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 THE AFRICAN AMERICAN FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES THE “CELEBRATION OF HIP-HOP CINEMA”

The Organization Also Announces 2016 Special Achievement Honorees

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(Los Angeles, August 13, 2015) – The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), is proud to announce that it will celebrate the 25th anniversary of "Boyz N the Hood" and "New Jack City" with an all-star tribute and concert celebrating the genre of Hip-Hop cinema.

“Hip-Hop has had a global impact on pop culture and influenced millions around the world,” says AAFCA President/Co-Founder, Gil Robertson. “And it's impact on Hollywood has been a major game changer in front and behind the camera and at the box office.”

“AAFCA’s Celebration of Hip-Hop Cinema” will commemorate the hundreds of movies that represent the culture of Hip-Hop: from feature films to documentaries and the actors, actresses and filmmakers involved in those productions.

Born on the streets of the Bronx in the '70s, Hip-Hop helped to launch the careers of several notable rappers who would eventually become serious moguls and power players in the business of making movies.

"The influence Hip-Hop has had on Hollywood has never been fully realized or celebrated," says AAFCA Co-Founder/Fox-TV critic Shawn Edwards. "The genius and power of the culture has helped to produce a new genre of cinema and introduced the world to a new crop of filmmakers who all had new stories from a different perspective to share. It has more than paid off financially and critically."

The organization also announced John Singleton, Jeff Clanagan, Manohla Dargis, Lebron James and Plan B as recipients of 2016 AAFCA Special Achievement Awards.

“Our 2016 class of honoreees merit special recognition for their consistent excellence in promoting the cinematic arts,” says Robertson. “Each of them are to be admired and AAFCA looks forward to paying tribute to their careers.”

AAFCA’s Special Achievement Awards will be presented during the group’s annual ceremony on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood.

Established in 2003, the African American Film Critics Association is the largest black film critics’ organization in the world, representing television, radio, print and online critics.

Contact: Jeaunine Askew – 323-878-2399

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