Kelley L. Carter

AAFCA member Kelley L. Carter is an Emmy-winning journalist and her byline has graced the pages of national and international media outlets, including USA Today, Vibe, BuzzFeed, Ebony, Essence,, MTV News, the Chicago Tribune, and the Detroit Free Press. The Michigan State University graduate’s expertise on music, film, television, and celebrity topics has led to regular appearances on several TV networks. CNN, HLN, E!, Fox News, MSNBC and the TV Guide Channel are among outlets that regularly tap Carter to deliver commentary on entertainment and provide breaking entertainment news updates. Carter has interviewed many of music's and Hollywood’s elite, including Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, George Clooney, Jada Pinkett Smith, Samuel L. Jackson, Denzel Washington, Drew Barrymore, Jamie Foxx, Mark Wahlberg, Katie Holmes, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Tyler Perry, Taraji P. Henson, Ben Stiller, Bradley Cooper, Courteney Cox, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Aniston, Ryan Reynolds, Sandra Bullock, Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr., Mary J. Blige and Sean Combs. She currently is Sr. Entertainment Reporter for ESPN's The Undefeated.


Interested in becoming an AAFCA member?

Membership in the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) is by invitation only at the direction of the Board of Governors. The Association’s membership roster is limited to candidates whose principals and values are consistent with our organizational goals. We invite you to be considered for membership and become a part of AAFCA.

AAFCA Member Benefits

  • Complimentary AAFCA quarterly newsletter.
  • Member spotlight on AAFCA website.
  • An opportunity to participate on the Voting/Nominating committees for the NAACP Image Awards, Soul Train and BET Awards.
  • Professional interaction with a network of film journalists.
  • Professional network opportunities with industry professionals – DGA, WGA, SAG
  • Special “AAFCA” only forums with industry professionals.
  • Lecture opportunities to college groups and film festivals.
  • AAFCA discounts to select film festivals.
  • AAFCA discounts for industry award shows.
  • AAFCA member discounts for journalism conferences.


An active member is defined as a member who writes regular film criticism for print, radio, online and Television based in the United States of America, with a minimum 24 to qualify for consideration. Active member must demonstrate a consistent presence in the critique of films released commercially in the United States of America.

An associate member is defined as a member who writes regular film coverage for print, radio, online and Television. Associate members must demonstrate an affiliation with an established media entity by providing a written letter (on company letterhead) qualifying such affiliation. A minimum of 12 samples of professional quality film critique’s (print, radio, TV) is required for consideration.

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Students who are attending an accredited college or university; and are majoring in journalism or broadcast media.

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