Lena Waithe and Louis Gossett Jr. are set to receive top honors at the upcoming American Black Film Festival Honors.
Waithe has been tapped to receive the Industry Renaissance Award, which recognizes “content creators whose exemplary work in film and television contributes to changing perceptions of people of color in the entertainment industry.”
Gossett will be presented with the Hollywood Legacy Award, which honors “a legendary artist whose trailblazing work has inspired generations and made an enduring contribution to film and television.”
“We’re honored to celebrate these two extraordinary talents,” said ABFF Ventures CEO Jeff Friday. “These awards not only recognize how Mr. Gossett’s contributions have propelled the industry forward but also acknowledge a new generation of trailblazers in people like Ms. Waithe, who will continue to create change and new opportunities in film and television for people of color.”
Presented by ABFF Ventures, the 2020 ABFF Honors will take place Feb. 23 in Los Angeles. Previously announced honorees include Cynthia Erivo with the Rising Star Award and The Wire with the Classic Television Award. The ceremony will be hosted by Emmy-nominated comedian and actor Deon Cole (Black-ish).
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