Nominated for an NAACP Image Award

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Surprised!  Honored!  Speechless!

I hadn’t heard about the nomination until I received a congratulatory text from Ava DuVernay, the creator of Queen Sugar.

What an unexpected honor!

Kudos to the others in the Queen Sugar Family who were also nominated.

Outstanding Drama Series (Queen Sugar)

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series (Kofi Siriboe) 

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (Rutina Wesley)

For a list of all nominees see: https://naacpimageawards.net/nominees/

The awards event take place March 30th in LA.

Shipping My Films to the Academy

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It’s official. I’ve packed up my films and sent them off to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences where they will be stored, preserved and eventually have a home in the Academy’s new museum, which is under construction. Wow!  A circular building.  Great energy.  I’m honored to be a part of the magnificent collection of films.

Animated Film Inducted into National Film Registry

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I’m still not over the shock of having my first animated film, Hair Piece: a film for nappyheaded people, as one of 25 films inducted into the National Film Registry in December 2018.  Selected films are considered to be culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.  

How it works (so I’ve learned) is that the Librarian of Congress (yes, there is such a person) makes the annual selections to the Registry after reviewing thousands of titles nominated by the public and conferring with the distinguished members of the National Film Preservation Board and Library film curators. For the 2018 selection, 6,300 titles were nominated by the public.

Hair Piece has been exhibited in many parts of the world, but I never imagined that it would end up with this great honor. A big thanks to the national voters.  I’m still speechless.

Some of the other films inducted were Brokeback Mountain, Eve’s Bayou, Broadcast News, Jurassic Park and Cinderella.  To be interviewed by Leonard Maltin was also wonderful ad it was an honor to meet Carla Hayden, the 14th Librarian of Congress.  She’s the first woman and the first African American to lead the national library.

Here’s a link to an excerpt of my interview with Maltin:

http://tinyurl.com/y6kmhea8

Here’s a list of the films inducted:

http://tinyurl.com/yx9hbajv

Upcoming TEDxAtlanta talk

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Here is some behind the scenes photographs and footage of my preparation process for my upcoming TEDxAtlanta talk on March 15th, 2019 at the Realto Theater. I am really excited to show my new photography work.