. RosalindJeffries (Keynote)
-- Expatriate, educator, and photographer Janet Griffith
-- Business development attorney Clark Arrington
-- Olorisha Priest, former member of RAM (Revolutionary Action Movement), and the great great grandson of Fredrick Douglass, LloydWeaver
-- Professional health practitioners Ulysses Kilgore, Enid Knight, and Dr. Shadidi Beatrice Kinsey
-- Community economic development advocates NY State Assembly Member Roger Green, and UNIA-ACL President Michael R.Duncan
-- NY State Senator Kevin Parker
- And others...
Also, a film, KEMTIYU, will be shown on the life of intellectual, scholar, historian, and physicist Chiekh Anta Diop.
The symposium will be at PS 287 (located at 50 Navy Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11205 between Park and Flushing Avenues). The public school is near the Brooklyn Navy Yard and Manhattan Bridge in downtown Brooklyn.
Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students with proper identification.
For further information, call (718) 789-3264 or email nakoinfogroup@yahoo.com.
This activity is not sponsored or endorsed by the New York Department of Education nor the City of New York.


EVENTS sponsored by the office of the Manhattan Borough President


-Tuesday, June 27, 20177pm. East River 50’s Alliance proposal to be heard in a special meeting at Community Board 6 with elected officials who support the proposal, at Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street, Auditorium.

-Sunday, July 9, 2017:    Join our delegation for third annual Disability Pride Parade from Union Square to Madison Park where there is an expo. 

-Thursday, July 13, 20176:30pm Office of Manhattan Borough President ULURP hearing on East Harlem re-zoning, at Hunter College / Silberman School of Social Work, 2180 Third Avenue, at 119 Street, New York, NY 10035

-Sunday, July 23, 201712 noon open and 1-5pm Program. Caregiving 101: The Essentials of taking care of others and yourself, Fordham Law School,   150 West 62 Street, NY NY 10023. A great panel, exhibitors and workshops.  RSVP: CaregivingNYC.eventbrite.com

-Wednesday, July 26, 20179am-4pm Veterans' resource fair in Harlem. The 4th annual veterans' resource fair will be held at the State Office Building Plaza / Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building Plaza, 163 West 125th St. NY NY The keynote speaker will be Loree Sutton, Commissioner of the NYC Dept. of Veterans Services, and our panel topic will be "Educational Opportunities for the Veteran." Co-sponsoring the event is Council Member Bill Perkins, the NYC Dept. of Veterans Services, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Legal Services NYC, Harlem Veterans Center, Samaritan Village, and NY Metro Vets. The fair is a great opportunity for veterans to get help and connect with service providers and agencies. RSVP: 212-678-4505 or emailing eventscoordinator@ls-nyc.org

-Thursday, August 3, 20176-8pm. Dominican Day Parade Reception, honoring notables in the fields of arts and culture, United Palace, 4140 Broadway, NY NY

-Sunday, August 13, 2017: Join our delegation for the Dominican Day Parade. Info: Deron Hill 212-669-8300.

-Saturday, August 26, 2017: Women’s Equality Day, NY NY




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GEAR UP FOR  
BROOKLYN UNITED'S  
SUMMER CAMP! 

Dear Friends & Neighbors:

It is that time of  the  year again!   It is essential that   we keep  our  youth   active  and involved, by  taking advantage of the numerous   available   programs for available for them. One highly effective program is Brooklyn United's  6- Week Summer Camp at 3 Brooklyn locations including Bethany Baptist Church, at 460 Marcus Garvey BlvdNazareth  Regional  High  School at 475  East  57th St.  and 646  Nostrand Avenue from July 3, 2017 to August 11, 2017 from 8am-4pm.

Participation at  this summer camp is a  great way to   prioritize the time of your child and  open  up  safe  and  fun  opportunities. Youth will have the opportunity to partake in sports, dance, drums, instrumental  music and  trips. I  encourage  you to  utilize the  available summer programs  which can help  strengthen  leadership, critical   thinking, health and mobile activity.

In     order  to register your   child,   please  reach  out    to   the  following:  call  them  at 347.264.4069 or email at  enrollbu@bkunitedmb.com.  Make this  summer an  epic experience for our children!


Sincerely,

Diana C. Richardson
  

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Assemblymember Diana C. Richardson (D, WFP - 43rd AD), represents the 43rd Assembly District, which covers Crown Heights, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Wingate and East Flatbush. She currently serves on the Committee on Banking, the Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions;  the Committee of Children and Families; the Committee on Mental Health and the Committee on Small Business.  Assembly woman Richardson also serves as the Chairwoman of the Sub Committee on Foster Care. She was first elected to office in 2015.

ERIC FRAZIER'S MUSIC 
Check out Eric's music calendar link below for some of the best live Jazz and music!!
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July 7th in Brooklyn 
Afro-Latino Festival of New York
Susana Baca joins us 
Afro-Latino Festival of New York
Welcome 2x Latin Grammy winner & ex-Minister of Culture in Peru, Susana Baca! Feliz Mes de la Cultura Afroperuana. Happy Month of AfroPeruvian Culture. Celebrations start June 4th, the birth date of the famed Nicomedes Santa Cruz. #orgullosamenteafrodescendiente#peruđŸ‡”đŸ‡Ș #afroperu #raices #roots #Culturalheritage #AfrolatinTalks#afrolatinofestny

PHILADELPHIA 

JULY 1, 20L7
Barrel Packing Party -Donations for Haiti 
Please see the below message about Crayons for Haiti’s Packing Party and other ways to support this great organization. Please pass this along among your networks.

Subject: Crayons for Haiti Barrel Packing Party

Greetings   We are having a barrel packing party on SATURDAY, JULY 1,  2017 from 5 to 8 pm.
We will sort out all the donations and packing them in barrels to ship to Haiti.
Although we do not yet have the barrels, we need 5 large 77 gal plastic barrels to pack.
We are praying for a miracle and a generous progressive minded person or organization that willing to donate the $200 to buy the barrels, or help collect money to get them, or even bring them if they can them cheaper, that would e so helpful and appreciated. 
Thank you in advance for whatever you can do.

--
Yves Marie Desir
Crayons For Haiti, Inc.



THURSDAY, JUNE 29, 2017 - 
VANESSA LOWERY BROWN SPONSORS JOB FAIR

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State Rep. VANESSA LOWERY-BROWN 

State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown to host citywide job fair June 29

In her continued effort to provide employment opportunities for her constituents, state Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, D-Phila., will host a citywide job fair on Thursday, June 29.

It will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 29 in the Deliverance Evangelistic Church Fellow Hall, 2001 W. Lehigh Ave., 19132.

Brown said this is a great opportunity for people looking for work or who may be looking to change their career.  “This event will bring many employers from across our city under one roof, so it is a one-stop shop for job seekers,” Brown said. “I encourage everyone who is looking to attend to bring plenty of resumes and dress to impress!”   In addition to meeting with potential employers, attendees can attend workshops on resume writing, interviewing skills, wardrobe advice, re-entry job opportunities, and entrepreneurial start-ups for profit and non-profit businesses. 

Companies that are looking to hire and that would like to be a part of the job fair should call Brown’s district office at (215) 879-6615.


More Good News from Vanessa Lowery Brown: 
Deadline extended for Pa. Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program

 State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, D-Phila., announced that the deadline for the 2016 Pennsylvania Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program has been extended to Dec. 31.

The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older and people with disabilities 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income is excluded; and cost-of-living adjustments cannot be the sole basis to disqualify an applicant.

"There is no charge to apply. If you need help with applying, need an application or have a question, just call or stop by my office," Brown said. "The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for certain qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975. If you qualify, this is too important to miss."

The state Revenue Department automatically calculates the supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners.

Brown's office is at 1435 N. 52nd St. and can be reached at 215-879-6615.

Applications can also be filed online at www.revenue.pa.gov.  

FOURTH OF JULY WEEK- THROUGH JULY 4TH CELEBRATIONS IN PHILADELPHIA:
Philadelphians do not take their Fourth of July Celebrations lightly - there is a week of evets leading up to it - after all this is the home of the Declaration of Independence, the Liberty Bell - and so many others - and now more than ever, Americans are beginning to understand how truly  important that is - in a country that is just two steps away from  fascism and nazism - this would be a great time to really focus in on what this means - is it real or is it mere symbology? 

LINKS TO THE EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE PHILLY 4TH CELEBRATION AREAS ARE BELOW:

WELCOME AMERICA FEATURES MARY J. BLIGE
https://welcomeamerica.com

VISIT PHILLY
http://www.visitphilly.com/events/philadelphia/july-4th-festival-concert-and-fireworks/

WAWA WELCOME AMERICA 
http://www.visitphilly.com/articles/philadelphia/fourth-of-july-in-philadelphia-wawa-welcome-america/

CHICAGO, IL

The 2017 Annual Convention is right around the corner. Early Bird Registration pricing will be ending soon so don't delay.

 
#RPCCONV2017




LOS ANGELES, CA

HEADING FOR THE LEFT COAST - CHECK THIS OUT WHILE YOU'RE THERE:


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THE PAN AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL - PAFF - Founded by dynamic brother Ayuko Babu, is the most avante garde collection of independent BLACK films on the West Coast.


The Pan African Film Festival is pleased to CO-SPONSOR
JOHNSON CHRONICLES: TRUTH & TALL TALES ABOUT MY PENIS
A 'BODY MEMOIR' by Peter Harris on Stage at LA's Matrix Theatre
featuring Terrell Tilford in a solo performance

Johnson Chronicles: Set against a persistent, painful backdrop of police killings of Black men, the Johnson Chronicles is a bold, sensual, poetic, conversational 'body memoir' by American Book Award winner Peter J. Harris, who claims the uncensored spirit of the Vagina Monologues to present Truth and Tall Tales about first sex, size, fatherhood, intimate violence, vasectomy, and the impact of racism on the pleasure & pain of living with Johnson, the all-­-purpose African American euphemism for his penis.

NOTE: For Grown Folks Only!!!
Tickets @:
Showtimes:
July 21, 22 & 24, 2017, 8pm
July 28, 29, 31, 2017, 8pm
August 4, 5, 7, 2017, 8pm 

Location:
THE MATRIX THEATRE
7657 Melrose Ave. LA, CA 90046

TOMORROW IS THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER!!!!

The William Grant Still Arts Center's 
Art & Jazz Summer Camp
is a six-week day camp running 
JUNE 26TH through AUGUST 5TH, 2017
All camp sessions are led by professional artists, musicians, and educators (who also teach at the Center throughout the rest of the year). Campers take part in a variety of workshops and classes throughout the day, including yoga, dance, music, and art. Field trips take campers out into the city, visiting great cultural locations including the Underwood Family Farms, Bob Baker Marionette Theater, Echo Park Recreation Center, California African American Museum, California Science Center, The Getty Villa, Palisades Recreation Center, and more! Camp concludes with a culminating concert and exhibition demonstrating the fun skills children learn from WGSAC's professional artist-educators. Art and Jazz Camp is scheduled yearly to coincide with LAUSD's summer break schedule for the convenience of parents and for the benefit of kids. The camp schedule is as follows:

Ages 3-6 Half Day (9am-1pm, Monday-Thursday)
Ages 7-12 Full Day (9am-4:30pm, Monday-Thursday)
Ages 3-12 All Camp Field Trips (9am-4:30pm, Fridays)

FOR MORE INFO VISIT THE WEBSITE: WGSAC.WORDPRESS.COM

The African Movie Academy Awards 2017 Nonimees

The jurors of the African Movie Academy Awards convened to conduct their 2017 nominations in Kigali, Rwanda. The final nominees were announced by the president of the AMAA jury, Mr. Bernie Golblat, May 14, 2017 at the Kigali Convention Centre. The AMAAwards will take place July 15, 2017 at the National Theatre in Lagos, Nigeria. Here are the Nominees:


EFERE OZAKO AMAA 2017 AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FILM
1. Bout - Nigeria
2. On Monday Last Week - Ghana/USA
3. A Place for Myself - Rwanda
4. Silence - Nigeria
5. Kieza - Angola
6. Yemoja: Rise of the Orisa- Nigeria/UK
7. Marabout - Senegal
8. A Place in the Plane - Senegal

AMAA 2017 AWARD FOR BEST ANIMATION
1. Black Barbie - Ghana
2. Got Flowers - Nigeria
3. Gyrow - Nigeria
4. Pull - Nigeria

AMAA 2017 AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY
1, Legacy Of The Hills - Mali
2. Makoko: Future Afloat - Nigeria
3. House in the Field - Morocco
4. Vivre Riche - Cote D'Ivoire
5. House of Nwapa - Nigeria
6. Mama Colonel - DRC
7. The African Who Wanted To Fly - Gabon
8. La Colere Dans Le Vent (Anger in the Wind) - Niger

OUSMANE SEMBENE AMAA 2017 AWARD FOR BEST FILM IN AN AFRICAN LANGUAGE
1. Logun Ofe - Nigeria
2. Call Me Thief - South Africa
3. Félicité - Senegal
4. Vaya - South Africa

MICHAEL ANYIAM OSIGWE AMAA 2017 AWARD FOR BEST FILM BY AN AFRICAN LIVING ABROAD:
1. Saving Dreams - Nigeria/Canada
2. While We Live - Burkina Faso/Sweden
3. Theory of Conflict- Nigeria/USA
4. A Mile in My Shoes - Morocco/Canada
5. Hell's Fury- Nigeria/USA

AMAA 2017 AWARD FOR BEST DIASPORA SHORT
1. Kbela - Brazil
2. Ca$h Out - USA
3. The Tale of Four - Curacao
4. 90 Days - USA
AMAA 2017 AWARD FOR BEST DIASPORA DOCUMENTARY
1. I Am Not Your Negro - Haiti/France
2. 13th - USA
3. Les heritiers du Vietnam (Martinique)
4. Horace Tapscott, Musical Griot - USA

AMAA 2017 AWARD FOR BEST DIASPORA FEATURE
1. West Indies Gang - Guadeloupe
2. Fences - USA
3. Birth of a Nation - USA
4. Double play - Curacao
5. Moonlight - USA

AMAA 2017 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION DESIGN
1. Call Me Thief - South Africa
2. Félicité- Senegal
3. 76 - Nigeria
4. Queen of Katwe - Uganda
5. The Last of Us- Tunisia

AMAA 2017 ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN
1. Queen of Katwe- Uganda
2. Ayamma- Nigeria
3. Keteke - Ghana
4. The Last Of Us - Tunisia
5. Logun Ofe - Nigeria

AMAA 2017 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKE-UP
1. Dora's Peace - South Africa
2. Oloibiri - Nigeria
3. Ayamma- Nigeria
4. The Last of Us - Tunisia
5. Slow Country- Nigeria

AMAA 2017 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUNDTRACK
1. Vaya - South Africa
2. 93 Days- Nigeria
3. A Mile in My Shoes- Morocco
4. 76 - Nigeria
5. Félicité - Senegal
6. While We Live- Burkina Faso/Sweden

AMAA 2017 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECT
1. Wulu - Mali
2. Oloibiri- Nigeria
3. Whale Caller - South Africa
4. Queen of Katwe - Uganda
5. Slow Country - Nigeria

AMAA 2017 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND
1. 93 Days - Nigeria
2. Félicité - Senegal
3. Vaya - South Africa
4. Wulu- Mali
5. Dora's Peace - South Africa

AMAA 2017 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY
1. The Last of Us - Tunisia
2. The Whale Caller - South Africa
3. Félicité- Senegal
4. Vaya- South Africa
5. A Mile in My Shoes - Morocco

AMAA 2017 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN EDITING
1. Call Me Thief- South Africa
2. Vaya - South Africa
3. While We Live - Burkina Faso/Sweden
4. CEO - Nigeria
5. Félicité- Senegal

AMAA 2017 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN SCREEN PLAY
1. Oloibiri - Nigeria
2. Dora's Peace- South Africa
3. Félicité - Senegal
4. While We Live- Burkina Faso/Sweden
5. Vaya - South Africa

AMAA 2017- LAGOS STATE AWARD FOR BEST NIGERIAN FILM
1. Green White Green
2. 93 Days
3. CEO
4. 76
5. Ayamma
6. Oloibiri

AMAA 2017 AWARD FOR BEST YOUNG/ PROMISING ACTOR
1. Pabillo Koza - Dora's Peace
2. Medina Molanga - Queen of Katwe
3. Azwille Shanane-Madiba - Vaya
4. Austin Rose - Call Me Thief
5. Adam Kanyama- While We Live

TONY ELUMELU AMAA 2017 AWARD FOR BEST COMEDY
1. Funny Enough (Snaaks Genoeg) - South Africa
2. Three Wise Men - Nigeria
3. Keteke - Ghana
4. A Trip To Jamaica - Nigeria

AMAA 2017 AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
1. Adonijah Owiriwa - 76
2. Warren Matsimola - Vaya
3. Olu Jacobs - Oloibiri
4. Papi Mpaka - Félicité
5. Richard Seruwazi - While We Live
6. Majid Michel - Slow Country

AMAA 2017 AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
1. Inna Moja - Wulu
2. Theresa Edem - Ayamma
3. Taiwo Ajai Lycet - Oloibiri
4. Nmonde Mbusi - Vaya
5. Somkele Idhalama - 93 Days
6. Angelique Kidjo - CEO

AMAA 2017 AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
1. Sambassa Nzeribe - Slow Country
2. Ibrahim Koma - Wulu
3. Richard Mofe Damijo - Oloibiri
4. Amine Ennaji- A Mile in My Shoes
5. David Oyelowo - Queen of Katwe
6. Dann Jaques Mouton- Call Me Thief
7. Ramsey Noah - 76
8. Jahwar Soudani - Last Of Us

AMAA 2017 AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
1. Vero Tshanda - Félicité
2. Lydia Forson - Keteke
3. Lupita Nyong'o - Queen of Katwe
4. Bimbo Akintola - 93 Days
5. Josette Bushell-Mingo - While We Live
6. Rita Dominic - 76
7. Khabonina Quebeka - Dora's Peace
8. Zimkhitha Nyoka - Vaya

AMAA 2017 AWARD FOR BEST FIRST FEATURE FILM BY A DIRECTOR
1. Happiness is a Four Letter Word -Thabang Molaya- South Africa
2. Green White Green - Abba Makama - Nigeria
3. Wulu - Daouda Coulibaly - Mali
4. Bunjoko - Kizito Samuel - Uganda
5. The Last Of Us - Alaeddine Slim - Tunisia
6. Rain - Daniel Mugerwa - Uganda

AMAA 2017 AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR
1. Daouda Coulibaly - Wulu
2. Steve Gukas - 93 Days
3. Mira Nair - Queen of Katwe
4. Izu Ojukwu - 76
5. Daryen Joshua- Call Me Thief
6. Akin Omotoso - Vaya
7. Alain Gomis - Félicité
8. Ala Eddine Slim- The Last Of Us
9. Said Khallaf - A Mile in My Shoes

AMAA 2017 AWARD FOR BEST FILM
1. The Last Of Us - Tunisia
2. A Mile in My Shoes - Morocco
3. 76 - Nigeria
4. Vaya- South Africa
5. 93 Days - Nigeria
6. Queen of Katwe - Uganda
7. Félicité - Senegal
8. Wulu - Mali
9. Call Me Thief - South Africa

The Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) is a subsidiary of the Africa Film Academy. The Academy, founded on the best film tradition is geared towards research, training and propagating filmmaking in Africa. AMAA was established in 2005, aimed at facilitating the development and relevance of African film & cinema by providing a reward & recognition platform for film makers on the continent

PAFF Executive Director Ayuko Babu and PAFF Director of Programming Asantewa Olatunji are permanent jurors for AMAA.

Visit www. AMA-Awards.com for more info regarding AMAA 2017.

UMC Picks Up PAFF 2017 Film "Halfway"
Congratulation to "Halfway" for their distribution deal with The Urban Movie Channel! Halfway follows the story of Byron (late 20s), after he is released from prison and given the opportunity to work on his white stepbrother's family farm in rural Wisconsin. As the only black man in town, and with a criminal record to boot, he struggles to adapt to his new surroundings while temptations of relapsing into his old ways compound his dilemma. Stars Quinton Aaron, Marcus Henderson, Gillian Zinser, T.J. Power, Jeffrey Demunn and Amy Pietz. 

The Urban Movie Channel was also one of our PAFF 2017 Industry sponsors. UMC was created by Robert L. Johnson, Chairman of RLJ Entertainment and founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET). UMC is an urban-focused subscription streaming service in North America and features quality urban content that showcases feature films, documentaries, original series, stand-up comedy, and other exclusive content for African American and urban audiences.

"Halfway" is available for streaming now on www.UrbanMovieChannel.com/

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Be sure to also check out these PAFF 2017 films that are currently available on NetFlix! 
  • "Like Cotton Twines"
  • "Burning Sands"
  • "13th"
  • "The Preacher's Son"
About PAFF
The Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF), is America's largest and most prestigious Black film and arts festival, co-Founded by Ja'Net Dubois, Ayuko Babu and Danny Glover. 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, Central America, Asia, the South Pacific, Europe and Canada. PAFF holds the distinction of being the largest Black History Month event in the US with over 50,000 in attendance over the 11-day festival of panels, special events, art exhibition, screenings and red carpets.
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